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Old July 16 2011, 07:24 PM   #31
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Well, I don't want to be too negative, certainly hats off to Voeckler for still being in that position. Can you imagine the chaos on Alpe d'Huez if Voeckler is still in yellow before stage 19. I rooting for him just to see that happen.
And if he keeps that 2 minute advantage to Evans, he's a favourite to win the whole thing, which would be beyond incredible.
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Old July 19 2011, 03:32 PM   #32
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Exciting stage. I thought nothing would happen today, but this is great stuff. Contador is back, and Voeckler again incredibly strong.

eta: wow, another attack. Schlecks beaten? Voeckler too.

eta2: what an interesting result. Massive win for Hushovd again; Contador is back and Evans the strongest he's ever been. Voeckler still looking good, but Andy is in trouble; Frank's looking better. If Evans can just hold on in the Alps, he could really win this.
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Old July 19 2011, 04:00 PM   #33
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I nearly missed the first attack as I didn't expect anything serious either.

Big winners today are Evans, Contador and Sanchez. Big losers are Basso and the Schlecks. People said they didn't attack enough, maybe it was because they didn't have it in them?

Contador is still a bit behind but his team has done absolutely nothing so far while Trek, BMC and Europcar have done the hard yards. He might not have as good a team as those ahead but fatigue might even it out.

Another good win by Thor. He might no longer be really able to seriously challenge in the spirit finishes but he's shown courage to get his two wins this year.
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Old July 21 2011, 04:41 PM   #34
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Wow, what a stage, fuck. What drama, Andy doing a Landis, Evans pulling at the front, even Leipheimer attacking. And Voeckler just hanging onto yellow. The great champion cracking. Incredible.
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Old July 21 2011, 04:47 PM   #35
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Yeps, that's what I'm expecting from the Tour. Tomorrow should be very interesting too.
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Old July 21 2011, 04:56 PM   #36
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Massive attack by Andy and he has gained back just about all his time. Evans gained a second or two, but Contador cracked and lost a further 1 1/2 mins.

I don't understand why no one helped BMC after Andy attacked. Contador and Sanchez had people and their teams didn't do anything until Andy was 3+ minutes and climbing. They had to know they didn't have the legs to make up 4+ minutes. Those two have probably cost themselves a chance at the podium.

Great chase by Evans, he just about halved Andy's advantage by the end by himself over the last 15Km. However, this effort might prevent him from winning given the tough stage tomorrow. Problem is as shown today is that the other contenders can't help and that means he has to fight with both Schlecks who are younger and better in the mountains. I'm really hoping he can keep them within 1 1/2 mins, any more I don't think Evans can chase down that.
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Old July 21 2011, 05:25 PM   #37
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Evans played it perfectly. He had no choice but to chase himself when all the other couldn't (Voeckler, Sanchez, Contador) or wouldn't (Frank, Basso). Letting Andy go was a gamble, but not unreasonable in hindsight.
He doesn't give a shit about L'Alpe d'Huez (well, he probably does, but he doesn't have the legs to win it), the only thing he has to do tomorrow is not let Andy go and avoid losing more than a minute to Frank, then pull back the minute he's down on Andy in the TT. Easier said than done, he thought he could do it in 2008 too... But he's one of the winners of today's stage.
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Old July 22 2011, 05:02 AM   #38
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Why wouldn't Basso attack, surely he'd want to podium?
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Old July 22 2011, 06:58 AM   #39
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I think Basso is mostly at his limit too. He had a hard crash before the Tour which apparently fucked up his preparation or something. He's doing all he can under the circumstances. Maybe he could've done more, but Evans was going pretty fast anyway, so why waste his energy? Maybe he's going for the stage win today.
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Old July 22 2011, 02:04 PM   #40
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Epic. This stage is going to be E! P! I! C!
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Old July 22 2011, 02:14 PM   #41
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Indeed. WOW
That's nice to see Contador trying something. Unusual. *fun*
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Old July 22 2011, 02:17 PM   #42
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THis is what I imagine cycling was like in the times of Merckx or Coppi.
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Old July 22 2011, 02:23 PM   #43
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Old July 22 2011, 02:29 PM   #44
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What a day for luck to turn against you. 18 stages of everything going well for Evans and BMC and then a mechanical at a fairly important moment (plus if there's one person you don't want to have a mechanical around its Contador). Still time for Evans, but it's going to hurt his confidence.
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THis is what I imagine cycling was like in the times of Merckx or Coppi.
Not Merckx, he used to eat everyone alive to kill the competition. Thankfully, he has a very bad temper, that was more interesting than the race

If we have a new yellow jersey (probably) this year's winner will only spend one or 2 days in yellow. Didn't happen since 1968.
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