2010 Tour de France thread

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  1. lewis82 macrumors 68000

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    With the Tour beginning in two days, I think we can start this thread.

    So, bike enthusiasts, what are your predictions for the podium? I bet Andy Schleck, Alberto Contador, Carlos Sastre.

    I can't wait for sunday :p
     
  2. PCOM2013 macrumors newbie

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    1. Lance
    2. Alberto
    3. Andy Schleck

    Same podium, different arrangement.
     
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    Lance is already too old, so I don't bet he'll win this time.
     
  4. lewis82 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    That's what I'm thinking. Plus, Contador will be stronger this year, as he won't have to fight with one of his teammates :)
     
  5. PCOM2013 macrumors newbie

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    Last year this time, everyone said he was too old, away from cycling too long. 3rd on the podium ain't too bad. Fast forward 1 year, a super stacked team and much better form. Plus it is his last, no way he goes out w/out being on top of the podium after the final stage.
     
  6. PCOM2013 macrumors newbie

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    We all may eat our words, 3 week long grand tour.......hell of a lot can happen.
    I'm just a big lance fan, and a cycling nut. Thus I speak with a bit of bias.
     
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    as long as no one is caught doping until at least six months afterwards, and they put on a good show, i am good (although a three-peat of contador would be my least favourite result).

    i can't see anyone braking the top three of shrek, lance and contador.
    maybe basso, evans or menchov.
    or cancellara if he comes with his scooter ;) .

    hopefully someone comes out of the blue with a 10 minute breakout early on to mix things up (possibly on stage 3).
     
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    The 2010 Tour De France

    Shaping up to be an exciting Tour, looking forward to see the battle between Alberto Contador (2 time TDF winner) and Lance Armstrong (7 time TDF winner) who is trying to win his 8th Tour!

    http://www.letour.fr/indexus.html
     
  9. lewis82 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Armstrong surprised me. Looks like he's still very strong after all...

    This will be a very exciting Tour :)
     
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    <cough> Vinokourov </cough>
     
  11. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604

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    Lance already has a small advantage... ;)
    A whole 5 seconds over Contador! So, Armstrong only has to follow Contador and he wins his 8th!! :D
     
  12. danielcox macrumors member

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    I'm excited by this, watched the prologue in the heart of London's cycling culture - fantastic show by Armstrong, predictable for Cancellara. Excellent British showing, I'm rooting for Wiggins all the way.
     
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    This thread is going slow.... not so many Tour fans here?

    Was nice to see Le Tour starting here in Holland in nice weather. Also gr8 to see the huge crowds it attracted today along the route!!
    The French do a gr8 job delivering beautiful HD pictures of one of our most interesting landmarks and engineering successes: the Delta Works

    Not so nice to see someone's dog interfere, though :( .... luckily no real harm was done by the loose K9... :rolleyes:

    Petacchi had a brilliant sprint after the huge crash. But, good to see him win!
     
  14. lewis82 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Wow. What a race:eek:

    I'm SO happy Schleck isn't injured... looking at him, standing on the side of the road, I was sure he was leaaving with a fractured collar bone.
     
  15. danielcox macrumors member

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    Bad luck and slow start from the Brits. I have a feeling we'll all be watching Wiggins in 1-2 weeks.
     
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    Another exciting stage today, with plenty of changes to the leaderboard. Too bad Ryder Hesjedal wasn't able to maintain his lead and get a win for Canada.
     
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    A so-so stage until the last 30km - that was fantastic.
     
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    I'm pulling for Armstrong, but I don't think he'll win.
     
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    Seeing how he performed today, I don't think he will win either. It's not all his fault (he had to wait for a tire change), but the Armstrong of the golden years would have been able to come back on Contador.
     
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    Remind me never to ride on cobblestones at any kind of speed!
     
  21. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604

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    Should the cobblestones be a part of Le Tour?
    Really, I love watching the riders race across the stones, but it does make the stage a lottery IMHO.

    A Paris - Roubaix is renown for these cobblestones and therefore a gr8 race.

    But Le Tour is about endurance, not about one stage flukes. I love the drama... though...
     
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    That is why the TdF is three weeks long and not just a one-day race.
     
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    That's why I asked the question... the cobblestones seems to influence the 3 week race too quickly.
    OTOH it does make today's stage particularly interesting.
     
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    Stage 3 like Stage 2 was total CHAOS, with the cobblestones ending some riders' Tour hopes, Frank Schleck is out with a broken collarbone in three places.

    Contador surprised everybody and had a good day on the cobblestones. Lance was caught behind the big wreck and spent the rest of the stage trying to make up time.

    Cancellera managed to hold onto the overall Yellow Jersey for another stage but will almost surely be dropped in the Alps.

    Stage 4 sprints today, I am expecting a good battle with Mark Cavendish battling it out with Thor Hushovd.

    Some great battles AND wrecks in the first three stages, so far The Tour has lived up to the billing and has been quite exciting.
     
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    Cadel's going to bring it home this year














    I hope::D
     

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