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The Tour de France Thread

Post by pErvinalia » Sat Jul 01, 2017 1:07 pm

I assume none of you give a toss, but this is my favourite annual sporting event by a long shot. The only events that come close for me are the Football and Rugby World Cups, and perhaps the Olympics. And they only come around every four years! So you can imagine my excitement each time July comes around.

Starts right now! :ab:

(although just saw that Phil Ligget and Paul Sherman won't be commentating it live this year for some reason... :( )
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Post by Brian Peacock » Sat Jul 01, 2017 1:12 pm

I like a bit of cycling. My brother has always been a big fan, and has cycled as a competitive amateur from his early teens up to the 'veteran' status he currently enjoys - so it's kind of in the family. Personally I like to follow the worlds greatest multi-stage team road race to see which team are the most successful at doping their riders while dodging the drugs tests each year.

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Post by pErvinalia » Sat Jul 01, 2017 1:39 pm

:lol: Yeah, drugs are a big problem. But there haven't been any high profile busts for a while, I think. So perhaps that's promising.
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Post by Hermit » Sat Jul 01, 2017 2:33 pm

pErvin wrote::lol: Yeah, drugs are a big problem. But there haven't been any high profile busts for a while, I think. So perhaps that's promising.
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Post by JimC » Sat Jul 01, 2017 10:27 pm

You assumed right, in my case...
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Post by Scott1328 » Sat Jul 01, 2017 11:29 pm

I am rooting for Lance Armstrong's eighth win

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Post by Brian Peacock » Sat Jul 01, 2017 11:56 pm

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Post by pErvinalia » Sun Jul 02, 2017 1:58 am

That's not funny.
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Post by Svartalf » Sun Jul 02, 2017 1:25 pm

JimC wrote:You assumed right, in my case...
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Post by pErvinalia » Sun Jul 02, 2017 1:37 pm

Alejandro Valverde, one of the top riders, and nominally a domestique for top contender Nairo Quintana, crashed out yesterday on the first stage. Broke his knee cap.
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Post by Brian Peacock » Sun Jul 02, 2017 11:11 pm

Lightweight. An Ozzie wouldn't let that stop him.
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Post by pErvinalia » Mon Jul 03, 2017 1:27 am

I really feel a sort of electric jolt every time I see one of these guys fall on hard bitumen. God, it looks so painful. The most common injury is a broken collarbone as they fall off the bike and land fully on the point of the shoulder without any break of the fall. Horrible to watch. :?
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Post by Strontium Dog » Mon Jul 03, 2017 1:42 pm

They should wear shoulder pads, like American Football players.
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Re: The Tour de France Thread

Post by Brian Peacock » Mon Jul 03, 2017 2:12 pm

Talking of which...
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Re: The Tour de France Thread

Post by pErvinalia » Mon Jul 03, 2017 4:59 pm

Peter Sagan won yet another stage today. He's on track to be the greatest ever Tour de France cyclist, even while being a sprinter as opposed to a GC contender. I so hope he's not on drugs.
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