2009 Tour de France Thread
Posted 06 July 2009 - 01:13 AM
Posted 07 July 2009 - 12:05 PM
Posted 07 July 2009 - 12:42 PM
Posted 07 July 2009 - 01:08 PM
Posted 07 July 2009 - 03:36 PM
am hopeful a total unknown/team displays real courage and just lays into the teams and spreads everything out, it is doubtful but the TdF is the TdF, along with all the doping trials which will thin the ranks
Posted 07 July 2009 - 03:43 PM
Posted 07 July 2009 - 03:51 PM
amazing too of the many politics that go behind the scenes of this great race .........
Posted 07 July 2009 - 06:12 PM
Posted 10 July 2009 - 02:16 PM
At any rate, I think the GC winner will be from Astana this year.
Posted 10 July 2009 - 02:48 PM
Posted 10 July 2009 - 03:43 PM
Posted 10 July 2009 - 06:32 PM
Tour de France 2009 Standings - Through Stage 7
Rinaldo Nocentini - AG2R - 24 hours, 44 minutes, 32 seconds
Alberto Contador - Astana - 24 hours, 44 minutes, 38 seconds (6 seconds behind)
Lance Armstrong - Astana - 24 hours, 44 minutes, 40 seconds (8 seconds behind)
Posted 10 July 2009 - 06:45 PM
Nocentini isn't a GC though, so look to see Contador (most likely) in yellow by the end of tomorrows stage.
I loved how Lance and Contador but Cadel Evans back in place when he tried to launch an attack - lol.
Posted 23 July 2009 - 08:44 AM
Overall standings ( at the moment):
1. Alberto Contador (Spain / Astana ) 72 hours 27 minutes 09 seconds
2. Andy Schleck (Luxembourg / Saxo Bank ) + 2 mins 26 secs
3. Frank Schleck (Luxembourg / Saxo Bank ) + 3 mins 25 secs
4. Lance Armstrong (U.S. / Astana ) + 3 mins 55 secs
5. Andreas Kloeden (Germany / Astana ) + 4 mins 44 secs
Seven-time Tour winner Armstrong admitted he had to "bite his tongue" over Contador's tactics.
But the American believes Annecy and Saturday's fearsome 21.1km climb up Mount Ventoux will ultimately decide who finishes in the top three on Sunday.
"Second is still my goal, I guess it's still possible," said Armstrong.
"If I don't win it's not the end of the world, but of course I would like to be on the podium in Paris.
"I think we still have two big days. The time trial will shake things out, there will also be a big shake-out at Mount Ventoux."
Posted 23 July 2009 - 11:15 AM
Posted 06 July 2010 - 06:24 PM
Posted 06 July 2010 - 07:31 PM
I forgot about the TDF myself until yesterday. Riders not happy with the early course selection - narrow roads on day 2 when everyone is already pretty nervous about the TDF to start with. I think about 100 riders were involved in crashes yesterday, and as of the end of today (stage 3) no less then 10 riders have already dropped out of the TDF - broken ribs, broken collarbones, facial lacerations, etc. Frank Schleck the biggest name to drop out after breaking his collarbone today on the cobblestone course.
Lots of Cobblestones today (stage 3) so lots of crashes and the 10-ft roads. Schleck the biggest casualty, Lance dropping time due to a puncture but finishing top 20 on the stage. Two groups of 6 - 8 riders finished first, followed by rest of Peloton. Next few days are relatively flat I think.
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