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  1. Standard member Aiko
    Nearing 200000...!
    03 Jul '10 09:40
    Starting today in Rotterdam. I will be watching the prologue locally, but I fear a lot of rain and thunder will influence the result.

    Who do you think will win the prologue?
    And who will be first in Paris?
  2. Standard member Lundos
    Back to basics
    03 Jul '10 13:20
    Originally posted by Aiko
    Starting today in Rotterdam. I will be watching the prologue locally, but I fear a lot of rain and thunder will influence the result.

    Who do you think will win the prologue?
    And who will be first in Paris?
    Have fun. Cancellara will win the prologue and Contador will win the tour.

    I saw the starting times for today and Tony Martin is starting as one of the first, while most of the other top 5 favorites start in the last part of the list. I think we might see a huge discrepancy in finishing times due to the rain. It's a gamble from the team owners when you let your best riders start.
  3. Standard member Aiko
    Nearing 200000...!
    04 Jul '10 22:47
    Saw a lot of cyclists in real life today, at the 'grand depart'. Well, from a distance of 40 meters, but still fun...!
  4. 05 Jul '10 07:11
    I agree with Lundos the Contador will win the tour....he's just the best, most dominate grand tour cyclist now..like Lance in his heyday...At almost 39 and other activities to concern him he cannot dominate anymore.
  5. 05 Jul '10 16:31
    Having that motor taken out of his bike, as well as better blood testing doesn't help matters either.
  6. 06 Jul '10 14:17
    Originally posted by Eladar
    Having that motor taken out of his bike, as well as better blood testing doesn't help matters either.
  7. 06 Jul '10 14:20
    Originally posted by Lundos
    Have fun. Cancellara will win the prologue and Contador will win the tour.

    I saw the starting times for today and Tony Martin is starting as one of the first, while most of the other top 5 favorites start in the last part of the list. I think we might see a huge discrepancy in finishing times due to the rain. It's a gamble from the team owners when you let your best riders start.
    how bold of you to pick the favorites

    would've agreed with you before the prologue though, only a crash can stop contador winning the tour. his team isn't the best this year but you'd still expect him to win easily.
  8. Standard member Lundos
    Back to basics
    06 Jul '10 18:14
    Originally posted by trev33
    how bold of you to pick the favorites

    would've agreed with you before the prologue though, only a crash can stop contador winning the tour. his team isn't the best this year but you'd still expect him to win easily.
    Lol. The man asked a question and I answered. It isn't about picking anything.

    Funny how today's stage evolved. Saxo Bank won the yellow jersey and Andy Schleck took time from almost all the other favorites, and still the day is a loss since Frank Schleck crashed and is out of the race.
  9. 07 Jul '10 04:23
    yeah...interesting stage. the main gc contenders made it through including schleck, cadel evans and contador. lance lost almost a minute on the contendors due to a puncture at a very bad time. i dont think he will make the time up and will be lucky be top 10 which still isnt too bad.
  10. 09 Jul '10 20:51
    The next couple of days before the rest day should weed out some of the pretenders.
  11. 12 Jul '10 00:02
    Originally posted by ThinkOfOne
    The next couple of days before the rest day should weed out some of the pretenders.
    wiggens for example.

    and lance, can't forget lance, that looked painful. 7 times champion coming in over 6 minutes back. ouch. was never a huge fan of his but would be nice to see him come back and maybe win a stage in his last tour.
  12. 12 Jul '10 00:31 / 3 edits
    Originally posted by trev33
    wiggens for example.

    and lance, can't forget lance, that looked painful. 7 times champion coming in over 6 minutes back. ouch. was never a huge fan of his but would be nice to see him come back and maybe win a stage in his last tour.
    Well, if this was a "bad day" for Wiggins rather than an indication of his current form, he still has a chance. I'm thinking it's still too early to write him off completely. He's still within 3 minutes of Evans with the biggest Alpine stage and all of the Pyrenees to go. Plus he can time trial. Tuesday should give us a better idea as to who the real contenders might be. As for Armstrong, it was closer to 12 minutes. Rather than go for a stage win, I'd rather he showed some maturity and just played a good domestique for Leipheimer. If you can't tell, I'm probably much less a fan of Armstrong than you

    It was good to see Schleck do well. Couldn't help but have doubts with his showing at the Tour de Suisse.
  13. 12 Jul '10 14:43
    Originally posted by ThinkOfOne
    Well, if this was a "bad day" for Wiggins rather than an indication of his current form, he still has a chance. I'm thinking it's still too early to write him off completely. He's still within 3 minutes of Evans with the biggest Alpine stage and all of the Pyrenees to go. Plus he can time trial. Tuesday should give us a better idea as to who the real cont ...[text shortened]... Schleck do well. Couldn't help but have doubts with his showing at the Tour de Suisse.
    nay, wiggins is out of it. that was supposed to be a stage suited to him yesterday and he couldn't even hold on to a group of 10 or so riders. didn't hear what his excuse was, probably the weather. like andy schleck his whole season was geared towards the tour, he has to look at something that just wasn't good enough. he was even poor in the prologue. very unlike brad.

    very good tour this year so far, you would think schleck needs around 1 1/2-2 minutes up on contador going into the time trail, he might have missed a trick yesterday though, was a lot stronger than 10 seconds from contador.
  14. 12 Jul '10 16:45
    Originally posted by trev33
    he was even poor in the prologue. very unlike brad.
    The rest may be a fair comment, but on the prologue his team badly misguessed the weather, and he was riding in the worst conditions. That was easily enough to explain his performance there.
  15. Standard member uzless
    The So Fist
    13 Jul '10 20:05 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by Aiko
    Starting today in Rotterdam. I will be watching the prologue locally, but I fear a lot of drugs and steroids will influence the result.
    Fixed!