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Tour de France update thread...

Discussion in 'Open Discussion (Work-safe)' started by jlb1705, Jul 3, 2004.

  1. jlb1705

    jlb1705 hipster doofus Bookie

    After the Prologue, Armstrong finished second, 1.65 secs. behind the leader Cancellara. Hamilton and Ullrich finished in the mid-teens. Armstrong has thrown down the gauntlet!!!!!
  2. gregorylee

    gregorylee I'd rather be napping!!

    That guy is the greatest athlete going right now, forget tiger, forget Kobe, forget all of them. This is like winning the superbowl six times straight. Not to mention the cancer and all that.

    :crazy: :bow: :crazy: :bow: :crazy: :bow: :crazy: :bow: :crazy: :bow: :crazy: :bow: :crazy: :bow: :crazy: :bow: :crazy: :bow: :crazy:
  3. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

    An American dominating in France just has to kill them...I love it.

    Hopefully, he can dominate the mountain stages again and not let this one be as close as last year
  4. Oh8ch

    Oh8ch Cognoscente of Omphaloskepsis Staff Member

    Isn't that above the norm for him in this stage?
  5. RugbyBuck

    RugbyBuck Our church has no bells.

    Related story: Our rugby team, the US Eagles narrowly lost to the French team today, 39-31. We were up 21-17 at the half. The French, generally regarded as a top-6 world team must be gagging on their "whine." As for us, even with the loss, it was probably our best ever showing in an international match against quality competition. The match will be shown on 7/18 on Fox Sports World.
  6. DiHard

    DiHard Guest

    armstrong has won the prologue twice....99 and i think 02......

    as early as it is...the prologue is key to armstrongs tour....and armstrong is already up 15 plus seconds to his main contender Jan Ullrich.....

    15 seconds...believe it or not...can be alot in this race....

    that 15 second advantage is more important than winning the stage....
  7. jlb1705

    jlb1705 hipster doofus Bookie

    I'll have to tivo that, thanks for the heads-up.

    You're absolutely right. These races are getting tighter every year, so every second Armstrong gains helps him. More importantly, he gained a psychological advantage on his rivals by laying down a superior run.
  8. DiHard

    DiHard Guest

    yeah....jlb...did you see jan's pistons/?? that guy is in the best condition of his life and he has won one tour and finished second like four times.....that guy is cut...his legs are unreal...however...

    lance still smoked him today....that has to be a real statement (as you said).....

    i lover the tour....going back to my duathlon and triathlon days......i was in the top 5% of cyclists....but blew when it came to running....
  9. jlb1705

    jlb1705 hipster doofus Bookie

    You're right about Ullrich - he scares me. Hamilton does too.

    I'm real excited b/c this is my first chance to actually see the Tour unfold. I've been following it somewhat since Armstrong started making his run, but I always had to keep up with it though the internet and stuff.
  10. USCemper

    USCemper The bicycle thief

    In my opinion, to avoid last year's very close struggle, Lance will have to attack hard on at least one the flat stages before the hard climbs in order to set-up Ullrich and others on the mountains. The most critical mountain stages will be # 11, the St. Falur to Figeac, # 12, with a real big climb on the Col d'Aspin and # 16, with the murderous l'Alpe Duez climb, 15 Kms of pure agony.

    It would be perfect if Lance could start l'Alpe Duez climb with at least 45 seconds to 1 minute advantage on Ullrich. But like DiHard said, even 15 seconds would be a good start.
  11. DesertBuckeye

    DesertBuckeye Purveyor of Fine Sarcasm

    I know this may sound like conspiracy theory run amuck, but I heard that they had redesigned the course again this year taking aim at Lance Armstrong's strengths. I'm sure the frogs just hate an American winning their race 5 times in a row and it'll kill them if he gets #6.

    I am completely in awe of Lance for all his accomplishments...truly amazing. I thought perhaps he was sick in the months leading up to the tour last year, is that true?
  12. jlb1705

    jlb1705 hipster doofus Bookie

    Armstrong is now 5th, :16 off the lead after Stage 3. Today's important development is the setback of Iban Mayo of Spain. One of the main contenders, Mayo was involved in a crash jostling for position before the first of two streches of cobblestone road. Mayo is a climbing specialist, but the 3:55 he lost to the other contenders is seemingly impossible to overcome. The favorites and their teams, led by Armstrong's USPS team, were ruthless in expanding their lead and pushing the pace when it was realized that Mayo was in such a precarious position. Another rival, Roberto Heras, was also setback by the crash, but he was able to charge back to the peloton and remain in contention. The great amount of energy that Mayo and his teammates expended in their futile attempt to catch back up will likely prove costly, as they stand to lose even more time to the favorites tomorrow in the team time trial due to fatigue. As for Armstrong, he is still in excellent postion in relation to his rivals.
  13. gregorylee

    gregorylee I'd rather be napping!!

    Thanks for the updates jlb, I enjoy finding out how Armstrong is doing even though I lack the patients/time to look it up or find out on tv.
  14. DiHard

    DiHard Guest

    desert.....think of it in terms of what golf has done to tiger....they are simply doing the same to lance....its a natural progression.....sure its great for america that lance is winning...but it sucks in europe...where most of the tours dollars or whatever currency are made....

    great day today for team postal....they put 3 or 4 minutes up on ivan of the top 5 contenders and a mountain specialist.....the next stage is a team time trial...60k or so...and the postal team gets to go last as they won last years...enormous advantage....lance should put another 3 minutes on mayo and, essentially, remove him from competition early....that leaves hamilton, ulrich and heras left......
  15. AKAK

    AKAK Well, that's like hypnotizing chickens. Staff Member Tech Admin

    It was interesting to me that the teams of the other favorites... At least Hamilton and Ullrich... were helping USPS drive their group away from Mayo's Group yesterday.... While, on one hand, is seems like they would want Mayo out of the way too.. the problem for them now is that if Mayo attacks in the Mountains... Armstrong and/or USPS doesn't have to expend a lot of energy to go chase him down... now Lance can just keep his eye on Hamilton (And Heras, to a little less of a degree) in the Moutains and try to stay fresh as possible for the Mountain Time Trial (Near the end) and deal with Ullrich then...

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