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    Place your Tour de France predictions here...

    I predict not one of you can name 5 racers in this year's tour.
    Nobody gives a s#$t you singlespeed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skinny-tire View Post
    I predict not one of you can name 5 racers in this year's tour.
    they all our on dope tho......

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    I predict someone will be accused of doping!
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    I am a tour hoar! and have been since I was 14. All life stops for the first 3 weeks in July at my house. I used to have to ride my bike down to the supermarket to see the Sat newspaper just to know who was in the top 3.

    I don't think there will be any surprises this year, Contador takes it, until they strip it from him. There could be an American on the podium, maybe Levi, don't think Christian can (hope I'm wrong). One of the Schleck's and Evans could podium, too. 2nd and 3rd are up for grabs. Mark will win lots of sprints, I like him. I think if all the contenders (for 2nd and 3rd) gang up on Contador, someone could beat him. They should have done that to Lance but they never did.

    It should be fun to watch!

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    Quote Originally Posted by motochick View Post
    I am a tour hoar! and have been since I was 14. All life stops for the first 3 weeks in July at my house. I used to have to ride my bike down to the supermarket to see the Sat newspaper just to know who was in the top 3.

    I don't think there will be any surprises this year, Contador takes it, until they strip it from him. There could be an American on the podium, maybe Levi, don't think Christian can (hope I'm wrong). One of the Schleck's and Evans could podium, too. 2nd and 3rd are up for grabs. Mark will win lots of sprints, I like him. I think if all the contenders (for 2nd and 3rd) gang up on Contador, someone could beat him. They should have done that to Lance but they never did.

    It should be fun to watch!

    Brenda
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    Quote Originally Posted by skinny-tire View Post
    I used to, until the event became a complete and utter farce.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cycle64 View Post
    gee atherton

    Cameron Zink

    Cedric Gracia

    darren bearclaw

    Brian Leal
    - rep....those are mtn bike rider, duh

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alias9000 View Post
    - rep....those are mtn bike rider, duh
    It's a mountain bike forum. But I bet that Leal guy shaves his legs.
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    I am holding out for a comeback of the best female rider I have ever seen on the Tour: Jan Ulrich. She was quite a competitor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cycle64 View Post
    It's a mountain bike forum. But I bet that Leal guy shaves his legs.
    Scary that you can name professional mountain bikers. Do you have posters of them up in your room?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cycle64 View Post
    gee atherton

    Cameron Zink

    Cedric Gracia

    darren bearclaw

    Brian Leal
    I thought that Brian guy took after his mom and became a professional wh0re?

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    Quote Originally Posted by skinny-tire View Post
    Scary that you can name professional mountain bikers. Do you have posters of them up in your room?
    Yes. Screen saver on my 55" LED.

    Do you have posters of the shaved leg TDF riders/dopers and their Toyota Prius's in yours?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cycle64 View Post
    gee atherton

    Cameron Zink

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    darren bearclaw

    Brian Leal
    +rep for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cycle64 View Post
    Yes. Screen saver on my 55" LED.

    Do you have posters of the shaved leg TDF riders/dopers and their Toyota Prius's in yours?
    55" LED???

    How many Lumens is that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cycle64 View Post
    Yes. Screen saver on my 55" LED.

    Do you have posters of the shaved leg TDF riders/dopers and their Toyota Prius's in yours?
    nope
    Nobody gives a s#$t you singlespeed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kubo View Post
    55" LED???

    How many Lumens is that?
    I'm not sure. I failed to look at the greenie sticker on it. I'm sure it uses more power than a Toyota Prius.
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    OT: Do slower climbers have to yield to faster climbers on the Tour?

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    Quote Originally Posted by skinny-tire View Post
    nope
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    Between the greenbelt, trainer, and the physical therapy... I am ready for Alps!
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    Quote Originally Posted by motochick View Post
    I am a tour hoar! and have been since I was 14. All life stops for the first 3 weeks in July at my house. I used to have to ride my bike down to the supermarket to see the Sat newspaper just to know who was in the top 3.

    I don't think there will be any surprises this year, Contador takes it, until they strip it from him. There could be an American on the podium, maybe Levi, don't think Christian can (hope I'm wrong). One of the Schleck's and Evans could podium, too. 2nd and 3rd are up for grabs. Mark will win lots of sprints, I like him. I think if all the contenders (for 2nd and 3rd) gang up on Contador, someone could beat him. They should have done that to Lance but they never did.

    It should be fun to watch!

    Brenda
    Think your pretty darn close here.

    here's my top three or so.

    Contador/Schlek/Schlek/Kloden

    Cadel Evans will explode on yet another climb in which he tries to attack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by azdog View Post
    Between the greenbelt, trainer, and the physical therapy... I am ready for Alps!
    Who's he?

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    A doper will win. Probably Contador.
    I will watch.
    I can't help myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmarkos View Post
    Who's he?
    Eabos's stalker.
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    1. Clenbutador (where's the beef?)
    2. Schleck (does it really matter which one?)
    3. Chris Horner
    4. Cuddles aka: Cadel Evans
    5. Bradley Wiggins

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    I say Lance wins it with Floyd Landis coming in second.
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    Lance always!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chipolopolo View Post

    Cadel Evans will explode on yet another climb in which he tries to attack.
    Cadels more known for not attackingbut your right, he'll still explode on one of the major climbs

    Quote Originally Posted by chiva View Post
    1. Clenbutador (where's the beef?)
    2. Schleck (does it really matter which one?)
    3. Chris Horner
    4. Cuddles aka: Cadel Evans
    5. Bradley Wiggins
    a very likely scenario .....maybe replace Horner(I hope not) with Levi(who like cadel will explode on one of the climbs)
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    Quote Originally Posted by ImaFred View Post
    Cadels more known for not attackingbut your right, he'll still explode on one of the major climbs
    a very likely scenario .....maybe replace Horner(I hope not) with Levi(who like cadel will explode on one of the climbs)


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    With all due respect ST, I agree with cycle 64. This is a MTB forum. At the very least, your post should read. "OTPlace your "tour de who gives a *****" predictions here". If I care nothing about the Superbowl, World Series and Stanley Cup, can you imagine how little I care about the TDWGAS? Don't get upset. I just think getting excited about EPO infused wafe boys pedaling up a hill is about as exciting as watching juiced up illiterates crush a ball out of a ball park(huge accomplishment??). The TDWGAS is IMHO, up there with eating contests... Now if you posted "What MX racer will win Redbud" or "Will Aaron Gwin win Mt. Sainte Anne", that's a different story. The worst these guys can be accused of is hitting a doobie after the race. My two cents.
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    Always been a Cadel fan since he was a mountain bike professional, I also tend to gravitate towards the stagiaire who probably doesn't dope or at least not that much and puts in one big effort for one day of glory.

    On Cadel, I blew it with Landis and Rasmussen who were also mountain riders.

    My lady is now into it after watching with me last year which is a huge bonus since it monopolizes the TV for 3 weeks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by suvlako View Post
    Now if you posted "What MX racer will win Redbud" or "Will Aaron Gwin win Mt. Sainte Anne", that's a different story. The worst these guys can be accused of is hitting a doobie after the race. My two cents.
    I'm assuming these are downhill races? If so, I thought the goal of these was to see how many sponsors' logos one could fit on a racing jersey?
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    Mx=motocross
    Aaron Gwin is indeed a dh racer. Aaron Gwin was an ex moto-x racer.

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    Here ya go. Tour de France no longer OT

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRx8jO9DX5c

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    Quote Originally Posted by suvlako View Post
    With all due respect ST, I agree with cycle 64. This is a MTB forum. At the very least, your post should read. "OTPlace your "tour de who gives a *****" predictions here".
    I was actually just having some fun with the question. Personally I think it is amazing how fast the riders are in both groups. I keep hearing how this SS gig is the greatest. Wonder how well a top rider would hang at the TDF on a SS? Made sure to insert a smiley. Someone might think I was serious with that question!

    I'm sure that Leal dude could hang!
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    Quote Originally Posted by suvlako View Post
    Mx=motocross
    Aaron Gwin is indeed a dh racer. Aaron Gwin was an ex moto-x racer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skinny-tire View Post
    I used to, until the event became a complete and utter farce.
    Same for me with the "drug free" NFL.
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    Quote Originally Posted by suvlako View Post
    Now if you posted "What MX racer will win Redbud" or "Will Aaron Gwin win Mt. Sainte Anne", that's a different story. The worst these guys can be accused of is hitting a doobie after the race. My two cents.
    Oh, these are just the ticket. Nothing is more exciting than watching beer drinking doobie smoking rednecks utilizing machines and/or gravity in the hopes of adding another logo to their riding gear.
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    Andy Schleck for the win.

    I will have the roadbike on the indoor trainer perched in front of the tv. Might even shave my legs..............again.

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    I don't think John Tomac would say that road racing is a farce or not relevant to mtb racing...

    Contador (unfortunately) will win again.

    I can probably name 20 other riders in the tour off the top of my head. I'm a touraholic. It is the only time of year my wife watches TV.

    Regardless of the doping scandals it is an amazing sporting event and amazing demonstration of skill fitness and determination.

    You don't think mtb racers ever use PED's or other drugs? At least the road racing organizations are serious about trying to police the use of drugs. None of the major US sports really want to catch anybody and they aren't really trying.

    Anybody ever read Bobke's books? I just finished one (Bobke II) and it is awesome. Plenty of mtb stories in there too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirdir View Post
    Oh, these are just the ticket. Nothing is more exciting than watching beer drinking doobie smoking rednecks utilizing machines and/or gravity in the hopes of adding another logo to their riding gear.
    Totally... As if the noodle armed dudes aren't logo'd up??? Would you say that John Tomac fits the description of a beer drinking doobie smoking redneck? His son is an enormous force in the mx/sx lites class and consistently places in the top 5. In addition, JT is Aaron Gwin's coach and one reason(if not the reason) for his success in the World Cup dh circuit this year.

    With all due respect to those that think MX(dh for that matter) is a fat man's sport and that the engine and gravity are doing all the work. Don't knock it till you've tried it.

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    I've raced road bikes, mtb and off-road motorcycles. Off road moto is the hardest physically.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gila monster View Post
    I don't think John Tomac would say that road racing is a farce or not relevant to mtb racing...

    Contador (unfortunately) will win again.

    I can probably name 20 other riders in the tour off the top of my head. I'm a touraholic. It is the only time of year my wife watches TV.

    Regardless of the doping scandals it is an amazing sporting event and amazing demonstration of skill fitness and determination.

    You don't think mtb racers ever use PED's or other drugs? At least the road racing organizations are serious about trying to police the use of drugs. None of the major US sports really want to catch anybody and they aren't really trying.

    Anybody ever read Bobke's books? I just finished one (Bobke II) and it is awesome. Plenty of mtb stories in there too.
    I agree with this...

    heres a few names of dopers in mtb of the top of my head...

    Elena Gaddoni

    Michael Rassmussen- 2007 tdf

    Alexi Grewal

    Jerome Chiotti- (never busted, but admitted it publicly on his own initiative years later because he couldn't live with it, was stripped of title)

    Filip Meirhaeghe (busted for EPO)

    Christophe Dupouey (eventually committed suicide after being found out as part of a performance enhancing drug trafficking ring)

    Roland Green

    Chris Sheppard

    etc. etc. etc.

    I dig dirt!

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    As far as doping, the use of PED's. Our chosen sport is not immune, even at the high end non-professional level. I have a "group" of guys I ride (watch) with from time to time that are all juiced.

    I have reconciled that if I choose to watch the tour (which I do) some will be outed every tour and I will be disappointed by that every year as well.

    The last few years have been rather dull in comparison to the mind numbing "Lance years". His dominance in the mountains and the furious attack's on the historic climbs are no more. Every year I wait....wait...wait, the alps, the pyrenees, still no theatrics of note. But I watch every stage every year none the less.

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    Phil, Paul and Bobke are the sounds of Summer.
    As longs as its not Contador..if I see him pistelaro the camera one more time I might pistelaro my head.
    Would kill to see Leipheimer OA or Hincapie take a mtn stage(again), but I dont have high hopes.
    The Schlecks could both podium for sure, so .....
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    Anybody but Contador.

    Levi won the Tour de Suisse (sp?) on the final stage by just a few seconds after being down by a couple of minutes. I would very much like to see him win the GC.

    Caddel would be my second pick, but I agree he'll have one bad day on the climbs and lose a lot of time.

    Andy Schleck probably has the best chance of beating Contador though

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmmorath View Post
    Here ya go. Tour de France no longer OT

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRx8jO9DX5c
    That is awesome! You knew the crash was coming.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grizzlyplumber View Post
    That is awesome! You knew the crash was coming.
    I believe thats Dave Watson hucking over the peloton...I was watching it live when it happened and couldnt believe my it was beyond
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    Been watching the tour for many years. Watching LeMond win the '89 tour on the last day was a big deal back in the day for me.

    Was a big Lance fan for a long time, diminished when he went Hollywood and then more when I finally admitted what I knew all along....but he was fun to watch! Have a pair of "Dopers Suck' socks and think it sucks that the race has been tarnished by all the doping scandels.

    But I will watch the tour streaming live on the pc as I dont have Versus and I want Levi to kick some butt.

    Golf had/has the Tiger thing and now we have young Rory bringing back some goodness and reason to cheer the game. Hopefully cycling will find someone to do the same.

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