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    Just curious if anyone is planning on starting a Tour de France thread

    Just curious. (I like the TDF)
    I'm not sure how this works.

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    I know nothing about pro road cycling but I plan on following it this year. I would be interested in a thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by squashyo View Post
    Just curious. (I like the TDF)
    Those guy's are on dope...I'm watching for sure

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    Just curious if anyone is planning on starting a Tour de France thread

    What is the TDF? I thought all euro road racing was cancelled until they can figure out the winners for the Tour De France from 1998-2012.
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    Velogames Fantasy Cycling 2013 is fun and easy. Most TDF games are more work than I want to deal with. A league always helps with the TDF threads.

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    i'm leaving for France next week. i'll make sure to post some pics of the crazies on Alpe d'Huez.

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    Quote Originally Posted by modbog View Post
    i'm leaving for France next week. i'll make sure to post some pics of the crazies on Alpe d'Huez.
    AWESOME FOR YOU!!
    Please do post some TDF pix!
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    Quote Originally Posted by squashyo View Post
    Just curious. (I like the TDF)
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    Quote Originally Posted by modbog View Post
    i'm leaving for France next week. i'll make sure to post some pics of the crazies on Alpe d'Huez.
    Surely youíre stopping by Belgium before returning home???
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    Quote Originally Posted by squashyo View Post
    Just curious if anyone is planning on starting a Tour de France thread

    Just curious. (I like the TDF)
    You started it.

    Great 1st stage IMHO!

    Gotta love those tour buses
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    I don't know how to say cluster**** in French. Maybe "Gruppe de merde"?

    The banners on the edge of the road, that were at handlebar height. The stupid narrow road with high curbs.

    And the bus driver who does not know how to put it in reverse.


    I hope the organizers pull a "Bernie Ecclestone" on Sardinia, and say "No Stage For You" in 2014.

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    Seems there is less doping this year because no one can keep from crashing!
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    Just curious if anyone is planning on starting a Tour de France thread

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    I don't know how to say cluster**** in French. Maybe "Gruppe de merde"?

    The banners on the edge of the road, that were at handlebar height. The stupid narrow road with high curbs.

    And the bus driver who does not know how to put it in reverse.


    I hope the organizers pull a "Bernie Ecclestone" on Sardinia, and say "No Stage For You" in 2014.
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    I haven't been able to watch since I cancelled our cable a few months back. They have it online but it's like $30...anyone know a good way to watch online without having to pay?

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    Re: Just curious if anyone is planning on starting a Tour de France thread

    Quote Originally Posted by squareback View Post
    I don't know how to say cluster**** in French. Maybe "Gruppe de merde"?

    The banners on the edge of the road, that were at handlebar height. The stupid narrow road with high curbs.

    And the bus driver who does not know how to put it in reverse.


    I hope the organizers pull a "Bernie Ecclestone" on Sardinia, and say "No Stage For You" in 2014.
    Clusterf. = bordel

    Corsica, not Sardinia. Roads are tiny there, but it is really pretty.


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    Corsica!

    Damn Corsica is on my bucket list!

    Stage 1 was great and Stage 2 didn't disappoint; any time a breakaway survivor nips the sprinters by 1 second I'm enthralled!

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    Delete.
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    Next, the Isle of Capri!

    Just curious if anyone is planning on starting a Tour de France thread-fulancev.2.jpg

    All kidding aside, good start, but all theatrics till the real race starts off the Isle of Beautiful Corsica.
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    I caved in and paid the $30 just now, but I suppose that's better than $75 for 1 month of NBC sports channel on dish network

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    I'm still a little bitter about all the doping scandals...but I got into the end of the stage yesterday, and it was pretty cool!

    As for watching it, I found this on another site:

    There's a few steps to go through if you haven't torrented before, but it's pretty painless and once you're set up, there's no end to the things you can find and download.

    First install a torrent client, like "Bittorrent" on Windows or "Transmission" on Mac. Google em and install. These are universal clients that will download torrents from anywhere on the web.

    Then go to: http://www.cyclingtorrents.nl/browse...d=0&language=0

    ...and sign up as a member (free, but necessary).

    This is a directory of files. Click on the file listing you want, and download the "Torrent file". This is a small text file that gets saved to your computer. After you save it, click it, and it will launch your client and ask you to add the files to your download list. Click add, and watch the files come cruising on in. Once they're done, leave them there for a few weeks, to help others download theirs. If you don't, you'll suffer a speed penalty going forward.

    Somewhat unfortunately, if you're just signing up today, it's standard definition (no HD) downloads only for 30 days. Though, if you sign up now, then by next tour you'll be good to go for all the HD stuff. Actually, they manage to upload just about every major race in the world, so there's a continual flow of stuff between now and then to choose from. All the classics, everything.
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    totally worked...I have some catching up to do! Funny how in the intro Lance was simply avoided until the segment that said scandals...written off! Thanks DV!
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    ^^ Glad it worked. Happy Birthday!
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    Do those apps only allow you to watch the race live? Or can you watch it in reply after it has finished?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hernandezsrt View Post
    Do those apps only allow you to watch the race live? Or can you watch it in reply after it has finished?

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    I don't think it will be live but it does remove all commercials which is cool. If you want live, think you gotta fork out $30.
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    I found some free streaming service out of Eastern Europe, but the streaming is pretty iffy. I don't really have time to watch TV anyway.
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    Re: Just curious if anyone is planning on starting a Tour de France thread

    I want to watch it while I'm at work, but the only app available is from nbc, and from reviews you can only watch the race while it's live (no replay)

    Can any one confirm this?

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    Just curious if anyone is planning on starting a Tour de France thread

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    I want to watch it while I'm at work, but the only app available is from nbc, and from reviews you can only watch the race while it's live (no replay)

    Can any one confirm this?

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    The $30 NBC deal is pretty good. Just watched a couple of stages that I missed with no commercials and no delay even with my cheap ATT non-fiber optic DSL. Looking forward to the mtn stages

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    I've been watching replays on NBC sports. Sounds like I'm lucky to get that channel, especially since I don't get a lot of stuff that I thought was common.
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    i'm watching on channel 2 (channel 3 for the first half.) spending a lazy day in the south of France.. geniale!

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    This tour has been super fun to watch! I heard someone threw tacks on the course yesterday...that's ****ed up!
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    Again? I remember that either last year or some other race this year.
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    hot one today


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    that was a bumpy sprint finish today.. youch..

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    Looks to me like Cavendish was annoyed that he had to go around someone again at the final sprint and just gave a little shoulder bump.
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    Just curious if anyone is planning on starting a Tour de France thread

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    Looks to me like Cavendish was annoyed that he had to go around someone again at the final sprint and just gave a little shoulder bump.
    Then claimed he needed to ride through the guy to stay out of the barriers. BS. And got physical with a reporter that asked if he caused the crash.

    At least 12 riders rode around the crash ("in the barriers") including Sagan who managed to stay on Cav's wheel to the line.
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    It seemed clear that Cavendish was trying to lever around Veelers to get on Greipel's wheel as the final sprint began, and Veelers weaved a little bit back towards Cavendish just as Cavendish was passing and turning into the line that Veelers had just vacated and then returned to. Cavendish then gave Veelers the bump that sent him flying -- it looked like a defensive move (otherwise Veelers might have sent Cavendish down) and this presumably is why the race officials exonerated Cavendish.

    Still it seems wrong to say this was Veelers' fault. Veelers was dropping back after leading out Kittel (who won) and wobbled a little rather than holding a straight line, but it should be the back rider's job to anticipate and avoid riders in front when passing. This would not have happened if Cavendish had someone from his own team to lead him out but they had all dropped back, so he tried to draft off others until the final sprint -- which carries inherent risk because Veelers had no reason to believe he was leading anyone out.

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    Cavendish deserved to have pee thrown on him. What an douchebag

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    Veelers was definitely weaving, but Cavendish clearly leaned into him while passing. Defensive, agressive, who knows exactly as it was all in the heat of the moment.
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    It was great to see Kittel stomp Cavendish fair-and-square today!

    RE a couple of days ago Veelers definitely drifted off line to the right (watch the white striping on the road) and being that a left-hander is coming up Cavendish probably felt the urgency to bump Veelers out of the way. Defensive yes but pretty damned aggressive IMHO. Sells advertising!
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    I wanted to like Cavendish but he has made it difficult. All it takes is a few self-centered public comments to convey the "I am a prima donna" attitude. Starting with his criticism of Sky notwithstanding what Wiggins did to make sure he could win a stage last year. He should have just kept his mouth shut. And the obsessive media focus on him to the exclusion of others who are in the same class of top sprinters is ludicrous. (The Olympics being the worst example -- the broadcasters talked about no one else and he finished way off the lead). Bolstered by the Specialized ads that have him beating motorcycles. Meanwhile he gets his a$$ kicked fair and square by Kittel, who gets virtually no English-language media attention.

    No one should condone throwing pee on a rider during a race, but one hopes this guy will realize he needs a less arrogant public image.

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    it was a bit of a comedy of errors. luckily, those Argos boys have a good attitude and a healthy sense of humor. just look at Simon Geschke's recent photo/tweet:



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    A few pics dad took yesterday at the beginning of the stage.
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    Watching Froome reminds me a little of Accounting 1&2 at a college circa early 1990. You see, Accounting 1&2 sucked balls. I think half the class failed and you had no chance in A2 without solid knowledge of A1. They called 'em the weeder classes. So, most of those in the know took these classes at a neighboring community college where the 80 year old teacher ran the exact same tests year after year for which a copy could be had for less than a hand job. (Hand massages were very popular and you could get them very cheap). Problem was, you couldn't outright ace these tests else you'd raise red flags so the secret was to get a few questions wrong but wrong in a way that wouldn't create greater questions...it was no easy task. Anyhow, Froome needs to stop winning so easily else we will all come to realize sooner than later that he's cheating. Jesus...at least pretend to be tired or something.
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    Contador needs to stop by a Spanish McDonalds.

    in Lyon right now, heading to the Alps in a minute. looking forward to seeing tomorrow's stage!

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    unsanity. i don't have words.. really. lots of pictures and video though. here are some of the photos

    https://plus.google.com/photos/10042...PeXkKnMup3WvwE

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    Quote Originally Posted by modbog View Post
    unsanity. i don't have words.. really. lots of pictures and video though. here are some of the photos

    https://plus.google.com/photos/10042...PeXkKnMup3WvwE
    Great photos!

    TV coverage doesn't give full appreciation to the fans who have waited for hours (days!?!?) for the brief passing of the race.

    Very cool that they ran up Alpe d'Huez twice for that stage (at least for the spectators!)

    Who's that pretty lady you're stalking in your photos?

    All-in-all; I've quite enjoyed watching this year's Tour.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pliebenberg View Post
    Who's that pretty lady you're stalking in your photos?
    she's my reason for being.. in France, among other things.

    the word awesome is frequently overused. this was awesome. huge amount of energy. the crowd was intense and the vast majority were well behaved and courteous. the orange switchback was a living BREATHING entity.

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