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    2013 TdF Jibber Jabber

    Three Canadians in it this year. GC hopes are slim but stage wins are a possibility.

    Here's a nice little analysis piece from VeloNews to get you all primed and ready: There’s more to the 100th Tour de France than a tough last week.

    Let the games begin!
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    I predict,

    - there will be 2 PED scandals.

    - a general strike of some kind

    - the French will continue the fine tradition of not winning the race.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enduramil View Post
    I predict,

    - the French will continue the fine tradition of not winning the race.
    But surely Thomas Voeckler will have an epic ride up at least one mountain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thedumbopinion View Post
    But surely Thomas Voeckler will have an epic ride up at least one mountain.
    I believe Phil Liggett would call that reaching into his suitcase of courage.

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    I am ready for the tour to start, I've just picked my Fantasy Tour Team!

    The only problem is that I'm busier this year at work so I won't be able to watch the tour on steephill "in the background" while I work.

    What are my options to watch on demand? I don't have cable. Has anyone used cycling.tv? Does it show the entire stages or just recaps? What about nbc? Will that work for us lowly Canadians? ...I do have vpn.

    p.s. Go Ryder!

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    It's going to be fun to watch Cav and Sagan duke it out.

    ... and Contador FTW.

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    I still "watch" the Tour the old-fashioned way. I read the live updates on VeloNews and/or CyclingNews (which are also easy to follow on my phone when I'm traveling) and then watch the summary at night on TSN2.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thatshowiroll View Post
    It's going to be fun to watch Cav and Sagan duke it out.
    No love for Greipel?
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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    No love for Greipel?
    Of course Greipel's great but, I love the aforementioned for their attitudes as much as their skills.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thatshowiroll View Post
    I love the aforementioned for their attitudes as much as their skills.
    Yes, part of the fun of following top sprinters is the prima donna 'tude. They usually try to mask it and put up the nice front for team PR, but it's always under there lurking just under the surface.

    The GC guys, on the other hand, are always playing the "tranquilo" card. Except maybe for the Cobra, who didn't seem to have read the PR handbook. ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thatshowiroll View Post
    Of course Greipel's great but, I love the aforementioned for their attitudes as much as their skills.
    Can't argue with that...

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    Re: 2013 TdF Jibber Jabber

    Wow. What a disaster this has shaped up to be. Not a good way to kick off the 100th.

    Post race interviews will be interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thedumbopinion View Post
    Wow. What a disaster this has shaped up to be. Not a good way to kick off the 100th.

    Post race interviews will be interesting.
    It was a banner start to le Tour. *rimshot*


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    For those wondering...it appears that the NBC coverage is available both live and on demand with a VPN.

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    Oh yeah, that was a $hit show.

    Orica Green Wedge......

    I didn't come up with that, apparently there is a photo-caption contest going on.

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    Tour De France: Hesjedal Tired Of "getting Crashed" | Cyclingnews.com

    It looked like the sponsor banner that caused the 'Ryder group' crash was on the road. The peleton is riding along and and the they have to move over. Not sure why they didn't just put it on or behind the yellow curb.

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    I'm not too sure about these hipster glasses Ryder is wearing in the tour this year. Can he pull them off?

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    Im on Shaw TV (satelite) .
    I get the Tour on TSN2 .
    It only airs in the AM .
    Does NBC do a PM night cap ?
    If so , what station is it on ?

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    I guess its not Ryder's year. Hopefully he'll be back with better luck, better form and better glasses.

    Canadian Ryder Hesjedal racing with broken rib at Tour de France

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    Quote Originally Posted by thedumbopinion View Post
    I guess its not Ryder's year. Hopefully he'll be back with better luck, better form and better glasses.

    Canadian Ryder Hesjedal racing with broken rib at Tour de France
    Ya, read that in the paper this morning. Sigh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ccaddy View Post
    Im on Shaw TV (satelite) .
    I get the Tour on TSN2 .
    It only airs in the AM .
    Does NBC do a PM night cap ?
    If so , what station is it on ?
    I've got TSN2 with Bell, but they're showing a rebroadcast or a summary at night as well (I have to keep deleting duplicate recordings in my PVR). Usually around 10 pm or so?

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    Golly! My man Sagan is having a hard time winning the sprints. Always a Bridesmaid...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thatshowiroll View Post
    Golly! My man Sagan is having a hard time winning the sprints. Always a Bridesmaid...
    It's looking like a REALLY good day for Sagan so far!
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    Enjoying watching the race so far but only 1 hour of coverage this morning on Bell. Whats with that. Suppose to be a long mountain stage today. ahh

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    With no cable I've been watching it on Eurosport, wild day right from the gun.

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    2013 TdF Jibber Jabber

    I would recommend to anyone interested to d/l the Cycling News (free) Tour app. Loads of info and live peloton/catch/break mapping. Fwiw, what the heck happened to Team Cannondale this year? Go Belkin!
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    What is up with Bell, the PVR and NBC coverage?

    Bell and PVR - Away two days and the PVR decided those events weren't worth recording. WTF? Did the title change? Channel? What?

    NBC Coverage - 8AM show - why do we show a bunch of intro images and then cut to the race in progress with no detail - no course profile, none of the usual pre-race commentary, nothing. Start showing the middle of the race - no idea what's happened up to that point. Is this a Bell problem with the guide? Did the show actually start hours earlier? Didn't think so since we had those intro images.

    Of course, today, Stage 10 they actually went back to what I expected.

    Grrr.

    Rob

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    Things got really weird on TSN last weekend with Wimbledon, the German GP and the Tour all on at the same time. I'm hoping things will settle down a bit now.
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    Most exciting flat stage ever...
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    Quote Originally Posted by TSpeed View Post
    Most exciting flat stage ever...
    The potential for hi-jinx is always there when it gets windy.
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    Thanks for not posting spoilers!

    I'll avoid the internet as much as possible this afternoon so I can watch it tonight and be surprised.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sputnikcdn View Post
    Thanks for not posting spoilers!

    I'll avoid the internet as much as possible this afternoon so I can watch it tonight and be surprised.
    It's worth it. I'm going to watch it again... not that I wouldn't anyway. :P
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    For sure. I'm predicting a breakaway that makes it tomorrow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    The potential for hi-jinx is always there when it gets windy.
    Indeed... Wow what a stage! Thanks Tspeed for posting that. I was extra careful to avoid all cycling news so I could watch it all unfold without knowing the conclusion.

    Looking forward to the mountains!

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    Haven't seen it yet. I'm waiting for Mrs Unglued to relinquish the remote....and it's driving me nuts!
    Strava made me do it....

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    Very interesting weekend. I wonder who's going to finish second?
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    I say Clembutador for second. There are other riders who can climb, but he can climb and time trial.

    And how about Sagan popping a wheelie as the peloton caught him? How awesome was that?
    Strava made me do it....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unglued View Post
    I say Clembutador for second. There are other riders who can climb, but he can climb and time trial.
    AC's status as an "impact player" in the TTs seems to be a thing of the past.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unglued View Post
    And how about Sagan popping a wheelie as the peloton caught him? How awesome was that?
    Pretty much one of the awesomest things I've seen this year.
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    I'm actually working on that move for the Canada Cup this weekend...
    Strava made me do it....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unglued View Post
    I'm actually working on that move for the Canada Cup this weekend...
    Does that mean you're planning to ride a road bike and have the peloton leave you in its dust?

    That was an incredible move. How does he do it???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nerdgirl View Post
    That was an incredible move. How does he do it???
    Just like this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    Pretty much one of the awesomest things I've seen this year.
    Yeah, that was nice, as was the entire stage. But I loved Stage 15 even more. It is hard to believe how Froome climbed that mountain. I am afraid of the day when we find out that he is not clean. And considering how he suddently went from a nobody to a second place in the TdF (and probably win this year), I seriously doubt he is clean. But it was exciting just the same.
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    Quote Originally Posted by serious View Post
    I am afraid of the day when we find out that he is not clean.
    Unfortunately I was thinking the same thing when he attached with that ridiculous cadence. I guess its the current world of sport. Looking at all the sprinters getting busted on the weekend can't help but wonder if Bolt is next. If he's beating all the dopers he must be doping right? They call that LAS (Lance Armstrong Syndrome).

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    I've been waiting months for today's stage and did it ever deliver! Up Huez twice with a sketchy goat path connecting the ascents - wow! If you didn't follow it this morning, I would call it a must-watch tonight.
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    Spoiler ALERT: Go Ryder!!1!
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    Final stage will be finishing at night. Wonder if the riders will be wearing lights?
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    Tour jumped again... nice gap jump, I feel inspired

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    At least this guy didnt bite it on the landing ;-)

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