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Old 18th August 2009   #1
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Tour de France 2010

Rather premature thread I know but I just wondered if anyone knew when the organisers will announce the route for next year?

oh and £10 on Andy Schleck
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Old 18th August 2009   #2
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The Tour route is presented towards the end of October. It starts in Rotterdam next year, with the first 3 or 4 stages in Holland and Belgium.

What makes you think Schleck will beat Contador?
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Old 18th August 2009   #3
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Old 18th August 2009   #4
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What makes you think Schleck will beat Contador?
I'm poisoning Contador's water supply.
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Old 18th August 2009   #5
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I'm poisoning Contador's water supply.
You're on Mr Armstrong's payroll then? ;p
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Old 18th August 2009   #6
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Early days, but I cant see anyone but Contador winning.

I'd love to see a successful David Millar breakaway, Bradley Wiggins in the top 3, and
Cavendish winning the Green Jersey.
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Old 18th August 2009   #7
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Early days, but I cant see anyone but Contador winning.

I'd love to see a successful David Millar breakaway, Bradley Wiggins in the top 3, and
Cavendish winning the Green Jersey.
And the world to cower under the, once again almighty, union jack.
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Old 18th August 2009   #8
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Is it just me or did Cadel Evans have a unbelievable number of punctures?
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Old 18th August 2009   #9
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Must not have been British made tubes.
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Old 18th August 2009   #10
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;)
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Old 18th August 2009   #11
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Must not have been British made tubes.
I thought it might be aussie cyclist/german tyre incompatibility issues. I've talk of those before ;)
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Old 18th August 2009   #12
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And the world to cower under the, once again almighty, union jack.
Now you understand.
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Old 18th August 2009   #13
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Now you understand.
Suck it nationalists Go Thor!!
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Old 18th August 2009   #14
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Lucky Wiggans was born in Ghent to an Aussie father, otherwise I'd be worried.

<andybait> Go Lance! </andybait>
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Old 18th August 2009   #15
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Suck it nationalists Go Thor!!
Noooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!

Actually the guy is built like a brick out-house and heavy as, yet managed to gain points on Cavendish by staying near the front on the harder stages. So a well earnt win really. Still...

Noooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!
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Old 18th August 2009   #16
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Big guys are better. Fact.
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Old 18th August 2009   #17
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Big guys are better. Fact.
Hippy speaks the truth. Fact.
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Old 18th August 2009   #18
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Hes certianly got stamina.
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Old 18th August 2009   #19
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wow, you move on fast! when can we start the 2011 tour de france thread :-)

sorry if i missed something.
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Old 18th August 2009   #20
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wow, you move on fast! when can we start the 2011 tour de france thread :-)

sorry if i missed something.
Also Contador.
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Old 18th August 2009   #21
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I'm with you on that Aitch. I think Thor will do well next year.
Solid rider, less ego that most.
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Old 18th August 2009   #22
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I'm never confident predicting success for riders whos team has not performed recently. No one from the Cervelo test team, seemed able to back Thor up. Whereas Columbis highroad delivered Cavendish to each sprint finish. Its hard to see Thor repeating his success without more support.
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Old 18th August 2009   #23
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Mick Rogers in three rounds!
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Old 21st August 2009   #25
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Brilliant. He should get a time bonus for that.

Most aggressive for sure.
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Old 14th October 2009   #26
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Here we go; cobbles, Tourmalet double drop, Pyrenees climax, no Team TT and only one TT stage.

July 3: Prologue- Rotterdam, 8km

July 4: Stage 1 - Rotterdam - Brussels, 224km

July 5: Stage 2 - Brussels - Spa, 192km

July 6: Stage 3 - Wanze - Arenberg Porte du Hainaut, 207km

July 7: Stage 4 - Cambrai - Reims, 150km

July 8: Stage 5 - Epernay - Montargis, 185km

July 9: Stage 6 - Montargis - Gueugnon, 225km

July 10: Stage 7 - Tournus - Station des Rousses, 161km

July 11: Stage 8 - Station des Rousses - Morzine Avoriaz, 189km

July 12: Rest day - Morzine Avoriaz

July 13: Stage 9 - Morzine Avoriaz - St Jean de Maurienne, 204km

July 14: Stage 10 - Chambery - Gap, 179km

July 15: Stage 11 - Sisteron - Bourg les Valence, 180km

July 16: Stage 12 - Bourg de Peage - Mende, 210km

July 17: Stage 13 - Rodez - Revel, 195km

July 18: Stage 14 - Revel - Ax 3 Domaines, 184km

July 19: Stage 15 - Pamiers - Bagnes de Luchon, 187km

July 20: Stage 16 - Bagneres de Luchon - Pau, 196km

July 21: Rest day - Pau

July 22: Stage 17 - Pau - Col du Tourmalet, 174km

July 23: Stage 18 - Salies de Bearn - Bordeaux, 190km

July 24: Stage 19 - Bordeaux-Pauillac, individual timetrial 51km

July 25: Stage 20 - Longjumeau - Paris Champs Elysees, 105km

Total distance: 3,596km

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Old 14th October 2009   #27
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The reduction in TT's should open it up quite a lot. Though this one looks like it's one for the climbers.
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Old 14th October 2009   #28
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Might try and get to teh Morzine Avoriaz stage
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Old 14th October 2009   #29
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there's two time trials -the prologue and the individual TT.
pretty standard
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Old 14th October 2009   #30
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the tour starts practically in my backyard, city will spend a lot of money on bike related projects :) ( i hope we can get a outdoor velotrack out of it, indoor would be better but not enough time to realise that)
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Old 14th October 2009   #31
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Who is up for going over to France for a week or two when the tour is on and spectating, riding some of the stages and eating lots of cheese and drinking wine?
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Old 14th October 2009   #32
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Love to. You paying?
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Old 14th October 2009   #33
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pave ftw!
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Old 14th October 2009   #34
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Who is up for going over to France for a week or two when the tour is on and spectating, riding some of the stages and eating lots of cheese and drinking wine?
yes. see : http://thebikeshow.net/getting-to-le-grand-depart/

I am *sorely* tempted. stages 1-4 look doable for a short break there.
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Old 15th October 2009   #35
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I've been thinking about heading to France next summer recently, hadn't thought of timing my trip to coincide with the tour. Now very excited about planning this!
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Old 15th October 2009   #36
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Once again the temptation to enter the Etape starts now.
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Old 1st November 2009   #37
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Cuddles is on BMC, he might actually win it now.
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Old 2nd November 2009   #38
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Dear Smithchild,

How dare you start the 2010 thread? I've done 2009 & 2008, now you've jinxed it. It's like the ravens leaving the Tower of London.

Yours sincerely,
Sparkles
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Old 16th November 2009   #39
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Anyone thinking of going to tourmalet?

Glad to see I'm not the first to post on next year's tour. Looking at the itinerary I thought that I might take a little jaunt down to the Tourmalet.
I have no experience of multi-day riding and have never been to watch a day of the tour so I'm quite confident that I'll die or get something/everything stollen en route. Nonetheless I've got 2 friends signed up (fools!)
I'll keep ant eye on this thread and look forward to loads of useful advice/abuse.

Maybe see some of you on the mountainside?
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Old 17th November 2009   #40
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You definately want stollen en route, it's tasty cake goodness!
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Old 17th November 2009   #41
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Hoping for a good drug scandal next year, ála Festina.

Team Sky all on smack, that'd be funny. Bossen Van Hagen is well dodgy as it is.
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Old 25th December 2009   #42
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Not surprising at all.

http://www.bikeradar.com/news/articl...t-astana-24480
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Old 26th December 2009   #43
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Bossen Van Hagen is well dodgy as it is.

he's only dodgy in the sense that he's been genetically grown in a lab on an obscure scandinavian island; a place where they product all these viking super-sportsmen.
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Old 26th December 2009   #44
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i'm planning on doing a tour from the brussels on the 4th, to geneva for the european bike polo championships on july 16-18, then possibly catching back up with the tour for the time trial and finish. if anyone wants to join up, the more, the better the drift line....
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Old 30th December 2009   #45
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Are we really supposed to believe that he came back to the sport for a last surge, knowing he would be under intense scrutiny due to his position, only to fill himself full of drugs?

Leaving aside for the moment that Lance was tested at every possible chance and never found to be doping, I just don't think he would do it. He had too much to lose, and not just personally; he seems to be doing it more for the charity and the exposure now than for cash, so the risks involved in cheating are way too high.

Sure, there may have been medicines and treatments going on that pushed up to the rules, but that's sport. F1 teams go as close to the rules as possible, then the rules change and so do their strategies - it's all part of the game.
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Old 1st January 2010   #46
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Are we really supposed to believe that he came back to the sport for a last surge, knowing he would be under intense scrutiny due to his position, only to fill himself full of drugs?

Leaving aside for the moment that Lance was tested at every possible chance and never found to be doping, I just don't think he would do it. He had too much to lose, and not just personally; he seems to be doing it more for the charity and the exposure now than for cash, so the risks involved in cheating are way too high.

Sure, there may have been medicines and treatments going on that pushed up to the rules, but that's sport. F1 teams go as close to the rules as possible, then the rules change and so do their strategies - it's all part of the game.

Dunno - more suspicious of Contador to be honest. Winning that Annecy TT a day after one of the most gruelling mountain days on the tour while cancellara had been sat way back in the bus....And why would he ever stay with Astana anyway, especially with the return of Vinokourov?

Still think he's the greatest rider out there at the moment but it's not inconceivable that he had a little help.
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Old 1st January 2010   #47
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Agree.

The official apology aside, I still don't believe Contador had nothing to do with Operacion Peurto. How does Contador cycle clean in an Astana-Wurth team that has a systematic doping plan? He either walks round with his eyes closed, is complicit but innocent of cheating personally or involved and doping. They should torture the truth out of Fuentes.
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Old 1st January 2010   #48
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No need for torture when a truth serum will do. More fitting.
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Old 1st January 2010   #49
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Is there such a thing?
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Old 1st January 2010   #50
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MDMA dissolved in vodka?
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