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  • UStriathlete

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    Jul 11, 2007 2:55 PM GMT
    What a great sporting event! Anyone over there watching? One of my goals for next year is go and watch and do a 70.3 race. Any takers?

    Oh yea..what hotties, too!
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    Jul 13, 2007 2:47 AM GMT
    OMG AM I EVER WATCHING The TDF (Tour De France for those unsure)!

    LIKE TODAY CANCELLARA ALMOST ENDED UP IN THE DITCH....VINO CRASHED AND LOST OVER 1 MINUTE!

    Everyday in the Tour is so awesome and I cant get enough! I am so excited for the mountains.

    Dont tell my boss but I "Work from home" in the mornings to watch the tour!

    MY pick is VINO but he had such bad luck today.
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    Jul 13, 2007 4:44 PM GMT
    I Dont know who saw the stage today but DAMN Tom Boonen is FINE!

    And Wiggens was up to 17min ahead of the peloton. What a ride by him. Too bad that the headwind is what brought him back. It takes balls to ride like that alone.

    Tomorrow we are into the mountains....CANT WAIT!
  • UStriathlete

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    Jul 14, 2007 1:21 AM GMT
    your the bomb can du....

    to bad you don't live closer. I the TDF is awesome.

    yes tom b is a haute!!!! among the other 187 riders!

    the moutain stages will be the telling sign of who will win the tour.

    hope VINO can keep it out!!
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    Jul 15, 2007 2:43 PM GMT
    I think this thread is a complete waste of space on RJ.
  • UStriathlete

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    Jul 15, 2007 3:14 PM GMT
    thanks for sharing your negativity!

    watch the TDF and shut up!

    be happy! beacuse happy people aren't negative
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    Jul 15, 2007 4:04 PM GMT
    hmm cycling a sport, a sport done by athletes.

    Real Jock a gay fitness community for gay jocks, athletes, and fitness buffs.

    Does exactly what it says on the tin.


    Pft Tom Boonen, bring on Thor Hushovd, mmmh


    Those mountain stages are immense! I mean even attempting one stage at obviously my own pace would be hell, but 3 weeks of constant cycling, i tell ya my ass is sore from my cycle this morning, i'd say theres a lot of body glide used on the tour.


    And i broke my bike today. Grrrrrrrr.
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    Jul 15, 2007 4:15 PM GMT
    WOW Gerdemans did awesome yesterday. Did you see him foaming at the mouth when he finished.

    Today Rasmussen pulled out all the stops to take the King of the MOuntains lead. I still find it hard to believe this is his first time in yellow.

    Did anyone ever see Rasmussen 2 years ago on that one stage where he bonked huge and just kept crashing. They werent huge crashes but he just kept falling off his bike going up the last big climb. He didnt want to quit because he had the King of the Mountains Jersey in the bag.

    I agree to be able to ride that takes a lot. especially with some of those mountain stages like today!

    Philibuster how about you go for a hike with your camelback and let us enjoy our sport!
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    Jul 16, 2007 10:15 PM GMT
    Yep. It's incredible rude to say something like that. I was trying to make a point, but instead I was just rude.
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    Jul 16, 2007 11:11 PM GMT
    I don't even see your point. RJ has an entire forum for cycling, and this is but one of the forum's topics, most of which, are about cycling as a participatory activity. However, it really should not come as any surprise that there'd be a topic or two on the cycling forum devoted to the world's most famous bike race. If you look at the other sports forums, you'll see some where most or all the topics are about watching the sport. Why single out the cycling forum?
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    Jul 17, 2007 10:01 PM GMT
    OK. Let's get this overwith so the thread can get back to being about the Tour de France. I was trying to show a jerk what he looked like, and I succeeded ... in looking like a jerk. But this thread isn't about forum etiquette. It's about the TDF. I sure wish I hadn't said anything. I offended everyone as much as that guy offended me, and I pulled this thread off-topic. I'm sorry. I specifically apoligize to UStriathlete who started the thread.
  • UStriathlete

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    Jul 18, 2007 3:44 AM GMT
    great stage today and a few days ago! boy, can those guys climb. simply amazing. so glad he held them off, very exciting!

    the paranez (sp) are going to some great racing!

    did you see the landscape? OMG so friging beautiful. Verus is doing a good job of televising. Oh yeah and the men too.

    there's got to be few on our team?

    be happy P!
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    Jul 19, 2007 2:05 PM GMT
    VINO is awesome and he is taking his team to make a move.

    As Phil said "PUTTING THE HAMMER DOWN!"

    Yeah the time trials will be awesome and then the Pyranees will be awesome.
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    Jul 24, 2007 1:18 AM GMT
    I'm slowly catching up on what I've recorded.

    The time trial was great to watch, but I don't get why the team mechanics weren't dropping the PSI a 10-15 ... to give a little more traction.

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    Jul 24, 2007 1:36 AM GMT
    I can't believe how many of the donut-grinders around here are now out wearing yellow jerseys in the afternoons.

    The flat stages kind of bore me, as television, but the duels in the mountains are great!

    BTW: Tom Boonen was incredibly sexy the other day, taking the podium in his body suit. Some of these guys (e.g. Rasmussen) are great riders but have really strange-looking physiques.
  • UStriathlete

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    Jul 24, 2007 5:00 AM GMT
    wheelfast;it was a very techical course, so drop a little pressure, more surface contact, also when the roads are wet. thought you would know that. also wiping white vinger on the tires if the roads are wet, makes the rubber/tire tacky.

    mindgarden; this riders are very sports specific athletes, just like pure runners or sprinters, body builders, and swimmers for example. can't have a huge upper body to carry up the mountains.

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    Jul 24, 2007 5:29 AM GMT
    Rasmussen has the nickname chicken legs.

    Yeah the Rasmussen/Contador duels have been so awesome. But on the last day in the Pyranees, and on the last time trial we will see who will wear the yellow jersey!

    Yes TOM BOONEN is HOT!
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    Jul 24, 2007 5:57 AM GMT
    Duh... of course I knew that USt. Still, the guy's arms don't exactly look healthy.

    Hmm... I should arrange to be in a photograph with him. It would make me look like Ahnold. Unless he charges as much for an appearance as Lance does, of course.
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    Jul 24, 2007 1:36 PM GMT
    USTri: ha. that's what I said ... drop the pressure = more traction.

    never heard of the vinegar trick ... but then again it doesn't really rain here.

    anyhootle ... Contador is amazing to watch
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    Jul 24, 2007 2:08 PM GMT
    Well, I can well imagine the group of TDF nutters from R.J. who would like to be in Paris for the final stage. Shall we arrange a road trip for 08?
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    Jul 25, 2007 1:16 AM GMT
    SUCH A SAD DAY TODAY!


    Vino tested positive after the time trial. tested positive for a blood transfusion and they found 2 types of red blood cells.

    Its dissapointing to hear when things like that happen. OH well it has still been anexciting tour.
  • UStriathlete

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    Jul 25, 2007 4:22 AM GMT
    Yep...bummer.
    silly, when they know they test for it.

    you can tell the consistence isn't there. one day they have a great day ride or two and then they are off the back.

    speaking with john howard the other day, he mentioned the same thing.
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    Jul 25, 2007 5:31 AM GMT
    It seems incredible. Either these guys are much dumber than we realize (e.g. If you were going to blood-pack, why not use your own blood? If you were going to dope for a mountain stage, why use a hormone that wouldn't actually help?) Or something fishy is going on (e.g. why can't French forensics labs produce the remainder of the samples that they claim tested positive? It only takes a few milligrams.) Maybe it's time for some entirely disinterested party to do the testing. Is there some country where absolutely nobody rides a bike?
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    Jul 25, 2007 10:39 PM GMT
    AAARRRGGGHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Rasmussen sacked too!!

    WTF??

    Are they taking this lily-white-image thing too far? And why wait until the middle of the tour?
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    Jul 25, 2007 11:15 PM GMT
    Well I do agree that the French Labs are not always credible. They dont want to see a foreigner win thier race.
    They have also had some questionable practices. It seems that when you do well in the tour people want to discredit you.

    Also for vinokourov, if he tested positive for someone else's blood on the time trial then he would have also tested positive for it when he won the stage two days later. Cause blood cells do not die that fast.

    OH well i dont have an extensive lab knowledge about testing for drugs.

    Looks like Rasmussen broke everyone in the last climb of the tour.