2011 Tour De France Chat thread.

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Postby timyone » 02 Jul 2011, 10:40

What's happening, who's happening, and can Jens voidt finally take out his first tour?

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Postby timyone » 02 Jul 2011, 10:56

Im checking out vids of Renshaw talking about this year, man I hope this year his headbutting is more succesful with the ref's. That lad is so nice! me and Simon met him at the grandprix in sydney after the race, and had a talk to him about his mum and racing RAW!

I cant wait to see some of these sprint stages go down!



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Postby Simon Llewellyn » 02 Jul 2011, 12:04

Tonights opening stage should a good one. It looks like it should bring out the climbers and I'm going to go with either Samuel Sanchez if the climbers hit out or Mattie Goss if it is not quite a climbers finish and the sprinters remain, for the win!!

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Postby mcrkennedy » 02 Jul 2011, 12:42

Hi for those of you who do the Velogames Fantasy Tour I have created a DHBC mini league called DHBC
League Code: 02031723


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Postby Julio » 02 Jul 2011, 18:23

GARMIN CERVELO...........that is all :p

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Postby timyone » 03 Jul 2011, 04:31

far out man!! go Cadel! I didnt pick him coming second!!

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Postby orphic » 03 Jul 2011, 07:47

Where can I see highlights? Didn't SBS have them online by like 7am last year?

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Postby T-Bone » 03 Jul 2011, 12:22

Anyone doing the SBS Fantasy Tour?

I've made a mini-league called: DHBC
password is: 02031723 (league code from velogames fantasy tour)

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Postby Stuart » 04 Jul 2011, 07:04

Fantastic TTT from BMC and Cadel. Come on son!

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Postby kiwiames » 04 Jul 2011, 08:56

Come on BMC!!!!!!!!!!!

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Postby Camilla » 04 Jul 2011, 09:18

How excited must Jo be!!!!

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Postby Stuart » 04 Jul 2011, 13:28

These are for Amy and her new found love for Cadel (or at least the bikes he rides)





@Camilla - Jo is excited (as am I), but it's early days. Cadel deserves some good luck for a change but I think that Schleck & Cheatador (trademark registered to Julian) are still the fav's.

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Postby NOOG » 04 Jul 2011, 14:02

Those new BMC Time Machines look killer. Almost as good as the Lapierre / Koga


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Postby timyone » 05 Jul 2011, 12:56

I like it heaps more with the eagle paint job.

Hey what was with Contador having a different brand helmet? and is it true that when he was riding for Astana that he had to provide his own wheels?

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Postby Stuart » 05 Jul 2011, 14:45

@Tim - Cadel also has a different helmet to the rest of BMC - personal sponsors I guess. There was also some twitter chat about how the BMC TTT bikes may not be production (they look pretty 'rough') and may therefore not be legal, but that the UCI were only concerned about seat position ... but it could be BS of course. is there a rule around prototypes in cycling? I didn't think so. It's not like 'production' or even Superbike motorcycle racing where you have to build and sell a certain amount of bikes before you can race them.

Fairly boring stage 3 - surprised that Cav & Thor were relegated for that little bit of purse throwing at the intermediate sprint - the UCI is being pretty harsh - it was nothing IMO. Cav was definitely not pleased if his twitter stream was anything to go by and apparently Thor said he'd take all the blame but the UCI ignored him.

Final sprint was great to see a different sprinter and team get a stage victory - Garmin are on fire it seems and that's a good thing for us spectators. Renshaw has said that HTC blew it in that he got them to ride on the front too soon.

Should be an interesting night tonight.

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Postby NOOG » 06 Jul 2011, 01:25

CADEL!!!

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Postby timyone » 06 Jul 2011, 13:37

Hey John ate you staying up for every stage?

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Postby NOOG » 06 Jul 2011, 15:35

Yeah...It's school holidays and I can't ride because of my stupid knee so I don't need to get up early in the morning. The Tour is the only thing keeping me sane.

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Postby Stuart » 06 Jul 2011, 18:28

Go cuddles go - team BMC are riding great and looking strong but Leopard Trek are looking cagey and I reckon we'll see some great racing this weekend. Also great ride from Thor indeed.

These great pics come from here >> http://www.cyclingtipsblog.com/2011/07/ ... y-stage-4/


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Postby timyone » 06 Jul 2011, 21:13

some sky analysis any one?
http://home.trainingpeaks.com/races/tea ... age-4.aspx

lol Loving that Shot stuart!

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Postby timyone » 07 Jul 2011, 01:34

That's the way to do it! Freaky! I hope Tom makes it in time

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Postby patn » 07 Jul 2011, 10:31

Haha yeah I love that photo Stuart! There's a (very) brief moment where you feel sorry for Contador, then the fist pumping for Cadel takes over! I just put it as the screen saver for my computer....

By the way, last nights stage was so awesome to watch! If you heard the interview of Cavendish after the finish, he made some comments about how the race organisers have changed the sprint rules to 'handicap' (quote) him and hist team? He said that the new rules mean that there are no more bunch sprints? Could someone please explain what he means?

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Postby patn » 07 Jul 2011, 10:33

Any Tim - that training peaks data says Flecha did that stage at an average heart rate of 115? Thats ridiculous!
These guys must be crazy fit...

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Postby patn » 07 Jul 2011, 10:34

meant to say 'and Tim'...

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Postby T-Bone » 08 Jul 2011, 01:19

Good sprint by Goss, but unlucky to get out of position on that last corner.

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Postby Stuart » 08 Jul 2011, 10:23

Le Tour Photo Sites: Here's some links to great photo's of the tour

http://blog.onev.com.au/ - this guys takes excellent shots and is the one who features on the cycling tips site as well.

https://picasaweb.google.com/BMCProTeam

http://www.cyclingtipsblog.com/

http://www.cyclingfans.com/

and for some history, check out this 28 image Flickr set from The National Archive of the Netherlands of past Tours de France - no copyright!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nationaala ... 769456464/

like this one of Joop Zoetemelk en Eddy Merckx shaking hands in 1973



Got any more good ones?

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Postby T-Bone » 09 Jul 2011, 01:24

Too many crashes this year!!

First Brajkovic, now Wiggins out!

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Postby T-Bone » 09 Jul 2011, 17:39

I don't think Horner should be racing tonight

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Postby timyone » 09 Jul 2011, 19:38

man thats totally like the broom insidant down at the track!! just ask Lindsay!!

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Postby T-Bone » 10 Jul 2011, 23:17

Unfortunately it looks like the carnage is continuing. Vinokourov and Van Den Broeck out!

Seems like GC is going to be last man standing.

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Postby timyone » 11 Jul 2011, 01:02

o my goodness!!! that car into the rider was the worst/!111111!!!!!!!
there goes the break?!!!

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Postby jermxx » 11 Jul 2011, 01:13

It was the bit where Hoogerland was upside-down into the fence! And now he's been dropped by the peleton...

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Postby Stuart » 11 Jul 2011, 06:44

Man, the carnage just keeps on coming and now the bog GC guys are at 2.30 ... pity that huge crash happened and I'll miss Vino, even though he should have been banned for life like all drug cheats.

The Hoogerland incident though, this is an outrage following the motorcycle incident. They should be charged, not just thrown off the tour. Cancellara tweeted "Watch this. cyclingnews.com/tour-de-france/stage-9/photos/181772 Is this right...?? I feel so sorry for johny. This is a scandal what happen"

I agree

Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil-DCM) extracts himself from the barbed wire fence he landed on after being taken out by a French television car.


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Postby patn » 11 Jul 2011, 09:31

Thats just terrible! Two riders crashed into by cars/motorbikes in a couple of
days? He is so lucky he wasnt killed. Have you seen the video?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wywP1M1LfCg

makes me sick...

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Postby Stuart » 11 Jul 2011, 15:17

Some very keen Aussie supporters - they were at the Giro & Dauphine apparently


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Postby Camilla » 11 Jul 2011, 17:53

That photo of Hoogerland made my jaw drop. It's still on the floor. I was watching the carnage last night and saw all the worst bits live. Riders being fished out of the bushes, Vino's leg obviously not in the right spot, Van den Broek & Willems out of it on the side of the road. But that incident with the car was bordeline criminal. Just astonishing. I knew Hoogerland had been ripped up but the full extent of it didn't get shown last night. Not that I saw anyway. Funny thing is that I was slipping in and out of sleep. When I woke up this morning I honestly thought (& hoped) that I must have dreamt it all.

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Postby Stuart » 13 Jul 2011, 12:32

Great to see The Gorilla get a win over Cav in stage 10. Must be sweet after not being allowed to ride the tour when he was on HTC

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Postby timyone » 15 Jul 2011, 08:39

can franky win the whole thing? either way its a good spot for the leopards!

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Postby Stuart » 17 Jul 2011, 18:43

Stage 14 - go cuddles go !


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Postby T-Bone » 20 Jul 2011, 00:52

Finally some real attacking in the GC guys!!

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Postby Stuart » 20 Jul 2011, 08:27

Yes, Clenbutador seems to have had steak for breakfast, lunch & dinner on the rest day (nod nod, wink wink, say no more). I agree though that at last things have come alive and the next stages will really be interesting. You'd have to think that Friday's stage will really suit Clenbutador & The Schlek's with such a short run before the Alpe d'Huez (although the Col du Télégraphe couldn't really be called easy).

Cuddles still in it - come on son.

But the ride of the tour so far for me has to be this man


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Postby Stuart » 20 Jul 2011, 09:18

Surely Fabian wouldn't be holding on to the team car going up a climb would he???


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Postby weiyun » 20 Jul 2011, 09:24

Why does Leopark Trek get a Merc? I though Skoda is the "best" team car for Proteams...

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Postby Stuart » 20 Jul 2011, 17:11

The Sag Wagon is, well, quite funny. There's one every day but here's today's - it's a MP3 podcast.

http://www.sbs.com.au/podcasts/Podcasts ... ay-20-July

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Postby Stuart » 21 Jul 2011, 15:19

Stage 17 was full of fun and games and great to see Cuddles lose no time to Clenbutador, even though the Spanish Mafia are all lining behind him (or in front, to give him a wheel to suck).

Or as cadel said: Afterwards, the Australian explained that he was on Andy Schleck's (Leopard Trek) wheel when Contador launched his move over the top of the climb. "I think Voeckler put in the first attack and then Contador went," Evans said. I got caught behind Andy and I just couldn't get around him. They [Contador and Sanchez] had a bit of a gap, but fortunately we were able to close it on the flat."

Also, big up to person who left the gate to the parking spot open on that bend where Voeckler went off road the 2nd time - would have been a bad way for him to exit the tour. And look, there's Thor coming to help him. No, wait, it's just some di*k head wearing a world champion's jersey ...



Andy (and to a certain extent Frank) can't descend - that much is clear. he wants no more descending in the TdF - all mountain stages must only go up one Col or pass and must finish at the top. OK!!!

Here's today's photos




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Postby MarkL » 21 Jul 2011, 16:45

Ooooh... beautiful mountains!!
Just makes me want to jump on my bike and climb!! :wink:

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Postby Camilla » 22 Jul 2011, 01:46

Tommy! My hero!

Ouch though - please Cadel win, please please please.

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Postby timyone » 22 Jul 2011, 02:36

hmmnnnnnnnnnnn

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Postby orphic » 22 Jul 2011, 02:38

Killer stage. Must say I was really hoping Andy would get into yellow after an amazing ride.

Watching that on the projector at my favourite bike shop tonight was tres awesome :D

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Postby Stuart » 22 Jul 2011, 07:16

gutted. that's all I can say. Voeckler has gone from hero to zero in my books after refusing to do any work on the last climb to protect the yellow, along with all those other wheel suckers.

As usual, Cadel just doesn't have a good climber to help him in the mountains. Great, great ride from cuddles though - much respect. I expect that it will be Frank attacking tonight. Suppose it will be years before we get an Aussie winner of the tour. sigh.

Sending all my bad karma (and I've got heaps) to the Schlecks.

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Postby Stuart » 22 Jul 2011, 07:29

Voeckler's a wheel sucker - doesn't deserve the yellow.


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Postby timyone » 22 Jul 2011, 09:05

Stuart why so down? I think your less confident in our little lad than every one else. If it doesnt go well tonight he is out of it though.

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Postby Stuart » 22 Jul 2011, 09:18

Tim, I'm easily depressed, part of life really. I hang on hope but really never think that it will finish well. I can't see a good outcome here as far as Cuddles getting a win goes.

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Postby timyone » 22 Jul 2011, 09:39

Tonight I wouldnt be surprised if Contador did what Andy did last night. I also wouldnt be surprised if Frank went tonight :S or if Cadel won it in the time trial

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Postby timyone » 22 Jul 2011, 15:51

The betting odds dont agree with you Stuart
http://www.sportsbet.com.au/betting/cyc ... -de-france

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Postby patn » 23 Jul 2011, 01:15

totally agree about Voeckler.

bottom of alp dhuez, best 2 days road riding i can remember!

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Postby Stuart » 23 Jul 2011, 10:10

Couldn't stay up last night due to being a bit crook but the party seemed to rage all the same. Pity the Foxtel box failed to actually record the stage so i don't get to see it (maybe there'll be a torrent soon). Great, excellent and gutsy ride from Cuddles. No matter the outcome, he is a legend of Aussie cycling. Oh, and great to see a Frenchman take a stage.


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Postby Stuart » 23 Jul 2011, 10:19

Clenbutador needs to watch the 'roid rage !


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Postby timyone » 23 Jul 2011, 11:16

james might have it recorded to put onto some sort of computer thing

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only 9 seconds behind!

yeeew!

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Postby timyone » 24 Jul 2011, 00:54

Look out for those flags...

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Postby geoff m » 24 Jul 2011, 01:13

YYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Postby Camilla » 24 Jul 2011, 01:41

YYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! x 2

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Postby MarkL » 24 Jul 2011, 02:13

What a ride!!!!!!!!!!!

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Postby timyone » 24 Jul 2011, 02:22

are you all yelling for cadelling?

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Postby MarkL » 24 Jul 2011, 02:28

Yeah, of course (speaking for myself). GO AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE!!!!!!

Cadel looked strong for the whole TT :D :D :D

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Postby Stuart » 24 Jul 2011, 05:58

Great, great result. I'm just so happy for Cadel. Pity I can't go riding this morning to celebrate.

Champagne tonight as we watch him roll into Paris in yellow.

(I was right to not be confident, 'cause when I am it puts a jinx on whoever I'm supporting :roll: ).

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Postby Stuart » 24 Jul 2011, 07:05

Team BMC Photo's from Stage 20 - https://picasaweb.google.com/BMCProTeam ... tification

Like these




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Postby Stuart » 24 Jul 2011, 07:26

Stage Win Was Possible
BMC Racing Team Directeur Sportif John Lelangue said he and Evans discussed taking a "stage-winning" approach to pull back the 57 seconds the former world road champion needed to take the overall lead. "That way, we had no pressure about the jersey or the GC," Lelangue said. "We could have actually won the time trial because we were within two seconds of Tony Martin in the last downhill, but I didn't want him to take too many risks. I actually had to slow him down."

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Postby timyone » 24 Jul 2011, 14:51

Interview with Andy, I really like this guy :) after time trial
http://www.cyclingtribe.com/event/main/ ... -timetrial

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Postby AliG » 24 Jul 2011, 20:00

TdF in 1924.

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I NEVER stay up on a school night... Looks like I have to make an exception!

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Postby Stuart » 25 Jul 2011, 10:05

New sponsor for Team BMC


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Postby Stuart » 25 Jul 2011, 11:19

Nice bike - One for Amy with her BMC lust! (It's a TeamMachine SLR01 BTW - Only $7k with SRAM Red!)



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Postby orphic » 25 Jul 2011, 12:37

It's all a bit too exciting really! Such a good thing for Australian cycling. Wonder how many bikes have been sold today...

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Postby othy » 25 Jul 2011, 13:51

I find it interesting that BMC rode SLR01's for the entire tour, yet Cadel is holding an Impec up on that shot above. He also changed bikes back to his original one rather then ride the special yellow one for the final racing portion of the stage.

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For sale: 1 x BMC Impec (black/yellow). Barely used, <40km...

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I think perhaps attitudes to cycling all round might take a turn for the better:
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/tour- ... 6100802901

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Postby timyone » 25 Jul 2011, 15:25

80 bucks for the kit!! far out! I would have bought a few!!!

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Postby timyone » 25 Jul 2011, 15:40

Evans came 4th for the green~!!! above Thor! Thats his team getting him into the sprints as well!! Seriously that team did a great job!!!
(4th in the dots too, but thats a bit more expected!)

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Postby orphic » 26 Jul 2011, 10:27

Anyone else feeling the love a bit more from motorists on their commute? I got a smile, a wave and a thank you this morning from three seperate cars!

Don't think I will be buying a BMC kit. Sounds like they are on the road to becoming the next Giant.

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Postby jermxx » 26 Jul 2011, 11:36

I got one from a driver on Sunday. And there seems to be a few more cyclists around this week. Of course - that could also be the rain finally easing off...

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Postby jimmy » 28 Jul 2011, 07:57

Interesting Blog post from Robert Miller

http://www.cyclingnews.com/blogs/robert ... k-brothers

Why Evans beat the Schleck Brothers.

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Postby timyone » 30 Jul 2011, 12:59

http://www.cyclingnews.com/races/post-t ... as/results

Cadel wins crit over Gilbert and McEwen.. :D

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Postby mikesbytes » 31 Jul 2011, 22:20

BMC kit $100



Say's its manufactured by BMC

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