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By JSH
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Jul 22, 2011
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I should've added - I adore and admire Voeckler. He really put in a good fight. Looking forward to seeing what he does next year.

Worst commercial: Tie between the stupid "Dario doesn't race fair!" Nascar one, and the cringe-worthy Lance/Michelob ones.

Best commercial: Bobke.

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By Crag Dweller
From New York, NY
Jul 22, 2011
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JSH wrote:
So, Andy did some pulling up the first HC climb today, benefiting only Contador. Why? Speaking of Voeckler not contributing to the chase - neither did Evans today, even when it looked like Andy Schleck asked him to on Alpe d'Huez.


in an (unsuccessful) attempt to gain time on Evans.

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By JSH
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Jul 22, 2011
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Ah, that makes some sense. I guess CE has been always-a-bridesmaid in the end for so many years that I don't really think of him as a real contender, though of course he is.

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By CJC
Jul 22, 2011
JSH wrote:
So, Andy did some pulling up the first HC climb today, benefiting only Contador. Why?


It appeared they had an alliance...to drop voeckler for good. great stage in an excellent tour.

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By LeeAB
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From ABQ, NM
Jul 22, 2011
Once we landed we headed to Font to find a place t...
JSH wrote:
Ah, that makes some sense. I guess CE has been always-a-bridesmaid in the end for so many years that I don't really think of him as a real contender, though of course he is.


Many would say that CE is in the best position to win the tour at this point. Though I think if you look at the final TT results from last year AS is a lot closer to CE than people give him credit for. Should be interesting, could CE loose the tour again by less than 30 seconds?

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By berl
From Seattle
Jul 22, 2011
Jake D. wrote:
he was fighting in a different weight class and the rounds added up.



random: I love the use of sport as metaphor for sport.



as far as tomorrow: in my mind's eye I keep seeing the footage of Menchov and his bike spinning across the cobbles in the Giro TT a couple years back... anything could happen tomorrow, especially since the whole tour is on the line!

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By Jake D.
From Northeast
Jul 22, 2011
berl wrote:
random: I love the use of sport as metaphor for sport. as far as tomorrow: in my mind's eye I keep seeing the footage of Menchov and his bike spinning across the cobbles in the Giro TT a couple years back... anything could happen tomorrow, especially since the whole tour is on the line!



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By Monomaniac
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From Morrison, CO
Jul 23, 2011
Insurrection, 5.14c.  Photo Adam Sanders.
Congrats Cadel. Must be pretty sweet after so many close calls. I thought he was going to take the stage, but a close 2nd is pretty good too. He was head and shoulders above all the other GC guys. Andy actually rode a pretty great TT for himself, but Cadel was on a completely different level. Fell bad for Andy, but he's young; he'll get one eventually.

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By Jake D.
From Northeast
Jul 23, 2011
Yea, Cadel rode better than he ever has this year and it paid off.

Andy and frank need to either work on their TT.. which Andy admitted at some point that he did not work on. or sack up a bit more and do more attacking in the mountains.

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By JPVallone
Aug 14, 2011
Better late then never. Been too busy climbing in the Alps and Ecrin to put this together.

Let me start by saying it was all shot from my phone, and I am no video editor, 2nd time using Imovie so take it for what it is.

The first video kind of sucks and is sort of long. I am talking way too much, but I wanted to give more of an overview of what was going on and the lay of the land. At the end is more exiting when the riders come by in the big pack. The footage of Andy is worthless, I know but we were in the mob of runners, INSANE. I think you see 1 second frame of Andy about to finish the Galibier at about 7:44 or so I think. I know , pathetic.



2nd video is much better and shorter, Enjoy.

The second video was the next day passing through La Grave on the way too Alp D Huez. A little more exiting to watch the down hill. And all that footage is just bikers, Pretty cool to see in Real Time. The video was about 4 minutes, but all that happened in that video was probably over a 10-15 minute time frame. It was amazing how quick the whole show came through and was gone just like that.

Anyway enjoy.


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By Woodchuck ATC
Aug 14, 2011
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008
race over yet? you can tell I have no idea about it at all

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By JPVallone
Aug 14, 2011
Woodchuck ATC wrote:
race over yet? you can tell I have no idea about it at all



That makes two of us!

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By Jake D.
From Northeast
Aug 14, 2011
Nice.. looks fun.

yea... Tour has been over for a few weeks now. Vuelta is coming up soon on aug 20th-ish then world championships after that. lots of smaller 1 week tours in the mean time.

Tour of Utah today should be epic.. they are going up Little Cottonwood canyon which has the same stats at Alp d'huez. 9 mile at 7.something percent grade.

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By Woodchuck ATC
Aug 14, 2011
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008
Tour of Utah: Now that I can relate to. Sounds like an awesome ride up LCC.

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By Jake D.
From Northeast
Aug 14, 2011
Yea. going up to Snowbird. starts at 11am utah time.. they have live coverage on that website. hit the Tour Tracker link

i went to SLC/snowbird 2 spring breaks in a row in college.. i remember taking the Park&ride bus up there.

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By bus driver
Aug 14, 2011
Tour of Utah - - americas toughest stage race

almost ready to start up and over the alpine loop from the sundance side before going over suncrest before going up to finish at snowbird. ROUGH

see it live at tourofutah.com

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By Jake D.
From Northeast
Sep 6, 2011
If you guys want to see some serious climbing go watch the highlights of the Vuelta from Stage 15.. Steephill.tv has the last 10k up the final mountain. sections of 23% pro's rocking 34rings with 11-28 even 11-32 cassettes.

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By Monomaniac
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From Morrison, CO
Sep 6, 2011
Insurrection, 5.14c.  Photo Adam Sanders.
Ya, I saw that, it was crazy. I've never seen pros riding so slow. I do see fat asses riding that slow all the time. I tried to imagine what 23% would be like. Ive ridden in the teens, but I don't think any steeper than 15% or so, and I'm lucky to sustain 6mph at that grade. If I ever make it back to Spain, I'm gonna check out the Angliru.

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By LeeAB
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From ABQ, NM
Sep 6, 2011
Once we landed we headed to Font to find a place t...
Mono, next time you visit ABQ, if that ever happens. I'll take you up the real fingers which are 5 really steep hills at the top of Montgomery. I think one tops out at 24 and another at 21, though they are extremely short.

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By Monomaniac
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From Morrison, CO
Sep 7, 2011
Insurrection, 5.14c.  Photo Adam Sanders.
Deal!

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By Jake D.
From Northeast
Sep 7, 2011
yea.. i've done short hills in the teens before.. maybe even short bumps on those into 20% but i'm standing up in 36-28. it's impressive to see them do stuff like that at speed.

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