Be Excellent To Each Other

And, you know, party on. Dude.
It is currently Fri May 26, 2017 10:17

All times are UTC [ DST ]




Reply to topic  [ 553 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 ... 19  Next
Author Message
 Post subject: Tour de France 2013
PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 12:13 
User avatar
Lupine member

Joined: 27th Mar, 2008
Posts: 47653
Location: Nottingham
I'm mildly surprised we don't have a thread about this yet. So after 15 stages Bradley Wiggins is leading the general classification in the TdF - we could be on course to have the first ever British winner, yet it's the Olympics that dominates the sport headlines at the moment, and that hasn't even started yet. :(


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Tour de France 2012
PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 12:16 
User avatar
Skillmeister

Joined: 27th Mar, 2008
Posts: 24424
Location: Felelagedge Wedgebarge
I read about those tacks that some idiot spread on the course the other day. Was it Wiggins who called for the pack to slow down so those affected by it could catch up? That's sportsmanship.

_________________
Washing Machine: Fine. Kettle: Needs De-scaling. Shower: Brand new. Boiler: Fine.
Archimedes Hotdog Rhubarb Niner Zero Niner.
Oh Gurney, take me in your arms and finger me like your baliset you scarred rogue.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Tour de France 2012
PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 12:18 
User avatar
Lord Humongous

Joined: 27th Mar, 2008
Posts: 41703
Location: The erogenous zone
Yes.

_________________
Flickr Behance Discogs

'Not without talent but dragged down by bass turgidity'


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Tour de France 2012
PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 12:19 
User avatar
Lupine member

Joined: 27th Mar, 2008
Posts: 47653
Location: Nottingham
Dimrill wrote:
I read about those tacks that some idiot spread on the course the other day. Was it Wiggins who called for the pack to slow down so those affected by it could catch up? That's sportsmanship.

Yep, it's an unwritten rule that no rider should benefit from mechanical problems with bikes, so Wiggins ordered the peloton to slow down and allowed Cadel Evans to catch up. He's now been nicknamed Le Gentleman by the French media. :)


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Tour de France 2012
PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 12:22 
User avatar
Lord Humongous

Joined: 27th Mar, 2008
Posts: 41703
Location: The erogenous zone
What's that French for?

_________________
Flickr Behance Discogs

'Not without talent but dragged down by bass turgidity'


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Tour de France 2012
PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 12:25 
Filthy Junkie Bitch

Joined: 17th Dec, 2008
Posts: 7858
The Last Salmon Man wrote:
Dimrill wrote:
I read about those tacks that some idiot spread on the course the other day. Was it Wiggins who called for the pack to slow down so those affected by it could catch up? That's sportsmanship.

Yep, it's an unwritten rule that no rider should benefit from mechanical problems with bikes, so Wiggins ordered the peloton to slow down and allowed Cadel Evans to catch up. He's now been nicknamed Le Gentleman by the French media. :)

Exceptionally so, given that Contador won a couple of years back by ignoring this rule when Schleck lost his chain (and doping), I think on Le Tourmalet? There were murmerings that the rule died that day.

I've had a lot more opportunity to follow it this year which makes me happy. However, will miss Paris on Sunday, although we'll know the winner at that point anyway, would be nice to see if Cav gets his fourth Paris win.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Tour de France 2012
PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 12:31 
User avatar
Gogmagog

Joined: 30th Mar, 2008
Posts: 41202
Location: West Yorkshire
I'mr eally looking forward to tomorrow's stage and Thursday's, too. Only chance to make up the serious time difference for anyone that isn't Wiggins. Yesterday's stage was a bit dull. I've been quietly amused at Wiggins's "Oh, it's another big hill" attitude, and the way he jsut grinds up it at a cosntant pace. it doens't make great, exciting racing, but it's the best way to go about it, I suppose. The devil has been poorly this year, he's had fluid in his brain, and said something about feeling like a nuclear reactor after a lot of therapy or something.
Froom eis one to watch in the future, despite having a dire first week, Cavendish is doing great service as a domestique. Voekcler's busy being a cunt, as per usual.

If you haven't read it, read Millar's "Racing through the Dark". It's brilliant. Alistair Campbell thinks so to, as he told me only on Saturday. I like David millar now, I've forgiven him.

_________________
Mr Chris wrote:
MaliA isn't just the best thing on the internet - he's the best thing ever.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Tour de France 2012
PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 12:34 
User avatar
Lupine member

Joined: 27th Mar, 2008
Posts: 47653
Location: Nottingham
So do you think Cav has sabotaged his own green jersey attempt by helping Brad, or is he holding back for the Olympic road race?


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Tour de France 2012
PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 12:35 
User avatar
Gogmagog

Joined: 30th Mar, 2008
Posts: 41202
Location: West Yorkshire
The Last Salmon Man wrote:
So do you think Cav has sabotaged his own green jersey attempt by helping Brad, or is he holding back for the Olympic road race?


I think his primary role is to be a domestique, and grab stage wins when it is clear that W is safe. I wouldn't be surprised if the pact is "help W win, and he'll ride you up Box Hill 9 times to get the gold and lead you out on teh last day". After that, who is to say?

_________________
Mr Chris wrote:
MaliA isn't just the best thing on the internet - he's the best thing ever.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Tour de France 2012
PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 12:49 
User avatar
Lupine member

Joined: 27th Mar, 2008
Posts: 47653
Location: Nottingham
You're probably right. If he hadn't won the green jersey last year he might not have made that pact.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Tour de France 2012
PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 13:00 
User avatar
Gogmagog

Joined: 30th Mar, 2008
Posts: 41202
Location: West Yorkshire
The Last Salmon Man wrote:
You're probably right. If he hadn't won the green jersey last year he might not have made that pact.


He was the only one not to have won a medal in China, which must have really, really hurt on the way home.

_________________
Mr Chris wrote:
MaliA isn't just the best thing on the internet - he's the best thing ever.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Tour de France 2012
PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 13:10 
User avatar
Lupine member

Joined: 27th Mar, 2008
Posts: 47653
Location: Nottingham
MaliA wrote:
The Last Salmon Man wrote:
You're probably right. If he hadn't won the green jersey last year he might not have made that pact.


He was the only one not to have won a medal in China, which must have really, really hurt on the way home.

Yep, so I guess gold in London is his main aim this year.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Tour de France 2012
PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 13:25 
User avatar
Participant in dramatic games

Joined: 30th Mar, 2008
Posts: 3234
Location: United Provinces
yeah tour!
booh! we're doing abysmal.. (most dutch have abandoned)

yeah! i'll be watching the time trial live in france saturday... holidays starts thursday...

_________________
XBL: Romanista WiiU: Romanista77 Gamecenter: Romanista345 3DS 0318 8943 6467
Steam: Romanista345 PSN: Romanista345

Image


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Tour de France 2012
PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 14:06 
User avatar
Sleepyhead

Joined: 30th Mar, 2008
Posts: 25557
Location: Kidbrooke
I've been following this pretty closely this year. Would have been interesting to see Froome have a go to win it, but safer for the team to bring W home. I think Froome will be the primary rider for a team next year, Sky if Wiggo doesn't fancy it, or somewhere else if Wiggo wants another crack at it.

_________________
I've got a bad feeling about this.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Tour de France 2012
PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 14:10 
User avatar
Noob as of 6/8/10

Joined: 6th Aug, 2010
Posts: 2424
Location: , Location, Location.
Zardoz wrote:
What's that French for?

It's for them Froggies to talk to each other.

_________________
'I just can't be arsed.'


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Tour de France 2012
PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 14:13 
User avatar
Gogmagog

Joined: 30th Mar, 2008
Posts: 41202
Location: West Yorkshire
Warhead wrote:
Zardoz wrote:
What's that French for?

It's for them Froggies to talk to each other.


but that isn't important right now.

_________________
Mr Chris wrote:
MaliA isn't just the best thing on the internet - he's the best thing ever.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Tour de France 2012
PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 19:47 
User avatar
Worst

Joined: 30th Mar, 2008
Posts: 6106
The Last Salmon Man wrote:
I'm mildly surprised we don't have a thread about this yet. So after 15 stages Bradley Wiggins is leading the general classification in the TdF - we could be on course to have the first ever British winner, yet it's the Olympics that dominates the sport headlines at the moment, and that hasn't even started yet. :(

The Olympics is dominating the regular headlines, too, and it shouldn't even be news.

_________________
>Image<


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Tour de France 2012
PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 20:24 
User avatar
Skillmeister

Joined: 27th Mar, 2008
Posts: 24424
Location: Felelagedge Wedgebarge
Schleck fails drugs test.

_________________
Washing Machine: Fine. Kettle: Needs De-scaling. Shower: Brand new. Boiler: Fine.
Archimedes Hotdog Rhubarb Niner Zero Niner.
Oh Gurney, take me in your arms and finger me like your baliset you scarred rogue.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Tour de France 2012
PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 20:29 
Filthy Junkie Bitch

Joined: 17th Dec, 2008
Posts: 7858
I'm blaming Salmon Rushdie for this.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Tour de France 2012
PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 20:32 
User avatar
Lupine member

Joined: 27th Mar, 2008
Posts: 47653
Location: Nottingham
Dimrill wrote:

I was going to say which one when I saw your link. Glad it wasn't Andy as it makes a mockery of winning the whole thing.

Of course, it's sad to think that they're all pretty much at it still. :(


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Tour de France 2012
PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2012 7:00 
User avatar
Gogmagog

Joined: 30th Mar, 2008
Posts: 41202
Location: West Yorkshire
2/198. That's a pretty good year for the tour so far.

Read David Millar's book.

_________________
Mr Chris wrote:
MaliA isn't just the best thing on the internet - he's the best thing ever.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Tour de France 2012
PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2012 7:53 
Filthy Junkie Bitch

Joined: 17th Dec, 2008
Posts: 7858
MaliA wrote:
2/198. That's a pretty good year for the tour so far.

Read David Millar's book.

Just ordered it. I had my book about the irish drug mule in a venezualan prison to finish. Would recommend. 8/10.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Tour de France 2012
PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2012 8:17 
User avatar
Lupine member

Joined: 27th Mar, 2008
Posts: 47653
Location: Nottingham
MaliA wrote:
Read David Millar's book.

Good idea. Is Lance Armstrong's any good also?


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Tour de France 2012
PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2012 8:21 
User avatar
Gogmagog

Joined: 30th Mar, 2008
Posts: 41202
Location: West Yorkshire
The Last Salmon Man wrote:
MaliA wrote:
Read David Millar's book.

Good idea. Is Lance Armstrong's any good also?


Don't know, I'm considering getting it. My friend's ex wife used to work in the same building (in ATX) as his charity was based. She shared elevator rides with him a few times and he was always "very polite".

Anyway, today is the big day, on what has been a fairly quiet tour so far. I'm hoping for massive attacks from Evans and Nibaldi all day to wear Wiggins down. The problem for them is Froome sitting in second in the GC, so they're effectively having to do twice as much work.

_________________
Mr Chris wrote:
MaliA isn't just the best thing on the internet - he's the best thing ever.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Tour de France 2012
PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2012 8:29 
User avatar
Lupine member

Joined: 27th Mar, 2008
Posts: 47653
Location: Nottingham
Which one will be 3D and which one will be Daddy G?


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Tour de France 2012
PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2012 8:31 
User avatar
Gogmagog

Joined: 30th Mar, 2008
Posts: 41202
Location: West Yorkshire
The Last Salmon Man wrote:
Which one will be 3D and which one will be Daddy G?


it's clearly far too early, as I've not a clue what you mean.

_________________
Mr Chris wrote:
MaliA isn't just the best thing on the internet - he's the best thing ever.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Tour de France 2012
PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2012 9:01 
User avatar
Lupine member

Joined: 27th Mar, 2008
Posts: 47653
Location: Nottingham
MaliA wrote:
The Last Salmon Man wrote:
Which one will be 3D and which one will be Daddy G?


it's clearly far too early, as I've not a clue what you mean.

:'(

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massive_Attack


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Tour de France 2012
PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2012 9:03 
User avatar
Gogmagog

Joined: 30th Mar, 2008
Posts: 41202
Location: West Yorkshire
D'oh! Of course.

_________________
Mr Chris wrote:
MaliA isn't just the best thing on the internet - he's the best thing ever.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Tour de France 2012
PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2012 9:22 
Filthy Junkie Bitch

Joined: 17th Dec, 2008
Posts: 7858
MaliA wrote:
Anyway, today is the big day, on what has been a fairly quiet tour so far. I'm hoping for massive attacks from Evans and Nibaldi all day to wear Wiggins down. The problem for them is Froome sitting in second in the GC, so they're effectively having to do twice as much work.

I wonder about this.

Tactics are what it is about today. The chasers don't want to break Wiggins too early on the ride, as all that would happen is that Froome will be released which means that overall, they've gained nothing other than maybe +1 in the GC. Therefore, it could be that the first part of the day is hard paced, to take it out of both riders, but with the real push coming later on. The hope then being that Froome also breaks from carrying Wiggins all day.

However, I dare say that Wiggins will fix a pace which he won't move from, and let some small breaks occur knowing that he can reel them back, as he did on more than one occasion to Evans last week. The man is a machine.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Tour de France 2012
PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2012 9:31 
User avatar
Gogmagog

Joined: 30th Mar, 2008
Posts: 41202
Location: West Yorkshire
ApplePieOfDestiny wrote:
MaliA wrote:
Anyway, today is the big day, on what has been a fairly quiet tour so far. I'm hoping for massive attacks from Evans and Nibaldi all day to wear Wiggins down. The problem for them is Froome sitting in second in the GC, so they're effectively having to do twice as much work.

I wonder about this.

Tactics are what it is about today. The chasers don't want to break Wiggins too early on the ride, as all that would happen is that Froome will be released which means that overall, they've gained nothing other than maybe +1 in the GC. Therefore, it could be that the first part of the day is hard paced, to take it out of both riders, but with the real push coming later on. The hope then being that Froome also breaks from carrying Wiggins all day.


This will probably happen, but I'd like it to start from the get go. There's some big hills about.

ApplePieOfDestiny wrote:
However, I dare say that Wiggins will fix a pace which he won't move from, and let some small breaks occur knowing that he can reel them back, as he did on more than one occasion to Evans last week. The man is a machine.


He doesn't so much as climb up the mountains, he grinds up them, and I think that's really, really good.

Worst case for SKY I suppose is that Wiggins cracks about halfway through, and Froome gets petulant and zooms off. Although I suspect he is too professional for that. Despite leaving his noseplugs in on day one.

Nonetheless, I won't get to see it today, as I'm off to Leeds straight after work to grab some dinner and attend the theater. Boohiss. I might be able to watch the highlights on my return.

_________________
Mr Chris wrote:
MaliA isn't just the best thing on the internet - he's the best thing ever.


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Reply to topic  [ 553 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 ... 19  Next

All times are UTC [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Kern, Pod People, The Greys, Vogons and 0 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search within this thread:
You are using the 'Ted' forum. Bill doesn't really exist any more. Bogus!
Want to help out with the hosting / advertising costs? That's very nice of you.
Are you on a mobile phone? Try http://beex.co.uk/m/
RIP, Owen.

Powered by a very Grim... version of phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group.