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    Tour de France 2009

    Discussion for this years tour.

    Anyone else going to do the TdF game again?: Internet Tour de France Game 2009

    My team (really shows how much I know about it, picking only the names I know )

    1. S. O'Grady
    2. C. Evans
    3. L. Leipheimer
    4. A. Contador
    5. L. Armstrong
    6. T. Hushovd
    7. F. Sabatini
    8. J. Voigt
    9. F. Cancellara
    10. C. Sastre
    11. T. Voeckler
    12. D. Millar
    13. G. Hincapie
    14. M. Cavendish
    15. O. Pereiro
    16. V. Nibali
    17. A. Kuschynski
    18. D. Menchov
    19. M. Lloyd
    20. R. Gesink
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    Will be watching a little bit just to cheer on Cadel Evens. Other than that I won't be watching unless I'm bored and the Ashes isn't on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NZTailender View Post
    Discussion for this years tour.

    Anyone else going to do the TdF game again?: Internet Tour de France Game 2009

    My team (really shows how much I know about it, picking only the names I know )

    1. S. O'Grady
    2. C. Evans
    3. L. Leipheimer
    4. A. Contador
    5. L. Armstrong
    6. T. Hushovd
    7. F. Sabatini
    8. J. Voigt
    9. F. Cancellara
    10. C. Sastre
    11. T. Voeckler
    12. D. Millar
    13. G. Hincapie
    14. M. Cavendish
    15. O. Pereiro
    16. V. Nibali
    17. A. Kuschynski
    18. D. Menchov
    19. M. Lloyd
    20. R. Gesink
    Yeah I'll be in., I will do it in the next few days.

    All we would have needed is to have Barloworld and their South Africans (plus their white Kenyan/South African/Brit) and somebody from South America and we would of had riders from every land continent take part (provisional start list).

    For the benefit of BB we have a Scotsman (David Millar although he was born in Malta), an Englishman (Brad Wiggansborn in Ghent and an Australian dad), a Brummie turned Irishman (Dan Martin of the Garmin team, his cousin is Nicolas Roche of AG2r and his uncle is the great Stephen Roche) and another Brit who was born in Finland (Charly Wegelius). And last but not least we have the man from the Isle of Mann - Mark Cavendish who won 4 stages last year and has 11 wins this year thus far (IIRC).

    We have a couple of riders from Japan and New Zealand as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Craig View Post
    Yeah I'll be in., I will do it in the next few days.

    All we would have needed is to have Barloworld and their South Africans (plus their white Kenyan/South African/Brit) and somebody from South America and we would of had riders from every land continent take part (provisional start list).

    For the benefit of BB we have a Scotsman (David Millar although he was born in Malta), an Englishman (Brad Wiggansborn in Ghent and an Australian dad), a Brummie turned Irishman (Dan Martin of the Garmin team, his cousin is Nicolas Roche of AG2r and his uncle is the great Stephen Roche) and another Brit who was born in Finland (Charly Wegelius). And last but not least we have the man from the Isle of Mann - Mark Cavendish who won 4 stages last year and has 11 wins this year thus far (IIRC).

    We have a couple of riders from Japan and New Zealand as well.
    Won't happen, out with a knee injury and is replaced by Martijn Maaskant.

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    Least excited I've been for years, I must admit.

    Will enter a team of sprinters as usual tho.
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    A. Contador
    D. Menchov
    C. Sastre
    A. Schleck
    F. Schleck
    M. Cavendish
    C. Evans
    S. O'Grady
    O. Freire
    F. Cancellara
    T. Hushovd
    L. Leipheimer
    Y. Popovych
    L. Armstrong
    J. Vansummeren

    J. Voigt
    B. Wiggins
    D. Millar
    S. Clement
    C. Vande Velde
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamee999 View Post
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    Nice back drop BTW, too bad I don't have $6m (AUS) to buy a two bedroom apartment there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Craig View Post
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    Nice back drop BTW, too bad I don't have $6m (AUS) to buy a two bedroom apartment there.
    Honestly, I think Monaco is an overrated, seedy, overpriced dump. It doesn't even look particularly nice on TV, IMO. Have you been there?

    I like the route this year- starting in the south and hitting the Pyrenees fairly quickly is nice change to the usual.
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    Not sure whether using basically no climbs in the Pyrenees is a great idea, though.

    XV (Hushovd and Boonen the props)

    1. A. Contador
    2. C. Evans
    3. M. Cavendish
    4. T. Hushovd
    5. T. Farrar
    6. O. Freire
    7. C. Sastre
    8. T. Boonen
    9. A. Schleck
    10. D. Bennati
    11. D. Menchov
    12. L. Armstrong
    13. R. Kreuziger
    14. G. Ciolek
    15. R. Feillu

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    Is this doubling up as a discussion thread as well?

    So pleased for Cavo, the bloke is such a champ. The stage win was never in doubt after there was that mini crash towards the end, nobody was going to catch him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhoenixFire View Post
    Is this doubling up as a discussion thread as well?

    So pleased for Cavo, the bloke is such a champ. The stage win was never in doubt after there was that mini crash towards the end, nobody was going to catch him.
    Yeah, just cruised home in the end. The crash obviously took out pretty much all the sprinters bar Ciolek though. Apparently there was a bit of a scuffle towards the end as well - some Dutch domestique barged inot Cavendish, who made it clear he didn't like it.

    I reckon Cancellara has an outside shot this year, with the lack of real height in the Pyranees and then a huge effort up the Ventoux.

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    Can't quite look past Contador for the time being, though I reckon Leipheimer has a pretty good outside chance. Can't wait till the Ventoux stage, should be an absolute ripper.

    Anyone else think that Shaun Kelly is deadset the worst commentator going? You can barely understand his extremely boring voice and I seriously can't remember the last time that he said something insightful or interesting, espeically considering he has ridden the tour several times. Reckon the rest of them are awesome though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chubb View Post
    Honestly, I think Monaco is an overrated, seedy, overpriced dump. It doesn't even look particularly nice on TV, IMO. Have you been there?

    I like the route this year- starting in the south and hitting the Pyrenees fairly quickly is nice change to the usual.
    The closest I have been to Monaco in France is Toulouse, so no.

    Quote Originally Posted by PhoenixFire View Post
    Can't quite look past Contador for the time being, though I reckon Leipheimer has a pretty good outside chance. Can't wait till the Ventoux stage, should be an absolute ripper.

    Anyone else think that Shaun Kelly is deadset the worst commentator going? You can barely understand his extremely boring voice and I seriously can't remember the last time that he said something insightful or interesting, espeically considering he has ridden the tour several times. Reckon the rest of them are awesome though.
    We get two Brits in Phil Ligget and Paul Sherwen and it is basically a Lance Armstrong love-in. Which is fine, but eventually you want to grab the bucket.

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