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    I'd go so far as to say it is my favourite sporting event to watch on tv.
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    Quote Originally Posted by social View Post
    Hope Cadel does it but dont want to say too much as he has succumbed to pressure on the tour before

    However, after winning the world champs he is apparently more relaxed

    Good news is that he seems to have a unified team behind him for a change so hopefully he wont be left to fight the world by himself

    Have to say that the Tour is really compelling viewing - I can quite happily watch it for a few hours at a stretch just to see the tactics unfold
    Yeah it speaks volume for the tactical side of the sport that so many people enjoy watching blokes riding a bike...
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    "Rest Day"??? Where's my fix of cycling action tonight, softcocks?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt79 View Post
    "Rest Day"??? Where's my fix of cycling action tonight, softcocks?
    This, stuck watching Mythbusters and Man vs Wild

    I like Cadel's chances this year, his ride yesterday wasnt too much of a concern as he didnt have to attack. He was already leader on the road, he was free to follow and try to conserve as much as possible. Worst case scenario was Schleck would get a couple of second lead which could have been better for Cadel anyway, taking pressure of him and his team in the next couple of weeks.

    Do I think he will win it all? Nope. Cant go past Schleck, though, have a little man crush on Ryder Hesjedal, only because he is a bike rider and his name is Ryder. Would love to see him get in another breakaway in the next couple of days and really try to get close to the yellow.
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    Yeah, I don't think Evans has a serious chance at winning or coming second, purely because he can't match Contador and Schleck on the hills. Reckon he'll hit 3rd though.
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    Jeez, I do agree that they're stronger favourites than Evans, but he's not bad on the hills. He has been smashed on a couple of stages, once by Rasmussen who was on the gear at the time, and again by Contador, but I don't think it's a shut case that with a decent effort from his team to help him, rather than always being one out dealing with Contador and team, or the Schleck's tag teaming him, that he can't stay with them. He probably can't lose them though, so he'll need to get his lead elsewhere, which is why they are bigger chances.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt79 View Post
    Jeez, I do agree that they're stronger favourites than Evans, but he's not bad on the hills. He has been smashed on a couple of stages, once by Rasmussen who was on the gear at the time, and again by Contador, but I don't think it's a shut case that with a decent effort from his team to help him, rather than always being one out dealing with Contador and team, or the Schleck's tag teaming him, that he can't stay with them. He probably can't lose them though, so he'll need to get his lead elsewhere, which is why they are bigger chances.
    Yeah, Ive never seen Cadel attack on a hill, only follow. Have watched pretty much every stage of the last 4 tours, not saying he hasnt attacked, just cant remember it. He has to win it by following Schleck and Contador, and not losing too much time, then smashing them on the final time trial. Though last year, Contador killed it in the last time trial, so that plan isnt looking too hot.

    If Frank Schleck was still there, I would guarantee one of the Schlecks would win, still pretty confident Andy is a good thing.

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    Thoroughly intriguing viewing so far, particularly the tactics Astana have used at every seeming opportunity to put the hammer down and make people hurt. I don't see the winner coming from anywhere beyond the group that followed Schleck to the summit, and honestly I'd be stunned if it were anyone other than Andy, Cadel or Alberto.

    Quite pleased with the make up of my squad - however I've got the order all wrong with Evans, Menchov and Kreuziger the bottom three, and Gesink a reserve... whilst Armstrong is 5 and Wiggins 8. You could say that's the Ender my chances...
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    The best Aussie cyclist is clearly Simon Gerrans.

    Rode all but 7km of yesterday's apine stage with a broken arm. WAG.
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    Nah Michael Rogers is deffo more of a gun. Is a more don climber than Evans.

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    Wow "don" is a crap adjective PF.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matteh View Post
    The best Aussie cyclist is clearly Simon Gerrans.

    Rode all but 7km of yesterday's apine stage with a broken arm. WAG.
    And Robbie McEwen has raced with a cracked vertebrae

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    Thor Hushovd to go into the breakaway, imo.

    EDIT: Maybe Hesjedal too, not sure if Cadel will chase him down though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobisback View Post
    Thor Hushovd to go into the breakaway, imo.

    EDIT: Maybe Hesjedal too, not sure if Cadel will chase him down though.
    The break so far.

    Jerome Pineau (QuickStep), Thos Hushovd (Cevelo), Jens Voigt (Saxo Bank), Cyril Gautier (Bbox), Luis Leon Sanchez (Caisse d'Epargne) , Jose Ivan Gutierrez (Caisse d'Epargne), Christophe Moreau (Caisse d'Epargne)

    Called it, and so far with LLS.

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