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  1. Big E.

    Franco Ballerini dies in rally crash

    Very sad news for cycle racing in general and Italian cycling in particular and only a week or so before the Pantani anniversary. 'Ballo' was a true 'Campione' of the cobbles and I am even happier to be able to say that I saw him win the 1995 Het Volk, his first important victory in the North...
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    Greatest sportsman ever

    The racing driver Tazio Nuvolari and Fausto Coppi.
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    The Greatest

    Here are mine!. Coppi-Merckx-Hinault-Bartali-Van Looy-Anquetil-Bobet(L) Binda-Van Steenbergen-Magne. Ten of the very best.
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    Poll- Do you wear a helmet?

    Thats fair enough, but surely it should be a matter of free choice?. After reading some of those replies I sometimes wonder how you guys over there get to pluck up courage enough to step outside!.
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    Lance's New Team

    You make your point so well that I almost agreed with you!. I had the impression that on the (all too few) mountain stages Contador could have ridden away whenever he wished. And surely he was looking out for Armstrongs podium position on Ventoux?. Respect is a two way thing and from day one Mr...
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    Lance's New Team

    A major influence on Astana definately, but of little consequence to Contador surely?.
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    Lance's New Team

    Surely its a choice between a large pay packet and knowing your place in the pecking order, or having the opportunity to 'race' and possibly win the Tour De France?.
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    Lance's New Team

    Charming!. But tell me. how do you pace somebody by going backwards?.
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    Poll- Do you wear a helmet?

    Okay, I admit that the banana skin thing is a little unlikely!.
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    Poll- Do you wear a helmet?

    I'm sorry, but if you are really riding around on an 'unstable, top heavy, metal frame' you should try and get some advice. Maybe your right to be wearing a helmet!.
  11. Big E.

    Poll- Do you wear a helmet?

    I'm sorry, but if you are really riding around on an 'unstable, top heavy, metal frame' you should try and get some advice. Maybe your right to be wearing a helmet!.
  12. Big E.

    Poll- Do you wear a helmet?

    Or you could just as easily 'black out' while walking down the street, or trip over the kerb, or slip on a banana skin, or fall down the stairs at home or even maybe, fall out of bed?!
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    Poll- Do you wear a helmet?

    Most of the replies to this thread appear to be from riders in The United States where cycling is fairly new as a sport and would therefore have a different attitude to helmet wearing to those of us in Europe where cycling has been established for 100 years or so. I belong to a pre-helmet...
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    Bore De France?.

    Is it just me, or is this the dullest Tour De France since the US Postal Club run days?. Here we are, well into the second week and so far there have been about three days when the racing was of any real interest or significance. Are there any more mountains on the horizon?. What was the point...