Oh - and now it begins

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  1. vadimivich

    vadimivich New Member

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    Tremendous stage today, and Vino looks like he's in fabulous form. Ullrich and Armstrong looked strong as well - this is shaping up to be a terribly exciting couple of days in the mountains.
     
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  2. nonameboy

    nonameboy New Member

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    great stage today,vinokorov destroid the disco team only armstrong was there.Tmobile were great today.
     
  3. Deli

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    I has indeed begun. Lots of attacks, and Kloden's form is surprising. TMO may have that three pronged attack after all.

    Discovery team was blown away on that climb. This may get very interesting!
     
  4. whiteboytrash

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    Agreed great stage... but points of interest.... Armstrong losing his team (what happened there ?)... Popo well off the pace and losing the white jersey to Karpets as he came in over 2 minutes back (who said this guy can win the tour ?)..... great move by T-Mobile.... Vino attacked three times made Armstrong chase and then Kloden went... awesome.... great scene of Ullrich putting his hand out to Armstrong telling him to chase the counter attack of Basso..... Armstrong wasn’t that zippy in catching Vino's attacks but still strong.... tomorrow will be very interesting…


     
  5. Bjorn P.Dal

    Bjorn P.Dal New Member

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    That was great fun! *hits the rewind button*
    Looks like klödens back.. lets hope the attacks contiune tomorrow!
     
  6. peterlip

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    What a fantastic finish.
    It's early days, but there was only one Disco rider, Lance, in the first group.
     
  7. nonameboy

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    thats what we whant to see the other contenders actually trying to win the tour instead of just following disco and lance.
     
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    Discovery compleatly sucked today. Lance was totally isolated. It isn't a good sign for Discovery. If T-Mobile will continue like that...
     
  9. Le_cannibale

    Le_cannibale New Member

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    1 Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank 5.03.54
    2 Andreas Klöden (Ger) T-Mobile Team
    3 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne 0.27
    4 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Fassa Bortolo
    5 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC
    6 Jan Ullrich (Ger) T-Mobile Team
    7 Cadel Evans (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto
    8 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Credit Agricole
    9 Chris Horner (USA) Saunier Duval-Prodir
    10 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) T-Mobile Team
    11 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi
    12 Franco Pellizotti (Fra) Liquigas-Bianchi
    13 Oscar Pereiro Sio (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems
    14 Jörg Jaksche (Ger) Liberty Seguros-Würth
    15 Dario Frigo (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
    16 Evgeni Petrov (Rus) Lampre-Caffita
    17 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Gerolsteiner
    18 Michael Boogerd (Ned) Rabobank
    19 Michael Rogers (Aus) Quick.Step
    20 Lance Armstrong (USA) Discovery Channel
    21 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank
    22 Bobby Julich (USA) Team CSC
    23 Santiago Botero (Col) Phonak Hearing Systems
    24 Marcos Serrano (Spa) Liberty Seguros-Würth
    25 Francisco Mancebo (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne
    26 Roberto Heras (Spa) Liberty Seguros-Würth
    27 Floyd Landis (USA) Phonak Hearing Systems
    28 Iban Mayo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
    29 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne
    30 Ivan Basso (Ita) Team CSC
    31 Bradley McGee (Aus) Française Des Jeux
    32 Joseba Beloki (Spa) Liberty Seguros-Würth
    33 Carlos Sastre (Spa) Team CSC
    34 Leonardo Piepoli (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir


    It looks like all the major contenders are there. This will be fun to watch.
     
  10. whiteboytrash

    whiteboytrash New Member

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    Nice work by T-Mobile working on the first climb of the day working the peleton very hard then pulling off.... Discovery didn't do any work all day so its even more of a worry why they were shelled out the back....

    Just saw the yellow jersey presentation and Armstrong didn't look so good on the rostrum... looked worried and weak......

    Also Vino sprinting for 3rd place time bonus..... very aggressive.......

    Maybe all the stories of T-Mobile in-fighting was a bluff ? Hook line and sinker Discovery....




     
  11. thebluetrain

    thebluetrain New Member

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    Is it possible that Johan held Discovery in reserve? Surely at least one rider from Discovery could have stayed in the lead group if they had wanted.
     
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    Looks like T Mobile attacking and Basso looking for the counter, this is definately a preview of what is going to happen. Vino/T mobile looks like they are going to cause a lot of trouble for Discovery. Go T-Mobile/anyone besides Lance :D .
     
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    Le_cannibale New Member

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    Lance didn't sound too happy when he was talking to OLN(Only Lance Network?). They probably could have kept up with him.
     
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    Watch the coverage.... Savolodelli chased the first Vino attack and then couldn't keep up.... no chance.... whats the point of keeping teammates in reserve with 10km to go ? He needed his team and they weren’t there.... Armstrong had to leave it to other teams to chase Kloden.... Kloden pulled 30 seconds out of Armstrong on the flat in the last 4km !

    He can’t watch all three of them by himself with no team…..


     
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    FANTASTIC! :D

    How about that? the old 1-2 with Vino and Kloden. Vino is such an asset to T-mobile....he is able to attack and attack again that's what broke up discovery....Lance was forced to follow Vino, he couldn't rely on his teamates in that situation. Great to see Ullrich having no problems following, of course this wasn't that hard a climb. Did you see how as soon as Ullrich accelerated, Lance was right on his wheel? No one can say T-mobile was 'disfunctional' today...Kloden almost getting the win, too bad, he deserved it.
     
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    I saw Savolodelli. The climb was a very minor climb, but you are right, Lance was left to the dogs today.
     
  17. Le_cannibale

    Le_cannibale New Member

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    I think the normal guys were really tired out from the 150k of flat. They will be there in the mountains tomorrow.
     
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    This is the first Tour I've watched, and it's been absolutely brilliant. Is it always this good, or has this been above average.
     
  19. whiteboytrash

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    Just watched the coverage again and Vino kept looking around for Kloden and when Kloden was off the pace obviously not following the accelerations Vino slowed..... When Kloden went you should of seen Armstrong.. he looked and his head dropped..... seconds prior to Kloden's attack Vino spoke into his radio....... then Valverde attacked, Basso counter attacked and Armstrong could not follow.... it took Ullrich to ride up strongly to Basso's wheel.....

    Looking forward to CSC also getting into the mix when the roads get steeper......


     
  20. vadimivich

    vadimivich New Member

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    Vinokourov is easily the key rider to this tour, he's going to do his best to blow it pieces any way he can. The guy is lightning in a bottle with his explosion.

    Kloden was impressive for today, but I'm not sure he can do it for a full tour. Ullrich looked good, but it wasn't the super steep climb that seems to have done him in the last few years.

    Chris Horner and Leipheimer had very strong rides as well, and Botero snuck in there. That was a very select group at the end, almost certainly containing the future winner of this years race.
     
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