TdF now a tour du monde.

Discussion in 'Professional Cycling' started by tiogar, Jul 22, 2006.

  1. tiogar

    tiogar New Member

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    Doesn't this year really underline how le tour de France has grown into a tour du Monde in a truly international sport?

    Look at it.

    champion team: German.
    Yellow jersey: American
    Green jersey : Australian
    Polka dot: Danish
    Young rider: Italian
    The yellow jerseys team had no less than nine nationalities represented.
    Of the nine winners over HC and premier Cat. climbs eight nationalities represented
    Best Time trialler: ukrainian
    second in GC: Spanish.


    There can be few if any events in world sport as genuinely international.
     
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  2. whiteboytrash

    whiteboytrash New Member

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    How about the world game ? Football ? (or soccer as you call it) Everyone plays football......

     
  3. Durangodave

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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but football doesn't get together for TOP level international competition every year.

    On the other hand, more nations produce top level footballers than they do top level cyclists.
     
  4. Ricardo29

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    and like any international sport, or just sport for that matter, the poms are totally shi.t at it.

    which i find highly amusing :)
     
  5. Dead Star

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    Not exactly international if there's no Africans there! (oh yes I forgot, they're the sick man of the world)
     
  6. tiogar

    tiogar New Member

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    Only 4 coiuntries- Argentina, Brazil, Italy and Germany - have won the World Cup when not playing at home since it became truly global.

    Top classs soccer is a regional sport played in western Europe and the atlantic cities of Latin America.

    Besides which I'm not comparing cycling with more predictable sports like soccer. I'm simply asserting it and its premier event, the tour, are now truly internationalised.
     
  7. Durangodave

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    Yes, but the top leagues also draw players from Africa and North America.

    But I agree, the glory in this year's race was spead all over the map.
     
  8. stevebaby

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    Despite there being no riders from Asia,India,only a couple from South America and South Africa?
    Very few people in the world could even afford to buy the bikes we ride,let alone race them.The overwhelming majority of cyclists,worldwide,use them for transportation,not sport.Bike racing is a Western luxury.
     
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