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08/01/2012 05:17:36 PM · #1
wiggins does it again what a year for him

i saw 100s of bikes out in the peak district tonight hes certainly got everyone out riding

us girl got the gold in the womans time trial as well
07/24/2012 07:41:28 AM · #2
Originally posted by Melethia:

The Road ID commercials were a blast! Also loved the "I Am Specialized" with the kid "racing" Tom Boonen while Phil and Paul made the call. Could live without the Michelob Ultra commercials, though.

And yes, always a pleasure to watch Jens Voigt race!


Remember the one from last year with the little kid on the tryke for Cadillac?? Loved that one!

Now that Michelob comercial is in my head! Ear worm!! Haha
07/24/2012 01:03:55 AM · #3
The Road ID commercials were a blast! Also loved the "I Am Specialized" with the kid "racing" Tom Boonen while Phil and Paul made the call. Could live without the Michelob Ultra commercials, though.

And yes, always a pleasure to watch Jens Voigt race!
07/24/2012 12:23:09 AM · #4
Originally posted by Melethia:

I didn't realize Horner was retiring this year as well. Is Voigt retiring, or is he going to keep on keeping on? He's amazing!


Voigt will still be racing, he said in an interview as long as they want me I will keep racing. At 41 he still has the passion of a rookie and a reliability that is second to none.
07/23/2012 09:53:34 PM · #5
Originally posted by Melethia:

I didn't realize Horner was retiring this year as well. Is Voigt retiring, or is he going to keep on keeping on? He's amazing!


I hope he stays in for a few more years...at 40, it's great to see him still attack like he does....He cracked me up as the truck driver in the comercial with Bob Roll...
07/23/2012 09:43:54 PM · #6
I didn't realize Horner was retiring this year as well. Is Voigt retiring, or is he going to keep on keeping on? He's amazing!

Message edited by author 2012-07-23 21:44:04.
07/23/2012 01:26:30 PM · #7
Originally posted by Melethia:

By the way, not sure why Chris Horner went off with George - anyone know?


I believe it had been agreed as Horner is another of the old guard who was riding his last tour.
07/23/2012 11:32:10 AM · #8
By the way, not sure why Chris Horner went off with George - anyone know?
07/23/2012 07:52:25 AM · #9
I was glad to see George honored too...I'll definitely miss him next year. Maybe he'll join the boys and do some commintating!?

OK...bring on the Olympics!! :-)
07/23/2012 04:45:00 AM · #10
I think I enjoyed the last 3 weeks as much if not more than any other TDF but that's probably because of the British first and second places!

I knew these guys were Iron men and warmed up before a race but cycling it (or most of it) the night before and then 'warming' up for 45 minutes before a race is madness!

Excellent TV and many of them will be back for the Olympics this week!
07/23/2012 01:46:18 AM · #11
Ended too soon, as usual. Great last day (they had perfect weather!) and pleased to see them honor Big George. Olympic cycling up next!
07/21/2012 09:59:38 PM · #12
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

Originally posted by Tommy_Mac:

Pantanni was awesome...


Pantani v Armstrong, TDF 2000


That was great Robert! Thanks!! I remember watching that live..those were the tours where I would be out of my seat yelling at the TV!
I remember lance said that he let Pantani win that stage afterwards..caused all kinds of controversy...
07/21/2012 09:45:06 PM · #13
Nice clip, Robert! Lance dancing the pedals... He did that so well, yes?

Missed Didi Senft (the Devil) this year - apparently he'd had surgery of some kind and was not able to make the tour this year. Hopefully he'll be back next year.

And you know I spend too much time following the tour when I noticed the other day the chalked tacks on the road at a summit - the fans had drawn giant tacks in chalk... Heh!
07/21/2012 09:32:07 PM · #14
My boy crush broke his arse, silly man...

But I gotta say, I am a huge Tommy Voeckler fan. He's just too fun.

But Ben is right. Wiggins is dull. Evans is dull. Good cyclists, yes, but not very exciting.

I say we go back to the days they carried their tires, smoked cigarettes, stopped for wine.... :-)
07/21/2012 09:29:21 PM · #15
Originally posted by Tommy_Mac:

Pantanni was awesome...


Pantani v Armstrong, TDF 2000
07/21/2012 09:14:32 PM · #16
Originally posted by bspurgeon:


I think Wiggins had the classic Armstrong mind game going, and nobody had a realistic chance to win; they were all racing for second from day 1. It was rather boring without Contador and Andy Schleck to animate the high mountain stages. In general, Evans and Wiggins are rather dull race leaders. Way too professional! I miss the arrogant control and attacking style of Armstrong, Ulrich, Pantani, Virenque, Heras, Vino, Basso, et al., you know, the glory days of clean cycling! ;) Ironic that the one rider in the race who is


Pantanni was awesome...shame what happened to him though...
Virenque "there's no crying in cycling!!".
Although definitely not a climber..I used to love the antics of Cipollini...So arrogant...he was a lot of fun!

Who was the rider that punched the spectator when he got in his way???
07/21/2012 09:03:27 PM · #17
I've seen Robin William in spandex. Long long ago, when the Ride for the Roses started in Austin, the average rider could afford it, and some friends and I participated. Lance was riding with a small cadre, including Robin Williams, and they rode the opposite direction so everyone got a chance to see them. Quite fun!
07/21/2012 08:57:21 PM · #18
Originally posted by Ozzie:

Voeckler reminds me of a younger Robin Williams with his smile etc!!


Ahahaha!!
07/21/2012 07:54:44 PM · #19
Who knows how Froome's body would have responded if he persisted when he first rode away from Wiggins on that climb last week, now that would have been exciting! Ha!

I think Wiggins had the classic Armstrong mind game going, and nobody had a realistic chance to win; they were all racing for second from day 1. It was rather boring without Contador and Andy Schleck to animate the high mountain stages. In general, Evans and Wiggins are rather dull race leaders. Way too professional! I miss the arrogant control and attacking style of Armstrong, Ulrich, Pantani, Virenque, Heras, Vino, Basso, et al., you know, the glory days of clean cycling! ;) Ironic that the one rider in the race who is often willing to attack on steep climbs withdrew for presumed doping.

I very much enjoyed watching TeJay, Nibali, Sagan, Cavendish, and the funky Frenchman who, as always, entertained us with impressive efforts and funny faces! Can you imagine if Hushovd was around to compete with Sagan for points in the hilly/modest mountain stages?

Next year should be great presuming Deb's boy crush and Contador return to face off against Nibali, Froome, and TeJay. Wiggins will be more exciting to watch since he will need to defend his TT ability against 5 great climbers, same goes for Evans.
07/21/2012 02:49:19 PM · #20
Voeckler reminds me of a younger Robin Williams with his smile etc!!
07/21/2012 11:46:00 AM · #21
Originally posted by Melethia:

Wiggins is just lucky Sky picked him to represent or that teammate of his might have stolen the show!

And yes, very pleased to see Teejay doing so well.

And I really, really, really wanna believe that Frank is NOT stupid enough to dope... sigh.


Team Sky is just so strong all around.....so...will Cavendish take the win on the champs elysees tomorrow????
07/21/2012 04:36:55 AM · #22
Originally posted by Melethia:

Wiggins is just lucky Sky picked him to represent or that teammate of his might have stolen the show!

And yes, very pleased to see Teejay doing so well.

And I really, really, really wanna believe that Frank is NOT stupid enough to dope... sigh.


I agree that Froome may have won had he been Sky's team leader but Wiggins has him beat on every time trial. Wiggins will no doubt repay Froome for his efforts and superb loyalty in future tours.
Froome in another team wouldn't make sense as demonstrated by Cadel Evans in the years leading up to his win as his domestiques just werent good enough.
Froome could have done what TJ done to Evans and left him when he was in trouble for his own cause, I would like to have been a fly on the wall after that stage.

I would have liked to have seen a stronger challenge from another team for the GC as it has been a predictable tour. For the last week my only concern has been Wiggins crashing which kind of sums up that the other teams aren't strong enough.

Got to agree with you about yesterday's dull stage, nothing like throwing a gauntlet down, absolutely jaw dropping.
07/20/2012 11:15:43 PM · #23
Ha! No spoilers, but I will say that for a stage I thought would be kinda dull, it most certainly was fun at the end!
07/20/2012 09:06:59 PM · #24
Wiggins is just lucky Sky picked him to represent or that teammate of his might have stolen the show!

And yes, very pleased to see Teejay doing so well.

And I really, really, really wanna believe that Frank is NOT stupid enough to dope... sigh.
07/20/2012 08:36:43 PM · #25
Originally posted by Melethia:

Originally posted by Tommy_Mac:

Voeckler makes the best faces! :-p

Ha! No kidding! He's a form of entertainment all by himself. Fun to watch. See the "fun read" below.

And seriously.... if you've been a professional bike racer all your life, spent thousands of hours on a bike, wouldn't you know NOT to stick your fingers into a moving wheel? Seriously?? Apparently he's still in the race, and is putting off surgery until after the tour. Nuts. Completely nuts.

For a fun read:

CyclingNews blogger


I thought the same thing about the fingers in the wheel!!! I actually said out loud "you would think he would know better!"
thanks for the article...this has been a good tour...I figured Wiggins would take this one.. He's a rock star. Everytime I see him he reminds me of a skinny Lemy from Motörhead!
Good to see an American up there too with Teejay...,
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