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Discussion in 'General Discussion Forum' started by Garts, Jul 23, 2011.

  1. Garts

    Garts Well-Known Member

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    I am not a massive cycling fan but I have got right into this tour. I will watch a Aussie do well anything and if Cadel can win this it will be massive. I cannot think of a harder sporting event in the world. These guys are amazing to do what they do day in day out for 3 weeks. Is anyone else getting behind Cadel?
     
  2. ssar

    ssar Well-Known Member

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    That weas an amazing stage 19 to Alpe-d’Huez.
    So many sections where so many riders really worked hard.

    Cadel's massive effort to lead the 3rd group up that long climb, without much help was just amazing. And I had a feeling he would try and pop out with only 1 or 2 kms to go to the very end - whilst I hoped he might break away again well then I knew it would be just about impossible after such a day, he did well just to cross the line a few metres ahead of the Schlecks etc. in 5th as it was.
    And Contador's effort was also amazing - at almost 4 mins off the overall lead still though, surely he can't make that up from here.
    It was great to see France's Pierre Rolland take the stage win, and geez he put in a big effort to do so too!

    Lookin' forward to tonight's stage 20 Grenoble time trial - will Andy Schleck lay the smack down and take the tour win, or will Frank Schleck pull out the ride of his life for a claim, or will Cadel prove the better of the 2 brothers by around a minute or more for the win?

    GO Cadel!

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    Oh, another thread in the General discussion that would be better in an "Other Sports" section..

    http://forums.silvertails.net/Thread-More-Off-Season-Sports-Sub-Sections
     
  3. Garts

    Garts Well-Known Member

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    He is putting in a awesome performance tonight. Might take the stage as well.
     
  4. Chip and Chase

    Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Awesome ride in Stage 19 and topped off with a massive TT tonight. Well done Cadel, great stuff.
     
  5. Dan

    Dan Administrator Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Well done cadel!
     
  6. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

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    Where is Clontaago? First his poster boy Green gets whipped by a man of colour. Now his whipping boy tops off his World Championship win with a yellow jersey.
     
  7. Rex

    Rex Well-Known Member

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    Not even a whisper of Contador and clenbuterol during the many hours of the tour I watched. Only glowing praise of him. Presumed to be innocent because the Spanish cycling authorities totally cleared him when he said, without any proof, he must've eaten some infected meat before testing positive twice during last year's Tour. The appeal on his case was delayed until after the Tour, in August. He has a colourful history from a drugs perspective.

    And earlier, when he had ensured his win in the 2009 Tour he was asked:

    "Can you assure us that you've never taken any banned performance-enhancing products, nor used any banned methods, and can you take this opportunity to make a strong statement for clean cycling?"

    Contador replied: "I'm available 365 days a year, which is something I accept with good grace for the sport I love. I will continue to have this attitude."

    A tad different to Brett Stewart, where the Aussie media and NRL treated him as guilty based on nothing of real substance or real credibility.
     
  8. Fro

    Fro Well-Known Member

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    Phil Ligget mentioned it a few times Rex actually.

    but you are right in that he wasnt hung drawn and quartered by all and sundry
     
  9. The Gronk

    The Gronk Well-Known Member

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    Those last three stages were awesome. I struggle to think of a greater individual sporting achievement by an Australian than winning this. He's been an absolute cleanskin as far as the roids go too.
     
  10. lsz

    lsz Well-Known Member Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Massive achievement

    not sure if it is the greatest of all time but it has to be up there
     
  11. Rex

    Rex Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Fro.

    "Disgraced cyclist Alberto Contadour is 1 minute 32 seconds behind"?

    "Alleged drug cheat Alberto Contadour is now 2 minutes 13 seconds behind"?

    "How disgraceful. Those Spanish fans should hang their head in shame for cheering for Alberto Contadour."

    That sort of thing?
     
  12. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

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    I think everyone is waiting for the Court of Arbitration to do the right thing with Contador. Schleck will not be a 3 time runner up for much longer.
     
  13. Fro

    Fro Well-Known Member

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    Rex i was agreeing with you you idiot.

    and i know exactly what you were getting at in the parallels with Brett Stewart.
     

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