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So how is going to be watching this sporting event?

Any predictions?

i hope Thor Hushovd finally wins the green jersey this time, its getting depressing not seeing him win

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the tour is about to begin on saturday with the prologde, which is now known as stage one

20 teams of nine riders are about to race and only about five of them actually stand a chance of winning

so here is a breakdown of the 15 teams that have already reported to the race organizers about team lists

Gerolsteiner - from the name i would say Dutch T^eam, hence they will do absolutely nothing in the tour

notables on the team are few and Levi Leipheimer on the list, don't expect anything from him, he will crashing out between stages 12 and 15

Rabobank - the principle Dutch team, not to much in the way of good riders but are in the running for stage wins, Erik Dekker and Denis Menchov could post a win for the team, other than late, expect a low finish for the team

Liberty Serugos - lead by a former Armstrong rider, Roberto Heras, but also Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano and Joseba Beloki could do well, but also unlikely

Domina Vacanze - next

Francaise Des Jeux - one of the teams which the Aussies love, Baden Cooke and Bradley McGee should provide some excitement for Australian viewership, but other then that, next

Quickstep - Tom Boonen the next grea thing out of Belgium, other than that, notta, next

Iles Baleares - Vladimir Karpets and nothing more, and he is not even a sure thing for some glory on the tour

Credit Argicole - my personal favourite team, notables Thor Hushovd and Christophe Moreau, Moreau could do something for the overall race but doubtfull, Hushovd, if in form, should have the green jersey on his back coming into Paris

Fassa Bortolo - next

Phonak - other than Floyd Landers, another Armstrong man, and Santiago Botero, always a disappointment, next

Liquigas-Bianchi - next

Cofidis - Stewie O'Grady and nothing more, next

Euskadi - Iban Mayo, possible winner, and Haimar Zubeldia, possible high finished

CSC - Ivan Basso, a weak team compared to years passed

T-Mobile - hands down, 100% strongest team on the tour, with Andres Kloden, Alexandre Vinokourov and Jan Ullrich this team is packed, Andres is Germany for the future and should win his first tour in the next four years, Ullrich is the probably winner of the tour this year and Vinokourov is a top 5 rider, any way you put it 3 riders - one team - 3 finishes in the top ten, possible multiple podium finishes and stage wins

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:) Is there still plans to move the Tour de France to Quebec for that province's bi-centenary?
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the tour is about to begin on saturday with the prologde, which is now known as stage one

20 teams of nine riders are about to race and only about five of them actually stand a chance of winning

so here is a breakdown of the 15 teams that have already reported to the race organizers about team lists

Gerolsteiner - from the name i would say Dutch T^eam, hence they will do absolutely nothing in the tour

notables on the team are few and Levi Leipheimer on the list, don't expect anything from him, he will crashing out between stages 12 and 15

Rabobank - the principle Dutch team, not to much in the way of good riders but are in the running for stage wins, Erik Dekker and Denis Menchov could post a win for the team, other than late, expect a low finish for the team

Liberty Serugos - lead by a former Armstrong rider, Roberto Heras, but also Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano and Joseba Beloki could do well, but also unlikely

Domina Vacanze - next

Francaise Des Jeux - one of the teams which the Aussies love, Baden Cooke and Bradley McGee should provide some excitement for Australian viewership, but other then that, next

Quickstep - Tom Boonen the next grea thing out of Belgium, other than that, notta, next

Iles Baleares - Vladimir Karpets and nothing more, and he is not even a sure thing for some glory on the tour

Credit Argicole - my personal favourite team, notables Thor Hushovd and Christophe Moreau, Moreau could do something for the overall race but doubtfull, Hushovd, if in form, should have the green jersey on his back coming into Paris

Fassa Bortolo - next

Phonak - other than Floyd Landers, another Armstrong man, and Santiago Botero, always a disappointment, next

Liquigas-Bianchi - next

Cofidis - Stewie O'Grady and nothing more, next

Euskadi - Iban Mayo, possible winner, and Haimar Zubeldia, possible high finished

CSC - Ivan Basso, a weak team compared to years passed

T-Mobile - hands down, 100% strongest team on the tour, with Andres Kloden, Alexandre Vinokourov and Jan Ullrich this team is packed, Andres is Germany for the future and should win his first tour in the next four years, Ullrich is the probably winner of the tour this year and Vinokourov is a top 5 rider, any way you put it 3 riders - one team - 3 finishes in the top ten, possible multiple podium finishes and stage wins

Where is the "Discovery" Team?

How do they rank?

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:) Is there still plans to move the Tour de France to Quebec for that province's bi-centenary?

I have heard of this, but very briefly. To be honest, I can't really see how it can be accomplished.

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it would be accomplished the same way this tour is going to be, adding extra days, this tour is 23 days usually its only 22 and starts on a sunday not a saturday

now for the last five teams that have finally been added to the tour website

Lampre-Caffita - next

Saunier Duval - Prodir - notta, next

Davitamon-Lotto- the Belgian team that wants the green jersey, notables Robbie McEwan and Axel Merckx, look for Axel to get his first win

Bouygues Telecom - next

Discovery Channel - Lance Armstrong and the boys look to make it 7 in a row, team is weak compared to T-Mobile, and i doubt if Armstrong can do it

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my choice for winning would be Andres Kloden, he's German and a extremely good rider, but kinda in the shadows.

Truthfully T-Mobile has the possible with Kloden, Vynikorof and Ullrich to place one, two and three, but thats ignoring Iban Mayo, Ivan Basso and of course Lance

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So, it will be in Germany, no matter how brief it is, this year around the 8th. day of the month.
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Stage One

1. David Zabriskie USA

2. Lance Armstrong USA

3. Alexandre Vinokourov KAZ

12. Jan Ulrich GER

20. Ivan Basso ITA

Stage Two

1. Tom Boonen BEL

2. Thor Hushovd NOR

3. Robbie McEwen AUS

Current Jersey standings

Yellow - David Zabriskie USA

Green - Tom Boonen BEL

White - Fabian Cancellara SUI

Poka Dot - Thomas Voeckler

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its on, only on a specialty channel in north america except for the last stage which is broadcast on one of the American big three, can't remember which.

But its not like our coverage is great, in the about five minutes of sprint set-up and sprint their was no mention of CA or of Thor Hushovd, even though he ended up second

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third leg, only info i have currently is that Tom Boonen of Belgium won the stage, Robbie McEwen was DSQ and Erik Dekker of the Netherlanads took over the lead for the king of the mountains, or hills as it were
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Stage Four

1. Team Discovery Channel

2. CSC

3. T-Moible

Yellow

1. Lance Armstrong USA

2. George Hincapie USA

3. Jens Viogt GER

6. Yaroslav Popovych UKR (Future leader of Discovery)

7. Alexandre Vinokourov KAZ

10. Ivan Basso ITA

14. Jan Ullrich GER

28. Andreas Kloden GER

Green

1. Tom Boonen BEL

2. Stuart O'Grady AUS

3. Peter Wrolich AUT

Pokadot

1.  Erik Dekker NED

2. Thomas Voeckler FRA

3. Rubens Bertogliati SUI

White

1. Yaroslav Popvych UKR

2. Vladimir Karpets RUS

3. Luis Sanchez ESP

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before i get to telling the few that are interested in this, i found something very ironic, in the Sydney 2000 Men's road race the results were as follows,

Gold - Jan Ullrich

Silver - Alexandre Vinokourov

Bronze - Andreas Kloden

now they are on the same team, racing in the same race, and at each others throats, and more importantly at the throat of Lance Armstrong, so hopefully one of the is going to break through

Stage Six

very interesting stage, results as follows

1. Lorenzo Bernucci ITA first pro win ever

2. Alexandre Vinokourov KAZ

3. Robert Forster GER

Stage Seven

1. Robbie McEwen (dumb Australian)

2. Magnus Backstedt SWE

3. Bernhard Eisel AUT

Stage Eight, great stage if you can watch this one on a replay watch it, its amazing

1. Pieter Weening NED

2. Adreas Kloden GER, watch out lance one more challanger

3. Alejandro Valverde ESP

stage eight was amazing and tomorrows stages promises to be even better, this truly is one of the greatest sporting events there is

Now lets get to jerseys

Yellow

1. Lance Armstrong USA

2. Jens Viogt GER

3. Alexandre Vinokourov KAZ

4. Booby Julich USA

5. Ivan Basso ITA

6. Jan Ullrich GER

7. Carlos Sastre ESP

8. George Hincapie USA

9. Andreas Kloden GER

10. Floyd Landis USA

Green

1. Tom Boonen BEL

2. Thor Hushovd NOR

3. Robbie McEwen AUS

4. Stuart O'Grady

5. Robert Forster GER

Pota Dot

1. Mickeal Rasmussen DEN

2. Andreas Kloden GER

3. Pieter Weening

4. Santiago Botero COL

5. Jan Ullrich

White

1. Vladimir Karpets RUS

2. Yaroslav Popovych UKR

3. Alejandro Valverde ESP

4. Alberto Contador ESP

5. Andrey Kashenchkin KAZ

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ok stage nine - worst stage ever - so boring - so very boring - Lance just sat in the front and did nothing to make the stage at all interesting - i really hope he loses - especially to one of the T-Mobile riders - Go Jan, Vino and Kloden

Stage

1. Mickeal Rasmussen DEN

2. Christophe Moreau FRA ( iwas really hoping he would get a win for France, it doesn't seem like the can win much lately)

3. Jens Viogt GER

Yellow Jersey

1. Jesn Viogt GER

2. Christophe Moreau FRA

3. Lance Armstrong USA

Green Jersey

1. Tom Boonen BEL

2. Thor Hushovd NOR

3. Staurt O'GRady AUS

Pota Dot Jersey

1. Mickeal Rasmussen DEN

2. Christophe Moreau FRA

3. Jens Viogt GER

White Jersey

1. Vladimir Karpets RUS

A day after Andreas Kloden should that he was back to form, Christophe Moreau shows that his form is as good as very, adding himself to a growing list of riders that are going to challange Lance right down to the final line in Paris

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Sounded like quite an action-packed stage from what I've heard with repeated attacks on Armstrong.

stage eight was great, it was so good to watch, stage nine was a let down

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nah, not on tuesday, it will probably fall to Christophe Moreau

Yes on Tuesday!!!

Armstrong hammers his chief rivals to get the yellow jersey back!!! :unclesam:

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