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Le Tour De France 2007


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Le Tour de France 2007 starts in two days on July 7th, 2007 in London, England.

I find this tour to be a little interesting, the inclusion of Marseilles and Montpellier is strange in my eyes because le tour usually only visits one major French city other than Paris.

What do the people in London think and are you gonna go out to see le tour start in your city for the first time.

I think (and hope) Vino is going to win.

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I hope the people of London, indeed the whole country supports the Tour. With the British Grand Prix, Wimbledon, one-day international cricket and probably one of the most eagerly anticipated horse races Europe has seen happening, it really will feel like England is the centre of the sporting world this weekend.

Unfortunately, I suspect I'll only get as far as watching it on television. If I go to the Tour, I'm going to the Tour in France. In the mountains, doing it properly.

I will follow the race closely this year as I always do. I just hope and pray it doesn't get bogged down in scandal again.

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I might hop on the train this weekend to see Le Tour, but then again I also want to watch the men's final at Wimbledon and the British Grand Prix on the tele. We'll see.

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I might hop on the train this weekend to see Le Tour, but then again I also want to watch the men's final at Wimbledon and the British Grand Prix on the tele. We'll see.

Once in a live time live or annual events? Hard choice.

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Not that that was the winning time. It looked like Andreas Kloden was going to take it with a very impressive time of 9.03. Despite the support of the massive crowds, Bradley Wiggins couldn't match it. But Fabian Cancellara produced an awesome performance to win with a time of eight minutes 50 seconds, the only man to go under nine minutes. Sensational stuff.

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Another crash, this time less than three kilometres from the finish, marred today's second stage from Dunkirk to Ghent. A Belgian won in Belgium, but apparently it was the wrong one. I say that's just greedy. Anyway, Cancellara, who was caught up in the crash, retains the yellow jersey, as riders affected by crashes inside three kilometres from the finish are automatically given the same time as the winner.

Tour de France Stage Two

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Another crash, this time less than three kilometres from the finish, marred today's second stage from Dunkirk to Ghent. A Belgian won in Belgium, but apparently it was the wrong one. I say that's just greedy. Anyway, Cancellara, who was caught up in the crash, retains the yellow jersey, as riders affected by crashes inside three kilometres from the finish are automatically given the same time as the winner.

Tour de France Stage Two

It was team orders I believe. Boonen has won in Belgium before.

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Really? I thought this guy was the lead out man for Boonen.

When they crossed the line Boonen was celebrating with him, it was team orders to allow him to win and Boonen to hold up because none of the other major sprinters were close because of the crash. Its not like its unheard of, a lot of major riders will allow team mates to beat them at the line if there competators are far enough behind. Mind you Boonen my regret not getting those 5 points and the win. Also Boonen doesn't use one lead-out, he usually uses 3 or 4 unlike McEwen, Zabel and Hushovd.

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Now, though, the sprinters are suffering as the Tour has reached the Alps. Three first category climbs on today's route to Tignes and they have already claimed the first casualty of those riders vying for overall victory. Michael Rogers has abandoned the race after he crashed on the descent of today's opening first category climb. The leader on the road is about ten kilometres from the finish.

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Oh, by the way, on top of all the doping scandals, the Tour itself was a target of terrorists.

Link: BBC: Blasts Hit Tour de France Route

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Two small explosive devices have been detonated along a Spanish section of the Tour de France cycle race, Spain's interior ministry has said.

Man, this year's Tour has got the whole race's reputation in major doubt now.

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of course,of course,if a spaniard wins is always for doping... <_<

Could it be that you have a certain conspiration complex?

It's absolutely irrelevant whether Contador is Spaniard or not -- the fact is: He was on Fuentes' list and today German anti-doping specialist Werner Franke and former German cyclist Jörg Jaksche both made new allegations against Contador. Franke said that he owns several documents substantiating the doping suspicions against Contador, for example a list of a razzia at Fuentes' house. Jaksche confirmed that there is a document by Fuentes -- a medication plan for Liberty Seguros for 2005, listing himself as "J.J." and also listing a certain "A.C.", most likely Alberto Contador.

For Franke's accusations see Claims Contador is a drug cheat

As nykfan already said in the other topic: Don't act as if we're idiots.

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