Australian perspective of the---Le Tour De France 2013

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  1. Warin

    Warin Retired

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    Sounds like a good plan. I'd do 2.5 weeks on the Isle of man - practice week, race week and a few days after (they do some more races - MX type type stuff after TT week and you get to avoid the ferry crowds).

    You may also find a HU meeting on about 2 weeks after the TT. Then spain, pyrenees, france for the tour... Morocco later?
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  2. McCardigan

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    That is what I did in 2011, but I had 6 months.

    Plan on a minimum 3 months.

    Shipped the bike over in early April initially into Turkey, but had to get it reshipped onto England(dislocated my shoulder the day we were to pick up the bikes in Ismir:cry)

    Headed through the UK to get to Ireland for the NorthWest 200, which is run the week before the 1st week of practice at the IOM, after the racing wandered over to Germany for a friends wedding, and a week of house minding while they went on their honeymoon. Then picked up the last half of the Le Tour.

    After the Tour spent the next month trying to ride every pass in the Alps:clap:clap, and never had a day of rain.

    Then made my way back to England to have the bike shipped home in September.

    Rode 35,000kms and had a ball.

    Chris
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  3. Miss Jane

    Miss Jane Ride like a girl

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    Might need a bit of time to do this, but .......

    Go rock climbing in Spain for a month, motorcycle to France for The Tour, then ride back home via Russia and the Silk Road. Might as well do the Simpson on the way.:D
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  4. ferals5

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    I'd call it something different...


    le tour does not need that rubbish:deal
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  5. McCardigan

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    G/day Jane

    Me rock climbing? I would need a rope the size of what they moor ships with:D:D
    But funny you mention Russia, a mate and I have spoken about doing that, on a couple of 2wd Ural outfits:clap. Buy them in Eastern Europe and ride through Russia, then ship over to Alaska and ride down to the bottom of Sth America.

    Now that would be something.

    PS Dorthe says hi to all her Aussie friends, spoke to her about 2 hours ago, she loves her new KTM 640. One of the few people who can sit on a 640 and have both feet on the ground!

    Chris
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  6. McCardigan

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    Huh?

    Do you mean a bus stuffed on steriods?:lol3:lol3

    I really don't know what you are referring to.

    To me it was an amazing finish, no matter which way you look at it. Drama, crashes, confusion, it had it all.

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  7. ferals5

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    Bus:fpalm
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  8. GMess

    GMess Been here awhile

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    Not sure what was more difficult - getting the Orica Greenedge bus under the finish kite or Greipel trying to fit through the eye of the needle, clashing with Tony Martin, and bringing everyone down.

    Reckon the bus had a better chance!
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    Nice to see Orica get a man in the break tonight and Simon Clark is picking up mountain points. Cadel looking comfortable on these climbs but Rogers looking OK working for Contador as is Porte for Froome.

    Very keen to get to Corsica now - never been but the mountain scenery looks superb.
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  10. Tenerrod

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    Well done Orica GreenEDGE and Simon Gerrans picks up a stage win at Corsica. Great stuff.
    Big effort by Simon Clarke, almost got over the top first.
    Good onya fella's
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    Orica's tactics were spot on. Get a man in the break to take the mountain points, force the polka dot jersey to chase prior to the last climb to help burn off the real sprinters to open a chance for Gerrans. Then they got the run in to the finish and the lead out perfect.

    Nick Gates got it right on the Fox discussion prior to the SBS coverage coming on - he called it for Sagan and Gerrans though he included Gilbert in the mix.
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  12. ferals5

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    Gerrans in yellow...top job :clap
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  13. Tenerrod

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    A great two nights tv.
    Was great watching everyone fall short of Quickstep's time and then finally just at the end the Aussies break through for a Yellow jersey. Gerran's should cut the sleeves of and turn it into a wife beater :rofl
    Next three days will be very interesting.
    Go Aussies.
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    Two more good days for OGE. Defended Gerrans well yesterday then put the first South African ever into yellow this morning. Didn't look planned but Gerrans did his job in the train trying to get Goss up rather than working for himself.

    Great job too by Lotto boys Adam Hansen then Greg Henderson getting Greipel in a position where Cavendish did not have a chance. Henderson might be a Kiwi - wash my mouth out with soap - but he is married to Katie Mactier so he sort of Australian.
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    Looks like Cadel is blown with Foome and Porte putting 4 minutes into him on the first climbing stage. Can't see him pulling that back even with some good ITT form.

    Great work from Sky doing enough to launch Foome yet still get Porte into second.

    Clear that Orica GreenEDGE needs to find a sprinter. Goss doesn't have the top end speed to mix it with Cavendish and Greipel and just doesn't have enough sprinting smarts to get over the speed gap.


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    yep the lad from Lonnie has put cadel to the sword unfortunately. What a great climb and pulled second when it was safe to do so...

    the next day in the mtns will be interesting :lurk
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    Gotta wonder what Richie could have done had he not been setting tempo for Froome.

    Looks like he is a real GC contender in the making.


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  18. Warin

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    He'd need someone setting the tempo for him ... actually more than one .. just like any of them.. it is a team race where only 'one wins'.
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    True...Like the commentators I thought Froome would work for Porte last night to give him a stage...but he still made it over in 5th. :clap

    Great stage to decide the top 5.

    How good is Quintana going to be in the future :bow
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  20. GMess

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    Quintana will need to do a lot of work on his time trialling - that was always Schleck's weakness even when he was racing on......whatever it was....

    Porte showed what he was capable of on stage 18 when he rode tempo for Froome then dropped off but was then able to bridge up to Froome's group, drop back to the car to get him a feed, climb back again and then pace him all the way to the line.

    Certainly to win a rider needs a strong team to ride tempo into each climb and needs to have at least one team mate left into the finale. That was the problem Cadel faced - isolated. Look for Sky to repay Porte in next year's Giro.
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