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Tour de France 2012

Off to a great start with major pile ups on days 2 and 3.

When you have 240 cyclists travelling at 50kph on a B road, unwilling to touch their brakes, it only takes one to behave like an arse and they go over like dominoes. It's a bit like watching a very messy mexican wave when you see it from above.

Watch out this year for Peter Sagan, who seems likely to whup the ass of our sardonic Manxman, whilst simultaneously entertaining us with his hilari
ous impersonations as he crosses the line.

ITV 4 at 7:00 pm
fartcatcher

Well I don't care if no-one else is interested.

Three pile-ups today. The third involving about a hundred riders. More blood than a backstreet dentist.
Late Doors

eh up fc i'm very interested, great coverage on itv4 . I kind of lost it a few years back with all the drugs but before that i was an avid follower. Im just getting it back now especially with Wiggins and Cav so prominent Will be interesting to see how the Lance A investigation goes, I really hope he's found to be all clear but there are a lot of people who dont think that will be the case.

There's a bit of a campaign to bring the race or at least the start to Yorkshire  in case you didn't know



http://www.yorkshire.com/back-the-bid
fartcatcher

I've signed up.

Not sure what they will make of my Coventry postcode though!

First big climb yesterday dominated by Sky.
Froome is probably a better climber than Wiggins. I suspect after this year, he will become Sky's No 1.

Enjoy the scenery as well.

Always reckoned Armstrong was on the 'juice' - untouchable in the US due to iconic status though.
fartcatcher

Couldn't understand Sky's tactics at first. No lead out train and Cavendish being left to fend for himself in the sprints.

Now it's obvious that the whole team was put together for Wiggins. Cavendish acting as a domestique. A considerable sacrifice.

Presumably Bradders will make it up to him at the Olympics.

Incidentally - Wiggins was born in Belgium.

He's 6ft 3in and 10st 9lb. Makes me look short and fat.
Grind

He does a great Dickie-back ride, does that Wiggins.
sheeps

Grind wrote:
He does a great Dickie-back ride, does that Wiggins.


You have to love a bloke wit a lolly stick in his back wheel.
fartcatcher

Interesting day Sunday.

Tacks thrown onto the road caused punctures in 30 out of 50 leading riders (including Wiggins and Evans). They were chasing a breakaway that was about 5 minutes ahead at the summit.

The stage was in the Pyrenees, near the Spanish border. As there were two Spanish riders in the breakaway group, and this sort of thing has happened before in the Tour of Spain in similar circumstances, you can guess where the blame has been apportioned.

Sagan and Wiggins now look odds on for Green and Yellow jerseys respectively.

Frank Schleck kicked out for doping yesterday. No doubt will blame it on dodgy supplements.

Cycling still not clean, just cleaner.
Grind

Reynold's tubing has finally come out and admitted it was really 5.5:3.21:1.

* Recycled joke
Grind

I still want to see someone do one of the stages on a Chipper.
fartcatcher

Grind wrote:
I still want to see someone do one of the stages on a Chipper.


Do you mean a chopper?
Grind

fartcatcher wrote:
Grind wrote:
I still want to see someone do one of the stages on a Chipper.


Do you mean a chopper?


Chippers were smaller versions of the Chopper, but I'd settle for one of those. Only three gears mind.
Late Doors

Yesterday was incredible, Aubisque, tourmelet, aspin and peyresourd in one day holy moses that is some ride. Saw Evans off but you can  not take anything away from Wiggins even with his brilliant team especially froome
Grind

I bet Incredible is usually pretty good.
fartcatcher

Only disappointment for me is that the mad bastard who dresses up as the devil has been locked up for the duration this time.

The commentary team are brilliant - particularly Boardman. So refreshing (and unusual) to listen to some guys who actually know about their sport.

I'd love to ride a stage. Preferably a short one without too many steep hills though.
fartcatcher

Great Tour for Sky

Wiggins yellow jersey
Froome 2nd
Cavendish sacrificed green jersey for Wiggins but can still whup ass when it counts

Triumph for Dave Brailsford - true visionary who could usefully be employed in any sport, and their generous sponsor James Murdoch.

Not usually a big fan of the frogs but it was nice to see them win five stages. French cycling has been rigorous in it's drugs testing for some years (unlike Spain, Italy, USA) and have suffered in the past as a result of their hard line.
bearing

Great result and the French seemed happy with us winning.
Late Doors

Fantastic, If a country invests in its sports and facilities it willl eventually pay like this. Im so pleased for everyone who has worked so hard for British Cycling over these last twenty years
bearing

First chance of a Gold medal today.
fartcatcher

bearing wrote:
First chance of a Gold medal today.




Oh well - see how we get on in the time trial.
bearing

fartcatcher wrote:
bearing wrote:
First chance of a Gold medal today.




Oh well - see how we get on in the time trial.


The world conspired against us on that one.  I was surprised that the Germans didn't help out more on the front of the peloton seeing as they had a good sprinter too.

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