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fartcatcher

Tour de France 2013

I love the Tour. It exists perpetually on the verge of anarchy.

Yesterday's opening stage was as chaotic as ever. One of the team buses got wedged under the finish line, so they brought the finish forward. Then they freed the bus and moved the finish back.

Then within the last 10k, a massive crash took out most of the main contenders for the sprint

Brit Chris Froome (born in Kenya, brought up in S Africa) is favourite.

Here's the guy from the team whose bus got wedged under the finish trying to put a brave face on it.


View on YouTube
Late Doors

Ace Fc,you are now our official Tour reporter, keep 'em coming
bearing

Re: Tour de France 2013

fartcatcher wrote:


Here's the guy from the team whose bus got wedged under the finish trying to put a brave face on it.



Did he paint a smile on the front of the bus?
Forest

Re: Tour de France 2013

bearing wrote:
fartcatcher wrote:


Here's the guy from the team whose bus got wedged under the finish trying to put a brave face on it.



Did he paint a smile on the front of the bus?


Nice quoting
bearing

Re: Tour de France 2013

Forest wrote:
bearing wrote:
fartcatcher wrote:


Here's the guy from the team whose bus got wedged under the finish trying to put a brave face on it.



Did he paint a smile on the front of the bus?


Nice quoting


Thanks
Forest

Re: Tour de France 2013

bearing wrote:
Forest wrote:
bearing wrote:
fartcatcher wrote:


Here's the guy from the team whose bus got wedged under the finish trying to put a brave face on it.



Did he paint a smile on the front of the bus?


Nice quoting


Thanks


I'm a big fan of quoting
bearing

Re: Tour de France 2013

Forest wrote:
bearing wrote:
Forest wrote:
bearing wrote:
fartcatcher wrote:


Here's the guy from the team whose bus got wedged under the finish trying to put a brave face on it.



Did he paint a smile on the front of the bus?


Nice quoting


Thanks


I'm a big fan of quoting


I've noticed that about you
grunt

Re: Tour de France 2013

bearing wrote:
Forest wrote:
bearing wrote:
Forest wrote:
bearing wrote:
fartcatcher wrote:


Here's the guy from the team whose bus got wedged under the finish trying to put a brave face on it.



Did he paint a smile on the front of the bus?


Nice quoting


Thanks


I'm a big fan of quoting


I've noticed that about you


Can't stand it meself.
bearing

Re: Tour de France 2013

grunt wrote:
bearing wrote:
Forest wrote:
bearing wrote:
Forest wrote:
bearing wrote:
fartcatcher wrote:


Here's the guy from the team whose bus got wedged under the finish trying to put a brave face on it.



Did he paint a smile on the front of the bus?


Nice quoting


Thanks


I'm a big fan of quoting


I've noticed that about you


Can't stand it meself.


You've ruined this thread now grunt.
grunt

What all of it?
bearing

grunt wrote:
What all of it?


Yes
sheeps

How's the biking going FC.

That will be a famous quote one day.
fartcatcher

Brit Geraint Thomas has completed the last two stages with a fractured pelvis. FFS.

It shows how much pain these guys are prepared to endure.

Compare and contrast with Kevin (Kaypee) Pieterson who took four months out of the game as a result of a 'bruised bone in the knee' and the epidemic of calf strains that accounted for most of the England U21 squad.

Monday's stage disrupted by a small dog, which tried to bite one member of a small escape group. Looked like a Yorkshire Terrier to me.
bearing

His mom is none too pleased with him.

Who's the terrier riding for?
fartcatcher

bearing wrote:
His mom is none too pleased with him.

Who's the terrier riding for?


It was wearing white if that helps.

Today's stage was a team time trial. Big yawn.
fartcatcher

Managed to catch highlights on ITV4 7pm for first time today.

Commentators (Liggett, Boardman, Boulting and Rendell) are consistently excellent and I like the music as well. Even though it is accordion-based.

Sagan so far ahead on points that green jersey is his unless he falls off.

Cavendish had full on rant in team bus yesterday after being held up by yet another shunt.

Team Manager said no-one can understand him when he's shouting so they just leave him to calm down for a while.

First mountain stage tomorrow.
fartcatcher

'Brit' Chris (Vroom Vroom) Froome whupped the ass off just about everybody yesterday.

His legs are skinnier than mine or Jo Whiley's. Can't understand how he can propel a bike so fast. And uphill as well.
fartcatcher

Mark Cavendish went from zero to hero yesterday as a result of receiving a face full of French urine. One way of getting the yellow jersey.

Looks like the Manx Missile's retro-rockets are misfiring in the sprints though.
fartcatcher

Mont Ventoux today. Contador has a much stronger team than Froome and is bound to attack today, as will the Belkin guys.

They will pass the memorial to Tommy Simpson, who died of caused by the amphetamines and alcohol!
Cutsyke

What about Quintanna? Future star, 23, blimey. I doubt I'll see a better spectacle in all sports all year than today's stage
Late Doors

It was brilliant wasn't it. Only some daredevil attacking on the descents will Stop Froome now. amphetamines and alcohol eh? and them Gallagher brothers think they're rock n roll
fartcatcher

Froome seems a little edgy about the Spanish riders. Their loyalty to their country is greater than their loyalty to their team, and they will work together to try and beat him.

Another good day at the office today though, even with a penalty for a drink violation.

Come on Sir Chris!
bearing

Looking good.
fartcatcher

Unfortunately will miss the highlights this evening as i will be in S wales. I don't think they have ITV4 there. In fact I don't think they have the internet.

It would be nice to see the grumpy scouse manxman win.

Quintano must already be favourite for 2014 based on his performance this year.

I had to work hard this week to convince a fellow Birdingbury Wheeler that the race really was starting in Leeds next year, and it wasn't some sort of Yorkshire wind up.

tryyryo.gif
bearing

Like buses these British cyclists winning the Tour de France, you get none and then two come along one after the other.

*gives kiss of death*
Cutsyke

Quote:
Like buses these British cyclists winning the Tour de France, you get none and then two come along one after the other.


And some will dispute their 'Brit' credentials.

Quintana the real star this year though, surely?

Got to give credit to Froome, he did it with a much weaker team than Wiggins did. For a start, he didn't have Froome.


Really enjoyed it. Still think the Giro is better. Can' beat a bit of snow in the mountains. Or scenes like this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8km8B7A0L9Y
bearing

Cutsyke wrote:
Quote:
Like buses these British cyclists winning the Tour de France, you get none and then two come along one after the other.


And some will dispute their 'Brit' credentials.

Quintana the real star this year though, surely?

Got to give credit to Froome, he did it with a much weaker team than Wiggins did. For a start, he didn't have Froome.


Really enjoyed it. Still think the Giro is better. Can' beat a bit of snow in the mountains. Or scenes like this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8km8B7A0L9Y


True on all of those points. I remember driving down the E5 in France one year just passing Futuroscope and the whole motorway just stopped, we got out to see what was occuring and then noticed the lead cars of the tour going over a bridge followed closely by the peleton. A most bizarre experience but at least I can honestly say I'd seen the Tour de France.

That hill climb looked bloody hard work in a car let alone a bike!
fartcatcher

Chris Horner, a 41 year old American cycling journeyman (and ex teammate of Lance Armstrong)  who has missed most of the season with an unspecified injury, whupps the ass off three of Europe's best climbers in the Tour of Spain, then misses the post race drugs test due to a 'misunderstanding'.

   
carp

Sounds like Rio Ferdinand. Probably had to go shopping or moving house.
fartcatcher

carp wrote:
Sounds like Rio Ferdinand. Probably had to go shopping or moving house.


switched hotels to be with his mrs apparently
Grind

Suspicions were raised when he crossed the finish line on a Chipper with Top Trump cards flapping away in the spokes of his wheels.
Forest

Grind wrote:
Suspicions were raised when he crossed the finish line on a Chipper with Top Trump cards flapping away in the spokes of his wheels.


I LOLLED hard at that

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