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Yosser Jul 20th 2004 6:56 pm

Lance Armstrong
 
I know this should be in the sport section, but bollocks to it, I never go in there!

Old lancey boy is kicking ass again in the Tour de France, anyone else keeping up with it? to me the race is amazing, I mean I ride around on my mountain bike 2-3 times a week and my knackers get sore after 5-6 miles, on the tour they do between 100 to 140 miles A DAY:eek: for 20 days.

I even have a nice comfy gel seat and there's are like a bloody razor blade, something else I didn't know until Bob Rolls (hands waving around worse than Jim "can't beat abit of bully" Bowen) the commentator for the OLN channel explainned that the riders have one of them tubes shoved down their japs eye, so they don't have to get off the bike to take a wee-wee, apparently it just vaporises in the air?

Learn something everyday, don't ya!

Manc Jul 20th 2004 7:25 pm

Re: Lance Armstrong
 

Originally posted by Yosser
I know this should be in the sport section, but bollocks to it, I never go in there!

Old lancey boy is kicking ass again in the Tour de France, anyone else keeping up with it? to me the race is amazing, I mean I ride around on my mountain bike 2-3 times a week and my knackers get sore after 5-6 miles, on the tour they do between 100 to 140 miles A DAY:eek: for 20 days.

I even have a nice comfy gel seat and there's are like a bloody razor blade, something else I didn't know until Bob Rolls (hands waving around worse than Jim "can't beat abit of bully" Bowen) the commentator for the OLN channel explainned that the riders have one of them tubes shoved down their japs eye, so they don't have to get off the bike to take a wee-wee, apparently it just vaporises in the air?

Learn something everyday, don't ya!
Seems to me that with all the problems Lance has had "down there" shoving a tube down his japs eye would be the last thing his doctor would want him to do.

Thomas Voeckler did great for 10 days. But it will be interesting to see how Lance does without Landis and Acevedo in getting his butt up the AlpeD'Huez on his own tomorow.
I fancy Ullrich and Basso to take some time off him tomorow.

I also predict Ullrich to beat armstrong in the final time trial before Paris, however, I doub't either of them will gain enough time back to warrant any challenge to the Yellow Jersey.

My tip for the upset Tyler Hamilton dropped out 3 days ago, shame. He did alright last year with a broken collar bone.

Manc Jul 20th 2004 7:27 pm

And of course cycling wouldn't be a priority in my life if I were banging Sheryl Crow. :D

Lion in Winter Jul 20th 2004 7:30 pm


Originally posted by manc1976
And of course cycling wouldn't be a priority in my life if I were banging Sheryl Crow. :D

I'm surpirsed at you. Thought you were a real sports fan.:D

doctor scrumpy Jul 20th 2004 7:30 pm


Originally posted by manc1976
And of course cycling wouldn't be a priority in my life if I were banging Sheryl Crow. :D
Might be suddenly for Sheryl though Manc :D

Yosser Jul 20th 2004 7:30 pm

Ullrich has been off the pace abit though, makes you think if he is saving some for the last few stages, they said he doesn't look after himself enough duringthe winter months.

Hamilton dropped out, saying his back was playing up after a crash, must be hurting, cause like you said he kept on riding last year with a broken collarbone

speaking of crashing, theres been plenty of ass over tits accidents this year, fun to watch, not fun if its you though!

MisBish Jul 20th 2004 8:00 pm

Might be suddenly for Sheryl though Manc::



HEH HEH HEH

Pimpbot Jul 20th 2004 8:34 pm

Lance is doing a great job again. Most thought 6 was beyond him, but so far he is proving them wrong. I think he need's the 6th win to gain a bit of respect in the cycling world. I think the record equaling 5 hasnt given him the respect of his peers, even though it put him on a par with some great names of the cycling world.

Manc Jul 20th 2004 8:37 pm


Originally posted by Pimpbot
Lance is doing a great job again. Most thought 6 was beyond him, but so far he is proving them wrong. I think he need's the 6th win to gain a bit of respect in the cycling world. I think the record equaling 5 hasnt given him the respect of his peers, even though it put him on a par with some great names of the cycling world.
He with the help of his team have done an awesome job of controlling the race.
The stage win in the pyranees was great, and the team time trial along with the way the team controlled the peloton on the cobblestones means that, although I didn't want Lance to win, you can't deny it that the other riders in the tour just aren't up to his level.

ironporer Jul 20th 2004 8:49 pm


Originally posted by Pimpbot
Lance is doing a great job again. Most thought 6 was beyond him, but so far he is proving them wrong. I think he need's the 6th win to gain a bit of respect in the cycling world. I think the record equaling 5 hasnt given him the respect of his peers, even though it put him on a par with some great names of the cycling world.

Nahh, the elitists of the cycling world will still consider his 6th victory as a fluke, or aberration. Now if he were French I am sure that would be different...but then again the French have not won it since before LeMonds first victory. In fact, USA and Spain have so dominated the Tour (14 out of 18) since '86 there have only been 4 other countries to win it.

The fact that Americans have won the illustrious Tour 9 times in the last 18 years seems to as overlooked as the personal stories of those two men.

Manc Jul 20th 2004 8:52 pm

I thought LeMond only won 2 tours?

He won the first one I ever watched, beating Laurant Fignon on the final day in Paris.

Big Mig was another class act.

Manc Jul 20th 2004 9:04 pm


Originally posted by manc1976
I thought LeMond only won 2 tours?
stand corrected 1986-1989-1990

Pimpbot Jul 20th 2004 11:51 pm


Originally posted by manc1976
I thought LeMond only won 2 tours?

He won the first one I ever watched, beating Laurant Fignon on the final day in Paris.

Big Mig was another class act.
Big Mig wasn't actually well respected by the other riders during his stint at the top. He was well known for trying to push the race when a rival fell or punctured. It led to many choice words between him and the peloton

Yosser Jul 21st 2004 5:34 pm

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Lance won the time trial, and he overtook Basso, who started 2 minutes ahead of him.....unreal!

Tis gone like the wind from satans bottom, he did.

Manc Jul 21st 2004 6:00 pm

Re: Lance Armstrong
 

Originally posted by manc1976

I also predict Ullrich to beat armstrong in the final time trial before Paris, however, I doub't either of them will gain enough time back to warrant any challenge to the Yellow Jersey.
Phil Ligget I am not.............. :)

Lion in Winter Jul 22nd 2004 2:17 am


Originally posted by Yosser
Lance won the time trial, and he overtook Basso, who started 2 minutes ahead of him.....unreal!

Tis gone like the wind from satans bottom, he did.

Allez le maillot jeaune.

Actually, I don't think he's human. I mean, look at him. And a time trial up a mountain for god's sake.

Manc Jul 22nd 2004 4:31 pm

He's now won 3 stages in a row. He won again today.

Yosser Jul 22nd 2004 7:00 pm

I was watching his time trial last night, he went pass Basso like he was standing still....

Ullrich is looking abit dodgy, what with a pink shirt, pink gloves, pink bike, and a gold loop earing......next year I hear he is riding for team rainbow warrior;)

ironporer Jul 22nd 2004 7:07 pm


Originally posted by Yosser
I was watching his time trial last night, he went pass Basso like he was standing still....

Ullrich is looking abit dodgy, what with a pink shirt, pink gloves, pink bike, and a gold loop earing......next year I hear he is riding for team rainbow warrior;)
4 minutes 9 seconds lead...3 days to go. Barring a crash, injury or other disaster it's over.

Oggie Oi! Jul 22nd 2004 9:47 pm

I just hope all the doping rumours are unfounded

Brit'n'TX Jul 23rd 2004 6:24 pm


Originally posted by Lion in Winter
Allez le maillot jeaune.

Actually, I don't think he's human. I mean, look at him. And a time trial up a mountain for god's sake.
they routinely test for drugs ... but have they tested whether his legs are really bionic?!!

:D

the man is superhuman ...

Manc Jul 23rd 2004 7:32 pm


Originally posted by Brit'n'TX
they routinely test for drugs ... but have they tested whether his legs are really bionic?!!

:D

the man is superhuman ...
He's a machine isn't he?

dunroving Aug 3rd 2004 9:42 pm


Originally posted by manc1976
He's a machine isn't he?
Sorry if this is old news, but I just got back into the US today and haven't had my Britishexpats.com fix for a month.

I was at the Tour during the middle week. Abso-flippin-lutely amazing experience. You just don't get a feel for what it's like to be there from the TV (although you get to see a lot more of the action on TV than live, at least if you get OLN).

We followed every stage for 7 days and it was the same every day. Up at 6 a.m., quick breakfast, hit the road to get to a good spot for the next stage before the traffic gets horrendous (or the roads get closed). Many days we hiked (actually, one day it was more like climbing) for several hours to get to where we wanted to be. Lugging backpacks with bottles of water and wine, and French bread sticking out the top. Then sit on your camp chairs for 4 hours, chatting with other spectators while you wait for the "Caravan" (i.e., moving circus), and drinking your vin rouge. I was REALLY impresed with how friendly the locals were, and how willing to help us overcome our language inadequacies, I think the French have a reputation for being intolerant of foreginers but I certainly didn't see it.

Then the fun starts to build. An hour before the riders came, the caravan passed through - a 30 minute convoy of wacky vehicles throwing out all kinds of freebies provided by the sponsors.

After that there's about 30-45 minutes during which the tension builds until, just before the riders come there's an almost eerie silence. The riders are announced by helicopters passing overhead, followed by a convoy of beeping motorcycles and team cars with a forest of bikes on top. Then the peloton zooms through at unbelievable speeds.

On the flat stages, the riders come and go in a surprisingly short time, usually all together except for maybe a small breakaway group and some stragglers. The hills are much more exciting because the riders are more strung out and going slower (but still faster than most of us can go on the flat), so you can really get close to them and watch the expressions on their faces (Lance: focused; the rest: in pain).

After the riders have passed (there's actually an official "back of the pack" vehicle), you spend hours trekking down from wherever you were, sitting in traffic, then driving to your next hotel, eating dinner sometimes around midnight.

Next day, the same. Absolutely exhausting, completely exciting. I'd do it again in a heartbeat, though I'd take one or two days off to enjoy the French countryside (we got to enjoy very little of the wonderful places we stayed at).

Can Lance do it again? Definitely, in fact I'd put my money on him for two more years, as long as he keeps a good team around him (which I think he will). There are some up and coming riders who I think will give him a run for his money and I don't think it will be as easy next time, but barring falls, injury, or illness (or a crazy spectator - a very scary but definite possibility), he could make it 8 in a row.

Good to be back!


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