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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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