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Tour de France 2002.

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by boxcarwilly, Jul 4, 2002.

  1. boxcarwilly

    boxcarwilly Senior Member

    Joined: Nov 8, 2000 Messages: 1,288 Likes Received: 0
    another summer means a bunch of bikes, a bunch of miles and a bunch of drama. the tour is road cyclings most illustrious event throughout the year. to the best of my knowledge this is the 99th running of the tour and my second year as the 12oz tour de france commentator. as usual ill post standing and my own recaps along with schedules and maybe some good things from the poetic phil liggett. heres his breakdown.

    lance is in top form. lance is my vote, he was last year too and this isnt american sentiment we all know i am an anarchist, but there is just something super human about this guy. amerika seems to breed it into their riders this issue of recovery stardom. lance minus a nut. lemond with metal under his skin. theres just something about the perseverence of the pain that these guys put themselves through. i hope lance does exactly what he did last year and just play the final jersey game, he didnt break out of around 15th until about 10 or so stages in. if he doesnt burn himself out he will take it. he has the best pace the best legs, but i am a little concerned about the usps team, even tho liggett is all about them i just dont know if they can fair without some of the names that used to keep lance alive. but thats my word. and im no pro.

  2. --zeSto--

    --zeSto-- Guest

    I like to ride my bike!
  3. Kr430n5_666

    Kr430n5_666 Banned

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  4. --zeSto--

    --zeSto-- Guest

    I'm going to toss my old adidas over the power lines in front of my house.

    and boxcar... make sure you keep this one going!

    ah letour...
  5. Jan Ulrich

    Jan Ulrich Guest

    thanks for posting this up willy. i'm probably going to miss 3/4 of the tour because i don't have OLN. i'll beg friends to let me come over during the mountain stages but otherwise, this will be my primary source for tour updates.


    this is cool here, when the tour is over i'll archive the deails into bicicletas.

    im saying lance all the way, btu i'd love to see liepenhiemer(*SP) get a good finish. i know hes young, but hes at the front of rabobank, soooooo.
  7. ctrl+alt+del

    ctrl+alt+del Guest

    geeeeeeeez. good job at keeping us up to date willy!!:crazy: :crazy:

    this is what i know.......

    1 Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Lampre Daikin 4.58.21
    2 Laurent Jalabert (Fra) CSC-Tiscali 0.03
    3 Lance Armstrong (USA) US Postal
    4 Raimondas Rumsas(Ltu) Lampre Daikin 0.06
    5 Santiago Botero (Col) Kelme-Costa Blanca 0.07
    6 David Millar (GBr) Cofidis 0.08
    7 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Jean Delatour 0.09
    8 Erik Zabel (Ger) Team Deutsche Telekom 0.10
    9 Dario Frigo (Ita) Tacconi Sport 0.11
    10 Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano (Spa) ONCE 0.12
  8. seno.oner

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  9. boxcarwilly

    boxcarwilly Senior Member

    Joined: Nov 8, 2000 Messages: 1,288 Likes Received: 0
    July 6th. Prologue.
    It was a remarkable Prologue time trial on probably the best course I've ever seen in my 30 years on the Tour. It did, of course, produce the finish America and OLN wanted, but that was the bonus of super day in Luxembourg!
    Lance was inspired and I hope he doesn't pull any criticism for not starting in his yellow jersey as last year's winner. The purists might not understand.
    He has a point when he wanted to start in his USPS team strip and earn the maillot jaune. It was a great incentive over the second part of the course.
    Will he try to lead from start to finish? I can't believe he will, but he hinted in French that this might be the case. After all, as someone pointed to me, his team will still have to control the race whether he's in the lead or not.
    Another surprise, on a day of many, was the great performance from Laurent Jalabert. I thought he was coming to the start with suspect form, but instead it looks like he has purposely kept his form a secret and is ready for a good Tour. Phil Liggett OLN

    This TT was FUCKING amazing. I really cant say much more than that my little brother called it before the start he said Lance won. and oh fuck did lance win. Lance took ever single thing that was in him and threw it at everyone in 7 damn kilometres. think of training for 100-200 mile races and then smoking the fuck out of the worlds top sprinters. i know alot of people dont put a lot of weight on the prologue but me being a sprinter think the tts are the best part of the race. Lance is super human he isnt real he is like osama bin laden wagging the fucking dog i refuse to believe his existence. One testicle three tour wins fuck me.

    July 7th. Stage 1. Luxembourg to Luxembourg.
    In a stark contrast to the rather predictable start to the Tour de France we saw in yesterday’s prologue, the first road stage of the 2002 race concluded with a flurry of action, high drama and finally a surprising and impressive victory. Rubens Bertogliati found himself in the right place at the right time – and with a well timed surge he bolted away from an elite pack to not only claim the stage win, but also inherit the overall lead.
    The 23-year-old Swiss rider began his second Tour in obscurity, but thanks to a sensational final kilometer he can now be assured of recognition when he starts the second stage in the yellow jersey.
    Pundits perused the route and predicted a finale for the sprinters. Perhaps this contributed to Bertogliati’s quest for victory, because the birthday boy, Erik Zabel – the Tour’s most successful current quick – was present, primed and prepared to pounce. But Rubens ignored protocol. Why wait in the shadow of stars like Zabel or Robbie McEwen or Fabio Baldato or the reigning world champion Oscar Freire, when you’ve got enough strength to race clear and enjoy a solo salute? All these renown sprinters filled the minor placings with the same time as the winner from the Italian Lampre team. They just didn’t share Bertogliati’s conviction today.
    Until today, Rubens was considered a fair time trial rider and a handy team man. From hereon in, however, he’ll be recognized as the man who threw an element of surprise back on the Tour.
    As the peloton passed under the one-kilometer to go structure, Rubens jumped down the right-hand side of the road. Pedalling a big gear and pushing with all his might from the hips down – in a style more reminiscent of a track rider starting a one kilometer time trial – he quickly raced clear of the pack of sprinters who were focused on predictable rivals. Within seconds his advantage was 50 meters. Enough for him to insist with his effort despite a painful closing 25km which was packed with attacks over the undulating course. Twenty seconds later the sprinters panicked. The gap was opened, and there was nothing they could do.
    Bertogliati’s standing grind continued until the finish was in sight. Then he sat, pumped his pedals nine more times and rolled across the line. Exhausted. Exhilarated! He found the energy to throw his left arm in salute. And then turn to see the look of surprise on the faces of the famed, but foiled sprinters.
    It was the sort of surge many riders try, but rarely do they succeed. At this level, timing is everything. But sometimes even the experts get it wrong. ‘Kilo’ riders often turn into sprinters. But rarely, on the road, does one kilometer provide the rewards that Rubens received today.

    I didn't get a chance to watch all of todays stage. When i caught it, it was strictly peloton racing with a 3 minute leader breakaway. Christophe Moreau caused a little bit of a crash, but like i said im not much help today.

    **leave me alone the girl on my neck came to visit this weekend. we only watched the prologue together. shes a courier in boston so we went for a ride to the beach and stuff. i think things are getting good in that department. so shoosh you got two for one today. and ill be back tomorrow weekends are tough with me here and her there and me having oln so excuse me in advance for friday, sat, and sunday posts and comments being made on mondays or tuesdays depending how good the weekend was....
  10. kissmyass#1

    kissmyass#1 Senior Member

    Joined: Feb 8, 2002 Messages: 1,071 Likes Received: 0

    lance and i went on a ride and he felt like a tall can.:D this is us that the corner store.


    today was the last i'll see of the tour untill the video comes out :(. back in philly, no OLN. good race, lil homeboy was on point w/ his breakaway, it wsa dope.
  12. kissmyass#1

    kissmyass#1 Senior Member

    Joined: Feb 8, 2002 Messages: 1,071 Likes Received: 0
    yo hesh, are you still going to stay with us this summer?


    i ust got back to philly. i need to catch up on some bills and then i hope to come out for 2 or 3 weeks. hit my email son!
  14. SteveAustin

    SteveAustin Veteran Member

    Joined: Mar 12, 2002 Messages: 7,042 Likes Received: 2
    one of the local bars I frequent just got OLN, so all us bike geeks that come in can watch the tour coverage.
  15. TEARZ

    TEARZ Guest

    today's win by freire was really top notch.
    i'd be interested to get your feedback on this one jobe.
    at the outset i was sure that the other man/machine besides lance in the peloton, zabel, would take this stage... telekom have so many fast guys, including danilo hondo- not that mapei is any joke w/ steels... but with the stage being in germany and the profile of the course, it seemed to have zabel written all over it.
    coming into the final sprint was a hard turn- with a small crash- some bonjour guys and maybe an ag2r... then it was on... little homie in the yellow jersey basically was forced to lead it out because his lead ran out of gas... then the telekom train went, and of course mcewan marked zabel as always- and i was sure that he had him.... in fact he beat zabel to the punch, but then out of nowhere freire came like a bat out of hell on the right. i nearly shit my pants, and judging by the look on mcewan's face, probably excited because he thought that if he beat zabel he would win, he probably felt the same way.
    great sprint really.