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    Tour de France

    Well, it starts July 3rd.
    How will Lance do ?
    He finished 2nd in the tour of swiss.
    Will team Radio Shack do him well ?

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    Hopefully he won't have to field questions about accusations of doping like he did during the tour of California.

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    Re: Tour de France

    it would be a tour de france with out accusations of doping

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    Re: Tour de France

    Who cares about Lance. Go Garmin!!

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    Of course they will test him every chance they get !

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    Outside Magazine has a good article about Lance in this month's issue. At the end is a page article about Floyd Landis.

    There was some controversy about the cover for the magazine http://backporch.fanhouse.com/2010/0...lame-bullsh-t/ Oddly enough, mine didn't have that cover on it. It has a guy coming out of a lake with cap and goggles on it and they call it the "water issue".

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    Re: Tour de France

    Bikes & water, if they just add some running they might just have a new sport ! WAIT, this might catch on !

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    Quote Originally Posted by orca1946 View Post
    Bikes & water, if they just add some running they might just have a new sport ! WAIT, this might catch on !
    LOL! We need a triathlon smiley

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    Re: Tour de France

    How about we drop the running & make it just swim - bike - swim ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by orca1946 View Post
    How about we drop the running & make it just swim - bike - swim ?
    This race http://gamultisports.com/rock-n-rollman-race-series/ every year has one like that. They call it the aqua bike. My parents volunteer at this race (spend days working on this race!) and my sister and brother in law race in it (sister does the half, brother does the sprint). One year I'm going to go there and do the aqua bike, though. Then I could see Tracy (tjburk) again.

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    Re: Tour de France

    Honestly, I'm sick of hearing about Lance. Not that he isn't a great athlete, or has more drive than anyone I've ever known. But there are so many other great cyclists out there who deserve some attention and are interesting in their own right.

    I used to read Outside regularly. After about the fifth cover each for Lance and Laird Hamilton, I figured they couldn't come up with anything original and I dropped it. Its pretty humorous that after using Lance (again) they had to alter the image; maybe even they think he's getting boring.

    I think one of the interesting stories in cycling this year is the plethora of US teams that all have a great shot at winning the tour. Columbia, Garmin, and the Shack all have strong teams. It should be great entertainment.

    As for predictions, mine is about as mindless as any other. I'll go out on a limb and say that a Spaniard other than Contador is going to take it.

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    Re: Tour de France

    Bike-swim without running makes a perfect sport for the elderly and anyone with minor foot problem/injuries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaegermeister View Post
    Honestly, I'm sick of hearing about Lance. Not that he isn't a great athlete, or has more drive than anyone I've ever known. But there are so many other great cyclists out there who deserve some attention and are interesting in their own right.

    I used to read Outside regularly. After about the fifth cover each for Lance and Laird Hamilton, I figured they couldn't come up with anything original and I dropped it. Its pretty humorous that after using Lance (again) they had to alter the image; maybe even they think he's getting boring.
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    You know, we're getting the magazine (it's coming in my name) and we have no clue why. We didn't pay for it nor order it. But we're enjoying it the same.


    Quote Originally Posted by nhc View Post
    Bike-swim without running makes a perfect sport for the elderly and anyone with minor foot problem/injuries.
    I agree. I think more tri races should offer the aqua bike option.

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    Re: Tour de France

    An article about Lance in his final TDF.

    http://bicycling.com/tour-de-france/...lance-win-tour

    Loved this bit...About Contador, who disobeyed team orders during the 2009 Tour and angered Armstrong to the point that the two nearly got into a fistfight, Armstrong told me, "I couldn't dislike the guy any more." And "I can't wait for July. I'm serious. I'm . . . man . . . I want to f ucking . . . I want to beat him.")

    With my limited knowledge of bike racing, it seems to me as if this race is Contador's to lose.

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    Re: Tour de France

    Haven't we heard Lance leave before? Oh yes... in 2005.

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    It's not the Tour but DC is finally getting a good pro bike race back. This Capital Crit went away for a year due to lack of sponsorship. We went 2 years ago and I was able to meet 4 or 5 of the Garmin guys (Vande Velde slipped away - darn). My son did the kids ride and instead of racing, took in the sights and came in last! I hope he'll race again this year and actually race http://capcrit.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by nhc View Post
    Bike-swim without running makes a perfect sport for the elderly and anyone with minor foot problem/injuries.
    +1

    Substitute running for the stair master and you have a great training package with a lot of diversity. Something to chew on 52weeks/year without never getting bored. Multi-sports. Way to go!

    In the world of elite swimming, cross-training (cardio) is often questioned. Worth the time or not? Who cares. We are masters. And a lot of masters can benefit from controlling their body weight. That can more easily be done cross-training. Swimming doesn't make you loose weight as easily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scyfreestyler View Post
    With my limited knowledge of bike racing, it seems to me as if this race is Contador's to lose.
    It is indeed.

    Now, I'm a bit confused about Lance's goals for this year. Has he been training for the Tour or has he been training for Kona? If he's been preparing for both (would involve a hard and time consuming running schedule) and still manages to perform a good Tour (a podium), at 39yo, then


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    Re: Tour de France

    Check out today's Wall Street Journal. Floyd Landis makes some pretty direct statements about Lance Armstrong.

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