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29 Jan 2012 13:12

OK I'm off to the finish line now. I'll take some pictures and try to post them later
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29 Jan 2012 13:18

Geordiedave wrote:anywhere to watch this?


According to a fellow user from another site, there is no live coverage. Only a 10 min summary tomorrow at French Eurosport.
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29 Jan 2012 13:42

L'Estonien Rein Taaramae (Cofidis) a attaqué dans la descente du Col du Petit Galibier.

Lol Taaramae
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29 Jan 2012 14:13

Keizer crashed and broke his collarbone :(
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29 Jan 2012 15:15

Maaaaaaaarten wrote:Keizer crashed and broke his collarbone :(

Typically dutch season has started then
BYOP88 wrote:Great to see that Porte has rediscovered his 2010/11 climbing form. Hope he can keep it for the rest of the Tour and year.
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29 Jan 2012 15:22

Go dupont?? lol:o
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29 Jan 2012 15:31

victoire de Samuel Dumoulin !
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29 Jan 2012 15:36

Another Marcato second place :o
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29 Jan 2012 15:36

Lol @ Marcato coming 2nd. Guy is cursed.
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29 Jan 2012 15:37

1- Samuel DUMOULIN (Cofidis)
2- Marco MARCATO (Vacansoleil-DCM)
3- Arthur VICHOT (FDJ)
4- Jérémy GALLAND
5- Davide MALACARNE
6- Romain HARDY
7- Juien GUAY
8- Mickael CHEREL
9- Peter SERRY
10- Bert DE WALLE
11- Rémy DI GREGORIO
12- Romzin BARDET
13- David LE LAY
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29 Jan 2012 15:39

1- Samuel DUMOULIN (Cofidis)
2- Marco MARCATO (Vacansoleil-DCM)
3- Arthur VICHOT (FDJ)
4- Jérémy GALLAND
5- Davide MALACARNE
6- Romain HARDY
7- Juien GUAY
8- Mickael CHEREL
9- Peter SERRY
10- Bert DE WALLE
11- Rémy DI GREGORIO
12- Romzin BARDET
13- David LE LAY
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29 Jan 2012 16:47

classicomano wrote:Lol @ Marcato coming 2nd. Guy is cursed.


Nope, Dumoulin is cursed now ;)
Ryo Hazuki wrote:horrible. boonen just the same guy as years before and this course is too hard for him. that's why he rode like a coward there were at least 3 guys stronger than boonen today and none of them won: sagan, ballan, pozzato


The Hitch wrote:Goss will woop boonens candy a[color="Black"]ss[/color] in a sprint he cares about, any day of the week
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29 Jan 2012 17:09

Traksel in the top 20. Interesting. After a nerve went dead in his hand last year I thought he would never come back at a decent level.
BYOP88 wrote:Great to see that Porte has rediscovered his 2010/11 climbing form. Hope he can keep it for the rest of the Tour and year.
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29 Jan 2012 17:28

Dekker_Tifosi wrote:Traksel in the top 20. Interesting. After a nerve went dead in his hand last year I thought he would never come back at a decent level.

Don't think that's a career threatening injury? Breschel is currently riding around with a robo hand, kept in one piece by bolts and screws.

Traksel has had every possibly injury under the sun though, that's true.
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29 Jan 2012 17:33

For a long time it was questionable wether the feeling/control would ever come back in his hand.

He could not hold his bike properly for a long time, steering was very hard if not impossible. His career was at risk, it was in some interviews.
BYOP88 wrote:Great to see that Porte has rediscovered his 2010/11 climbing form. Hope he can keep it for the rest of the Tour and year.
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29 Jan 2012 17:48

What DT said, also Marcato, 2nd again ? How ****ed must this guy be? :p
Life's too important to be taken seriously
Doping sucks

Wouter, John and Xavi, you all will be missed.

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29 Jan 2012 18:53

Damn Marcato.. But just wait and see, he'll have a great season :)
Ryo Hazuki wrote:contador is such a coward :o
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29 Jan 2012 19:06

Dumoulin was clearly the favourite in that group, yes i know that Marcato is the man of the 2nd places, but today he did the best place he can do sprinting against a guy like Dumoulin.

Bardet was the best young in his first race as a pro, 12th place, nice.
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29 Jan 2012 20:10

Bye Bye Bicycle wrote:
What to expect? ;)

- two to three second places for Marcato


I told you so. ;)
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29 Jan 2012 22:11

So I did go to see the race and it was pretty fun. I was positively impressed by the amount of people, nice to see so many come out. Last year I went to see the ITT of Paris-Nice and there were a lot less. That was during the week though IIRC.

Anyways, what you might not know is that Di Gregorio set Dumoulin up for his victory, he attacked 1 or 2 km from the finish to force the others to chase. The sprint was launched from a long way out (it was a really long, straight finish), and Dumoulin easily took it.

Also there was an attack from Mickael Cherel and one other rider that sounded like it could have stayed away. All in all it must have been some pretty interesting racing with attacks flying left and right, at least that's what they said over the radio. They said France 3 was going to do a report on it at 19:00 but I missed it ... maybe it'll be online in the next days.

Afterwards it was a free for all in the team-bus section. I'd never quite experienced that, usually there are at least some parts blocked off but here there was nothing. Some riders who arrived later and had their bus at the back of the line had a hard time to get there through the crowd. I saw both of the luxembourgish riders, who both did pretty well, so overall a good day. I also saw Rémy Di Gregorio, man he has a cute girlfriend! Niko Eekhout also rode by me I think.

Here are some photos:

Probably unknown by most people on the forum, Daniel Mangeas is the famous "voice of the Tour", announcer of pretty much any race in France.

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Guest of honour, Raymond Poulydor:

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The finish. Sorry I pressed a little too early but you can already see Dumoulin start celebrating:

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Bobbie Traksel leading home the second group:

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