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31 May 2009 11:32

I just had an SMS from our reporter on the scene, Gregor Brown, who says there is no rain, at least at the moment. Clouds and light wind.

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31 May 2009 12:40

Buffalo Soldier wrote:There's a big chance a Belgian wins the Maglia Bianca, for the second year in a row !!
(Jurgen Vandenbroeck ended second in the youth competition last year, after Ricco, so that's worth a first place:))

Jurgen Van den Broeck
Kevin Seeldraeyers
Serge Pauwels
Stijn Devolder
Maxime Monfort
...

The belgians can climb again!

Monfort is in 2nd place in the Bayern Rundfahrt, and he only missed the lead with 10 seconds. Seems like he's quietly growing towards good form, so I hope he can make it into the Columbia Tour squad.
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Menchov!

31 May 2009 12:59

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31 May 2009 13:47

180mmCrank wrote:What do we think if Menchov loses the Giro because he takes a spill? Is it unfair, unfortunate or just racing?


Unfortunate. Didn't he already lose 24 secs early in the Giro from being held up by a crash? So it would be very unfair, whatever his tactics.

Voigt said at end of his TT: "The pave was extremely dangerous in the rain and it was too risky to try to push too hard. It's going to be a shame that the Giro, after 3,300km, that it all could be decided by a crash on the final day in these conditions. I hope that it's dry for the final riders in the hunt for the GC and that they can race in fair conditions."
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31 May 2009 13:50

craig1985 wrote:LA rates Devolder a sa potential Tour GC rider. Works for me!


Heard this too, or earlier last year. Can't quite understand. Doesn't Devolder have a big ****, to put it not too politely, a la Vinokourev? All that classics muscle is hard to pull over very long climbs, like dragging bricks, even if it's muscle.
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31 May 2009 16:26

Great win and huge props for Dennis Menchov for pulling it out, even after crashing. Nice to see him show such emotion when crossing the line there as he's normally pretty stoic.

Kinda feel a bit for Bradly Wiggins. After such an up/down Giro, to lose like that oy.

I don't know that Lance is fluent in Italian, but he probably speaks enough of it, and considering that English is as common a language in the peloton as any these days, DDL probably speaks some. Sounds like a recipe for a fun conversation!
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01 Jun 2009 11:02

Alpe d'Huez wrote:Great win and huge props for Dennis Menchov for pulling it out, even after crashing. Nice to see him show such emotion when crossing the line there as he's normally pretty stoic.


I agree, and I have to say, and maybe it's a bit stupid, i feel much more sympathy for him now by this emotional burstout alone...

I can't quite remember when I've seen this much emotion when someone wins a big race....

Congratulations for Menchov and Rabobank !! Nicely done !!
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02 Jun 2009 15:30

There's a type-o in the Mechov story:

" wrote:The record books show Menchov as the victor but he missed out on the sensations of riding into Madrid in the Maillot Oreo and spraying the ...


I never heard of the Oreo jersey
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02 Jun 2009 15:35

ElChingon wrote:There's a type-o in the Mechov story:

I never heard of the Oreo jersey


Neither have I but I will be placing a thousand euro bet that the Cookie Monster takes the win next year.
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02 Jun 2009 15:52

BroDeal wrote:Neither have I but I will be placing a thousand euro bet that the Cookie Monster takes the win next year.


Does that mean we finally get to give Mechov a nicknmae :D

Mechov is the Cookie Monster!
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02 Jun 2009 17:22

ElChingon wrote:Does that mean we finally get to give Mechov a nicknmae :D

Mechov is the Cookie Monster!


The Cookie Monster does have some experience with medical preparation. It looks like he and Boonen will get along famously.

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Armstrongs final TT

02 Jun 2009 17:42

Anyone else struck by how poor Armstrong's final time trial was? The guy tries to make his comeback clean but I reckon come the tour he'll be hoping for some new blood (probably his own) to keep him in contention. Or am I being too cynical?
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Giro Re-Cap

02 Jun 2009 17:54

If you missed any part of the Giro, you can still see every part of the race! Check out all the re-caps, interviews with Armstrong and Basso, Highlight of Menchov’s crash in the final stage, and much more all with links below.

Relive the Giro: http://www.universalsports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPID=13044&DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=23000&ATCLID=3734597

Menchov Crash in the Final Stage and Victory: http://www.universalsports.com/mediaPlayer/media.dbml?SPSID=105625&SPID=13044&DB_OEM_ID=23000&id=415956&sid=13044

Exclusive Lance Armstrong Interview: http://www.universalsports.com/mediaPlayer/media.dbml?SPSID=105625&SPID=13044&DB_OEM_ID=23000&id=415953&sid=13044

Interview with Basso: http://www.universalsports.com/mediaPlayer/media.dbml?SPSID=105625&SPID=13044&DB_OEM_ID=23000&id=414952&sid=13044
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02 Jun 2009 18:21

benlondon wrote:Anyone else struck by how poor Armstrong's final time trial was? The guy tries to make his comeback clean but I reckon come the tour he'll be hoping for some new blood (probably his own) to keep him in contention. Or am I being too cynical?

He released the pedal when he saw the danger of a fall. I am sure quite a few of the top riders, also, released the pedal when they saw the imminent danger of a fall because of the rain in the cobblestones. Had nothing to race for at that point.
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02 Jun 2009 18:34

UniSports wrote:If you missed any part of the Giro, you can still see every part of the race! Check out all the re-caps, interviews with Armstrong and Basso, Highlight of Menchov’s crash in the final stage, and much more all with links below.

Relive the Giro: http://www.universalsports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPID=13044&DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=23000&ATCLID=3734597

Menchov Crash in the Final Stage and Victory: http://www.universalsports.com/mediaPlayer/media.dbml?SPSID=105625&SPID=13044&DB_OEM_ID=23000&id=415956&sid=13044

Exclusive Lance Armstrong Interview: http://www.universalsports.com/mediaPlayer/media.dbml?SPSID=105625&SPID=13044&DB_OEM_ID=23000&id=415953&sid=13044

Interview with Basso: http://www.universalsports.com/mediaPlayer/media.dbml?SPSID=105625&SPID=13044&DB_OEM_ID=23000&id=414952&sid=13044


available in Europe too? I just got endless buffering(I'm in Europe)
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03 Jun 2009 05:58

BroDeal wrote:The Cookie Monster does have some experience with medical preparation. It looks like he and Boonen will get along famously.

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I look forward to Big Boat's thoughts on the subject :D
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03 Jun 2009 10:16

peloton wrote:available in Europe too? I just got endless buffering(I'm in Europe)


It works for me.
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