- Jun 16, 2009
What is your opinion on the tour this year? Please rate the tour out of 10.
Alpe d'Huez said:I'd say the first two weeks were probably the most boring Tour I'd ever seen. But things did pick up in the final week and we did see some good racing. So I'd say below average, mostly because of the course, and riders not taking many risks, but not as bad as it was looking for a while.
hfer07's "bit of a joke" comment was a reference to Lance's description on last year's Tour.
Whoever voted a 10 must be a huge Contador fan.
auscyclefan94 said:The Good
Alberto Contador - amazing, dominating ride. Reminds me of Armstrong in 2001
Thor Hushovd - King of Green with class and dignity. What a great season.
Astana in fighting -always has given everyone on the forum alot of arguments
Matt Keenan - the real voice of cycling.
Thomas Voeckler -my favourite stage was his win.
Andy Schleck -even though he lost by 4 minutes he was a real protaginist
Cadel Evans - terrible ride. peaked too early. Hoping to see a better Cadel at Vuelta and TDF next year. Needs to move teams
Carlos Sastre - bad ride from the start from defending champion. Not at his best.
Denis Menchov - from giro to tour. from hero to zero. could work on bike handling skills
Phil Liggett - lets just say he was terrible
Mark Cavendish - he has won 5 stages but has shown what a p*ick he is.
Christian Prudhomme - a bad route based around Ventoux. TTT course was terrible + too descisive and the first 2 weeks were boring. Even Mont Ventoux wasn't spectacular like Prudhomme hoped for.
Silence Lotto - who can a bunch of dills run a cycling team. They have no clue what it takes to win a tour de france. Other than McEwan and Evans what have they really acheived over the past few years?
Overall I give this tour a 4/10 even with a stronger field. Last Years tour i gave a 7/10
pankadog said:It is such a shame that Phil Ligget (and his whole team) is so one sided. Saying Contador does not have the brains of Lance Armstrong??? He has proven that he is the strongest both physically and mentally. He was able to break through the pressure put on him by Armstrong for three weeks. He ignored the criticism that he "hurt" the team. Why was that never mentioned when Armstrong dropped Levi, Landis or Hamilton when he was riding for himself. Saying that Contador doesn't have the intelligence to build a strong team??? Bruyneel builds/built the team not Armstrong. Shame on the commentators for being so one sided (and frequently not recognizing the riders during stages). I wish I don't have the listen to the same next year.