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Top 3 are French, Australian, and Canadian, What does it all mean??

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What is happening to the cycling world I am so confused did they finally get rid of doping?? why is the yellow jersey french?? I feel strange and confused!! :eek: :eek: slap me I must be dreaming... *faints*

Chavanel was sweating profusely, breathing heavily, and seemingly happy, during the interview!! what does THAT mean?? I thought the winners celebrated with great stoicism and strange finger gestures??
 
Romain Feillu wore the yellow jersey for a day in 2008.

He won the jersey from Alejandro Valverde, and lost the jersey to Stefan Schumacher. Just after that Manuel Beltrán was the first of 3 riders to test positive during the race, whilst others were announced as being positive a couple of months later, including 3rd overall and King of the Mountains Bernhard Kohl.
 
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Means Nothing

When Steve Bauer was way ahead of the favourites in the '90 Tour and was asked about his chances of winning he said something like- When Lemond has 10 minutes on me its a lot, when I have 10 mins on him it's nothing.
 
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Hey don't pick on the Canadians (I am one):)

For a Canadian to win a stage in a GT is like someone from the below the equator winning the Stanely Cup.

I know you're just carving Bauer and Ryder up a bit, good on you. They do spill their guts on the road though. I hope Ryder can finish in the top 25, that would be amazing. He's a much better climber than Bauer ever was, but when Bauer held the Yellow Jersey for 11 days(I think) he had a 10 minute cushy lead.

Anyway, looks like a good TdF so far. Sunday will be telling.

NW
 
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Big Bauer Fan

Neworld said:
Hey don't pick on the Canadians (I am one):)

For a Canadian to win a stage in a GT is like someone from the below the equator winning the Stanely Cup.

I know you're just carving Bauer and Ryder up a bit, good on you. They do spill their guts on the road though. I hope Ryder can finish in the top 25, that would be amazing. He's a much better climber than Bauer ever was, but when Bauer held the Yellow Jersey for 11 days(I think) he had a 10 minute cushy lead.

Anyway, looks like a good TdF so far. Sunday will be telling.

NW

In no way did I intent to insult Bauer or Ryder. My point was simply that Bauer was not a true overall contender and he knew that even a big early lead on the top riders meant little at that stage of the race. As for Ryder, I think, because he's never been the GC go-to guy in the Tour, it's hard to say how he'll do. But he is a quality climber and TT rider so I think, with great form and some luck, he could even be top 10.
 
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marinoni said:
My point was simply that Bauer was not a true overall contender and he knew that even a big early lead on the top riders meant little at that stage of the race.

Yeah, kinda like Voeckler in yellow for 10 days in 2004? (Think details are correct!?) Either way, everyone knew that he would not win. In every TdF there are only 2 - 3 potential winners every year (barring mishaps, of course.) It's like anybody touting CVDV as a potential winner - we know that he could be top five, but NOT 1st. Sad, but true!
 
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santacruz said:
Top 3 are French, Australian, and Canadian, What does it all mean??

It means we are only one week into a three week tour i.e doesn't mean much.

Of the three nationalities mentioned only Australia has a chance of a podium spot.
 
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I think Chavanel is clean(er) IMO. He was in the break on stage 2 and gets the stage win and the yellow jersey after half the peloton stacks it and Cancellara more or less makes everybody wait so Andy Schleck to get back on, andthen yesterday attacks and gets a stage win, a climb that suits him.

Of course I have NFI what is really going on, but he did lose a **** load of time, and was dropped on the Ramaz.