Tour de Suisse, Stage 3: Sierre-Schwarzenburg

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May 5, 2010
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And Tony "the Panzerwagen" Martin takes the yellow jersey! :D

... but i doubt he'll really try to defend it, should save some energy for TdF. But then again, if he'll be wasted again for the Cav-Train during TdF, maybe he should give it at shot at TdS now :confused:
 
Jan 31, 2010
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MadPain said:
And Tony "the Panzerwagen" Martin takes the yellow jersey! :D

... but i doubt he'll really try to defend it, should save some energy for TdF. But then again, if he'll be wasted again for the Cav-Train during TdF, maybe he should give it at shot at TdS now :confused:

I don't believe there will be a Cav only mentality at this year's TdF, he hasn't quite shown any supremacy yet...
 
Dekker_Tifosi said:
Meh, I think he was. When they really got going only Mollema was there Gesink only returned on the flat near the end. But it could be a false impression since Gesink came from far

It's hard to tell. As you said it yourself, Gesink is testing himself and did a lot of hard work on the front of the peloton, while Mollema saved his energy for the last 2km. Besides that Gesink is working toward a topform while Mollema allready has topform probably.
I'd really like to see Mollema replace van Dam for the TdF, but I doubt it will happen. Might be overkill too, but it's great to see 2 good young talented climbers from Holland.

p.s. great stage. Final 25km were a lot of fun to watch. Nice one by F Schleck.
 
May 15, 2009
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Kwibus said:
I'd really like to see Mollema replace van Dam for the TdF, but I doubt it will happen.

The two reserve riders for the Tour are Weening and Tankink (one of them will replace Ten Dam). Hence Mollema will not participate
 
Apr 12, 2010
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ErmOkk said:
I don't believe there will be a Cav only mentality at this year's TdF, he hasn't quite shown any supremacy yet...

+1 Also it isn't really a sprinter friendly course this year. Was that Cav riding in the front group untill the bottom of the last climb, I'm sure I saw number 42 about six from the back
 
Boardslide said:
+1 Also it isn't really a sprinter friendly course this year. Was that Cav riding in the front group untill the bottom of the last climb, I'm sure I saw number 42 about six from the back

Albasini was #42. Unless Cav was riding out front solo for a few km with 30km to go. The numbers might say Cavendish is #42, but unless my eyesight has completely gone, Albasini was wearing 42 when he attacked.
 
Apr 12, 2010
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Apologies bad eys & wishful thinking after yesterday. :D

101 Noe GIANETTI SUI FOT 21 +10:00
102 Matthew WILSON AUS GRM 33
103 Allan DAVIS AUS AST 30
104 Grégory RAST SUI RSH 30
105 Marco CORTI ITA FOT 24 +10:00
106 Artur GAJEK GER MRM 25 +10:00
107 Maxim GOUROV KAZ AST 31 +10:00
108 Yevgeniy NEPOMNYACHSHIY KAZ AST 23 +10:00
109 Lieuwe WESTRA NED VAC 28 +10:00
110 Aleksandr KUSCHYNSKI BLR LIQ 31
111 Alessandro PETACCHI ITA LAM 36
112 Daniel OSS ITA LIQ 23 +10:00
113 Mark CAVENDISH GBR THR 25 +10:00
114 Kevin HULSMANS BEL QST 32
115 Manuel QUINZIATO ITA LIQ 31 +10:00
116 Maarten WYNANTS BEL QST 28 +10:00
117 Leif HOSTE BEL OLO 33
118 Tom BOONEN BEL QST 30 +10:00
119 Mauro SANTAMBROGIO ITA BMC 26 +10:00
120 Olivier KAISEN BEL OLO 27 +10:00
121 Sébastien HINAULT FRA ALM 36
122 Olivier BONNAIRE FRA FDJ 27 +10:00
123 Thomas LEEZER NED RAB 25 +10:05
124 Mark RENSHAW AUS THR 28 +10:05
125 Lars Petter NORDHAUG NOR SKY 26 +10:05
126 Yaroslav POPOVYCH UKR RSH 30 +10:05
127 Michiel ELIJZEN NED OLO 28 +
 
Wir habe einer gelb Panzerwagen? Ja! :D

And I'll just return to English now coz my next comment is about the stage-winner, and I ain't gonna write that in Luxembourgish?
But what is it about those bros always looking so... mad when crossing the line? Today's picture is a prime example but stage 17 og last year's TdF... L-B-L last year...
 
RedheadDane said:
Wir habe einer gelb Panzerwagen? Ja! :D

And I'll just return to English now coz my next comment is about the stage-winner, and I ain't gonna write that in Luxembourgish?

Or because your verb ending, case, and adjective ending were all wrong :p

Wir haben einen gelben Panzerwagen.

Panzerwagen is the accusative object :p


But the Schlecks always seem pretty OTT when crossing the line. I guess it makes up for their generally quite goofy demeanour at other times (I love the looks on little bro's face when he's at the TdF route presentation in his jeans)...

If you feel like teaching me Danish, though, I'd be much obliged!
 
May 15, 2009
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BeachBum said:
That's not too bad, Vande Velde lost 6, and that's after VDV lost 10 minutes yesterday.

If Garmin is gonna have a good Tour, it looks like it is on TylerF.

Zabriskie might have a chance of making Top-10. At least that is what JV says.

After VdV and Wiggins nothing is impossible now.
 
Delicato said:
Zabriskie might have a chance of making Top-10. At least that is what JV says.

After VdV and Wiggins nothing is impossible now.

With his name mentioned in the Clinic-bothering Landis stuff, a sudden transformation to a TdF top 10 rider from Dave Z would set alarm bells ringing everywhere.

2010 Zabriskie on 2009's parcours, perhaps, but I'm not at all convinced he can do it on this one.
 
Libertine Seguros said:
With his name mentioned in the Clinic-bothering Landis stuff, a sudden transformation to a TdF top 10 rider from Dave Z would set alarm bells ringing everywhere.

2010 Zabriskie on 2009's parcours, perhaps, but I'm not at all convinced he can do it on this one.
After Wiggins I don't think anything is weird anymore.

Well, except Graeme Brown winning a heavy mountain stage, then I might be suspicious
 
Delicato said:
Zabriskie might have a chance of making Top-10. At least that is what JV says.

Yes, and I can see the tongue in your cheek as you type that. What was Millar saying before the Dauphine? He said if he could get 2 minutes in the TT he might be able to make the podium? He had a minute or so on AC after the TT and he went backwards the stage BEFORE l'Alpe d'Huez. I've never looked to Garmin for objective analysis on their chances.

Millar, DZ and even VDV would best be served by stage hunting the non sprint stages.
 
Mar 13, 2009
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RedheadDane said:
Wir habe einer gelb Panzerwagen? Ja! :D

And I'll just return to English now coz my next comment is about the stage-winner, and I ain't gonna write that in Luxembourgish?
But what is it about those bros always looking so... mad when crossing the line? Today's picture is a prime example but stage 17 og last year's TdF... L-B-L last year...

Well I think Andy's salut in Liège was quite normal and okay, but Fränk does look kind of angry usually when he wins, except at Amstel '06
 
Jun 18, 2009
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Stage 3 @Tour de Suisse

Stage was big ripoff,nobody could catch Frank,did you see Uran trying he made shure Frank wins.And what a celebration his hand were up still in a hotel.I don't know what is going on in this stage but that was not racing that was acting.
 
Jun 16, 2009
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Moose McKnuckles said:
I'm actually convinced that the Garmin folks are now officially off the sauce.
I first read that as German folks but I guess that could apply atm.
Eyeballs Out said:
Shock sighting of BMC rider who isn't C.Evans

Yes, we actually had matthias Frank in the breakaway yesterday who attacked on the final climb. So did Morabito. Frank was in mtns jersey. Today Ballan made a move also and Morabito finished very strongly.

Some interesting results on the stage
13 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Team Katusha 7secs
14 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team Radioshack
15 Lance Armstrong (USA) Team Radioshack
32 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 19secs
33 Andreas Kloden (Ger) Team Radioshack
46 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia 38secs
49 Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin - Transitions :D
64 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Katusha 1:07
142 Stuart O'grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank 0:17:59


What are yyour thoughts on these interesting results? To me, Ogrady will struggle for a tdf spot at saxo now. Expected more KK. What is up with him? Rogers is not doing that great on the climbs especially after his altitude training at Sierra Nevada.