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Last Post 07/08/2013 10:13 AM by j t. 37 Replies.
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07/06/2013 02:00 PM
Utter domination by Sky in the mountains, in this Tour that is heavy on mountain stages. The pasting resembled Indurain's first Tour win, where with the help of EPO he utterly steamrolled everyone in the first TT, but add to that a teammate (Porte) who's almost as good.
AC looks uncomfortable on a climb, perhaps a Clenbuterol deficit?
Valverde was there, good ride, but a notch below Porte.
BMG out of it, sorry to say. At least Cadel tried. TJ lived to fight another day, hopefully he won't get accustomed to cyclotouring.
Maybe the young Columbian Quintana will do a better job eating on the descent before the final climb next time and give the Skyborgs a run. I hope so because otherwise this race is over.


07/06/2013 02:14 PM
Coincidently, the UK owned cyclingnews (Future PLC) forum went down today during the stage. Guess they didn't want the chatter in the clinic?


07/06/2013 02:19 PM

____8.90 km, 7.46 &, 664 m

_1. Roberto Laiseka _____ ESP | 22:57 | 2001
_2. Lance Armstrong _____ USA | 22:59 | 2001
_3. Chris Froome ________ GBR | 23:14 | 2013
_4. Jan Ullrich _________ GER | 23:17 | 2003
_5. Haimar Zubeldia _____ ESP | 23:19 | 2003
_6. Jan Ullrich _________ GER | 23:22 | 2001
_7. Lance Armstrong _____ USA | 23:24 | 2003
_8. Alexandre Vinokourov_ KAZ | 23:34 | 2003
_9. Ivan Basso __________ ITA | 23:36 | 2003
10. Lance Armstrong _____ USA | 23:40 | 2005

10. Ivan Basso __________ ITA | 23:42 | 2005
11. Oscar Sevilla _______ ESP | 23:45 | 2001
12. Joseba Beloki _______ ESP | 23:45 | 2001
13. Denis Menchov _______ RUS | 23:47 | 2010
14. Samuel Sanchez ______ ESP | 23:47 | 2010
15. Jan Ullrich _________ GER | 24:00 | 2005
16. Andy Schleck ________ LUX | 24:01 | 2010
17. Joaquim Rodriguez ___ ESP | 24:01 | 2010
18. Robert Gesink _______ NED | 24:01 | 2010
19. Alberto Contador ____ ESP | 24:01 | 2010
20. Jurgen van den Broeck BEL | 24:01 | 2010

21. Richie Porte ________ AUS | 24:05 | 2013
22. Levi Leipheimer _____ USA | 24:15 | 2005
23. Floyd Landis ________ USA | 24:15 | 2005
24. Iban Mayo ___________ ESP | 24:15 | 2003
25. Santiago Botero _____ COL | 24:19 | 2001
26. Michael Boogerd _____ NED | 24:19 | 2001
27. Alexandre Vinokourov_ KAZ | 24:19 | 2001
28. Stefano Garzelli ____ ITA | 24:19 | 2001
29. Inigo Chaureau ______ ESP | 24:19 | 2001
30. Marcos Serrano ______ ESP | 24:19 | 2001


07/06/2013 02:45 PM
Today was terrible for the sport, a true spectacle of the next generation of doping. As we've learned in the past year, if it's too good to be true.... Those 2 are donkeys to racehorses, I will refuse to believe the transformation

You are a brave man, don't think I can stomach even to click on cyclingnews as the English and Aussies on there will be insufferable

at least they have 8 years to figure what Porte and Froome are taking.


07/06/2013 02:55 PM
Sorry Froome is a doper no flippin way he's clean. And he's a dumb ass for ruining the tour by pedaling his doped to the gills ass over the line 10 minutes ahead of the competition. Thanks tour is over at the end of week one.

As far as Tejay is concerned I'm not sure what he did before the climbs but he looked like dog $4it and was no help to Cadel at all. HA.....this dude thinks he's a contender. BMC is a joke.


07/06/2013 03:57 PM
Stage 8. Ax-3-Domaines (first 7.85 km, 8.30 %, 651 m). Chris Froome: 21 min 41 sec, 21.72 Kph, VAM; 1801 m/h, 6.37 W/kg
Orange Crush


07/06/2013 09:29 PM
Was Froome aware he was flying by a radar post http://www.alternativeditions.com/la-preuve-par-21/les-radars-du-tour-2013/


07/07/2013 12:09 AM
Final blow for the sport if he gets popped for doping.

Keith Richards


07/07/2013 12:30 AM
Eddy Merckx won Le Tour by almost 20 min and took all three jerseys and you all laud him as the greatest cyclist of all time. Froome lays down the law on the first day in the mountains after a week of doing nothing but using Le Tour to build his form and you guys lose your minds.
----- It is his word versus ours. We like our word. We like where we stand and we like our credibility."--Lance Armstrong.


07/07/2013 12:32 AM
Different time, different methods. Those days are long gone in cycling KR given modern training and equipment and the general level of play

Keith Richards


07/07/2013 12:36 AM
It was not even a long day in the mountains. An easy spin for most of the day. Look at the profile.
----- It is his word versus ours. We like our word. We like where we stand and we like our credibility."--Lance Armstrong.


07/07/2013 01:52 AM
i don't know about 'losing our minds'

I'm mostly disappointed that the anti-doping culture has castrated some, while some are still obviously doing whatever they want. Contador and Schleck are both capable of riding at the levels we saw from Froome today, but Contador is no longer in a position where he can risk it. Wouldn't it be great to have seen 2011 giro Contador responding to that attack today?
I just want to see an actual close race and be entertained. Merckxx was before my time, but I'm sure those races he won by 20 min would be as boring as hell to watch. The difference was that this year has the potential to be a nail biter with the riders that are in the GC, but all the players aren't allowed to play by the same rules.

The best part is that until Froome got to the flat section at the top (with a headwind), he had the fastest time in history going. Faster than Armstrong 2001.


07/07/2013 06:55 AM
Interesting debate. I figured it was game over after yesterday, but tuned in this a.m. and maybe not. I won't type more in case people who are okay with reading yesterday's spoiler click on this before watching today. I will admit that yesterday Sky looked like Sky from last year but on steroids. Just a saying, there!


07/07/2013 07:41 AM
Not loosing our minds, it's just that we've heard so much quacking the last 20 years that turned out to be ducks that when we hear quacking again we, right or wrong, suspect another duck is sitting on the front porch and we don't want it crapping all over our yard.

If it turns out to be a myna bird rather than a duck we'll apologize to both


07/07/2013 08:59 AM
I am sorry, but fool me once...wait make that fool me one dozen times shame on you. The second dozen times I start to catch on. I find the performance very suspect. thing is he's been doing it all year. find it hard to believe he's been dirty all year. but is he better than armstrong at the height of his doping career? and that VAM? thems doping #'s.
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