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    Quote Originally Posted by creekster View Post
    Take a look at this link:

    http://www.stickybottle.com/blogs/cy...es-alpe-dhuez/



    The article I linked says that Indurain was never tainted with drug accusations, but that is not strictly true. In fact, he has been spoken of as the first one to use EPO. You may recall that in the early part of his career he was a great ITT guy but not much good in the mountains until, like Armstrong, he suddenly gained an amazing climbing ability, almost like his blood could suddenly carry more oxygen to this muscles than it did before. EPO. but nothing has been proven. Still, Big Mig comes from a good but not great career and suddenly wins five TdFs in a row and then, as suddenly, gets off his bike mid-stage and disappears from the peloton.
    I've always wondered why Indurain gets a free pass, 20 - 40 TDF finisher and then all the sudden he's out climbing guys like Hampsten and Mottet. Maybe everybody thinks he's nice guy unlike Armstrong.

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    Well, could I have been more wrong about dumoulin? Let me answer that: No. I thought he would be toasted today. Instead, he almost wins the stage. Great ride. What an epic stage. Today was riveting. If you havent seen it, you should watch it. A couple of random thoughts:

    AFterwards he was diagnosed with a cracked vertebrae and he has withdrawn from the Tour. This is a shame as he looked good today and was almost in a podium spot. The real tragedy is that his fall was apparently caused by his collision with a Gendarme motorcycle. Its not clear if it was the cop's fault or what happened, but it took place right where the barriers started and the spectators, motos, cars and racers all bottle-necked. Too bad.

    Rando two: The spectators are out of control. Did you see the guy who punched or slapped at Froome? It took place with about 3.9 miles left in the stage. The guys comes out from the riders' right and jabs his arm at Froome. Not good. it reminded me of the time Merckx was punched by an unhappy Frenchman. Happily, Froome was not really bothered as far as I could tell. I understand the guy was later arrested and given a stern talking to. But, in general, the race was chaotic. flares/smoke bombs (what on earth makes people think that is a good idea?) flags and banners draped across riders faces, and idots running alongside the bike rider. Worse, some of the running idiots do so in speedos. For example at about 3.6 miles to go there is some guy with nothing on but a flesh colored speedo type diaper thing running along. No one, and I mean not even this guy's wife, wants to see that. NO ONE. They should have arrested him too. Later on the stage, with around 2.5 miles to go or so, you can just catch sight of the well-behaved fans revenge, or the jerk's comeuppance. If you watch closely, you can see some yahoo running alongside the riders he runs into a Gendarme, who appears to horse collar the guy and throws him to the ground. I cheered when I saw it and replayed it a couple of times just for good measure. The thing is they need a lot more of that. Not sure why it seems to be getting worse; I blame the Russians.

    Rando three: Froome might be human, after all. He tried to attack in the final kilometers today and he just . didn't . have . it. It was the patented Froome explosion at the end of a high mountain stage, where he turns into a big flying elbow and knee machine and leaves everyone behind. Except this time, he didn't. He pulled out mayb 40 or 50 meters, and then just liek that, he was reeled in. I am not sure that Thomas excepted to win this stage or that he expected to beat Froome today. But it was clear that thomas had the legs and that Froome maybe had a few too many eye-tallion climbs in his legs to keep up. Dinner at the team sky table, after a thorough scrubbing of hands, of course, should be interesting.

    Rando four: Where have all the Sprinters gone? Yesterday Kittle and Cavendish and Renshaw dropped out. Today it was Groenewegen and Graviria and Greipel ands Zabel the Younger, not to mention Uran. A very tough day. There will be no one to race against Sagan in Paris.

    Tomorrow the caravan heads back down the Alpe to start in Bourg d'Oisans.
    If Nibali was a soccer player he would still be lying there. The crowd up Alpe D'Huez was as bad as I've ever seen it. I did enjoy when the cop took the one guy down and when one of the running guys ran into someone else. I wondered how Curry would handle it if fans were two feet away running up and down the court with him and screaming in his ear. Somethings got to be done.

    Thanks Creek for the reports.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RC Vikings View Post
    I've always wondered why Indurain gets a free pass, 20 - 40 TDF finisher and then all the sudden he's out climbing guys like Hampsten and Mottet. Maybe everybody thinks he's nice guy unlike Armstrong.



    If Nibali was a soccer player he would still be lying there. The crowd up Alpe D'Huez was as bad as I've ever seen it. I did enjoy when the cop took the one guy down and when one of the running guys ran into someone else. I wondered how Curry would handle it if fans were two feet away running up and down the court with him and screaming in his ear. Somethings got to be done.

    Thanks Creek for the reports.
    We were talking about the same thing last night, and then the conversation degenerated into talking about allowing golf spectators to behave the same way, resulting in some amusing if disturbing mental images. It really needs to stop, but might not without some kind of criminal or civil penalty for these idiots.

    Oh, and one more accolade for creek: As our kids were growing up, I was often working late but usually got home in time to participate in the bedtime rituals. Among my fondest memories are those of kids calling out, "Dad, come in and read [insert book title, typically something from William Steig, C.S. Lewis, Dr. Seuss, E.B. White, whatever...]!" Well, I've missed those days but last night after rolling in late, Mrs. PAC called out, "Read me creekster's report on today's stage!", and I was instantly transported to those awesome earlier days, and as I read your report to her, mused that creekster has taken his place among revered authors for PAC Family nighttime reading.

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    You guys are all too nice. Thank you for the compliments. I have this vague sense that Mrs. PAC might be laughing at me and not with me, if you know what I mean, but I will have to trust PAC to translate my hackneyed prose into something elegant, without typos.

    Depos today and so I did not have a chance to watch the stage yet. as a result I may not get out a report. But today as my mind wandered (as sometimes happens when in depos of not primary, not secondary and not even tertiary witnesses noticed because, well, because my co-defendant can, I guess) I kept thinking about the guy in the flesh colored thong. Where did he buy that? DId his wife come across it on Amazon on Prime Day and thing "This is just the thing for Hubert's jog alongside the riders!" Or did the guy go to his wife and ask her to make it? "Honey, can you put together a little something, very little, to just barely cover orifices and saggy front bits so I can make an impression as I trot alongside the bike racers?" I know it is silly, but a lot of these are guys in their 50s and 60s. I like to think at that age, in particular, you should know better.
    PLesa excuse the tpyos.

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    When we were over a few years ago, I told my wife that if she bought a Speedo for me I would wear it at one of the stages. She declined.

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    I'm working on my costume for when I go over someday, I'll run it by this board first to see if I need to adjust it or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RC Vikings View Post
    I'm working on my costume for when I go over someday, I'll run it by this board first to see if I need to adjust it or not.
    Less is more!

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    I’m feeling old today watching Jean-Francis Bernard’s son race today.

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