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The Tour de France begins Saturday

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by footballworld, Jul 6, 2007.

  1. footballworld

    footballworld Member

    No Lance No Floyd
    George Hincapie is probably the best bet the Americans have

    Anybody care?
  2. GB-Hack

    GB-Hack Active Member

    Honestly, I feel a certain ennui about the event this year.
  3. sportschick

    sportschick Active Member

    Actually it's Levi Leipheimer, but I guess that's proof that nobody scares.
  4. footballworld

    footballworld Member

    I should have said I'm rooting for George
  5. Brooklyn Bridge

    Brooklyn Bridge Active Member

    I was going to start a TDF thread and wasn't sure of the response it would get. (we got five pages out of a women's golf thread over on the Journalism page, so we should be ok).

    For Americans, don't forget about David Zabriskie--He and Leipheimer both ride for Discovery.

    For the overall, how about last year's runner up, Oscar Pereiro? I also like Alexandre Vinokurov from Kazakhstan, I think he would've been right there at the end last year if basically his whole team wasn't disqualified.

    I hope it will be a clean tour, like 19 of the 21 teams have signed the UCI's anti-doping pledge. And say what you will, cycling has a much tougher drug policy than MLB, NFL or whatever. Those guys are checked right at the end of a stage. That's analogous to checking Barroid after he steps on home plate after hitting a home run.

    The prologue is in London this year. Should be a cool race.
  6. Idaho

    Idaho Active Member

    Zabriskie rides for Team CSC and is not a threat for the GC. Only Leipheimer can legitimately be considered a GC threat this year.

    And EVERY cyclist has signed the pledge, which to me means very little at this point.

    I'll watch and read coverage most days. I don't expect it to be a popular sport. I expect it to be a niche sport like it always has been and always will be.
  7. Brooklyn Bridge

    Brooklyn Bridge Active Member

    My bad, did a quick check at a website and it had Zabriskie on Dicovery. I didn't think that was right, but didn't check any further. I would think that at some point, the sport has to clean itself up.
  8. Idaho

    Idaho Active Member

    The sport is dirty, plain and simple. It's probably cleaner, though, than the NFL and MLB because it has an actual anti-doping program and when someone is busted, it's publicized because it happens where lab workers are more than happy to leak info and test results. That'd never happen in America where players unions work very hard to protect the athletes and, in the opinion of some, prevent anti-doping programs from having any power.

    Once they figured out what EPO was and how to identify it, the sport started getting cleaner slowly. We're two or three years at least, though, from getting the sport to the point it is respected as a clean sport.
  9. Claws for Concern

    Claws for Concern Active Member


    And no, I don't live in Utah.
  10. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    I'll watch, if only because Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen are a great sportscasting duo.
  11. footballworld

    footballworld Member

    me too they are the best TV Crew on VS! Better than any football crew or baseball tv or radio
  12. Just4Fun

    Just4Fun Guest

    This is the biggest event on Versus!
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