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Still, everything is above board now.

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Still, everything is above board now.

 

Behave.

 

Doping in sport will always be a problem, what governing bodies have to do which they haven't in the past is recognise the problem and publicly name and shame those who fall foul and don't sweep it under the carpet. Team Sky currently have a Times journalist shadowing them this year with full access to the riders and staff just to show that they are a clean team. 

 

Cycling definitely lead the way in doping and now anti-doping. Looking at some of the performances and the link the Wolford provided its very hard to say that the stars from the past weren't on something or other. 

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Behave.

 

Doping in sport will always be a problem, what governing bodies have to do which they haven't in the past is recognise the problem and publicly name and shame those who fall foul and don't sweep it under the carpet. Team Sky currently have a Times journalist shadowing them this year with full access to the riders and staff just to show that they are a clean team. 

 

Cycling definitely lead the way in doping and now anti-doping. Looking at some of the performances and the link the Wolford provided its very hard to say that the stars from the past weren't on something or other. 

 

Team Sky and The Times are owned by the same company.  It's a neat idea but hardly independent verification of honesty.

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Team Sky and The Times are owned by the same company.  It's a neat idea but hardly independent verification of honesty.

 

Fair point, although I think Team Sky are sponsored by Sky and not owned. Although the issue of impartiality still stands. It would be a scoop for the journalist to report on any form of doping with Team Sky or British Cycling after they have been so vocal about being clean (as was Armstrong and US Postal). 

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Loved the nerdy discussion about power output in the comments below the article.

 

 

Magnus Backstedt was commenting on Eurosport the other week and was commenting on how he could never be a team leader because he was so naturally well built. It would have been a physical impossibility to achieve the necessary power-to-weight ratio for climbing.

 

He said that, in that aspect, Indurain was a freak.

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Magnus Backstedt was commenting on Eurosport the other week and was commenting on how he could never be a team leader because he was so naturally well built. It would have been a physical impossibility to achieve the necessary power-to-weight ratio for climbing.

He said that, in that aspect, Indurain was a freak.

As I remember Indurain had an enormous lung capacity giving him the ability to oxygenate his blood whilst maintaining a relatively low heart rate.

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The eve of the tour and I can't wait. We're heading out for the Alpe d'huez and Mont Ventoux stages and I'm still trying to convince the missus to take the bikes (she doesn't like climbing :(). Anyway, saw this shot of Lotto Belisol and Liquidgaz out training and made me laugh.

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The eve of the tour and I can't wait. We're heading out for the Alpe d'huez and Mont Ventoux stages and I'm still trying to convince the missus to take the bikes (she doesn't like climbing :(). Anyway, saw this shot of Lotto Belisol and Liquidgaz out training and made me laugh.

I'd say enjoy it but I know you will anyway.

 

Just watching the countdown programme on Eurosport and like you, I can't wait for it to get underway. 

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My UK & Ireland predictions:

 

Edwald Boasson Haagen will win 2 stages.

 

Mark Cavendish will win 4 stages.

 

Chris Froome will fall out with Richie Porte who will be his main rival, and team-mate.

 

Dan Martin will win a stage.

 

Sky's Ian Stannard, Peter Kenaugh and and Geraint Thomas will be unsung heroes. Following the race, all will be offered deals with rival teams.

 

Chris Froome will win the yellow jersey, but not as easily as predicted.

Peter Sagan will win the green jersey.

Joachim Rodriguez will win the polka dot jersey.

A Russian rider will fail a drug test.

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Cav's got the skin suit on and looks like he means business. I reckon Cav will nail it but have an outside feeling Greipel will have something to say about it.

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My prediction is that Froome will fall off befoe theyve got going properly ...

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Apparently the Orica Greenedge team bus is stuck under the finishing banner with only about 12 minutes before the riders get there.

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We that was a ###### shambles. Riders told that the 3km mark was the finish but then the got the bus moved and it went back to the original finish. Big crash within 3km of the 3km line that brought down Sagan and Cav got caught behind it. Greipel suffered a puncture and Matt Goss crashed in the last corner so none of the favourites for the sprint finish. Everyone finished on the same time but not the finish we wanted.

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Utter farce of an ending, but really exciting. Poor tactics by Sky; a major crash left them with three men in the leading group, but they didn't work as a team.

 

Be interesting to see: 

  - if any major contenders are hurt following the crash

 - what the organisers do about the times of leading contenders who crashed.

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Tony Martin is reported to have a broken collarbone and Geraint Thomas has gone to hospital.

 

That course was unsafe for this race, all narrow roads and street furniture.

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It was a shambles and yet had us gripped as the chaos ensued with the finish line debacle.

 

Got to feel for Tony Martin, he has come off the worst - must be gutting

 

I kept thinking they're going to stop it, neutralise it, but no - the reults stand

 

The commentary team were saying how wonderful Corsica is. It's a shame if they never go back because of the actions of a few people. I know the finishing gate had been lowered but isn't it up to the driver to assess - don't they have sensors these days in order to assess such dangers going under bridges?

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Tony Martin seemed to be leaning into Greipel just as Greipel was shouldering the bloke to his left. Martin went down as soon as the big man moved away.

 

Real shame to lose a rider of Martin's quality so early in the race but it's a dangerous sport, it happens.

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Didn't Martin start today's stage, the talk on twitter this morning suggested he would (no broken collar bone, just road rash and bruising).

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Didn't Martin start today's stage, the talk on twitter this morning suggested he would (no broken collar bone, just road rash and bruising).

He did indeed. Looked as if he was suffering but I think he got through it.

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He did indeed. Looked as if he was suffering but I think he got through it.

The puss leaking through the back of his jersey was gross. Didn't envy him when he had to take off that jersey at the end of the stage.

Really enjoyed yesterday's finale, love it when a breakaway survives. Two men in yellow who would've never normally had the opportunity and you can see what it means to them.

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Fairly mountainous stage today, unlikely to be a true sprinter who wins it.

David Miller and Damiano Cunega could be in the running.

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I think Eurosport's cycling commentator David Harmon is the business.

 

http://velovoices.com/2013/04/26/friday-feature-interview-with-eurosports-david-harmon-part-1/

 

 

He took a few months off from commentary earlier in the season. Here's why in part 2 of the same interview.

http://velovoices.com/2013/04/26/friday-feature-interview-with-eurosports-david-harmon-part-2/

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