View Full Version : 11 Days Till Tour De France

06-20-2005, 05:15 PM
Is anyone else excited about the Tour De France this year! There are so many riders on track this year with their training, it should be exciting. I wish I could go, but I am teaching Summer School in July. Hopefully OLN will have daily coverage. Gotta Go to Class:)

06-21-2005, 08:02 AM
I can't wait. I think this is going to be a really exciting Tour and it is amazing to see how many American riders like Floyd Landis and Levi Liepheimer (in addition to Lance of course) stand be major contenders. I don't get OLN but I love the live coverage from Velo News online. It pretty cool to see their comments right as the action unfolds and its totally spontaneous and unscripted.

06-23-2005, 07:06 PM
Can't wait! I'm going to be away the first week (but I find the flat stages pretty dull anyway) but will be ordering OLN for the rest of July and probably keep it 'til August to watch all the post-Tour shows, etc.

I wonder if Jan really has his act together. T-Mobile is leaving Erik home and really focusing on der Kaiser. And Mayo has been awfully quiet of late. Levi's on the rise (though I don't think he's podium material just yet) and Basso was so strong at the Giro until his stomach took him down. He's strong and motivated. And Floyd could be a revelation as a team leader. Or not. Lots to look forward to!

06-24-2005, 12:09 AM
Though I expect a repeat of last year's race, I'll watch every moment. Some of that might be out of the corner of my eye as I'm working LOTS at the day/night job. I've demanded a TV and VCR (might have to bring my own) so I can tape the live show in the morning and watch the tape at work. (I live in the Mountain Time Zone and get in late.)

I'm going to subject the other members of my video game programming team to the Tour. I think they'll grow to appreciate it. And just maybe, get enthused about my idea for my next project...

Of course, the race might be epic too.


06-24-2005, 08:29 AM

I think you'll do fine watching it out of the corner of your eye. Honestly, who needs to watch all six+ hours of each stage? Heck, the riders sometimes phone part of it in. As long as you catch the exciting bits (when you hear Phil and Paul screaming, look at the screen). ;)

06-24-2005, 08:36 AM
I just wish OLNs Kirsten Dunn would decide on "a look" and go with it. Every race she does it's different. Wait til you she the current Kirsten! Can you just imagine if the same people worked on Phil Liggett and Bob Roll?

By the way. If you havn't seen it yet there is a TDF For Dummies book. Phil Liggett is one of the contributors. It's actually pretty good and I've been using it to tie me over until 7/2.

The Cheezism

06-26-2005, 08:46 PM
Is OLN going to broadcast the Tour this year? I have not seen a schedule or any advertising about it yet.

06-27-2005, 02:29 PM
Oln is covering the first stage on Saturday at 7:30 central time and repeating the stage/or updated coverage in the evening.

Also, Discovery Channel is doing a week of Shows geared toward Lance. Tonight's Show (Monday At 7:00 central time and 10:00 central time) is covering the science of Lance Armstrong. Think they'll give away any secrets? I also read in the paper today that Lance crashed during a training ride last week and has a black eye and some bruises. Tomorrow, TLC is doing a show on Linda Armstrong.

06-27-2005, 02:44 PM
I am so going to be tor-toured this year again durng the STP and not knowing what the heck is going on . Beth you got to help me out again this year OK? Updates- I need updates! So who again is going ot be the biggest rival this year Ivan, Ulrich, who??? I have a bottle chillin for the Champs Elysees. Go Discovery!

07-04-2005, 09:15 AM
The only way any stage could be boring is if you haven't done the homework... and if you can't watch it, tape the morning shows. Phil and Paul make that show for sure, and without them, if it was just Al and Bob, I think I'd seriously vomit.

There's no such thing as a boring stage at the Tour de France.

Anyway, how anyone could miss the ITT and the TTT is beyond me, especially the TTT. The TTT is an awesome thing of beauty. It shows the strengths of the team, but it also reveals the cracks. Notice last year's TTT... Phonak pulled into the finish line with only 5 of their 9 riders after many casualties. At that point, it seemed a bit obvious they were going to have problems. They got lucky because Basso was strong that year, but this year, they've definitely reinforced their squad, so hopefully that fiasco won't happen again! Discovery, once again, has an awesome squad, and I'm definitely looking forward to seeing them perform in the TTT. And T-Mobile has its strongest squad yet, made up of super domestiques who are climbing specialists. It's obvious they want to win. Floyd is looking strong and doing well this season, as is Levi. Levi's jump to Gerolsteiner is probably the best career decision he's made- they Gerolsteiner has an awesome squad... with big Magnus there to support Levi, he's in contention to do well, especially as Levi beat Lance at the Tour de Georgia, the Criterium du Dauphine Libere, and placed sixth at the Vuelta a Murcia in Spain... all this year. Jan stumbled at Stage 1, but after crashing through the back of the team car the day before the Tour started, I am not at all surprised, even though Jan still says the crash wasn't a factor. And Vino.... bringing him to the tour may undermine Jan's achievements for the Tour, but a Vino or Jan win would satisfy me. Vino is an animal! Vino and Jan working side by side is going to be great to see in the TTT, and I can't wait to see how they pull it off.

Voeckler is lucky. I will always maintain that until I see him perform well in other races. When Lance "gave" him the jersey last year, he wasn't kidding- it was a giveaway, and until Lance wanted it back, he got to wear it. The pressure, along with the cheering of the French kept him in that shirt. He got lucky. If Lance wanted that jersey back (or even wanted to keep it, or even wanted to give it to someone else), we wouldn't know who he was. When you get a jersey, it shouldn't be because someone gave it to you... you have to TAKE it from them, not have it given to you. That earns my respect (as if anyone is riding for me personally, right? ;) ). I'll look for Voeckler in 2 or 3 years.

The TTT is poetry in motion. When a team is tight, has perfect formations and a finely executed plan, there's nothing like it. Do not miss it- it's on tomorrow (Wed, July 5th).

I love the Tour. I love Tivo too, because now I can edit out the endless amount of commercials and upload it onto my computer and burn it to dvd so I can watch it over and over again. I think this Tour is going to be great because so many riders are hungry to win, but hungrier to beat Lance. Lance is a great tour rider, but he is not the greatest rider ever. If he did more races and was more successful, I would respect him more. I can respect him for the awesome rider he is and for winning more times than any other person, but I would not say he's in the top 5 of my all time greats. He doesn't do enough races to earn a spot. Maybe top 7, but not top 5. Good luck to him, though... he changed the nature of training and riding for the Tour, and he increased the interest of the sport of cycling to the USA, and that's good in my eyes.

Ok... Tivo time. Watch the Tour!


07-05-2005, 12:51 AM
As a long time bike racer (never very successful) and serious fan, I'm just sorry to say that this year's Tour is shaping up to be very short on drama. That's what I mean when I call it a "boring" Tour.

The races within the race (other jersey competitions) will always intrigue. The race for second overall might be intense. Vinokourov is always entertaining as he never considers a race to be over. But barring a crash or serious illness, LANCE has this race won.

I often compare watching a bike race to watching baseball or golf, and if you've got the patience to watch THOSE, ahem, sports, then you can certainly watch even the most boring bike racing. But the wonderful difference in watching a bike race is, the scenery ALWAYS changes.


07-05-2005, 10:28 AM
What do you think about those "interesting" Bob Roll commercials? Should spice up things if you are finding the tour boring so far this year! If you have not seen them, go to www.bobinthebuff.com (http://www.bobinthebuff.com) for a replay!;)

07-12-2005, 10:44 AM
Today should livin' it up for you Lynn

07-12-2005, 06:56 PM
I would say today was pretty amazing! It doesn't get much more exciting than that.

07-14-2005, 01:49 AM
If you think this year has been exciting (I won't argue with you), and haven't seen the 2003 race, I HIGHLY recommend it. You can get the DVD's from World Cycling Productions.


08-02-2005, 06:13 AM
It was great to be there this year, after watching it so many years on TV...it was really a different feeling to see the teams finishing, esp when you think about the work they put into it.

I encourage anyone to attend if they can!

04-28-2006, 11:25 AM
Is anyone else excited about the Tour De France this year! There are so many riders on track this year with their training, it should be exciting. I wish I could go, but I am teaching Summer School in July. Hopefully OLN will have daily coverage. Gotta Go to Class:)

Yep, checking the rides every year on the screen. Try to get an outfit of one of the teams every year. Last year AG2R from france !!
Hope to get one of Euskatel this year.