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« Stage Fourteen - Haven't Seen It | Main | Stage Fifteen - Haven't Seen It »

July 23, 2007

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Theresa

VINO VINO VINO!!!! Tears, when he crossed the line, I wanted to give him a great big hug!!!
He won the hearts of all the Tour fans this year, even without winning the whole race!! And Astana says they are sponsering the team for the next 10 years!! I guess Vino will have a job!

And Contador!!! What a climber he is!! George was thrilled to see him and Rassmussen catch him on the climb, I'm sure, did you see that double take of George's??? Cadel and Levi have some work to do in the TT on Sat. And Chris Horner is riding great! He's in the top 20, and he's covering Cadel like crazy! I'm so proud of him!! (Buttons popping!!!)
I am so glad tomorrow is a rest day....I need it.

susie b

I am depressed. I just checked the end of the LIVE update reports & SOMEHOW Cadel & Levi lost more time to that FOWL. This is FOUL I say! It is FOUL to have a FOWL in yellow... Yes, I am in a FOUL mood.

Please, PLEASE! Can't SOMEBODY be the CHICKEN HAWK?!!!

And I can't belieeeeeve I'm saying this, but, 'Hey Whiner Boy! Now's your chance to be a hero! Go get 'im!'

susie b

Ok, I also just paid attention to who WON the stage. Sympathy break?

Whatever, I want someone to NOW dare question what Floyd did! Floyd only lost about 8-10 minutes last year in Stage 16 & then on his ride into history on Stage 17, he was able to have his car with him the whole way, giving him bottles & keeping cool & hydrated. FANTASTIC advantage. Vino did not have that today. And he lost 28 MINUTES yesterday! TWENTY-EIGHT! Croutons are less toasted. If he can come back today from that physical breakdown & mental humiliation & WIN the TOUGHEST STAGE IN THE RACE, well, they just better shut up about Floyd's "impossible feat"!

I have to tell ya, Vino is making me seasick. Up, down, Up, down. I LOVE roller coasters, but, damn, this is making me nauseous! Over on MDs, I've mentioned this real-life guy I know who never gave up on Vino after the crash & who CROWED at me all Saturday morning....and afternoon....and evening. Well, last night he was VERY depressed. He's perked back up but even HE is getting dizzy!

Question. Has there ever been MAJOR attacks by GC threats on the 3rd week flat stages after the final mountain stage? What if Discovery & Astana worked together! Those Rabobank guys will be EXHAUSTED after trying to shield Chicken in the mountains & won't be able to stop it! Actually, if even MORE teams help out, they can exhaust Rasmussen for the TT!


I know, I know! What did poor Chicken ever do to ME! Can't help it.

Come onnnnn, Chicken Hawk! Come onnnn, Chicken Hawk!

Theresa

Remember, Cadel too, Susie! He lost more time. We get three teams trying to break Rabobank on a flat stage, hum, maybe. But there is one more mountain stage. And guess who are going to be flying up the mountain. You don't HAVE to like the yellow jersey!! Just be thrilled with Vino, Cadel,Alberto, and Levi. He and Sastre are riding arm and arm. The same type of rider!! And I'm happy for Chris Horner, Christian, and George. And whe got to get Freddie to Paris, so he can win the last stage!!

Theresa

OH, OH. Susie, you are right; maybe people will rethink what Floyd did last year(not that it wasn't exciting and thrilling), but Vino did more than bonk on that stage yesterday. And the Peleton is acting different this year, too.

Julie

I think we lost Freddie today, T, check VeloNews to make sure.

I was thinking the same thing, Susie, I don't think you'd have to twist arms to get a gang-up on Rasmussen. Except that the guys fighting for the podium need to save themselves for the TT, so even if protected from the wind, they don't want to be hammering for two days. Because there remains the possibility that Rasmussen gets yanked, and then 2-4 get to be the podium.

Check out Hood's article at VeloNews, even the team isn't happy about how well Rasmussen is doing. What a disaster.

I have great hopes for Wed.!

Yvette

Ditto, Theresa & Susie...talk about an epic ride! He may never win the Tour de France, but Vino has left an indelible image in my memory as an ultimate fighter. Damn, the guy does not give up!

It helps temper my disappointment that Levi lost time today, I thought this was going to be his attack day...however, watching Contador toy with Rasmussen is nothing but delightful. Rasmussen manages to keep up, but truly, Contador has him on a string.

Today was inspirational...never give up

Camille

Y'all, I'm not a cryer when people are winning usually but I had a tight throat and tears the whole time Vino was doing his breakaway and then when he won, I just cried... I love him so much!!!! I just finished watching but still haven't seen the podium part, I'll watch in a second, but I am SOOOOO Happy that Vino is reaching for what he can and showing everyone that bad luck isn't going to stop his fighting spirit. Ohhhhh MAN that was SOOOOOOOOOOOOO GREAT!!!!

I'm still holding out hope for any and all to try and fry the Chicken. I like mine hot and spicy and I'll take a king-sized bucket!

Yeah, maybe a rest day tomorrow will good for me. I think my adrenalin is running low... :)

Time to watch the podium awards! YAY VINO!!!!!!!!!!! (it made me SO HAPPY to hear all those Basques and EVERYONE yelling Vino's name!)

Yvette

Yes, Camille, I'll admit to a lump in my throat as he crossed the line. I remember not being too happy with him in '05 as he (although with smart riding) made Levi move down in Paris. But I guess that's what makes him amazing. The guy has some BIG BALLS!

It could be so easy (and understandable) for him to say "ah, screw it," and just finish or abandon. But not Vino...

OK, I know we're running out of time, but Wednesday, PLEASE LEVI, do SOMETHING! I'm not giving up on him...I know people find him yawn-inducing, but I find his demeanor appealing. It's like someone has to be kind of a jerk and arrogant to be interesting, and obviously, that's not his M.O., but like Susie has said repeatedly, he's classy and introspective, and I like hearing his views.

I'm out of character today, being chatty, but Vino really got me going. Yay!

Janann

Love you guys! I'm absolutely with you Susie, T, and Yvette (and Sara)! While I respect the talent that Rasmussen has shown this year and in the past KOM, I just CANT see him as the WINNER of the Tour! I'm not even exactly sure why.... I just CANT. I *greatly* enjoyed the bit of cat & mouse with Contador today. It just gave you the impression that Contador was toying with him even though there wasn't enough climb left to put any time in. I wonder why Contador didn't strike earlier with a hope of wearing him down. Maybe he didn't think he'd survive the descent today...

You're right, Susie, we need Astana, DC, and PLotto to ambush him somehow on the next flat stage. I mean, gosh, he can't keep up with EVERYONE, right? I'd love to see something brilliant in the mountains Wednesday, and maybe we will, but that is simply Rasmussen's "home field advantage" and I'm not sure if anyone will be able to put time in on him there.

Vino today was simply AWESOME and had something to prove! I was SO happy to see him win the stage and hope that the 2 stage wins somehow soften the dismay he felt at how the race has unfolded since his accident. He truly has won the respect of everyone with his courage this year! Hmmmm......I hadn't thought about the comparison to the "unbelievable" come back of Floyd last year -- good point.

Janann

Love you guys! I'm absolutely with you Susie, T, and Yvette (and Sara)! While I respect the talent that Rasmussen has shown this year and in the past KOM, I just CANT see him as the WINNER of the Tour! I'm not even exactly sure why.... I just CANT. I *greatly* enjoyed the bit of cat & mouse with Contador today. It just gave you the impression that Contador was toying with him even though there wasn't enough climb left to put any time in. I wonder why Contador didn't strike earlier with a hope of wearing him down. Maybe he didn't think he'd survive the descent today...

You're right, Susie, we need Astana, DC, and PLotto to ambush him somehow on the next flat stage. I mean, gosh, he can't keep up with EVERYONE, right? I'd love to see something brilliant in the mountains Wednesday, and maybe we will, but that is simply Rasmussen's "home field advantage" and I'm not sure if anyone will be able to put time in on him there.

Vino today was simply AWESOME and had something to prove! I was SO happy to see him win the stage and hope that the 2 stage wins somehow soften the dismay he felt at how the race has unfolded since his accident. He truly has won the respect of everyone with his courage this year! Hmmmm......I hadn't thought about the comparison to the "unbelievable" come back of Floyd last year -- good point.

Janann

Love you guys! I'm absolutely with you Susie, T, and Yvette (and Sara)! While I respect the talent that Rasmussen has shown this year and in the past KOM, I just CANT see him as the WINNER of the Tour! I'm not even exactly sure why.... I just CANT. I *greatly* enjoyed the bit of cat & mouse with Contador today. It just gave you the impression that Contador was toying with him even though there wasn't enough climb left to put any time in. I wonder why Contador didn't strike earlier with a hope of wearing him down. Maybe he didn't think he'd survive the descent today...

You're right, Susie, we need Astana, DC, and PLotto to ambush him somehow on the next flat stage. I mean, gosh, he can't keep up with EVERYONE, right? I'd love to see something brilliant in the mountains Wednesday, and maybe we will, but that is simply Rasmussen's "home field advantage" and I'm not sure if anyone will be able to put time in on him there.

Vino today was simply AWESOME and had something to prove! I was SO happy to see him win the stage and hope that the 2 stage wins somehow soften the dismay he felt at how the race has unfolded since his accident. He truly has won the respect of everyone with his courage this year! Hmmmm......I hadn't thought about the comparison to the "unbelievable" come back of Floyd last year -- good point.

Janann

Sorry!!!!!!
Typepad is completely wigging out on me. It told me that it had 'timed out' and nothing had been posted. When I opened up a new browser to check --- there are THREE!!! Grrrrr.

Theresa

Ok, I read an article on Cyclingnews.com about Rabobank and Denis Menchov. I saw the one this morning on VN and can't find it now. But, anyway, why wouldn't Rabobank WANT the yellow jersey??? The article on CN was talking about how Menchov is not doing well, so the team has turned him into a domestique. And the sport directors were talking about handling Contador. If you don't like a rider, why would you put him on the Tour team??? Because he gets results. CSC mechanics were thrilled when Rasmussen left CSC; because he's so obsessive about his bike. But when was the last time Rabobank won a Big Tour? Rassmussen may be in a world of hurt after the Tour. But I can't see his own team mangement dissing him. My God, that's money in their pocket! And I thought it was very bad form for P. McQuaid to say anything to the press about his feelings too. Not too professional. You can't just pick your winner. I'm not saying I love the guy, but he's doing better than anyone gave him credit for. And he should be happy that tomorrow is a rest day! Alberto will be flying Wed! And since Alberto says Rassmussen can't be trusted on deals, you know that puts fire in his belly to try and drop Rasmussen!!

jessica

I know you guys can handle a cliche' and I'll willingly take my verbal spanking for being trite. But with all the info/evaluation/ups-n-downs of the last few stages, one thought keeps coming to me.

They say tough men don't cry. Well, I say SHOW 'EM VINO.

I never made any picks at the beginning, I root more for the maillot jaune, (which is why I have a homemade banner screaming that from my car back window). But when asked by my boss at the beginning who did I root for, it was my usual, sentimental response:

mcewen
george (he's such a slogger; deserving of wins I think!)
vino
rasmu

I just don't have the brain power tonight for much more observation than VINO.......vino vino.

Camille

Jessica, I also wish George could get more glory! I'm just glad he has that American champion shirt to wear to remind everyone how he sacrifices his talent. I wish he'd get a stage win this Tour. But, Jessica I am SO WITH you on the Vino comments. HOW INSPIRING *** IS *** that guy?!!! Man oh man.

I'm waiting for my 19 year old daughter to finish Deathly Hallows and then I'll pounce on it. She's about halfway through, only because she insisted on RE-reading The Halfblood Prince right before this one came out so she was about 2 days late starting it. Of course she got it at the midnight party at Barnes & Noble :) Sad that an era is ending. Now remember NOT to tell me who died, pleeeeease. Somehow I've not found out yet, thankfully.

VINO!!!!!!! I want to marry him in my next life. :)

catherine

No Camille, Vino is an icon, not a husband.

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