veloman wrote:You got to respect them roadies. Laugh all you want at the spandex, but they are amazing athletes and haul ass on a bike.
You don't know bikes till you've been in a road race, been in the pack and going 40mph on a flat road while coasting, hammered 30mph up hills, ridden a 35mph paceline inches from each others wheels, and hit 50+mph on 1" wide tires.
SIMON Gerrans has miraculously avoided serious injury after somersaulting into a barbed-wire fence on a dramatic third stage of the Tour de France.
"I was right up the front, in good position, with good sensations and I thought I would have a really red-hot go in the final.
"Some riders fell on the road, so I went off the road to avoid (them).
"I got up caught up in a bike and just hit the deck from there, I was caught up in the barbed-wire fence."
Gerrans estimated he was travelling at 60kmh when he came to grief, 30km from the finish.
He was left with a gashed arm after initially being unable to free himself from the fence.
"I was caught up in the barbed fence, my arm was stuck in there, and I couldn't get my arm out until someone else
hit the barbed wire and gave it a rattle," he said.
veloman wrote:Anyone know where to watch the tour for free online? In English.
dogman wrote:Well, it's game on with the doping story. Obviously every team is doing everything they can get by with. I always felt everybody was doping to keep up with Lance, and whatever he was doing. But since Lance had a history of blowing everybody out of races going back to his youngest teen years, I always felt he was not having to do the EPO. The rest of the team may well have been on it to be able to ride with him though.
Goes without saying, that Lance was doing any kind of dope that they had no test for. Along with the entire peloton. And it's easier to avoid a positive test if you ride only the tour. Gives you time to test negative during the tour.
Gotta love the way they time thier investigation to hit the news during the tour. No wonder Lances coach wasn't setting foot inside Frances border right now. He'd do jail time by the end of the month I bet.
I kind of like the nicely engineered bikes the most. And the beautiful course. But I'd really appreciate it if I was actually there (and TDF crowds were not).
liveforphysics wrote:I would SOOO much rather watch sports with unlimited doping and any chemical or hormonal enhancement they come up with.
dogman wrote:No doubt, they will do everything they can that there is no testing for. Also it has to be very figured out, just how much EPO or whatever can be taken, then metabolized completely during the stage. At that point, it becomes a question of is the drug effective, or is it just giving the athlete a placebo effect.
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