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Post by LP Raider » July 23, 2011, 1:17 am

I hope Cadel Evens wins the Tour De France, what a great Australian must be one of the most demanding sports.

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Post by yeh raiders » July 23, 2011, 10:54 am

I'd say it's the no.1 toughest sport..

I thought when he had his "mechanical issue" that he was gone for sure..

Cadel can do this.. but geez he's made a few mistakes along the way. Esp last night, instead of sitting on the tail of those looking to chase down the breakaway, he's was hesitating big time. Had to be on the Samuel Sanchez' wheel to put time on Andy Shleck last night.

Still, 57 seconds in a 42km time trial is not outside Cadel's ability.

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Post by Begbie » July 23, 2011, 3:47 pm

Cadel is favorite on Betfair at 1.52. The bloke leading is at 2.5, so those in the know seem to rate his chances.
Would be a fantastic achievement if he can pull it off.

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Post by LP Raider » July 23, 2011, 8:53 pm

If Cadel can pull this off tonight it will be one of the great Aussie sporting acheivements.

Cycling isn't one of our mainstream sports, yet to have a guy who has a big chance of taking out possibly the most demanding of sports is making me proud to be an Aussie... the way he road last night with no help from other riders was simply inspiring.

If he pulls it off tonight I hope he gets all the Kudos he deserves from our media.

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Post by LP Raider » July 23, 2011, 8:55 pm

yeh raiders wrote:I'd say it's the no.1 toughest sport..

I thought when he had his "mechanical issue" that he was gone for sure..

Cadel can do this.. but geez he's made a few mistakes along the way. Esp last night, instead of sitting on the tail of those looking to chase down the breakaway, he's was hesitating big time. Had to be on the Samuel Sanchez' wheel to put time on Andy Shleck last night.

Still, 57 seconds in a 42km time trial is not outside Cadel's ability.
i watch this event every year and am amazed at the mental toughness these guy's have.

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Post by LP Raider » July 24, 2011, 12:13 am

Go Cadel !

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Post by Rick » July 24, 2011, 12:22 am

LP Raider wrote:Go Cadel !
Like.

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Post by LP Raider » July 24, 2011, 12:36 am

Evens second fastest time after 1st check point

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Post by LP Raider » July 24, 2011, 12:38 am

Evens only 27 seconds behind schleck after 1st check point

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Post by LP Raider » July 24, 2011, 12:47 am

Cadel oficially in front hope he hasn't gone out too hard.

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Post by Schifty » July 24, 2011, 12:48 am

This is incredible..

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Post by LP Raider » July 24, 2011, 12:57 am

Cadel half a minute in front

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Post by LP Raider » July 24, 2011, 1:03 am

Cadel leading by almost 1 min with probably 15 min to go

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Post by LP Raider » July 24, 2011, 1:11 am

Cadel will ride into Paris as winner of the tour de france, what a champion.

Proud moment in Australian sport's history.
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Post by Rick » July 24, 2011, 1:12 am

LP Raider wrote:Cadel leading by almost 1 min with probably 15 min to go
Go the NT kid!

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Post by Schifty » July 24, 2011, 1:21 am

Incredible effort. Needed 57 seconds and slammed on 2:30+

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Post by LP Raider » July 24, 2011, 1:21 am

minute 34 in front and will ride into Paris as the winner !

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Post by Rick » July 24, 2011, 1:38 am

LP Raider wrote:minute 34 in front and will ride into Paris as the winner !
Love how he ha ensured that there will be no union coverage tomorrow!

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Post by -TW- » July 24, 2011, 1:44 am

that was a beastly ride...

even last night when he pulled back another 30 odd seconds on Andy Schleck in the final 5 km...

you could tell Schleck burnt himself out with his do or die approach of trying to lose Cadel a few nights ago,..

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Post by yeh raiders » July 24, 2011, 9:58 am

The best sportsman in the toughest sport on the planet! This man is a legend! :clap: :clap:

What an insane ride too.. 2nd fastest for the stage! He look incredibly composed before getting underway yesterday.

Without a drug cloud, without a near-equally great brother helping you the whole way, with a 57 second gap, hitting the wall the night before and dropping back to a 3 minute gap.. to win in this fashion, is beyond amazing!

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Post by -PJ- » July 24, 2011, 1:24 pm

public holiday tomorrow. its cadel day. congratulations to cadel, the 1st australian to win the tour........ever.
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Post by Northern Raider » July 24, 2011, 10:58 pm

Its been a fantastic event but can't wait till its over so I can get back into a regular sleep pattern. I've watched every stage and its really catching up with me. :cool:
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Post by Bard » July 24, 2011, 11:25 pm

Im a huge cycling fan and ride a lot myself and i must admit i never thought this day would come after watching andy and alberto battle it out last year. but cadel has ridden the perfect race and it has been amazing to watch.

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Post by freddo » July 25, 2011, 11:02 pm

for all the pain and suffering and setbacks, being runner up 2 years in a row, a few poor years, riding with injury. and losing your coach and mentor. i was abit teary to see him in the yellow jersey he deserves everything he gets cause he earned it through hard work a typical aussie battler
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Post by Northern Raider » July 26, 2011, 9:42 am

Gus- wrote:Im a huge cycling fan and ride a lot myself and i must admit i never thought this day would come after watching andy and alberto battle it out last year. but cadel has ridden the perfect race and it has been amazing to watch.
Ironically I thought Cadel's guttsiest effort was last year. Battled right to the end with a broken arm. Great to see things fall into place for him this year.
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Post by Bard » September 4, 2011, 11:37 pm

Anybody who is remotely interested with nothing better to do, chuck it onto sbs and watch the tour of spain tonight.

23% gradient at some points, and the last 6K will take approx 40-50 mins. absolutely insane.

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Post by Wayne » July 3, 2015, 1:19 pm

Massive support for a stage for young Richie this year.

Any other fans of Le Tour out there?

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Post by -TW- » July 3, 2015, 3:23 pm

Normally, but it will conflict with the ashes this year

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