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dani
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aw man, stage one airs at 8am tomorrow morning, but the bars don’t open til 11! how is one supposed to enjoy the drinking game that is watching the tour de france in the US if one cannot find a bar with cable tv at 8am on a sunday?


cburch
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get a case saturday night and pre game until the bar opens?


dani
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yeah, i can definitely drink whenever i please. it’s the access to television and the hassling other daydrinkers to pretend to care about pro cycling that i’ll be missing out on. for three hours. not a big deal i guess. ^___^ mostly just psyched that it’s that time of year again that we get to see insane demi-gods circumnavigating a country with commercial breaks that mostly advertise beer and bicycles.


edmonds59
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I started my morning this morning to the video of Phil Ligget narrating the prologue time trial from Liege, with bagels and strong coffee. Man I just love the whole spectacle. Except now I kind of want a Cannondale Six Six One. Maybe if I make a deal with myself to lose 40 lbs, I can get one…

Trek in Robinson is going to have Thursday evening rides with Tour watching at Mad Mex after, which is awesome for me! There’s got to be someplace in town that will be having tour watching. OTB maybe?


HiddenVariable
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i watched the last few riders of the prologue this morning from a eurovision feed i found on steephill.tv. love sean kelly even if i can only understand about half of what he says.


Chris Mayhew
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Check out cyclingfans.com too. They post livestreams as well.


cburch
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Meh. UCI world cup is this weekend. Downhill is way more fun [to watch].


poboy
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@parvipica – this is one of my big Pittsburgh complaints, I am glad I am not alone. I spent a considerable amount of time last year calling bars and brunch places and feeling frustrated. I still wonder where the Pittsburgh area soccer fans rally on Sunday mornings…

@Everyone else: lying on the couch at 8 AM watching the tour is not the same as sitting in a bar drinking at 8 AM watching the tour. I know because I did the former yesterday.


orionz06
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I thought NBC Sports, formerly Versus, had decent coverage. I was watching some last night but have not checked the full schedule.


Benzo
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soccer fans – they go to pipers.


dani
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proud to report that i let my drinking/bike cycling event watching get grossly out of hand yesterday. glad i got that out of the way on the first stage of the tour, now i can sober up and watch the rest on the internet.


Italianblend
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I am highly disappointed that bob roll is not one of the announcers. It makes me sad.


AtLeastMyKidsLoveMe
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Bobke is part of the crew – just not the “play-by-play.” He’s on for the before and afters.


Italianblend
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Yeah but I miss his commentating in real-time. I wonder why he was demoted. He Hs announced some of the recent races.

And they also changed the theme song! I can’t take this.


sew
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This is a pretty good live blog of the race for those who aren’t in front of the TV and want to see what is happening during the race.

http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/cycling/livematch/491458.html


scott
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I’m assuming the Tour is being shown at OTB and maybe Pipers. Anyone know of any other places showing it? In the East End?


dani
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tuesday and wednesday mornings i’ll be showing it at Thunderbird Cafe. bar opens at 7, the tv’s are big. ^___^


edmonds59
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Holy crap, just read somewhere (can’t re-find it, bah) that Wiggens was pulling a 56 tooth front ring on the Stage 9 time trial! And it wasn’t a flat course either. Crushing. Again, holy crap.


sloaps
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I may still have my 56t “engagement” ring lying around.

I was super impressed with the young frenchman, Pinot, and his coach Marc Madiot on sunday. I got chills from watching Madiot cheering is head off at the youngster.


brian j
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I was super impressed with the young frenchman, Pinot, and his coach Marc Madiot on sunday. I got chills from watching Madiot cheering is head off at the youngster.

Yes. Reminded me a bit of Boonen’s ride in the closing kilometers of Paris-Roubaix this year, though Madiot was a bit more animated than Boonen’s DS.


edmonds59
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Froome has been amazing, and Tejay Van Garderen was very exciting in the time trial. I hope those freaking crashes are over.


HiddenVariable
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sky is just crushing everyone. that ride on saturday made it seem like the rest of the tour will be boring.

and yeah, that ride from pinot was pretty brilliant. i always root for the break to win. watching madiot go nuts was really fun, to. it’s hard not to have some of hits ecstasy rub off.


brian j
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In case you haven’t seen the Madiot video, here it is.

Edited to add: Madiot was pretty excited because winning a stage in your home country’s tour is a pretty big deal to your sponsor (the French national lottery). FDJ didn’t win a stage during last year’s TdF.


John
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We haven’t hit the high mountains yet. Nibali and Evans will be attacking for sure. Wiggins has had issues in the mountains before.

Froome is impressive.


Ohiojeff
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Wiggins uses an Osymetric chainring. If he was using the 56 the company says it will “feel like a 53 over the top”. Watch his crank if you see a side shot and you’ll see the odd rotation of the elliptical ring. American Bobby Julich is a big proponent of these rings and I think he talked Wiggo into them originally.


HiddenVariable
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aren’t the chain rings that are asymmetric in that way (i.e. easier to push when the cranks are perpendicular to the ground) really bad for your knees? and didn’t asymmetry in the opposite direction (e.g. biopace) demonstrate a performance gain?

given that, it surprises me to hear that people are using and even advocating the use of the former.


edmonds59
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I did notice the chainring, just thought it was a bizarre return of Biopace!


quizbot
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@john: I think Wiggins is ready for the mountains this time around.

100,000 meters of climbing at altitude between April and June. Seems that he’s been addressing a known weakness. Staying out of crashes though is the known unknown.


sloaps
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@quizbot anyone who says otherwise is a “fucking wanker.”


brian j
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Seems that he’s been addressing a known weakness.

If only Andy Schleck followed the same advice! And didn’t crash.


Italianblend
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They need to invent an app that has Phil, bob, and paul calling your ride as you use your gps.


sew
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@ Italianblend – that could be a double-edged sword. Can you hear it now, “sew struggles on his nemesis local mountain as the neighborhood kids drop him on their tricycles, again…yes, phil, and they didn’t even stop eating the popsicles they got at the corner feedstation” Ugh, the nightmares.


Marko82
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Wait – there’s popsicles at a feed station? I’m in!


Italianblend
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Nice of wiggins to call a truce today.


Benzo
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I wound up catching a bit of the tour on sunday at pipers. First time watching.


Italianblend
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You saw a pretty bad stage then for your first time. With the tacks and all.


HiddenVariable
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nice to see the yellow jersey doing work on the final day. props to bradley wiggins.


edmonds59
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Ah yes, now I see what you were talking about, that was no champagne ride, pretty awesome of Wiggo. I think it was a great tour.


edmonds59
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So what am I supposed to do this evening?


Marko82
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^Go out and ride your bike! Such a silly question….

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