Tour de France 2009

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Tour de France 2009

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1reading_fox
Jul 1, 2009, 5:30 am

Anyone thinking of following it this year? Lance Armstrong is one again in contention with a host of challengers it could be fascinating.

VeloGames are again hosting their free fantasy league. Pick some riders and see how well they do. If there's any interest we can set up an LT mini-league rather than competing against those who know what they doing.

the race kicks off on Saturday with an individual Time Trial starting and finsihing on the F1 motorrace ciruit in Morocco.

2thorold
Jul 1, 2009, 12:35 pm

Having been laid up with a broken leg, I watched the whole thing on TV last year: I'm hoping to miss it by being out and about on my bike enjoying the summer this time (assuming we get a summer)...

3reading_fox
Jul 2, 2009, 4:48 am

Ouch! I hope you do manage to get some riding in. I don't follow every minute of it, but catch the highlights on the 'web. The Velogames thing helps because then I have some involvement with a few of the riders, thery are in my team.

4yomisugi
Jul 4, 2009, 7:06 am

I will definitely be following it this year but trying hard not to let the live TV coverage soak up too much of my time - the perils of working from home and being in Europe.

Thanks for pointing to me to Velogames. I've entered a team but it was done in a bit of a rush since I only just saw this and the prologue starts this afternoon. BTW I think Marakesh would make a great location for a stage of the tour but I don't think they're ready to head for Morocco just yet.

5reading_fox
Jul 8, 2009, 6:00 am

Well I've made us a Mini league

08101758

From your team roster page click on the join minileague link at the bottom, and paste this number in where requested.

6yomisugi
Jul 9, 2009, 9:23 am

I have joined. I'm not faring very well but that's probably down to my fairly rushed team selection which was made largely on patriotic grounds - hence all the UK and Japanese riders.

7reading_fox
Jul 9, 2009, 9:43 am

Well if Millar manages to make the break stick today you'll have a good chance of catching me up!

And it will all change as we hit the mountains tomorrow.

8yomisugi
Jul 12, 2009, 3:42 pm

It's a pity that Millar couldn't pull it off but I'm looking pretty stuffed now: Pereiro has withdrawn and neither Sastre or Evans have made any kind of serious showing yet. Bradley Wiggins is looking good value though - he's looking like a serious prospect for a top ten in the GC.

9reading_fox
Jul 13, 2009, 5:54 am

I've been very impressed with how much Wiggins has improved - from a flat rider / domestique he's really gained lots of climbing prowess. I'll see how well he lasts in the Alps, but certainly for the first week he's in great form.

10reading_fox
Jul 15, 2009, 7:06 am

He's probably had his lucky chance today - yesterday's crash had set him back 15s, but they've just ruled it "void" so the peleton all finished at the same time and he remains 5th. I'm really interested to see how he'll do in the Alps.