Who will win the 2009 TDF?

Denis Menchov
3
5%
Carlos Sastre
7
11%
Alberto Contador
25
40%
Cadel Evans
4
6%
Michael Rogers
0
No votes
Andy Schleck
6
10%
Levi Leipheimer
1
2%
Lance Armstrong
9
15%
Damiano Cunego
0
No votes
Fränk Schleck
1
2%
Christian Vande Velde
1
2%
Alejandro Valverde
0
No votes
Fergie (wildcard)
5
8%
 
Total voters : 62

Re: Tour De France 2009 Predictor

Postby Compact on Sat 13/Jun/09 10:48am

Exactly :)
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Re: Tour De France 2009 Predictor

Postby Joel on Sat 13/Jun/09 11:13am

dented wrote:What if Lance had taken 2 years off riding the TdF in between his 7 wins, would we then be saying that Ulrich, Basso et al were no good, they just got lucky enough to win because they had no competition?


you can only race who turns up. if someone choses not to turn up to a race and someone else wins.. thats life, no gaurentees about wins.. thats why it is called sport
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Re: Tour De France 2009 Predictor

Postby Te Rauparaha on Sat 13/Jun/09 4:20pm

bicyclegod wrote:Lance Armstrong may have beaten Merckx's five Tour de France wins but in no way could he claim to dominate the sport like "The Cannibal" did in the 1970's. Few riders today race more than 100 days a year, Merckx averaged 140 races per year between 1969 and 1973.

One of only four cyclists to win the tours of France, Italy and Spain during his career, he was 3 times World Champion, held the one-hour distance record and also holds the record for the most Tour de France stage wins.

Eddy Merckx was born in Belgium in 1945 and by an early age had already been nicknamed "Tour de France" by his neighbours. He became amateur World Champion in 1964 and turned professional in 1965.

In 1967, with the real World Champion's rainbow jersey on his back, he won the Giro d'Italia and a handful of other major races. This was the start of his domination of bike racing.
In 1970, he joined the elite group of cyclists to achieve "the double" - winning both the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia in the same year! By the time Merckx retired in 1978, he had won 445 races out of 1582 starts, including the Tour de France 5 times, the Giro d'Italia 5 times and the Vuelta D'Espana.

Here are the highlights of the career of Eddy Merckx...
1964 amateur World Champion
1966 Milan - San Remo, GP Cerami
1967 World Champion, Milan - San Remo, Ghent - Wevelgem, Fleche Wallone
1968 Giro d'Italia, Paris - Roubaix, Tour of Sardinia, Tour de Romandie, Tour of Catalonia, Tre Valle Varesine
1969 Tour de France, Milan - San Remo, Tour of Flanders, Liege - Bastogne - Liege, Paris - Nice, Paris - Luxembourg, Super Prestige Pernod
1970 Tour de France, Giro d'Italia, Paris - Roubaix, Ghent - Wevelgem, Fleche Wallone, Tour of Belgium, Coppa Agostoni, Belgian National Champion, Super Prestige Pernod
1971 World Champion, Tour de France, Milan - San Remo, Het Volk, Liege - Bastogne - Liege, GP Frankfurt, Tour of Lombardy, Tour of Belgium, Tour of Sardinia, Paris - Nice, Dauphine Libere, Midi Libre, Super Prestige Pernod
1972 Tour de France, Giro d'Italia, Milan - San Remo, Liege - Bastogne - Liege, Fleche Wallone, GP Escaut, Tour of Lombardy, Fleche Brabanconne, Giro dell'Emilia, Super Prestige Pernod
1973 Giro d'Italia, Tour of Spain, Het Volk, Ghent - Wevelgem, Paris - Roubaix, Amstel Gold, Liege - Bastogne - Liege, Paris - Brussels, Tour of Sardinia, GP Fourmes, GP Nations, Super Prestige Pernod
1974 World Champion, Tour de France, Giro d'Italia, Super Prestige Pernod
1975 Milan - San Remo, Amstel Gold, Tour of Flanders, Liege - Bastogne - Liege, Tour of Sardinia, Catalan Week, Super Prestige Pernod
1976 Milan - San Remo, Catalan Week



That's nothing. My kid has just won the Junior Tour de Canterbury and the Junior Tour de Tinwald :p

Did Merckx ever win these two elite Tours starting out? Didn't think so.


On a more serious note, How many of Merckx's big wins would he have been helped to win by a team the way they do it today? Or did he win alot on his own?
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Re: Tour De France 2009 Predictor

Postby Oli on Sat 13/Jun/09 4:23pm

He definitely built a good team around him and used them hard, but Merckx was famous for his crushing solos too. Sometimes his team wouldn't see him all race because he was smashing the front of the field before escaping to win alone! :crazy:
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Re: Tour De France 2009 Predictor

Postby Te Rauparaha on Sat 13/Jun/09 4:28pm

That's what I thought, that he would have blasted his way to many of his wins. He must have been awesome. That is one mighty good record there isn't it?
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Re: Tour De France 2009 Predictor

Postby Oli on Sat 13/Jun/09 4:34pm

The very best. Merckx was rated 2nd in the Sportman of the Century after Ali, which was voted by sports media from all over the world. Amazing for a cyclist to be up there, and a testament to his dominance.

Congratulations on your boy's success! He's obviously got a big future in the sport. And it helps show Fergie can't be all bad, doesn't it? ;)
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Re: Tour De France 2009 Predictor

Postby Fergie on Sat 13/Jun/09 4:38pm

4 votes, WTF. Do people know something I don't?
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Re: Tour De France 2009 Predictor

Postby Te Rauparaha on Sat 13/Jun/09 4:45pm

True Oli. Ferg's not too bad at all.
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Re: Tour De France 2009 Predictor

Postby Te Rauparaha on Sat 13/Jun/09 4:59pm

I didn't know that Merckx was second to Ali for best Sportsman ever. I knew that Ali won it but one can see why Merckx was right there. That record of Merckx's could never be equaled, SURELY!!!
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Re: Tour De France 2009 Predictor

Postby happybaboon on Sat 13/Jun/09 4:59pm

Fergie wrote:4 votes, WTF. Do people know something I don't?

There's a chance every other cyclist in the world will test positive for cera before the start :)
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Re: Tour De France 2009 Predictor

Postby Spokes on Sat 13/Jun/09 6:01pm

happybaboon wrote:
Fergie wrote:4 votes, WTF. Do people know something I don't?

There's a chance every other cyclist in the world will test positive for cera before the start :)


He will be fine as long as they dont test for Viagra.
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Re: Tour De France 2009 Predictor

Postby Compact on Sat 13/Jun/09 6:18pm

That record of Merckx's could never be equaled, SURELY!!!


The days of having to turn up all year and win everything to be a champion have long gone. Nows its all down to 21 days in July :(
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Re: Tour De France 2009 Predictor

Postby mfw on Sat 13/Jun/09 8:39pm

The countdown's on, 3 weeks today :thumbsup:
It's going to be an interesting one for sure, no time bonuses, team time trial is back, and penultimate stage on Ventoux :satan:

What do the vorbii think of this years course?
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Re: Tour De France 2009 Predictor

Postby happybaboon on Sat 13/Jun/09 8:44pm

TTT FTW :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
My favouritest stage to watch (after teh mountains) :thumbsup:
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Re: Tour De France 2009 Predictor

Postby Fergie on Sat 13/Jun/09 9:06pm

Tamiflu would be my drug of choice at present :(
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