Rasmussen Wins 8th Tour de France Sta...

Rasmussen Wins 8th Tour de France Stage

There are 43 comments on the The Associated Press story from Jul 15, 2007, titled Rasmussen Wins 8th Tour de France Stage . In it, The Associated Press reports that:

“I'm a climber, and a pure climber”

Denmark's Michael Rasmussen won the eighth Tour stage Sunday to grab the overall leader's yellow jersey that was won by Tour champion Lance Armstrong from 1999-05 and Floyd Landis last year.

The 102.5-mile trek from Le Grand-Bornand to Tignes was the second of three Alpine stages, and many contenders just want to stay within striking distance of the leader. No more Lance. No more Landis. And their American successors are off to a lackluster start this year, jeopardizing an eight-year winning streak by U.S. riders at the Tour de France. Read more

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gus

Vancouver, Canada

#1 Jul 15, 2007
...''BRILLIANT''
Ricky Rider

AOL

#2 Jul 15, 2007
gus wrote:
...''BRILLIANT''
Rasmussen sure has the potential to win. I remember him blowing away the competition in the mountains two years ago then having a disastrous time trial that ruined his chances of beating LA. He appears to be a more seasoned rider this year, but still finished in the cheap seats (around 166th) in the prologue. With lots of mountains ahead, Chickenlegs should be able to build up a substantial lead...maybe enough to save him during the upcoming time trials.
I was saddened to see one of my favorites, Robbie McEwen drop out, and impressed by Valverde's showing today.

We all expected this year's tour to be full of surprises and haven't been disappointed!

“crystelZENmud”

Since: Jan 07

Reality City

#3 Jul 16, 2007
And Moreau: first 'attacks' I've seen him perform in the multitude of TdFs... He looked like he lacked about 4% enough force to really blitz Valverde... who I think was laughing and countering each of the Frenchman's efforts...

You all may have missed the interview with 'Madame la Secretaire' of the Ministry for Youth and Sport, who said 'tolerance ZERO' against 'dopers', didn't mention the revised LNDD-Dep't des Analyses, and 'wished with ALL her heart that Lamour or whoever would become the next Pres of WADA...

Think, if that happens, he'll command the same ONE Dollar (CAN) annual salary?

ZENBornand

“I Love Life, People & Animals”

Since: Feb 07

El Paso, Texas

#4 Jul 16, 2007
I liked that Rasmussen cracked the two riders who sat on his back the whole time and didn't offer to help at all. He was so focused on gaining time on his rivals that he didn't even sit up when coming into the finish.

Phil Leggitt and Paul Sherwin kept commenting about Rasmussen being weak in the TT, but I'm not so sure. We'll have to wait and see how he does this week in the TDF.

I was sad to see Robbie McEwen drop out.

Yup, this TDF is full of surprises and has been enjoyable in watching.

Cheers

“crystelZENmud”

Since: Jan 07

Reality City

#5 Jul 16, 2007
He fell four times in a TdF-TT coupla years ago... I cried the third time, laughed the fourth time... what else can you do when the Invisible Cloud Beings are telling you it's not your day?

I should go do my blog, non?

ZENtired...

“I Love Life, People & Animals”

Since: Feb 07

El Paso, Texas

#6 Jul 16, 2007
He fell four times sounds like real bad luck or not very well coordinated during that one day. Looks like he might have over come the bad luck or coordination problem. We'll soon see what happens from here on.

Cheers
Ricky Rider

AOL

#7 Jul 16, 2007
My Opinion_El Paso_TX wrote:
He fell four times sounds like real bad luck or not very well coordinated during that one day. Looks like he might have over come the bad luck or coordination problem. We'll soon see what happens from here on.
Cheers
I think he will still have trouble in the flat races and TT's. He's no sprinter and certainly not a time trialist. Still, I'd like to see him wear the YJ in Paris. Talk about bustin' the tour wide open!!

BTW, FL (remember him?) was on our local public radio station today. Sounded articulate and intelligent. He was very critical of Lemond, saying that he is "...insane and needs help, before he does some serious harm to himself." In hindsight, it seems to me that bringing him to the hearing was a desperate act on the part of USADA. I'm no insider in the cycling or legal world, but I recently heard that the ARB's ruling will come out after the tour is over. C'est la guerre
Frimann

Copenhagen, Denmark

#8 Jul 16, 2007
Rasmussen himself, has told the media that he would need at least three minutes to his opponents before the last TT if he is to win the TDF this year. I think he'll need at least 5 minutes which means he has to be fully fit and able to follow mayo, valverde etc. on every mountain stage.
Ali

Roydon, UK

#9 Jul 17, 2007
Frimann wrote:
Rasmussen himself, has told the media that he would need at least three minutes to his opponents before the last TT if he is to win the TDF this year. I think he'll need at least 5 minutes which means he has to be fully fit and able to follow mayo, valverde etc. on every mountain stage.
The options for the favourites may become quite limited this year if Rasmussen does well again on Galibier today. I can see Astana going for broke on one of the flat stages after the Alps in an attempt to make up some time on the likes of Rasmussen (a 200 km team time trial ???). The actual TTs may not have enough potential in them. This could be the hardest tour for a long time.
Hyug

Lisbon, Portugal

#10 Jul 17, 2007
This "Chicken" is definately a brave rider... he's going to lose his yellow some of these days as he's too weak on ITTs.

But the polka dot is his.
Watch out, Virenque... he's after your record!

“I Love Life, People & Animals”

Since: Feb 07

El Paso, Texas

#11 Jul 17, 2007
I have to agree with you Ricky that bringing Greg Lemond into the ARBs hearing really didn't make any sense to me. And I believe that he really didn't contribute anything concrete to the hearing.

I guessed that the ARBs decided to announce their decision after the TDF. Shame that they didn't have the professional ethics to announce that information to the public!

I believe that Ali makes a good point here about the TTs possibly not having the effect as they have had during the past. Just look at how disorganized the peleton has been every day so far. That may work in Rasmussen's favor.

Cheers Everyone
gus

Vancouver, Canada

#12 Jul 17, 2007
...stage 9,another BRILLIANT day!

“crystelZENmud”

Since: Jan 07

Reality City

#13 Jul 19, 2007
Hi Frimann,

Stop by anytime with the Danish news :-))

For him to get those minutes, he'll have to attack against all his rivals, sufficiently to gain those minutes... Plateau de Beille, may be his best/only/next chance!?

ZENgo!
Pieter Claassen

South Africa

#14 Jul 19, 2007
gus wrote:
...stage 9,another BRILLIANT day!
I know to little about road racing and the TdF to make any comments. So all I can tell you is that I'm on my way to Wolseley tomorrow for a 15km funride in the forest at Kluitjieskraal on Saterday.
This will be my first "race" since I hurt my arm in May. It's been raining, so we will "enjoy" a wet trail. I'm looking forward to the ride because my backside has been itching like mad!! I did some road riding but it's not the same as being off-road on a mtb.
Cheers, I will "see" you on Monday. Enjoy a terrific
weekend!!

Regards
Pieter

“crystelZENmud”

Since: Jan 07

Reality City

#15 Jul 19, 2007
Thanky thanky SpeedyP... good luck and keep the muddy things down!

By the time you 'see us' again, we'll know if RassmussWIN can TT or not... heh heh

ZENswims

“I Love Life, People & Animals”

Since: Feb 07

El Paso, Texas

#16 Jul 19, 2007
Pieter Claassen wrote:
<quoted text>
I know to little about road racing and the TdF to make any comments. So all I can tell you is that I'm on my way to Wolseley tomorrow for a 15km funride in the forest at Kluitjieskraal on Saterday.
This will be my first "race" since I hurt my arm in May. It's been raining, so we will "enjoy" a wet trail. I'm looking forward to the ride because my backside has been itching like mad!! I did some road riding but it's not the same as being off-road on a mtb.
Cheers, I will "see" you on Monday. Enjoy a terrific
weekend!!
Regards
Pieter
The way to improving your road cycling knowledge is by watching it more. If the the commentators are good at their announcing duties, they will teach you a lot about the racig involved Pieter.

And if you can record the racing stages, you can review and review and review to your heart's content.

Enjoy your MTB mud ride mate. Nothing better than coming home all muddied up with a great big smile on your face!

Cheers STP
Wayne

Martinsburg, WV

#17 Jul 20, 2007
My Opinion_El Paso_TX wrote:
I guessed that the ARBs decided to announce their decision after the TDF. Shame that they didn't have the professional ethics to announce that information to the public!

Cheers Everyone
It wouldn't be too late for the arbs to announce a date.......... and after all, haven't they already made up their so-called minds on Floyd' fate????

---Salem Oregon---

“I Love Life, People & Animals”

Since: Feb 07

El Paso, Texas

#18 Jul 21, 2007
Wayne wrote:
<quoted text>
It wouldn't be too late for the arbs to announce a date.......... and after all, haven't they already made up their so-called minds on Floyd' fate????
---Salem Oregon---
I totally agree with you and you'll get no arguement from me Wayne. This just shows me that the Soap Opera Circus is still continueing.

Cheers
Hyug

Lisbon, Portugal

#19 Jul 25, 2007
Rasmussen seems too good... let's see if he wins the TT or the sprint in Paris... that would clear my doubts...

Way to go, Contador and Soler !!!
Also Evans, Leipheimer and Kloden...

“I Love Life, People & Animals”

Since: Feb 07

El Paso, Texas

#20 Jul 25, 2007
Hyug wrote:
Rasmussen seems too good... let's see if he wins the TT or the sprint in Paris... that would clear my doubts...
Way to go, Contador and Soler !!!
Also Evans, Leipheimer and Kloden...
Hyug, the Astana cycling team pulled out of the TDF due to Vino's reported positive drug test. So, Kloden is out of the TDF now.

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