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What's your favorite TDF Stage or...chrisbaby
Mar 3, 2003 1:33 PM
single day of racing, and why? I've been spending a lot of time on my trainer lately and I've discovered a few that give me an extra bit of motivation. Here are my favorites in no particuar order (well, chronologically actually):

1987 Tour - Stage to La Plagne where Roche goes on a suicide attack, blows-up and then recevers to stay close to Drug-gado er, I mean, Delgado.

1990 Paris-roubaix - I love Bauer's bridge to the break. I hate how they never show a good replay of the sprint to see if the judges called it fairly.

2000 Tour - Botero's win into Morzine. especially seeing the pain on everyone's face as they finish up the last 2 km climb in town.

2001 Tour - stage to Alpe d'huez. Armstrong at his best.
re: What's your favorite TDF Stage or...mohair_chair
Mar 3, 2003 4:28 PM
That was actually Virenque who won at Morzine in that great stage in 2000. That was the day Pantani literally flamed himself out trying to beat up Lance. Virenque was battling Heras, who crashed at 2K to go. Ullrich dropped a broken Lance on the Joux-Plane, did a bike change at the top, and went on to take second place and about 1:30 back on Lance.

1998, Stage 15 - Grenoble to Les Deux Alpes. Freezing temperatures, thick fog and incessant rain. People crashing everywhere. Ullrich is in yellow but he's all alone and slowly dying. Pantani puts in a vicious attack on the Galibier and easily drops him. Ullrich just wants to die, and nearly blows when he punctures! What luck he's having today. Pantani, to his credit, is far up the road, but he waits. It doesn't matter, because Ullrich won't see Pantani again until the starting line the next day. Pantani wins the stage, puts 8:57 into Ullrich, over 4 minutes into Julich, and gets the yellow jersey. Ullrich recovers the next day to take Pantani in a photo finish mountain top sprint!

2001, stage 10 - L'Alpe d'Huez. Lance pulls the ultimate bluff and storms the mountain. Anyone who saw this live will never forget the full range of emotions it inspired.
Right, not Morzine...chrisbaby
Mar 3, 2003 5:28 PM
...but what was it? I forget the name of the town now. I guess as punishment I will have to go back and re-watch/ride it again. Oh, boo!
that was a good ride by Pantani in '98cyclopathic
Mar 3, 2003 5:43 PM
he actually stopped on top of Galibier and put rain jacket on. When Jan got to the top he was afraid to go down Riis had to babysit him. I think Pantani put more time on Ulrich going downhill that day.
re: What's your favorite TDF Stage or...Emu_Lane
Mar 3, 2003 8:46 PM
The fact that we could actually watch the 2001 L'Alpe d'Huez stage live made it all the more excellent. Also, an hour after the stage I brought my wife to the hospital for the birth of our youngest, I am glad she could wait.

I am partial to the 1992 L'Alpe d'Huez stage but that is because Hampsten finally pulled a good victory out in the Tour. The stage I watch the most, though, is the 1988 L'Alpe d'Huez stage with Delgado, Rooks, Thuenise, and Fabio Parra. I think its the John Tesh music that makes it for me, though. Had I known I would still be watching it 15 years later, I wouldn't have taped it over an episode of the Knight Rider. Every time I watch it I think maybe Hampsten can hang on Delgado's wheel.
1996 to HautacamBonked
Mar 4, 2003 10:46 AM
Was a big Indurain fan, so it was a little hard to watch, but I have never seen another cyclist have such obvious superior conditioning and toy with the pack (before destroying them) as Riis did. Amazing ride.