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reckoning for TDF(3 posts)

reckoning for TDFDjudd
Jul 6, 2001 6:32 PM
Hopefully in the years to come there will be some reckoning for the TDF organizers for their short-sighted view of the tour. I'm talking about the snub they gave Mercury and at least two other world class teams to put in a couple of second rate(at best) French teams. This kind of jingoistic tripe weakens the competition at the tour and thus weakens the tour. A few more years of these kind of decisions and the Giro will be the race to watch (maybe)
Not this again...mr_spin
Jul 9, 2001 11:35 AM
This has been done to death.

It seems to me that much of the excitement in the tour so far has been provided by French teams. Look for the Belgians to have some fun tomorrow, but when the tour gets back to France, I'm sure the French teams will continue to make noise.

Also, you seem to forget that the Giro, your race to watch in a few more years (maybe), is largely an Italian affair. Why don't you criticize the Giro organizers for their jingoistic tripe?
Not this again...Djudd
Jul 9, 2001 7:55 PM
Some of the early (very early) excitement has been provided by the French, however, think of the Belgian riders that are missing and the sprint finishes diminished by the absence of Cipollini. The TdF has positioned itself as the premier race in the world. J.M. leBlanc has reveled in the attention the Tour gets. I feel to now turn around and fly the national flag over the TdF banner is duplicitous and unfair. .... that won't stop me from watching every stage, wishing I was at L'Alpe d'Huez and cheering the greatest sports event in the world.
Peace and happy riding