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So, where was Boogerd today? (possible spoiler)(7 posts)

So, where was Boogerd today? (possible spoiler)Humma Hah
Jul 25, 2002 1:09 PM
I did get to see a little of the end of Stage 16 yesterday, sort of wondered if Boogerd pulled a smile muscle at the finish yesterday (he was grinning so much it must have hurt). It looked like he might not have much left for today, and I don't see him in the top finishers of Stage 17.

Where did he finish?

I'd love to sit down when the TDF is over and look at how individual stage winners did the following day. What I've seen is guys with painful grimmaces grinding toward the finish, Lance closing, digging deep to hold on to a lead. They succeed, but Armstrong is a couple of minutes back looking like me on a brisk commute, maybe sweating some and breathing hard, but not spending the whole bank, either.
re: So, where was Boogerd today? (possible spoiler)mr_spin
Jul 25, 2002 1:21 PM
He was leading the chase up the Columbiere, trying to save Leipheimer's top 10 with Botero and Sastre on the loose. He finished with the Armstrong group. Considering how wasted he looked at the finish yesterday, I was amazed to see him on the front today.
Who sez there's nothing left to watch in the TDF?Humma Hah
Jul 25, 2002 1:34 PM
OK, so maybe Lance is a shoe-in (assuming he doesn't crash or get the stomach flu). There are still about 150 other primo athletes in the race, many of them giving it all they've got. Boogerd is a good story, has only won one stage before, about 6 years back. I figured he'd be wasted by yesterday's effort, be just trying to finish in some convenient peloton today.

I can imagine how I would feel if I won ANYTHING in the TDF, even a sprint. I'd be insufferable for life!
Especially if you won it on a single speed!Me Dot Org
Jul 25, 2002 6:10 PM
Henri Desgrange will smile down upon your efforts...

Zee French would - Comment vous le dites? - Ask what eez zis Hummah Hah?

Le Dieu avec une vitesse seule - the God of a single speed!
C'est Travis Brown!Humma Hah
Jul 26, 2002 5:17 AM
The god of singlespeed is Travis Brown, who has been known to select a singlespeed cyclocross bike to ride in competition against geared bikes. On the right course, he'll WIN.

Among singlespeeders ... he bears a tattoo, won as first prize in a World Singlespeed Championship, testifying that he is the world's best. Last place got a new Bianchi singlespeed bike.
C'est Travis Brown!atpjunkie
Jul 26, 2002 1:16 PM
on some courses a SS will work fine. Many x bikes have single chainrings in the front as they are less likely to fail in the grit and gunk. Yes Brown is a SS animal.
That tatoo is the best prize in cycling, I think Marla Streb has one as well.
Stolen from sheldonbrown.org, fixie board ...Humma Hah
Jul 26, 2002 3:02 PM
I still feel that varable gears are only for people over forty-five.
Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer?
We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!

--Henri Desgrange, L'Équipe article of 1902

And I believe Henri is usually credited as the founder of the TDF?