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LE
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#1
With Bradley Wiggins hopefully about to be the first Brit to win Le Tour tomorrow, there's only one question left to ask: do those ridiculous sideburns cause much wind resistance?

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On a slightly more serious note, it was great to see Hollande (French president) gritting his teeth yesterday as he congratulated the stage winner (British) and the Yellow Jersey (British). Heh, heh, heh...

And speaking of stage wins, Mark Cavendish showed just how to sprint.

[video=youtube;NbQeKRUAdXE]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbQeKRUAdXE&feature=player_detailpage[/video]

Just look at the helicopter shot - he was travelling about 20% faster than anyone else in the sprint. Watch the video and you'll see the two guys who thought they were contesting the sprint start to free wheel in shock as a white blur flashes past and beats them by a huge margin.

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#3
Well, they apparently don't seem to interfere with static-line equipment jumps.














Or wouldn't if Paras actually jumped, these days.
 
#9
With Bradley Wiggins hopefully about to be the first Brit to win Le Tour tomorrow, there's only one question left to ask: do those ridiculous sideburns cause much wind resistance?

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On a slightly more serious note, it was great to see Hollande (French president) gritting his teeth yesterday as he congratulated the stage winner (British) and the Yellow Jersey (British). Heh, heh, heh...

And speaking of stage wins, Mark Cavendish showed just how to sprint.

[video=youtube;NbQeKRUAdXE]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbQeKRUAdXE&feature=player_detailpage[/video]

Just look at the helicopter shot - he was travelling about 20% faster than anyone else in the sprint. Watch the video and you'll see the two guys who thought they were contesting the sprint start to free wheel in shock as a white blur flashes past and beats them by a huge margin.

Wordsmith
I thought the rules were, if he wins he's an English hero and if he happens to come 2nd he's British. Hopefully he will beat the Frogs at their own game.
 

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LE
Book Reviewer
#11
Wiggins won today's stage. By tradition the peleton does not start to race until they get into Paris on the final stage tomorrow, so all Wiggins now has to do is finish on the Champs-Élysées and he's the winner.

And to add icing to the cake, it'll be a sprint finish. Mark Cavendish has to be a huge favourite to win that - and I think we can assume he'll have the yellow jersey as his lead out man...

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#12
So it,s Mongsewer Wiggins and his Dad, Ocker!.
 
#13
More amazing the French seem to have really taken to Wiggo.

If the accomplishments of other sports stars are anything to go buy it'll be Sir Wiggo come the new year - or at least it should be.
 
#14
More amazing the French seem to have really taken to Wiggo.

If the accomplishments of other sports stars are anything to go buy it'll be Sir Wiggo come the new year - or at least it should be.
He certainly went up in the estimation of the French and fellow riders in the TdF when he held back the pace of the race after a tack throwing incident demonstrating old fashioned sportsmanship and not taking advantage of the misfortune of all the cyclists with punctures .
 
#15
He's fucking ginger! Childhood years of being (rightfully) chased home from school have stood him in good stead.
 
#17
Well, apparently he's won it. On the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Salamanca too :D
How fitting. The British Embassy in Paris was purchased by the Duke of Wellington from Pauline Bonaparte in 1814. I wonder if HMA dropped Salamanca into conversation on the finish line today ...
 
#18
Congrats to Wiggins, just imagine how far ahead he'd of been if he used performance enhancing drugs as some have unsportingly suggested :).
 

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LE
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#19
Well, apparently he's won it. On the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Salamanca too :D
Cavendish got the sprint as well - leading the the unprecedented sight of a sprinter being led out by the yellow jersey.

And with British riders taking 7 of the 20 odd stages, that means they took one win in three. The French (whose national sport this is) must be seriously pissed off.

My prediction: coming soon to a TV show near you - Paul Weller and Wiggins playing guitar together. Wiggins is a huge Jam fan and (from all accounts) a pretty decent guitarist. And Weller is a Wiggins fan...

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