Support/lust after our lads cycling in the Tour of Britain here!

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HalfMumHalfBiscuit Sat 08-Sep-12 18:05:48

We watched Team Sky and Brad win the Tour de France, we're watching Froome in the Vuelta (bless him) and we took an Ode to the Olympic Time Trial (which inspired them to win medals grin).

And now (to fill the massive hole left by the superb Olympics and Paralympics) from Sunday we can watch Team Sky and Team GB cycling heros here in the UK!

I thought I'd start this thread for lusting supporting our team faves and having a laugh.

TOB starts this Sunday 9th Sept!

TOB website here

Stage 1 Ipswich to Norfolk - Live on ITV4 from 1.45pm with highlights at 8pm <hoping Chris Bordman is commenting>.

The rest of the stages are also live everyday on ITV4 with highlights at 7pm.

LostInWales Mon 01-Oct-12 21:27:18

Just read the whole thing almost without stopping SeaShells. It is brilliantly written, really compelling but the detail and corroboration make me believe it is all true and that's really hard when you've had a longtime crush on Hincapie grin. Thank goodness I have always disliked Lance Armstrong immensely or it would have been a very hard book to read. It almost makes me sure that Contador was doping too (sorry Alberto), he still looks great in a pinny though.

I'm not sure about other sports, the thing with cycling is that the drugs they have are really suited to helping over a 2/3 week event where you are going full out and would other wise be depleting your strength, it's a fairly unique sport in that respect.

evilgiraffe Tue 02-Oct-12 00:04:59

I'm not taken with Contador, to be honest. Not sure what it is - watching him ride is fantastic but his face doesn't grab me. Love Cav and Nibali though smile

Would you recommend the book, Lost? I really enjoyed David Millar's book so more of the same might be nice.

LostInWales Tue 02-Oct-12 07:55:44

Totally recommend the book, it's a nice insight into the life of a pro cyclist, just with added blood bags and steroid use. Well it's a brilliant insight into the life of someone within Lance Armstrongs cycling team anyway, that man has issues grin. Very well written and very readable.

I love Contador's big brown eyes and ability to sprint up mountains wink. (Even if he may have accidentally re infused some of his own blood that was tainted with drugs)

HalfMumHalfBiscuit Tue 02-Oct-12 09:00:53

Lost grin re Contador accidentally tainting himself.

Lance - DH bought his autobiography. I read it. One of the main themes is about how his wife stood by him through his illness and was a towering strength etc. etc. and how much he loved her. And a few months later I read that he had an affair with Sheryl Crow.

SeaShellsMyDogTrulySmells Tue 02-Oct-12 13:07:54

Yup, I suspect lance is full of shit on many topics grin

Re football I meant cocaine etc rather than blood products - still performance enhancing.

Unbelievable considering the side effects/risks involved...to their health and their lives/partners/careers. Really want to read David Miller's. It sounds fascinating.

HalfMumHalfBiscuit Thu 25-Oct-12 13:05:35

Route declared for the TdF next year. Plan your Campervan route now ladies.

tdf route

It may be more of a Froome course than a Wiggo one though.

“It was always about winning one Tour and, if I got a chance to do Italy, then it’s more than likely I will ride in a supporting role for Chris although it’s for Dave Brailsford to decide,” Wiggins said. “I want to be in a successful team and, if that’s Chris, so be it. He will have to grow some sideburns, though.”

grin

HalfMumHalfBiscuit Thu 25-Oct-12 13:05:55

sorry grin

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