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    As with the trend at the minute of creating threads for seperate sports on the whole, thought cycling was deserving of one. Instead of lumping all the news in the old tour thread.


    Soto get us started, here ismore good news for irish cycling, with young Martin winning again in a mountain top finish in Italy; He has been on some great form the last few weeks with a stage victory and overall victory in the tour of Poland and yesterdays win as well;


    Deignan has been short listed for his CErvelo team to start the Veulta next weekend. Should be a cracking start to the event with anight time teamtime trial around the city
    Always

    #2


    Martin will lead Garmin at the Tour of Britain. Tre Valli Varesine is a tough race and a good win - not sure the Tour of Britain will be vertiginous enough for his talents but he's one to watch.


    What city does the Vuelta start in ? I've heard its a climbing orientated course but stuck in the no mans land of the season its a poor third in the grand tour list.


    Will be interesting to see if either can keep their form until the Tour of Lombardy but not sure either are punchy enough for that one just yet.





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      #3


      Anyone interested in doing Sean Kelly Tour of Waterford next Sunday week , registration closes tomorrow. It's like a 'sportif' ,as they have on the continent. Great man will be there himself, it's a tough one but shorter versions available.





      http://www.theseankellytour.com/
      Unrepentant Langer

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        #4
        Yeah kicks off around 10pm in Seville, although I aint a great fan of team time trials it should be cool to see under the city lights! I think it has at least 5 mountain top finishes so should be interesting anyway
        Always

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          #5
          Dear Paulie ( you athletic sexgod, you)

          I am writing to you today to inform you about our upcoming Cycling/Mountainbiking event the An Post Rebel Tour on Sept 11th & 12th. This year we have added a new and exciting element to the event dedicating an entire day to off road cycling.

          Saturday 11th is devoted to road cycling with a choice of three routes:
          The Rebel Pedal 10km family fun cycle
          The Rebel Rider 80km cycle
          The Rebel Challenge 160km cycle

          Sunday 12th is devoted to Mountain Biking with a choice of three trails to choose from in the Ballyhoura Mountains:

          The Rebel Rush
          The Greenwood Loop 6km
          The Mount Russell Loop 17km
          The Garrane Loop 35km

          I would greatly appreciate it if you could distribute the PDF flyer and registration form which you will find attached to this email among your database as we would like to garner as much interest as possible in this event.

          If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me or alternatively check out the website www.corkrebeltour.ie for all relevant information pertaining to the event.

          Kind regards,
          Natalia
          Unrepentant Langer

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            #6


            Deignan makes the squad in a strong team, hopefully he can follow up last yrs performance with another strong showing


            Cervélo TestTeam for the Vuelta a España:


            Theo Bos
            Iñigo Cuesta
            Philip Deignan
            Stefan Denifl
            Xavier Florencio
            Thor Hushovd
            Oscar Pujol
            Xavier Tondo
            Carlos Sastre
            Always

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              #7

              Originally posted by Paulie Walnuts

              Anyone interested in doing Sean Kelly Tour of Waterford next Sunday week , registration closes tomorrow. It's like a 'sportif' ,as they have on the continent. Great man will be there himself, it's a tough one but shorter versions available.





              http://www.theseankellytour.com/
              Great day out at Sean Kelly cycle,did 90km some hard hills on the way back,good crack allong the way with great support from locals with water and food,looking forward to 80km on Rebel tour
              To Dare Is To Do!!

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                #8
                Originally posted by limkman1
                Originally posted by Paulie Walnuts


                Anyone interested in doing Sean Kelly Tour of Waterford next Sunday week , registration closes tomorrow. It's like a 'sportif' ,as they have on the continent. Great man will be there himself, it's a tough one but shorter versions available.





                http://www.theseankellytour.com/

                Great day out at Sean Kelly cycle,did 90km some hard hills on the way back,good crack allong the way with great support from locals with water and food,looking forward to 80km on Rebel tour

                Fair play,Couldn't make it to Waterford for it this year, but have done it last two years. Seskin Hill, Powers the Pot and Mahon Falls will sort anyone out, no wonder Kelly was such a tough hoor when he was practicing on these heartbreakers as a teenager on his steel-framed Raleigh 10 speed. Those foodstops with the maternal ladies and their hot tea, sandwiches and chocolate are a godsend after some hard miles alright. Looking forward to the Rebel Tour in 2 weeks , hope we have similar weather to today. I've been trying to pursuade people to train a bit and participate in these sportifs (which are becoming more popular all the time). Anybody who listened to me has never regretted it.
                Unrepentant Langer

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                  #9


                  From rte.ie
                  <DIV =storyer>
                  <H1>Team Sky withdraw from Tour of Spain </H1>Saturday, 4 September 2010 10:33 </DIV>
                  <DIV =story><rte:>


                  Team Sky have withdrawn from the Tour of Spain following the death of their Spanish assistant Txema Gonzalez.



                  'We have considered all the elements very carefully and this is the only decision we could take,' the British team's principal Dave Brailsford said in a news release on Saturday.



                  Gonzalez, 43, died on Friday after a severe bacterial infection developed into sepsis.

                  <DIV id=story_island></DIV>


                  'It's the right one, to show respect for Txema and to look after our team,' Brailsford said.


                  'Txema's death is devastating to everyone in Team Sky. We've lost a good friend, a much respected and valued colleague.'



                  Three Sky riders have withdrawn from the race with illness so far but the team said that there was no link with Gonzalez's death.



                  'Others - staff and riders - have been ill during this Tour and Juan Antonio Flecha pulled out on Friday. The medical conditions are different but we need to take care of our team,' said Brailsford.



                  A minute's silence will be held at the start of the Tour of Spain's stage eight on Saturday morning from Villena to Xorret del Cati and the team said they will attend Gonzalez's funeral next week in Spain.</rte:></DIV>

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                    #10
                    anybody having problems with Vehicles?
                    Im after leaving Birdhill just before montpellier on a great downhill stretch-Im flying and yerman behind is on the horn-im 6 inches from the ditch and probably breaking the speed limit[img]smileys/lol.gif[/img] what exactly does he want me to do? ....stop dismount and let him pass?...the bollix? and then he's on the horn over O' Briens Bridge where he overtakes, and so fast is he after that I catch him up in the village. feckin eejit

                    I discovered Powerade yesterday[img]smileys/razz.gif[/img][img]smileys/razz.gif[/img] has anyone else tried this product? It kicked in after about half an hour or so and can only be described as rocket fuel.

                    If the lessons of history teach us anything it is that nobody learns the lessons that history teaches us.

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                      #11
                      Roche going well, couple of decent stage finishes has him up in 8th place a couple of minute behind. Deignanimproving his position as well but suffered badly at the start of the week as he bids to regain full race fitness
                      Always

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                        #12
                        Roche now 9th at 2.30 . F Schlek10th also at 2.30.

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                          #13


                          Originally posted by banjaxed
                          Roche going well, couple of decent stage finishes has him up in 8th place a couple of minute behind. Deignanimproving his position as well but suffered badly at the start of the week as he bids to regain full race fitness




                          Deignan pulled out yesterday, accoriding to Roches article in the independent, Deignan had been sick from the start but the team was hoping he would recovr during the race. APparently he is going for more tests now to see if they can get to the root of his problem.



                          With Cervelo merging with Garmin I can see him having difficulty getting a team next year after this year of illness.

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                            #14


                            YEah the creation of the new team between the two and with the bad season that injury and illness has forced him to endure is gonna make it harder for next season.


                            Roche still going strong, was up into 5th yesterday, and after todays long gruelling stage still remains well insde the top ten, lying 6th 2mins 47 back [img]smileys/thumb-up.gif[/img]
                            Always

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                              #15


                              Roche still in 5th, after Nibali cracked and gave Rodriguez back the lead.


                              Roche could hold this form into the World Championships in Melbourne, it not a pure sprinters course but not overly selcetive and would suit a canny rider with good tactics; sure his only problem will be lack of team support (not really Martin or Deignan kind of topo).


                              The Quebec GP was a classic, really punchy racing with a fantastic last minute move from Voeckler surprising all the stars; helps that he's a really nice bloke, he was alughing about how he'd got away with it.


                              Martin appears to have been quiet in the Tour of Britain, will be interesting to see how he goes in the Tour of Lombardy, would expect he won't have the strength (so young) to handle the likes of Cunego and the Schlecks.

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