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Your Tour De France Greatest Moments?

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The ITV team aired their 20 Greatest Moments of the Tour De France on Wednesday night, and they chose:

20 - The Tashkent Terror - Abdoujaparov & his wild sprinting style
19 - Big Mig Indurain on the Stage 9 ITT in 1992
18 - "The Look" - Armstrong at Ullrich in 2001
17 - Pedro Delgado misses his start time in the 1989 prologue
16 - The Festina affair & rider protests - stage 17 1998
15 - Super Mario Cipollini - first rider since 1930 to win 4 stages in a row, in 1999
14 - The Angel of the Mountains - Charly Gaul - stage 21 1958
13 - This one is for Fabio - Lance Armstrong tribute to Fabio Casartelli - Stage 18 1995
12 - Cav makes it a hat trick - Stage 12 2008
11 - The Policeman's crash - Stage 1 1994
10 - Alpe D'Huez & Fausto Coppi - Stage 10 1952
9 - The Cannibal - Eddie Merckx and the 1969 Tour De France
8 - The Fastest Ever - Chris Boardman 55.152 km/h - 1994 prologue
7 - Crashing out in Yellow - Luis Ocana - Stage 10 1971
6 - The ploughed field - Armstrong / Beloki - Stage 9 2003
5 - Holding hands - Hinault / LeMond - Stage 18 1986
4 - The Duel - Anquetil / Poulidor - Stage 20 1964
3 - That looks like Stephen Roche! It's Stephen Roche! - Stage 21 1987
2 - Awesome - Lance Armstrong recovers to win Stage 15 2003
1 - 8 Seconds - Greg LeMond wins Stage 21, and the 1989 Tour

It was indeed a great collection of Tour moments, but I think one or two other great moments were overlooked:

Instead of Pedro Delgado being late, I would have chosen Erik "Triple" Dekker winning his three stages in the 2000 tour - tears of joy and ferocious arm-twirling celebrations - Wonderful! I had tears in my eyes for him too, and I'm not Dutch!

I'd also far rather remember Marco Pantani than the Festina Affair in 1998, and I wish we'd seen a couple of Il Pirata's greatest wins such as setting the current record ascent of Alpe d'Huez in 1997, or battling with Armstrong up Mt Ventoux in 2000.

Robert Millar winning the polka dot jersey and finishing 4th in 1984? Still the highest ever Tour finishing position for a British cyclist...

And then there's Laurent Jalabert and his Bastille Day stage wins in 1995 & 2001?

Or how about Sean Yates, one of the greatest domestiques, wearing Yellow in 1994?

Once, US Postal or Discovery in aero TTT formation?

And what about Jens Voigt winning stage 13 of the 2006 tour, almost 30 minutes ahead of the peloton?

Or even a bit more on Marcus Burghardt colliding with the dog during Stage 9 last year?

So many moments, but only one hour...

What are your greatest Tour de France Greatest moments?

And what would you have chosen, in place of which ones of the 20 that ITV did include?

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posted Jul 26, 2008

I missed the ITV 4 programme(is there any where I can see it?

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posted Jul 26, 2008

Good news - It looks like ITV4 are repeating it at 8 p.m on Sunday, straight after the final stage highlights show.

Set your recorders - you'll want to watch this one again and again.

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comment by omgidbi (U8078647)

posted Jul 26, 2008

Badger setts his nose - Hinaults crash in '85.

The marvel of EPO - Riis on Hautacam '96.

"No gifts" - LA in 2004 and that stage - Landis pacemaking and the final sprint!

The ride - Stage 17 2006

As for domestic celebrations;

i would rather see Sean Yates TT stage win in '88

and, perhaps rather cruelly, Millar going the wrong way in '88 sticks in the mind more than his triumphs...

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posted Jul 26, 2008

I was watching when Abdoujaparov had his horror crash, it looked like the most painful crash in the history of the world.

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posted Jul 26, 2008

Thierry Marie's thousand km solo breakaway to win at Le Havre in 1991.

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posted Jul 26, 2008

What are your greatest Tour de France Greatest moments?

** The slow build up of Lance's miracle through the 99 tour.

Everyone expecting him to blow up and scratchin' their noggin's at the end of everyday as the they ponder the impossible.

Midway through the tour I hooked up with Chris Carmicheal's email address and for the rest of the tour got some daily personal insight into the ongoing drama and strategies not to mention an inside look into the competitive personality of Lance himself.

It's testament to the low key expectations the team had going into that tour that he had the time. The next year he was swamped with duties and could only do a website daily summary blog which were informative, but not nearly the direct insider leads I had in 99.

It was just like being drafted to be the bucket boy in the middle of a storied championship season. I'm sure I provided a vent for the pressure of the drama building up on the team, not to mention all the, ahem, championship advice I imparted. That little nugget just for you Spensy.

The Look never gets it's true due. It was the way Lance set up The Look, knowing that he'd spent the previous month riding the course and mapping strategy.

Who knew he could act? That sick dog act he pulled the creme de la classic, slowly dropping back in the pack, grimacing in advance of the HUGE climb ahead. Ullrich and all his buds on point slapping each other's backs and having a congrats party, when Lance pulls the switch to ON and in a blink pulls up ahead of them.

Don't try this on pro cyclists at home dear lads. You will blow your guts out well before catching them, BUT, then to turn around 180 degrees, much less after such a heroic effort to stare down the entire peloton on such a steep grade without dumping yourself is beyond anything human. Just try to replicate this single moment while fresh out on that little hill you fancy for a workout some day, but make sure no traffic around as we don't want to hear another splotto story.

I could see the looks of despair behind those flashy shades of Ullrich as he visibly and spontaneously shrunk 10% and slumps over his front wheel whilst Lance fires off the afterburners.

Out of my seat screaming moment.

Then the purse incident when that French kid slings out his daybag that yanks Lance's bars dumping him in the middle of the gauntlent of L'huez. He was lucky not to break his hip the way he fell, and the sheer strength of will to blast through this fatal arrow of misfortune should be a testament as to why he was so much a class above his peers. It weren't all pretty yellow ribbons and bows and medals and French kisses from France's most beautiful.

How about that downhill TT in the rain over a tricky section of mountains that crashed out Ullrich and several other riders that Lance skittered around on? Guy very underrated on the downhill sections where he was simply faster on the straights and around the corners than his peers.

Just the dozens of attacks on him every tour over those 7 yrs and the varied ways he and or his team handled was a guarantee of excitement complete marvel of strategy.

Has anyone bothered to consider how many tours Ullrich would have won had their been no Lance? I must say that poor guy one of the unluckiest fellows in history and must be admired for the pain of all his crashes he gutted through as he exceeded his limits while dueling with Lance.

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posted Jul 26, 2008

For me the beauty of this race is its savagery, its attempt to supress the endurance and willpower of the contestants and the tactical and physical difficulties of competeing with the worlds best. For me the lantern rouge is just as much a hero as the eventual winner, as to finish this race is an amazing feat without paralell in the sporting world.

I agree about Dekker's amazing triple.

What about Soler's and Rasmussen's negotiations in last years mountain stage, this was hilarious.

PDM's amazing team in the late eighties.

Kelme costa-blanca, my all time favourite team, a joy to watch.

Voecklers fighting spirit in Yellow.

Armstrong and Ullrichs respect for each other, when they shaked crossing the line.

Virenque king of the Mountains and his tactical nievity.

Zabels Longevity.

McEwen wheeleying over the line, was it at La Mongie?

and many more...

But for me it must be Lemonds victory in the ITT in Paris.

and who knows... Menchov's great victory of 2008.somersault

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posted Jul 26, 2008

comment by LondonRingRules (U2628221)
posted 3 Hours Ago
"Who knew he could act? That sick dog act he pulled the creme de la classic, slowly dropping back in the pack, grimacing in advance of the HUGE climb ahead. Ullrich and all his buds on point slapping each other's backs and having a congrats party"

You really fell for that, or you just think everybody else fell for it?

All the forums were wise to the act, and Sean Kelly on Eurosport said Ullrich's team had little choice but to ride as if Armstrong might be suffering. (Imagine if they had assumed Armstrong was faking it, then it turned out he wasn't?)

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posted Jul 26, 2008

THe ITV list was more about spectacular crashes than amazing racing. In my lifetime there are three that stand out:

JaJa on Bastille Day in '95, a solo break that secured both a high finish and the Green Jersey.

Chiappucci at Sestrieres in '92 and the way Indurain and Bugno clawed him back, even though Chiappucci was a doper.

Stephane Herlot retiring in Yellow in '96 or '97 (?). The French hated him because of his selfish style (re: French championships that year). He cramped up completely trying to keep up with the leaders (who were minutes away) and wouldn't get off even though he was in tears and could barely stay upright. The fatal powers of the yellow jersey.

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comment by rocale (U10936802)

posted Jul 28, 2008

Chiappucci at Sestriere in '92 has to go down as one of the greatest ever mountain breakaways. Out all day over big climbs in the Alps and the finish when he was baulked by the motobikes, went round them and was surrounded by the tifosi cheering him on and only just parting to open up the road. Amazing. Still makes me tingle!

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