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Chris T. (not verified)
Time for Phil & Paul to retire

I have always liked Phil and Paul, but the quality of their race calling has really dropped off this year. Sherwen repeats the exact same phrase that Liggett has just said, absolutely annoying as hell. I cannot take Paul anymore, please exit stage left.

And Phil has been making a lot of mistakes everyday. I'll pick two that were the most egregious:

1. On stage 10 up to Courecheval (sp), Phil announced that this was Lance's 22nd Stage win. Only trouble was that Vallverde (Illes-Baleres) won the stage at the line.

2. Stage 18 or 19, Alexander Vinokurov went out and grabbed four seconds at the first or second sprint. He then announced that Vino had now moved into 7th on GC ahead by one second past Levi Leipheimer. Well, Phil the time difference was Levi @7:35 behind, and Vino at 9:34. Phil is only looking at the seconds, and not the minutes.
But, throughout the broadcast, he keeps repeating this fiction. Can no one on OLN hand him a note that he has the times wrong?

There were other bloopers, and now I see why OLN brought in Al Trautwig to learn the ropes of cycling. He may not be a former racer, but Al is a professional at calling the play by play, and has seems to be able to read the text scrawl to keep his facts up to date. And Bob Roll is a complete whack job, but he at least has original thoughts, and doesn't repeat what the play by play man has just said.

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Peter "Banana Guy" Kouletsis (not verified)

Troutwig is still a smarmy turd. Bobke is still having fun, and Liggett and Sherwin keep us entertained and their accents make them sound more intelligent than they are.
But, Kirstie 'Gummi-bear' as a brunette!!? Now that's an improvement!

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Paul Spraos (not verified)

"Breaking your duck is a cricketing term. You get a duck when you're dismissed without scoring any runs.

Another way of putting it would be ""off the mark""--not to be confused with ""off the wall"", which is, of course, a baseball term whose meaning is completely different. The one phrase is equally incomprehensible to Americans as the other is to Brits.

I would guess that ""Lost his bottle"" is Cockney rhyming slang, but I don't know the etymology.

I agree with Chris that the standard of commentary has deteriorated very badly in recent years."

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steve (not verified)

'Lost his bottle' means lost his nerve, is no longer brave enough. ie if you crash or skid whilst descending at breakneck speed and then take the rest of the descent slower it could be said you have 'lost your bottle'. May also refer to the loss of a bottle.

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fendergal (not verified)

"During the Saturday ITT, Sherwen described Rasmussen's disastrous ride as a ""tough sandwich to eat."" Great imagery!"

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Chris T. (not verified)
Bike race morphs into a train wreck

...is how I would describe Rasmussen's ride.

I didn't think he'd hold the podium spot, but would ride decently, and lose 3:00, 3:15 3:30 to Der Jan, and slip a spot on GC. When he crashed on the FIRST roundabout, you knew it was over for him. The bike changes were right out of a Three Stooges reel. Then the second crash. Then he gets passed by Lance -- which means he's the last guy crossing the finish line. The whole cycling world must have felt so sorry for him (me too).

He even still looked shook up on the podium in Paris wearing the Malliot a' Pois

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<a href="http://www.OhReallyOreilly.com">Peter O'Reilly</a> (not verified)
glass half full

As painfully sad as it was to watch Rasmussen ride, he still finished with a faster time than half of the peloton, including spanking the likes of former world time trial champ S. Botero.

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Chris T. (not verified)
Mailing it in...

Good pickup Peter
Stage 20 results...
77 Michael Rasmussen (Den) Rabobank 7.47
91 Santiago Botero (Col) Phonak Hearing Systems 8.18

Botero did fail to turn one corner, and pedaled straight into a dog, but didn't fall down. Still, that is a weak effort for an ex-world time trial champion, you could almost used the word quit. But maybe he was ill. Still, if you look at the GC rankings at the end of the ITT, he was in better than some of these other hopefuls for high placing in the General Classification:

45 Roberto Heras (Spa) Liberty Seguros-Würth 1.38.33
50 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne 1.43.45
51 Santiago Botero (Col) Phonak Hearing Systems 1.49.22
60 Iban Mayo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 2.07.48
75 Joseba Beloki (Spa) Liberty Seguros-Würth 2.26.26
85 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank 2.35.00
124 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bouygues Telecom 3.25.32

The only upside is that Joseba Beloki completed his first stage race since that horrific crash in the 2003 tour.

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