2010 Tour de France Versus Media Call

Jun 29 2010

Versus hosted its media call for the 2010 Tour de France today, with Phil Liggett, Paul Sherwen, Tyler Farrar, Christian VandeVelde and Levi Leipheimer all on the line at one point or another.

Highlights for me were Tyler saying the exposure to Dutch roads at the Giro will probably make things worse for the Tour, Phil saying the Schlecks “don’t have the brains” of Greg LeMond or Stephen Roche, and VandeVelde telling Phil not to drink too much while watching the race.

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The whole call runs 41:15. Here’s an mp3 version; notes on where to find what are below.

Introduction
0:00 Katie Bradshaw
1:40 Phil’s Thoughts
2:57 Paul’s Thoughts

Q/A w/ Phil and Paul
04:00 Is the 2010 Tour more about riders or more about the course?
07:08 Which three Americans can make the podium?
08:00 Green Jersey competition designed for intrigue?
09:55 What’s it going to take for someone to beat Contador?
12:17 Thoughts on Vino’ and Basso coming back to the Tour?
14:10 What’s a day-in-the-life at the Tour like for you?
17:10 Podium picks?
20:15 Will SaxoBank be able to hold together as a team?
22:30 Can the Schleck Brothers ride alone?

Q/A with Farrar, CVV, and Levi
23:00 Farrar and VandeVelde arrival/introduction
24:05 Farrar and CVV Explain location, lead-up to Tour
24:37 To Tyler: What are your chances without Boonen and Haussler?
25:36 To CVV: How’s the form after your fall?
26:45 Levi arrival/introduction
27:10 To Tyler: Why are there so many Americans this time around?
28:27 To Tyler: Targeting stage wins or green jersey?
29:40 To Anyone: Will nerves be reduced due to Dutch roads in Giro?
30:40 To CVV: Compare form this year to last year?
32:00 To Levi: What is it like this year w/RadioShack vs. Last Year with Astana?
33:55 To Levi, CVV: You seem to do well in the Pyrenees. Do they favor you?
34:54 To Levi: Is there pressure because RadioShack is running out of Tours to win?
37:55 To Tyler: How to you mentally and physically get over big crashes in sprints?
39:27 To Tyler: How are the changes in the lead-out train coming along?
40:30 Thanks/Conclusion
41:00 CVV tells Phil not to drink too much

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