Monday, November 15, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Yes- 2010 marked the 20th annual West Hill Shop Cyclocross Race in lovely Putney, VT. A good time was had by all- except for the dood who I caught (for the 2nd year in a row crashing on the barriers, heh!) Jon finished 5th in a field of about 20. Domnarski took 2nd.
*side note- some of these doods practice a seriously funny ballet kind of move going over the barriers! And they are some ugly ass ballerinas.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
A lot of you overseas folks might not know Richard Fries. He's kind of a big deal here in USA cycling. Richard announces all the big events and many of the little ones. He's also a really nice guy (and pretty flippin' hilarious.) Colt of CyclingDirt got Richard to share a few of his best lines here.
BTW- watching USGP Boulder right now. Thanks to Colt- I can watch it in my living room. Never thought I'd see the day. Jamey Driscoll is on fire! AND Richard Fries is standing in the middle of the fly-over announcing- He's awesome! Uh Oh Geoff Kabush is going for it!
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Monday, October 25, 2010
LMAO! The best part is when they chuck their bikes as far as they can across this really deep river- jump down the like 6 foot bank, retrieve bike, and scramble up other side's 6 foot bank! Check out the dood who chucks his bike and almost boinks another guy who is across the river.
The vid's title says 1950 Cyclocross Race, but the commentator says it's 1960. Either way, it's a far cry from today's namby pamby boys!
Just kidding Crossers. I love ya! And I know that if you're not puking at the end of a race you didn't go hard enough!
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Not all Pro Cyclists can count on that big purse at the end of the day. In fact, many can't even count on having a clean skinsuit at the beginning of the day. Thus, The Gloucester Money Grab. The promoters had conveniently set the Great Brewers Beer Tent right next to the barriers. Seemed like a good idea at the time, I guess. So, all these drunk fans were throwing down greenbacks at the top of the barriers to see if any of the pro guys would go for it.
The big guns- Tim Johnson, Jeremy Powers, Ryan Trebon and Jamey Driscoll couldn't be bothered of course. with $2,500 going 10 deep a fiver doesn't seem like much. However.............the end of the pack were grabbing those bucks like pole dancers. It was awesome!
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
The Boys did great in Glostah this past weekend. On Sunday, Jon placed 8th in a field of 98 45+ Masters 1-3. Keith placed 12 35+ Masters 1-3 ( He was right in there with not one, not two, but THREE National Champions- names like Johnny Bold and Keven Hynes. Cliffy (The Big Red Dog) Kenyon placed 17th 35+ Masters 1-3. Davey the Dop Hildebrand placed 25th in 35+ Masters 1-3. I believe their field was 125. GO EXPOWHEELMEN!
Monday, October 4, 2010
So here's my tribute to the UCI Pro Elite Men at GP Gloucester 10-2 and 10-3. Awesome Weekend! Great to see Nikki Cyp ! Thanks for letting me use your fantabulous photos!
Cannondale Cyclocross World swept the weekend. 1-2 on day one. 1-2-3 on day two. Go J-Pow!
Music- Apollo 440
Stop the Rock
Photography- Nikki Cyp
Shaky Video- Tilly Tarbox
Next year @sansenmag has to come out.
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
So the rumor mill cranks away with a new report that Fabulous Cancellara will be joining the Brothers Schleck on the new Team Lux - which has yet to reveal a major sponsor.
THIS JUST IN: Fabian Cancellara has announced that in addition to moving on from Saxo Bank and Bjarne Riis, in order to sign with the Schleck brothers' Luxembourgian team with "as yet unnamed sponsor", he will be bringing his own mechanic, technical advisor, and soigneur staff.
Cancellara's personal mechanic will be one James Watt, a little-known Scottish inventor, entrepreneur, and "mechanical genius", according to multiple sources.
Technical advisor to the Swiss world TT champion will be Michael Faraday, a former lab assistant in London turned scientist, with a CV showing several major accomplishments, including something called "electrical induction", which is said to have paved the way for the generator and electric motor.
The soigneur staff for the fabulous Swiss will be overseen by Canadian doctor Anthony Galea. Galea, known for providing unspecified assistance to Tiger Woods, Alex Rodriguez, and other accomplished athletes in North America, will be plying his trade primarily in Europe starting with his involvement with Cancellara.
Rumors that the primary team sponsor is to be General Electric are unconfirmed at this time.
JK- Fabulous we love you!
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Andy Schleck and Stuart O’Grady Were Very Drunk | CyclingFan.net
Besides "The Truth," that is.
2 beers each? Or very drunk? Your opinions fangirls?
So Andy and Stewey were ejected from the 2010 Vuelta today because they had a little drinkie last night.
C'mon Uncle Bjarne! This is sooooo an example of sour grapes on your part. "If you're not going to play on my team any more then you can take your bike and go home!" Sounds like my 8th graders.
Anyhow, whatever..... WE all KNOW that Andy Schleck is the BEST BIKE RACER IN THE UNIVERSE!!! Team Lux will kick Saxo's (or sunstrand or whatever the heck you are next year) mama's butt!
And now that Fabulous is possibly up for grabs at the discounted price of 3 mil- you are hit Bjarne. And you know it.
NAH NAH NAH nanana! :P
PS Barscott- you are just weird- and yes I know that it takes one to know one.
Monday, August 30, 2010
Print out the pic above and start shooting darts to decide who will "Transition" to Garmin.
I love the Argyles- just can't picture Thor wearing it. He's more of a basic black kind of sprinter.
So the Argyles are going to merge with the Cervelos, eh? Yes Cervelo has a Woman's squad. Whoop de doo. Only reason (IMHO) why Cervelo couldn't fly on their own is because all they sell are bikes. They needed to sell bike chachka to be a viable operation. Gone are the days when pro tour teams are sponsored by...well...bike companies.
You know Tyler Farrar spit POM juice all over himself when he heard the god of thunder was going to be rumbling in his direction. Here's what creepy sideburn-hipster glasses-turtle neck wearing JV says. “I’ve spoken with Tyler about it. At the end of the day I think they are different types of sprinters,”
Who will get the ax on each team?
Here are my pics for riders who will be looking for new teams:
- Danny Pate- bye bye Mr. I can't decide on a Twitter Name guy!
- Fredrik Kassiakoff- who?
- Kirk Carlson- He's a New England boy, so I hate to see him go, but go he will.
- Christian Meier- Sorry dood if your one goal this season was "Season Goals: Attempt to set the team record for most bottles transported for team car in one go; overall bottles hauled for the season" then you gots to go!
- Matt Wilson- what have you done since 2004, my dear?
From what I hear it's a go that Heinrich Haussler and The God of Thunder will be rolling Argyle in 2011. We all know Sastre has other plans. Riders I'd like to see in the Armade include: Theo Bos, Davide Appolonio, Dan Lloyd (I like him) Ted King, and Dominique Rollin. That's just my wish list. As with all posts to this blog rest assured nothing is based on fact or research.
Friday, August 27, 2010
Schleck Says Contador Signing Was No Surprise | Cyclingnews.com
Who Knew Contador was marrying Riis? I give the marriage 11 months. AND I will want my present back if it doesn't, in fact, last at least one year! It's proper etiquette FFS! Looking forward to Vuelta start tomorrow. Glad VDV is back in action. Even though because of him I now have "Send in the Clowns" playing over and over in my head. Don't ask. Long story. Just hope you never get put on hold by Garmin if you have a problem with your 705.
So Frankie will be riding for GC with Andy's support, eh?
Friday, August 13, 2010
The final Grand Tour of 2010 is upon us and let me tell you, folks, it's a star studded cast of characters! Come Back kids, Schlecks, Manxmouth, Smiley Menchov and more!
Very stoked that Frandy will be back in action with both Schlecksters on the Roster for SexyBank. The last hurrah before the boys leave the gentle nurturing arms of uncle Bjarne and strike out on their own.
Alas, no Valverde to try to go for a two-fer. Sorry Alejandro, you'll have to settle for the torture of listening to a disco remix of Lady Gaga sing your song over and over while looking at a picture of her without makeup.
This is the sentence Pat McQuaid has decided upon for the entire August 28-September 19 duration of the Vuelta. McQuaid also says that Armstrong will get no preferential treatment either, except for continuing to have Phil and Paul as personal servants, free cheeseburgers for life, and free advertising at any UCI event in the world.
Come Back kids Christian Vande Velde and Tyler Farrar will be looking to make up for their crashbandons of both the Giro and le Tour. Poor VDV he's had a hell of a season. No crashes dood, no crashes. Let's hope that Tyler (surfer-dood Farrah) will come back with some spring in his step and will crush the Mouth from Mann in any and all sprints. If not Tyler, let's hope that Thor (the god of thunder) will continue to keep Markie Mark in his proper place as the fastest man in the world (who can't win Sprinter's Jerseys in Grand Tours to save his life. hee hee)
Vladimir (no mullet) Karpets will be riding for Katusha (gadzundheit) We'll see if he has decided to regrow the golden fleece of his mullet. Off topic here- but does anyone else think Linus Gerdeman looks like a girl?
I could be wrong, but it looks to be a Cuddles free Vuelta as I don't see BMC on the provisional roster. Thank the Flying Spaghetti Monster for small favors.
I'm keeping my eyes and ears peeled for more news on Schleck Cycling. I'm thinking emo Thomas Lovqvist would a nice addition to the team, eh?
Saturday, August 7, 2010
So let's start to break it down. Contador is "replacing" Andy Schleck at Saxo/Sungard/Bjarne Riis Cycling. Funny since one of the reasons for his exodus from Astana were eqipment malfunction- anyone remember CHAINGATE? Frandy -for those of you not in the know- the brothers are actually one force against all of the evil entities in the peloton like emaciated chicken boy TradeMark Sansen.
As those of you who occasionally read this blog you know that my sources are impickidable and entirely fi(a)ctional and usually based on nothing more than the ether in which such chatter spreads (sorry CIA hope you don't pick this up by mistake- my bad if you do) over the interweb (which was invented by Al Gore) Just to really confuse you- and to verify my complete sanity-check out the UFO that was in my house. a while back.
Onto the future of Schleck Cycling. It started out as a thought, and You know, if
one person, just one person does it they may think he's really sick and
they won't take him. And if two people, two people do it, in harmony,
they may think they're both faqqots and they won't take either of them.
And three people do it, three, can you imagine, three people walking in
singin a bar of Schleck Cycling and walking out. They may think it's an
organization. And can you, can you imagine fifty people a day,I said
fifty people a day walking in singin a bar of Schleck Cycling and
walking out. And friends they may thinks it's a movement.
(adapted from Alice's Restaurant by Arlo Guthrie)
Now we can call it the Luxembourg Team, but we all know it's really the Frandy team. So far the "Schleck project has remained wrapped in mystery." (Andrew Hood) Now on to speculation as to who will follow the dynamic Luxembourgish duo onto the new pro tour team. Hood predicts that these Pelotoneers will follow the Schlecks:
- DS Kim Andersen
- Manager Brian Nygaard
- Jacob Flugelhorn
- Jensie FA Voigt
- Stewie O'Grady
- Laurent Diddler
- LL Cool Sanchez
- David Arroyo
Reliable sources say that Fabulous Cancellara and the Sorenson twins will not follow the Schlecks. I beg to differ. I'm betting fabulous will follow his twig arm boys from Lux. I'm also betting that anyone on a team that ain't paying or is making them wash their own kits or some such nonsense might want to get in line for the Schleck-O-Rama.
On another note: Bjarne Riis thinks Rasmussin deserves a chance. So look for a fabulous return of the chicken! Think Uncle Bjarne would be brave enough to give Chicken man a chance on HIS team? SMH- I doubt it.
Anywho- looking for your thoughts on a nice deep bench for Schleck Cycling AKA Team Luxembourg
Give me your realistic, and your most far-fetched line-up for the new Frandy Team!
Monday, August 2, 2010
HOLY CRAP!!!!! This incredibly scary incident happened during the Cat 4 race at last week's Tour of the Catskills here in New England.
First of all; why the hell were horses on the damn course????? SMH!
Second of all; is the dood who got knocked into the ditch by the freaked out horse OK?
Third of all; what's up with the dood in the Kessena kit at 41 seconds who just takes off? City boy..pfft!
Fourth of all; why are the horse riders wearing cowboy hats? Let me remind you WE'RE IN NEW ENGLAND NOT TEXAS!!!!!
Fifth of all; did the peloton just take off and leave that poor dood in the ditch with a horse hoof imprinted on his helmet?
Sixth of all; Where were the damn officials????? Where the damn Marshalls?
Seventh of all; I wonder how far back that was in the field? And which field it was, A or B? Because we know a dood, Dennis Demarais, who got 18th in cat 4 and he didn't say nothin' bout no horses attacking the peloton.
8th of all; I just noticed the dood on the left who totally got trampled by the equine invasion! Jumpin' Jehozafat! I was all worried about the dood who got bumped by the horses butt into the ditch on the right side. The dood on the left looks like he could have sustained more damage.
This is just really bizarre.
Note to Race Organizers (and horseback riders)- When planning a major bike race or a leisurely horseback ride- check to see if #insertbikeracenamehere or #inserthorsebackride here is taking place on the same roads at the same time.
For what it's worth Freaky Floyd Landis (aka Lloyd Flanders) came in 11th in the pro race. After seeing the pros struggling up Devil's Kitchen Jon is glad he opted out this year. BRU-TAL! Below are the pros in "the Kitchen" Floyd is about a min back. (loser)
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Andy Schleck is THE BEST BIKE RACER IN THE UNIVERSE! WHEN I GET BACK FROM THE LAND OF NO INTERWEB I WILL TELL YOU WHY.
- Who has 2 stage wins in the 2010 TdF? (not Alberto Contador)
- Who has 0 stage wins in the 2010 Tdf? (Alberto Contador)
- Who won the Tourmalet part deux stage? (not Alberto Contador)
Also stoked to hear that Christian VDV and Tyler F. Will be riding the Vuelta. Woot!
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
So again we have the German....errrr Flemish doods commentating in the vid above, but you get the picture.
Andy was leaving Alberto Contador, Smiley Menchov and Sammy S. in the dust with his attack on the hors cat Port du Bales. Pop goes his chain ring and WHAMMO Contador and the two battling for a podium position say "See you in Bagnères-de-Luchon, Andy boy. We're OUTTA here!" Andy mumbles obscenities under his breath about how you just can trust "Damn Spaniards and Russians" gets his bike sorted and off he goes.
Before we get all hot and bothered; let's do the math. I counted 32 seconds from the time the chain went to the time Andy was back on his bike (and I think I was being conservative.) Let's add another 10 seconds to Andy's conundrum as he gets back on the bike, feels it out, and actually gets moving again, OK?
Contador started the day 31 seconds down on young Schleckette. He had no Andy either on his wheel or off in the distance in front of him for the last like 10K of the stage. AC ended the day 8 seconds ahead of Andy. So Andy lost (at least) 42 seconds to his mechanical. Now subtract 31 from 42 (that leaves us with 11 seconds -for the math challenged among us.) Contador's current lead is 8 seconds, so Andy ACTUALLY MADE UP 3 SECONDS to the sneaky Spaniard. This means he royally kicked A$$ in the face of adversity and messed up mechanicals. (Wanna bet some mechanic in the Saxo team went home yesterday without a reference?)
ANDY SCHLECK IS THE BEST BIKE RACER IN THE UNIVERSE!!! (But I have never said he is the best Time Trialist in the Universe, so he really needs to be on point today and Thursday to get some serious time on Conty. I'm talking like 3 minutes!!!
Now let's talk about unwritten rules. Now as an "ugly American" I am exposed to other sports that do not have such chivalric "unwritten rules". For example, in Ultimate Fighting Challenge; if your competitor goes down you immediately step on his neck and crush him. In just about any other sport the "rule" is; if your opponent has a problem; ATTACK and KILL HIM!
However, I am not a fan of other sports. I am a fan of cycling where there are these "unwritten rules" of etiquette. But in this case, I have to admit I am torn. I think I am kind of siding with Twisted Spoke who says "one man’s mechanical is another man’s yellow jersey." And that yeah- there's a score to settle, but this Tour is running out of mountains.
Contador says that he did not realize the Yellow Jersey (Andy Schleck) had a mechanical. Huh??...he didn't see this six foot dood all in yellow (who he has been watching like a hawk since day 1) having chain problems on the side of the road? If you look at the vid- you see that Evil Vino (who I might have to rename) sat up immediately when he saw that Andy had a problem. Meanwhile Contador chose to attack.
The post race interview with Schleckette shows that he is righteously PISSED OFF! He has "anger in his stomach." (interesting place to have anger- I hope he transfers some of that anger to his legs today and Thursday.) My predictions include Jens FA Voigt drinking EXTRA coffee during the next two days and being a hugely pissed off mother bear protecting her cub. Jens will attack ANY HUMAN who even tries to mess with Andy the cublet.
Andy, on the other hand, will show us why he was dubbed "cycling caviar" in the 2008 TdF. Yes, he will be seeking revenge- BIG TIME- from here on out. From this day forward it is - ANYTHING GOES! "Hey Alberto! Your shoelace is untied...just kidding! You have a booger in your nose.....just kidding! What's the matter with your back wheel?? just kidding!" All rules- written or unwritten are set aside now, folks! The Saxos are OUT FOR BLOOD! And Astana will try to match them- blow for blow.
Back to "unwritten rules" If Contador didn't feel he had done something "unsportsman-like" why would he put out this youtube apology (above) to Andy last night??????? He knows that if wins this tour it will be tainted in many people's eyes because of Stage 15. (And his taint will be tainted, too, totally!) He didn't much like getting booed as he donned the yellow jersey yesterday.
Back to rules-- If it's not written down it's not a rule--it's a suggestion-- and a suggestion doesn't even hold the same weight as the warning label on my cup of McDonalds Coffee.
On the other hand, the group was pretty much the main contenders. Should they have waited for the yellow jersey..........? Well, that is still up in the air, but they SHOULD have maybe just maintained the same tempo and NOT have gone full bore to KILL Andy! Shame on you guys, Alberto, Denis and Sammy! This is probably the only sport left that is based solely on athleticism and ability, and even has an "unwritten" code of ethics. Let's not devolve into (insert any ball sport here)
Let's watch the fireworks today and see what happens.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Andy is royally POd after a mechanical on stage 15
Damn chain! You watch though--- Tomorrow SaxoBank is going to be PISSED and out for blood. You know who I see being really pissed????? Jens FA Voigt. Guarantee he will do whatever it takes to get Andy back into yellow. Tomorrow will be bery, bery interesting.......
Oh- congrats to Voeckler.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Above: the 3d head-butt
above: Renshaw messing with Tyler's line. Uncool dood. Uncool.
You can see the head-butting pretty OK above. Below, if you have patience, and you don't mind listening to some German doods who are apparently in love with Bernard Eisel, you can see how Renshaw messes with Tyler F.'s line as well. Here's another vid that shows the head-butt if you're interested.
As Sansen has probably already said somewhere on the interweb, if she can get away from her Tweeting and Quilting Tour. This is going to be Cavendish Banana's latest excuse for how "the establishment" "the men in black" --whoever --are trying to undermine his Tour. Excuse me Mark, but no one gives a rat's butt about your tour. (I do like the dood who holds your umbrella for you during the post-race interviews though.) We only care about the Andy and Albert Show!
BTW- Andy How come you are not taking my advice and adding 10 seconds a day to your lead on Contador?
Mark Renshaw is a putz! (Doucheclamation Point!) Hope he has a good trip home. Now I understand that sprinting is tough and as Sir Phil says "full of argy bargy!" But, Renshaw needs to take his ass back to the sheep farm in New South Wales. Has HTC Columbia begun to think they are above the rules? Plus Renshaw is a BALD FACED LIAR. You tell me that head butting Julian Dean 1-2-yes 3 times is not intentional!!! And messing with Tyler's line? Oh yeah- that was totally "accidental." NOT! At first Kiwi guy, Julian Dean didn't seem to phased, but after watching the overhead he and Tyler (surfer dood) Farrar were righteously pissed.
I agree with the Official that said "This is a Bike Race (for Pete's sake) not a Gladiator's Arena! I didn't see any Christians or lions, did you???"
Shame on you Mark Renshaw! DQ is entirely deserved. To all Trolls!--Don't even try to write a comment that compares Renshaw's actions to those of the two little hill climbers in "That Fight." Renshaw could have taken out a LOT of doods. Barredo and Costa's escapades could have taken out 2-3 people tops.
Renshaw's latest Tweet : Thursday, July 15, 2010 at 4:48 EST
markrenshaw1 I think today's punishment was very harsh. I never imagined that i would ever be dq'd from the tdf. Very disappointed.about 1 hour ago via EchofonRetweeted by TdFblog and 85 others
anunlikelysurvivor @markrenshaw1 Shoulda thought of that before you almost took out the peloton dood. Go home and fry up some bananas. Or maybe have a heart to heart with #erikzabel #tdf
mcewenrobbie history shows that a headbutt will get dq'd from stg result (mcewen2005,Zabel 97)2 minutes ago via web
mcewenrobbie history also shows that looking over shoulder at rival then taking them to barriers will also get u dq'd from stg results2 minutes ago via web
mcewenrobbie history will now show that combining the 2 aforementioned tactics will get u sent home...greater than the sum of it's parts
Wise words, Robbie, wise words. spoken by a man who KNOWS about head-butting! (even if he doesn't know how to use apostrophes correctly when showing ownership)
Mark Renshaw is a DB!
HTC Columbia are Bananas-Cavendish Bananas!--Nuff Said
ghincapie The last two days have been very un tour like.think the heat is really getting to everyone. Expecting fireworks tomorrow.about 1 hour ago via Twitterrific
dzabriskie Dude...you're being very undude like...about 1 hour ago via UberTwitter
nealrogers I was attacked at the finish by a front wheel-wielding @dzabriskie. I don't care if it was the heat, I'm filing a complaint w/ the race juryabout 1 hour ago via web
Ricardovdvelde @dzabriskie stop mokking other people ;)about 1 hour ago via UberTwitter in reply to dzabriskie
anunlikelysurvivor @ghincapie @dzabriskie Oh Grow up, DZ! George is "The Dooder!"
dzabriskie I got my hashbrowns...so good! I like it here.10 minutes ago via UberTwitter
Michael_Creed Attacking someone with a wheel? 400 swiss francs. Headbutting? Ticket home.6 minutes ago via webRetweeted by johnswah and 1 other
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Thanks to Kimberly for this jewel. Big Jens, Andy, and Stewey O'Grady discuss important issues like who drinks the most coffee? Who is the most grumpy in the morning? Etc. Enjoy!
We don't believe you are grumpy in the morning, Jensie!!
BTW- Whose kids are screaming in the background? Jensie?
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
"How come no one will help me zip this damn Yellow Jersey up? Geez, I just killed myself today! Can someone do me a solid?"
OK Schleck Fans- here's the plan. Andy has to chip away at Alberto Contador a little bit each day. I figure he needs 2:30 over AC going into the final TT to have some wiggle room. That's 100 more seconds. 10 seconds a day kiddo, doable? Hell yeah!
It is officially the Andy and Alberto show now folks. I know I know- some of you will say "Wait a minute! There're like 10 stages left! Le Tour is not fin!" Well it is for a certain Cuddly Australian. Wiggo is in the maybe I can get a stage win mentality. Basso is like "Hey, I already won one GT this year, WTF?" The only potential, possible, yet very unlikely threats come from the dour russian and the littlest robot. From here on out we're going to see AS and AC duking it out on a daily basis.
Andy has already shown that Contador is fallible. AC cracked on Stage 8 and could not match Andy's accelerating attack. Now we need to see Andy taking advantage of that on a daily if not minutely basis. I'm thinking prank phone calls to AC's room at all hours. Knocks on the door at 3AM that say "Doping Control" Contacor answers the door in his skivvies and a group of Schleck fans yell "Just kidding!" Mind games- that's what is going to decide this tour.
I was actually sorry to see Cuddles pop today. As usual he did it in a dramatic fashion. Yes he has a broken elbow, but hell, I gave birth to a child and I didn't cry. Geez. Show some restraint there dood.
Thanks a lot Steephill.tv/Reuters I really need this image in my head. Shloogs were out in force today, folks.
Gotta give some props to big Jensie Voigt. He made the initial break so that he could fall back to help Schleckette on the Madeleine. Good show Jens. JV "When the mind says I am too tired I need to stop, I just say shut up mind! Don't listen, legs! You keep pedaling!" JV= the godfather of the peloton!
Monday, July 12, 2010
Andy's first TdF Stage win! Stage 8, July 11, 2010. Killed it in the Cols!
ANDY......SCHLECK.....IS......THE.....BEST......BIKE.....RACER.....IN......THE.......UNIVERSE!!!! He is 20 seconds behind Cuddles Evans and shaved 10 seconds off Cuddles' previous lead. Enjoy yellow for a while, Cuddles, a very short while, because Andy Schleck will be wearing it on the Champs! Contador was no match for Andy's attack--the other big names watched in wonder, awe and perplexity.
Now on to other happenings.
Lance has popped. Yesterday demonstrated that he is now in a support roll for Levi the Littlest Robot. No amount of massage, Cavendish Bananas, or blood bags (thank for your offer anyway, Dr. Fuentes) is going to get Lance back into any kind of position to even make the top 10. I thought I would be jumping up and down with glee, but I'm actually kind of teary eyed. NOT!!!!!
Really though, the dood is a legend and the only cyclist that non cyclists and non cycling fans have even heard of. Can't wait for "The End of an Era" special I see coming on Versus with Phil and Paul. Possibly today. Must check TV listings. Below is a crappy video of one of Lance's many crashes yesterday. This is the one on the round-a-bout If I wasn't lazy I would search for vid of the mountain top crash. What was that all about??? Seriously, who crashes on TOP of a mountain?
I do have a sneaky suspicion though- my gut says Lance will throw in the towel before the end of le Tour. I'm willing to take bets. Any takers?
Below: 3 Lance crashes in SloMo including the mountain-top fender bender with the Euskatel dood 13K from finish. If you watch the last crash closely you can see that Sorensen's leg actually kept Lance from going down on to the Euskatel dood. Lance puts his hands on hips and immediately called his assistant, Alphonse.
LA: "Alphonse, get Euskatel on the horn and tell them NO MORE musettes--only bananas! Oh yeah and send Sorenson a Livestrong wristband. The kid took the fall for me. Oh yeah- you can clear up my schedule for the next two weeks I'll be free."
Next up---Poor Robbie McEwen! This dood has been put through the hamburger grinder in the 2010 Tour! Really can't blame him for his vulgarity after some dumb ass journalist jumped in front of him AFTER THE FINISH LINE on July 9. Vid below- just the first min or so- after that it's a Cavendish Banana Mush Festival which you can choose to watch or turn off at your pleasure.
On to-- "That Fight" Below are some quick vids from a couple of different angles. Carlos Barredo (QuickStep) and Rui Costa (Caisse D'Epargne) just cracked me up on multiple levels. First of all, the wheel smack was classic. Who thinks of a bicycle wheel as a weapon in a "spontaneous" brawl? It reminded me of a bitch slap minus the flying weave. The last video shows other riders reactions to "That Fight" and is highly amusing. "Two little hill climbers having a slap fest!"
Above: Angle 1
Above: Angle 2
Below are some responses to "That Fight" that are just flippin Hilarious!
Enjoy the rest day! Get some work done for god's sake! You've been sitting in front of that computer screen and/or TV for 2 weeks straight! Go outside and work on your cyclist tanlines!