question: when you cough up about a pound of mucus on the road, how come you weigh the same after the ride? i believe it’s sympathy weight i gained after watching my own performance. i just don’t ride well when it suddenly turns this cold. having ridden only 3 times in more than a month doesn’t really help either.
the ride was pretty fast. i think we dropped a good chunk of riders before the first sprint. i was back to my regularly scheduled program of “hide and conserve” right from the start. despite my trying, there was no escaping the wind today.
robert single-filed us for the most of the ride. and when he finally turned it off, scott picked up the pace for the rest of the way. the pace was fast enough we caught otto’s group right at the end of the first sprint where we saw will and hammean battling it out to the line. most of the guys working against the wind at the front today were fantastic - junior, cleo, gotham guy (sergio?), that new guy on trek, etc.
the ride wasn’t sketchy but i still felt nervous the whole way as i usually do following a crash. the new zipp’s are fantastic but i think they lighten up the front end a little too much. i feel somewhat unbalanced on otherwise superbly stable setup and i get knocked around by the crosswind more so than even deeper 404’s. on the short climbs though, they make up for their shortcomings and i feel like getting a push from behind when i torque it.
aided by such sensation, i had a grand hope of stretching out the field on rt. 1 but when i took to the front my legs suddenly remembered their lack of miles over the last month or so and stopped working on the first hump.
i saw cleo jump to create a gap but i think he got swallowed up on the valley. there were some good sprinters at the finish and i wonder who cross the line first. but mostly i’m wondering how hard i would have to hit the rollers in the coming weeks to get back to something that remotely resembles acceptable level of fitness - an endeavor which i’m certainly not looking forward to.
“The company spends more than 10 million euros a year on the team, an investment first tarnished when 1997 Tour winner Jan Ullrich was sacked in 2006 over suspicions that he was implicated in a major Spanish doping scandal.”—Adidas wants out of T-Mobile deal
“I would like to clearly state that I was not in Mexico in June. I have therefore misinformed both the UCI and the public. It is however important for me to stress that at no point did I lie to the Rabobank team," Rasmussen said. Rasmussen insisted that his employer Rabobank knew the truth. "I have never told lies to Rabobank. They knew all the time where I was and why.”—
that’s right chicken boy, blame the team. that will take your mind off what a fucking idiot you are. here’s an idea… why don’t you enter a mountain bike race with a yellow jersey on? oh wait, you’ve already done that.
“Obviously the two Italian stages, especially the one going up to nearly 3000 meters [the Restefond on stage 16], that’ll be something entirely new. Normally you never go close to that altitude in the Tour.”—Slipstream-Chipotle bosses planning Tour debut
Defending Giro d’Italia champ Danilo Di Luca finds himself with so few contract prospects for next season that he’s made the extraordinary step of securing his own sponsors to underwrite his salary in the hopes of offering his services to a team for 2008 at a bargain-basement price.
I’ve said this before but… if you really want to clean up doping in cycling, this is one of very few ways that will actually work. you have to hit the teams where it hurts. and nothing hurts the teams more than yanking the sponsorship.
“A man who admitted having sex with a bicycle in a Scottish hotel has been placed on the sex offenders’ register for breach of the peace. …The accused was holding the bike and moving his hips back and forth as if to simulate sex, a sheriff’s spokesman told the court.”—
“Further statements and accusations won’t bring us any further," Jaksche said. "We know now, how it was. Now we have to look forward and see to it that an anti-doping program like T-Mobile has takes effect. That way cycling will have another chance.”—
that was tough. but what was i expecting? this was my 2nd ride in 3 weeks.
we watched the eugene train depart on 22. the only one who didn’t hesitate was junior. i was stuck in the pack pondering the level of craziness i was willing to commit to. is the train going to be the usual run-of-the-mill eugene crazy? or is it going to be like tom cruise on oprah crazy? either way i had no choice but to sit back and watch the others.
tom and jp didn’t waste much time before jumping across as everyone yelled out in unison “this is the move!”. that could’ve been the end of that but we had some determined folks giving an honest chase.
the first half of the ride up to the airport road was a giant yo-yo fest. we would bring them back only to watch a group of half dozen riders jump again.
the final snap came on the double whammy where the group finally gave up to close the gap. i think it was jp, eugene, junior, will, that messenger dude and clarence who put in a strong ride today on his new bad ass bmc with specialized tri-spoke on the rear.
the pack had begun to shatter at this point into micro-packs. i was barely hanging on to the second group. i don’t think i pulled once the whole way but still almost got shelled out a couple of times.
our group rode beautifully. those with legs (like cleo and paul) put in the lion’s share of work. even when we started to sense that we weren’t going to catch the attackers, the boys at the front kept the pace high and rotated.
i ended up trying to lead out on the humps for anyone who was still interested in sprinting. tom came through and won it by a couple of blocks.