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.