Thursday, 30 September 2010

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WADA - this is what they say on test and the substance - but not referring to Contador directly, from AFP

Quotes from WADA director David Howman - on the substance and testing, not Contador - via AFP

“The issue is the lab has detected this. They have the responsibility for pursuing [it]. There is no such thing as a limit where you don't have to prosecute cases. This is not a substance that has a threshold.

“Once the lab records an adverse finding, it's an adverse finding and it has to be followed up.”

“Clenbuterol is a substance that has been used for over 20 to 30 years,It is not anything new. Nobody has ever suggested it is something you can take inadvertently.” 

English star banned from the Tour ;)

Alberto Contador's press conference

"The organiser of the Vuelta a Castilla y León, José Luis López-Cerrón, planned to come to the Tour and asked our team cook if he wanted him to bring anything. Our cook asked him to get some good meat, which he did. So when this person came to the Tour on July 20, he brought some meat, which he had bought in Spain."
"It's actually impossible to take such a small amount," he continued. "The administration of it is just not possible. So this points again to food contamination. Moreover, regarding performance, this amount is totally insufficient and doesn't serve anything."

"I had anti-doping controls on the days before the 21, as well as after the 21, where the substance was undetectable again. This is a clear sign that the system is very questionable, and has to be examined," he moreover indicated, saying that the case, to him, was a "real error".

More Spanish whispers

Yet to be confirmed 100%, but it has been rumored that 2 more Spanish riders have tested positive. Two Spanish cycling websites have reported that these are Ezequiel Mosquera who rode well above his weight to finish second in the recent Vuelta Espana, and a fellow teammate.

"Albertogate" update

The test on Alberto Contador actually shows 400 times less of the substance clenbuterol in his system than is considered detectable by WADA. His new team Saxo Bank are also suffering the effects of this potential positive...

Mens ITT World Champs

Wow, what a race! Grey and chilly conditions greeted the riders in Geelong today, who faced a really tough 2 laps of the TT course. Michael Rogers posted a great time early on, but the on form favourites all came in the final minutes of the race.
Fabian Cancellara of Switzerkand was odds on favourite, despite recent upsets with his - soon to be ex team Saxo Bank. But he was really made to work for it, mainly thanks to great rides by Britain's David Millar, German Tony Martin and Ritchie Porte of Australia. But the amazing man from the land of cheese still crossed the line with more than a minute in hand over second placed Millar, taking an amazing 4th TT world title.

1 Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland) 0:58:09
2 David Millar (Great Britain) 0:59:11
3 Tony Martin (Germany) 0:59:21
4 Richie Porte (Australia) 0:59:28
5 Michael Rogers (Australia) 1:00:34
6 Koos Moerenhout (Netherlands) 1:00:49
7 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spain) 1:00:53
8 David Zabriskie (United States Of America) 1:01:00
9 Maciej Bodnar (Poland) 1:01:09
10 Gustav Larsson (Sweden) 1:01:10

Asian MTb Championship XC

Elite men, women, and junior mens XC results

Kohei Yamamoto


junior men

Alberto Contador tests positive!

Tour de France winner Alberto Contador has just announced that he tested positive on the 21st July (during the Tour de France) for a banned substance known as Clenbuterol. This is all we have heard from his "people";
"Alberto Contador is affected by a doping control at the last Tour de France on July 21, where it was found the substance clenbuterol," 

"From the time of the first communication from the UCI, August 24, Alberto Contador alleged food contamination as the only possible explanation of what happened and has been turned over to the cyclist authorities since then in the confidence that this very serious problem could be clarified, which now is public."
"The experts consulted so far have agreed also that this is a food contamination case, especially considering the number of tests passed by Alberto Contador during the Tour de France, making it possible to define precisely both the time the emergence of the substance as the tiny amount detected, ruling out any other source or intentionality."
"Alberto Contador will offer today, 30 September, at 12.00 hours, a Press Conference at Hotel Las Artes in Pinto (Paseo de las Artes, n º 15), in order to give his version of what happened to the public."

This is the same substance that Chinese rider Fuyu Li tested positive for earlier this year - and was duly banned for. It is often found in Chinese meat products, but is also used as a masking agent for other substances...
It will certainly give Floyd Landis something to talk about at his conference in melbourne this week.

World Championship favourites 5 - Cancellara

Swiss rider Fabian Cancellara is without a doubt odds on favourite for the ITT title, something that he's dominated in recent years - but can he win the road race too? Well, he has what it takes if the race wears down some, and is a sure fire danger man for those hopeful sprinters. he will be lacking team support, but then again that hasn't stopped him winning before..

Can Mick Rogers win the TT on home turf?

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

World Championship - Elite Women's ITT - Pooley takes it

1 Emma Pooley (Great Britain) 0:32:48.44
2 Judith Arndt (Germany) 0:33:03.61
3 Linda Melanie Villumsen (New Zealand) 0:33:04.24
4 Amber Neben (United States Of America) 0:33:26.10
5 Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli (France) 0:33:32.38
6 Evelyn Stevens (United States Of America) 0:33:48.52
7 Tara Whitten (Canada) 0:33:54.35
8 Shara Gillow (Australia) 0:34:01.62
9 Emilia Fahlin (Sweden) 0:34:10.64
10 Tatiana Guderzo (Italy) 0:34:13.99

World Time Trial Championships - Mens Under 23

It was a tough and chilly day in Melbourne Australia,  for the first  event in this year's UCI World Road Championships. Riders are already finding out that the rolling roads and winds do not make this a race for softies and and sprinters, and many are wishing they hadn't been so bold on their own pre-race predictions..
The opening U23 TT is always a big one, it's where the stars of the future are courted by teams and potential managers, and this year's race has one of the biggest of them all - American rider Taylor Phinney, the prodigal son of Davis Phinney (ex pro and TDF stage winner) and Connie Carpenter (ex World Champ). Phinney has been making waves all over the world in the past 3 years, including taking the elite pursuit world title earlier this year, and upstaging many a bigger and established name along the way - he is touted as the next big thing, a Cancellara type rider with huge potential, and has just signed a multi-year deal to ride with the BMC team from 2011 onwards.
Today he was the out and out favourite, although he was not to have the whole show to himself;  Perth  based Aussie Luke Durbridge, another huge name for the future, ran him all of the way to the line, finally finishing less than 2 seconds behind the American. Durbridge is just 19 years old, and was World Junior TT Champ last year - we figure he'll be stepping up to the pro level in 1-2 years. He also lead the race until the final 10km, it seems Phinney rode a perfectly staged TT.
Into the final few riders and there was even more drama as Phinney's Trek-Livestrong team mate Alex Dowsett of the UK also came into the frame, posting times just ahead of the American, and then on a  slippery corner his tyre rolled off and he lost well over a minute in the fiasco - a disaster for the young Brit who will join Team Sky next season.

1 Taylor Phinney (United States Of America) 0:42:50.29
2 Luke Durbridge (Australia) 0:42:52.19
3 Marcel Kittel (Germany) 0:43:14.30

Gone fishing...

And you think freeriders can handle their bikes, take a look at this

Worlds favourites - Thor the invincible

One rider you can never count out in a really hard fought sprint the the giant Thor Hushvod of Norway. Thor is a very popular rider, and a very accomplished one too. This year he's on good song, and is clearly focussed on the championship, even leaving the Vuelta before the finish to hone his final preparations.
he doesn't quite have the sting of cavendish, and lacks much in the way of team support, but his endurance and experience certainly make him a real contender for the title.

FSA Road Groupset Launched

Component manufacturer Full Sped Ahead had been mooting the launch of a full groupset for some time, and now they have - or at least they've ben showing it around the many bike trade shows happening at the moment.
The rather snazzy looking Merton groupset features a hollow carbon/7005 aluminum crankset and superlight 10 speed shifters, which also work with Shimano.
We've not seen one in person, but here's a grab of the rear mech, looks wseet, and a tad Sram like..

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

PPL Tour of Batangas and Tour of Hamilo

A bit late - but good to see anyway ;)

The Swiss Room Box

Worlds favourites - Vino

Ok, maybe it's a bit of a long shot - but hey, long shots often pay off, especially when the going gets tough, and it will in Melbourne. Alexandre Vinokourov is one man you can never put down, no matter how hard you try this guts rider will claw his way back, and he certainly has a bee in his bonnet, and seems like he wants to let the whole cycling world know he's back - as if he hasn't already show us.
Vino is a true hard man, he's unlikely to win a sprint finish, but if things get tough and he's in with a shout of his first rainbow jersey then the others had better watch out.

Monday, 27 September 2010

Three Peaks Video Action

Interview: Rob Jebb, 2010 3-Peaks winner from British Cycling on Vimeo.

New electric 4X bike?

Reviewed - Rapha Club Jersey

When you but a Rapha product you're buying into much more that a piece of clothing; you're buying into a story, a small and tasteful reflection of a small slice of cycling culture and history, and that certainly runs their with their Club Jersey. From the outside, and a distance it may just look like a rather subtle, tasteful cycling jersey, but from the inside, and behind the scenes it's a whole lot more, and you can feel that sense of owning something classic and classy.

The jersey is made from the familiar soft and cozy Rapha Sportwool - which has a heavy merino wool content. This mix ensures durability, great comfort and sweat wicking ability - without too much in the way of odor, making it perfect for long day's out, tours, and hanging around in after rides - as it doesn't look out of place in everyday street life.

The jersey is quite robust, has a clearly long fit, with an even longer tail - trimmed with a nice beading. There are three rear pockets; the middle pocket has a very slimline pump pouch, while the one pocket also has a nice reinforced zipper pouch, with a button hole to feed MP3 and other cables through. The zipper pocket also carries the embroidered logo, which is unique to each model of jersey - this one being a tribute to Johan Musseuw, this carrying the Lion of Flanders logo, and the trademark internal story patch also dedicated to Musseuw. The other two jerseys in the range are dedicated to Sean Kelly and Italian frame building legend Dario Pegoretti.
In use the jersey feels great - as Rapha jerseys tend too, although it's the first time in a while we'd used a jersey with a short zip, a full length would of ben nice, but I guess it adds to the classic feel. The three country jersey's also inspired Ridley Scott Associates to team up with Rapha to make a short movie about each jersey - check them out bellow, they're great, and ensure you know you have something special - not just a jersey.

Verdict - a great jersey and a fair price for such quality; but be sure to check out the whole story too. Beware short trunked riders, it is a little long.

Of Steel - trailer from RAPHA on Vimeo.

Two Broad Arrows - trailer from RAPHA on Vimeo.

A Throw of the Dice - trailer from RAPHA on Vimeo.

Sunday, 26 September 2010

Rob Jebb wins Three Peaks again!

Yep, it seems there's no stopping him - Rob Jebb took yet another win in this years Three Peaks Cyclo Cross race in the Uk today, winning by 5 minutes from Nick Craig, and putting the record number of wins well out of reach for some time to come,.

Rob Jebb & "his" Three Peaks

British cyclo cross expert Rob Jebb is something of an unsung sporting hero, and the anual Three Peaks Cyclo Cross is the toughest cyclo cross race in the world - which just happens to take place today in Yorkshire, and Rob is the event record holder. 

Another dark and cold winters night sets in to the Lake District in Northern England as Rob Jebb tests his lights and pulls on his rain cape and gloves; “I don’t mind it (training in the dark of winter). I start work pretty early and finish just as it starts to get dark. I get out on the road in the dark some nights, extend my rides to work some days, and do the dreaded turbo trainer sessions when it’s too bad outside.”
It’s the epitome of amateur sport, something seemingly long forgotten in modern day cycling, but despite holding down a full time engineers job with British Telecom Rob Jebb’s sporting performances are anything but amateur, be them on a bike and on foot.
To most readers Rob is known as a cyclo cross racer, and a multiple champion of the infamous Three Peaks Cyclo Cross race, which is revered as the toughest cyclo cross in the world; “I started cycling because my mates and dad did it. I was always a fell runner, but figured cycling suited me more, and so gave the Peaks a go – they have the fell running version too, and runners always do well in the cross, plus it was just down the road from home.”
It was in his late teens that he first tackled the “Peaks”; “I finished well down the field, but really started to get the bug. I really enjoyed it.” Within a few years Rob had progressed towards the podium, and in 2000 he took the first of his record equalling 7 Peaks titles (Tim Gould also had six wins); “It’s always a major thing for me, my years main cycling goal.” The race did not take place due to potential foot and mouth disease fears in 2001 and 2007 – arguably preventing Rob taking a staggering 9 consecutive victories; “It was disappointing, but understandable – if something did break out it would mean the end of the race for ever.”
In 2007, with his main target for the season withdrawn he received an invite to go to Colorado to compete in the Iron Cross race, an event supposedly modelled on the Three Peaks, but almost twice as long; “It was a great experience, they really helped us out (Rob and other British riders). It was close to where Landis was from, quite bizarre. The race was nothing like the Peaks in reality – lots of fire road and fast riding.” Quite humbly he fails to mention that he won the race, typical of this rider who even buys his own tyres.
With numerous international selections and British Cyclo Cross Championship medals to his credit his past season’s focus has shifted to a good overall placing in he National Points Series; “I wanted a good overall position, and maybe world’s selection. I’m pretty crap on the bike really – technically, but I keep improving every year. It took me a while to get used to things, but the other riders are really friendly and helpful. I just tend to go out and race as hard as I can, I figure that most of the time in a cyclo cross the strongest rider will win, so I go with that approach.”
This completely down to earth approach runs right through everything Rob does in sporting terms; “I had a go at road racing one year. I’d never raced on the road, but got into a big stage race. I turned up as green as could be, on an old steel bike with cables and stuff. It started with a time trial; Jamie Burrow caught me for several minutes on his US Postal super bike. Next day I just got hammered out of the back. The next stage I thought I’m not going to let that happen again and went off the front, with a bunch of top British riders and we stayed away and I finished high up overall, weird.”
Rob’s road career was somewhat short lived; “I was doing ok, and guys like Keith Lambert (Ex pro rider) really helped me out; but the problem is that I really like my fell racing too, and that’s during the summer months. I also had a go at mountain biking, and figure that I could be good in marathon events, but prefer not to do something unless I can fully concentrate on it and do it well.”
Sure enough it’s tough to hold down a full time job and train at the same time, especially if you’re riding at a high level but Rob is one of a few athletes who manage to do this successfully year round; including regular international trips, both cyclo cross and to running events. In fact 5 years ago he was the Buff Skyrunner World Champion; “I use my holidays to add a day on here and there, but try and fit things around weekends.” With cyclo cross this is not too difficult, but with he Sky Running it can mean racing in far flung places such Japan and Borneo; “Ideally for the real high altitude and tropical races you could do with acclimatisation time, but there isn’t much chance for that."
With his tea cup empty and bacon butty done the great northern whippet heads out into the night, without so much as a second thought; a man who truly lives for his sport, and doesn’t expect it to live for, or make a living for him.

Trek 2011

Saturday, 25 September 2010

Jure Robic RIP

Alexei Grewal - the return

Way back in 1984 a brave young American rider made history when he became the first from his country to take the mens Olympic Road Race title - in a crazy sprint from Canadian Steve Bauer. It marked the dawning of a new age of bike racing - the American era.
Now that rider Alexei Grewal is intent on making a return to top level racing in the USA. Grewal was known as an absolute crazy man, and he probably was. He spent several years racing with top European pro teams such as 7-11 and Panasonic, but never quite hit out with a big win in Europe.
Last weekend the 50 year old rode in a marathon length dirt road gran fondo event in his home state of Colorado, and duly finished 4th. He was riding an old style MTB, wearing a builders helmet, work boots, regular and clothes. This weekend he takes place in another event - along with Lance Armstrong.
He has declared that he'd borrowed an old road bike and is now starting intense training, with the view to returning to a US pro team next season. His aim is to ride a series of South American stage races and to prepare for the Quiznos Pro Challenge, the latest incarnation of the Red Zinger Classic - a marathon on and off-road sage race around Colorado.

RAAM Champ Robic killed

Five time winner of the Race Across America - Jure Robic of Slovenia, was killed yesterday while training in the mountains of his homeland. As he continued his preparation for next months Crocodile Trophy race he hit a car while descending. The 45 year old rider died on the spot.

Norco 2011

Friday, 24 September 2010

Petacchi interview

Commonwealth Games starting to spiral downwards?

The conditions and preparations for next week's Commonwealth Games in Delhi are way off track, and many teams/athletes have already decided not to even board the flight to India. Notably from a cycling point is that the Team Sky British riders have withdrawn, citing potential heath risks as their main reason. Geraint Thomas, the great Welsh hope said that dengue fever was their biggest worry - being as a prolonged monsoon has left the city with an infestation of the disease, which could have long term effects on their fragile plans for the 2012 Olympics, a risk they consider not worth taking. Already the crd of the events, and potential gains are seriously flawed.
With just a week to go the Games are very much "up in the air" - and we expect to see many more withdrawals in the coming days - a real disaster.

** New Zealand's Team Sky rider Greg Henderson has also withdrawn from the Games.

Specialized 2011

World Championship favourites 5 - the Italians

When it comes to winning world title the italians seem to have it down to a fine art. Their devoted team tactics always make the "blue train" stand out, which is crucial in a wearing down race like the worlds.
the team always has a few aces to place with, something for all occasions. the team will officially be lead by Filippo Pozzato, and it looks like the selection indicates it
s all for one...

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Delhli Belly flop?

Just a week away from the opening of the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India, and the whole things seems to be up in he air - or rather flat on the floor. Delegates from several nations travelled to the games village this week - only to find that it seems "cowboys" not Indians have been involved in the construction - with the village being in something of a delayed and sub standard state. Add in a collapsed bridge today and the games may not even happen - which will be a real blow to all of the athletes, as well as India.
We have no word of the current state of the velodrome - maybe grass track racing and trials would be in order?
We have our games previews scheduled for next week - we'll run them anyway, as it's interesting to look back and see what they're all about.

Asian MTB Champs coming

This week sees the Asian MTB Championships take place in Korea. Here's a shot of defending Mens XC Champion Kohei Yamamoto of Japan, who has spent yet another season based in the South of France racing for the VC La Pomme MTB ream, and competing on the World Cup circuit.
Kohei is without doubt favourite to retain his title.

Retro Tour of Britain

World Championship favourites 4 - the Belgians

The Belgian's are always a force to be reconed with when it comes to the World Champs, and this year should be no different. The team has 2 great hopes - former title holder Tom Boonen and on form Philippe Gilbert. The team backing is officially with the reliable Gilbert, a man who can go the distance and also take things up if it comes to a smaller group. But should the patchy brilliance of Boonen be shining then his class makes him one of the big favourites for the race.

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Modern marvels, the neck bender

At first I just figured it was me getting old, you know, just can’t cut any more – and sure there is a distinct element of that in there, but on closer examination I worked out that in-fact this was not the case; like a bad carpenter I’d been blaming my tools, or so I figured.
aahahahahah a flipped step, I've lost it
What am I on about? That modern marvel called the compact frame, which when combined with the A-headset and cut off fork makes for one huge and inflexible road going BMX bike, yes that’s it, the one size (or 3) fit’s all approach that bike manufacturers have taken in the past few years. They wouldn’t get away with shoes in just small, medium and large, yet they manage it with bikes. How? Great marketing!
good size
On the box it says “small, light and rigid.” Huh, just like it says Old Spice makes you irresistible to women, and I never swallowed that one. Ok, so to an extent they have a point, but in reality the one size fits all approach benefits them a whole heap, and bike retailers too – but it does little for the majority of riders.
What is the truth behind the compact theory? Well; it makes bikes a whole lot cheaper to produce, which makes more money for the manufacturer, and gives you better value, and it means they don’t have to produce a whole series of jigs and moulds either – plus the dealer doesn’t have to stock a huge number of bikes in different sizes. Win, win - draw.
I like a big stack, but on a girl...
What does that mean to you? Compromise, in a word. One frame size simply does not fit all, every centimetre of seat post you add alters the angles and the position, and then there’s the A-head system; sure it’s great, but it’s about as flexible as brick. All in it totally contradicts the theories of decades of frame building, custom fits, angles etc, because it’s easy.
Many younger and “latter day” riders have never known any different – but then again many of us have; just take a look back at some of the old videos of the past greats on this site to see their positions – there were no 30cm seat posts and pan flat stems – rule of thumb was always based around being comfortable, which generally meant around 1.5-2 inches of height difference between your bars and saddle, which is something some shorter riders can achieve on a compact, but not 6 footers like me.
ignore the saddle angle, another modern marvel...
I’d had a regular A-head frame from my old
sponsors, and had my same old race position. Then one day before I set off for a training camp with Team Coast my new compact arrived – I couldn’t even reach the drops! And there was no room to raise the stem; a week of neck and backache followed.
Many years and kilos later, after riding a perfect fit Litespeed touring bike, I get hold of my last 2 compact road frames, and the saga begins again. Weeks of torment; I just cannot ride on the drops without cricking my neck., even the tops are a strain. I was too vein to flip the stem, but gave in eventually on the Giant. Then I managed to get a longer set of forks and ordered a flatter stem for the Merlin – just to achieve something like a rideable position.
I figured it was just me, but then I got hold of a book I wrote years back with pics of me showing how to set up your position, followed it up with some old racing pics – and nope, it’s all down to the inflexibility of the compact – which is a whole 2 inches lower than before.
Maybe the frame’s just too big? Maybe; but then there’s not much flexibility in this one-size fits all approach. And if they work so well then why did so many established riders have real issues switching to compacts, and why have manufacturers started making raised seat tubes with integrates seat posts – could it possibly be because they flex like a rubber tree in a storm?

Oh my neck hurts….

Trek World 7

Monday, 20 September 2010

Bull? Or Red Bull?

A look back at the start of the Vuelta 2010

Cipollini bikes 2011

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Sunday, 19 September 2010

Vuelta espana stage 21, the end

A superb Vuelta Espana came to a climax today with an 85km circuit race around central madrid. It was but a victory parade for Italian Vincenzo Nibali, who took victory overall, his first grand tour win, and a rare Italian victory in the Vuelta.
The stage predictably came down to a bunch sprint, where American Tyler Farrar out-sprinted points winner mark Cavendish to take the victory. Third spot went to Aussie Alan Davis, showing that his form is coming for the season's grand finale next weekend - the World Champs.

Vuelta stage 20, the crunch..

Merida Bikes 2011

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Tour of Britain stage 8

Today saw the final stage of this year;s Tour of Britain taking place on a circuit in central London. Once again HTC Columbia sprinter Andre Griepel finished off the stage with a win, while his Swiss team-mate Michael Albasini held on to his race lead to take the overall GC.
Pic thanks to TOB
Stage Eight Results
1)         Andre Greipel                            Team HTC – Columbia               1h 57m 07s
2)         Lucas Sebastien Haedo             Team Saxo Bank                       @ same time
3)         Roger Hammond                       Cervelo Test Team                     @ same time

Honda Combativity Award Winner: Matt Brammeier       AN Post Sean Kelly Cycling Team

Final General Classification standings (after eight stages)
1)         Michael Albasini                        Team HTC – Columbia               29h 23m 47s
2)         Borut Bozic                               Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    @ 1m 05s
3)         Greg Henderson                        Sky Professional Cycling Team  @ 1m 10s

Final Prostate Cancer Charity Points Jersey standings (after eight stages)
1)         Greg Henderson                        Sky Professional Cycling Team  74pts
2)         Borut Bozic                               Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    68pts
3)         Koen de Kort                            Skil – Shimano                          50pts

Final King of the Mountains Jersey standings (after eight stages)
1)         Johnny Hoogerland                   Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    56pts
2)         Richie Porte                              Team Saxo Bank                       45pts
3)         Wout Poels                               Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    31pts

Final Sprints Jersey standings (after eight stages)
1)         Michal Golas                             Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    34pts
2)         Richie Porte                              Team Saxo Bank                       22pts
3)         Greg Henderson                        Sky Professional Cycling Team  21pts

Final Team General Classification (after eight stages)
1)         Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team                88h 08m 02s
2)         Sky Professional Cycling Team              @ 6m 15s
3)         Team Saxo Bank                                   @ 24m 42s

Vuelta stage 20

Wow! What a race! Three weeks of racing at the Vuelta Espana all came down to the final mountain of the race - the Bola del Mundo, an evil grind reaching 18% gradient in the final 3km to the summit finish. Going into the penultimate stage Vincenzo Nibali held 51 econds lead over Spanish super climber Mosquera, and boy did the Spaniard give it all to get that time back, and take Vuelta victory, A gradual grind don in the final 18km of the race left the GC contenders ahead of the peletonl. Mosquera attacked and went away, taking 19 seconds out of the battling Italian rider Nibali. The gap netween the two was just a few meters for the final 3km, with Nibali coming back to Mosquera in the final 200 meters, and crossing the line just behind his rival.
The other GC contenders came in a further 23 seconds plus behind, and with just the final stage in Madrds to go it looks like Nibali will be the first Italian winner in 20 years.

Vuelta stage 19

Tour of Britain stage 7

Young Aussie track star wins Championship of Flanders

Cervelo girls getting wet

New movie..

Friday, 17 September 2010

Vuelta stage 19 & Tour of Britain stage 7

Belgian Philppe Gilbert showed he's a man on form when he took todays stage of the Vuelta Espana in a sprint finish. There was no change in GC.

Todays Tour of Britain stage was a bunch sprint taken by Borut (not Borat) Bozic of Vaconsoliel, GC remains with Michael Albasini.

Stage Seven Results
1)         Borut Bozic                               Vacansoleil Pro Cycling             3h 24m 15s
2)         Greg Henderson                        Sky Professional Cycling Team  @ same time
3)         Richie Porte                              Team Saxo Bank                       @ 3s

Honda Combativity Award Winner: Pieter Jacobs         Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator

General Classification standings (after seven stages)
1)         Michael Albasini                        Team HTC – Columbia               27h 26m 40s
2)         Borut Bozic                               Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    @ 1m 05s
3)         Richie Porte                              Team Saxo Bank                       @ 1m 14s