Archive for May, 2009

In spite of a crash, with the finish line in sight, Denis Menchov/Rabobank held off Danilo Di Luca (Maglia Ciclamino) and is crowned Maglia Rosa winner of the Centoanni Giro d’Italia!
Konovalovas wins the 21st stage/final individual TT
Danilo Di Luca finished in 2nd place in the GC, Franco Pellizato 3rd.
Stefano Garzelli wins the Maglia Verde.
Levi Leipheimer finished 6th overall.
Lance Armstrong 12th overall.

Philippe Gilbert finally notched a stage win for the Silence-Lotto squad on Saturday, winning the 20th stage of the centenary Giro d’Italia.
Denis Menchov (Rabobank) and Danilo Di Luca (LPR Brakes) continued their battle over the maglia rosa, but the Russian held onto the race lead — actually padding it with two bonus seconds poached from his rival — going into Sunday’s finale, a 14.4km time trial through the streets of Rome.

Saturday’s transitional stage, a 203km ride from Naples to Anagni, began just 3 meters above sea level and covered a mostly flat route, running north along the coast from Naples before heading inland for an 18.2km circuit with two passages of a Cat. 3 climb to the finish line in ancient Anagni.
1. Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank
2. Danilo Di Luca (I) LPR Brakes Farnese Vini, at 0:20
3. Franco Pellizotti (I) Liquigas, at 1:39
4. Carlos Sastre Candil (Sp), Cervélo TestTeam, at 2:40
5. Ivan Basso (I) Liquigas, at 3:33

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Already 5 years and it seems like yesterday…
Even though Precision Bikes had it’s “Grand Opening” on July 23rd 2004,
it was during April – May 2004, Precision Bikes opened the doors.
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There will be a ride on
Saturday Morning
leaving from RED’S
>>>@6:00 AM!!!<<<
Temperatures around 65 degrees
Winds 2 mph NNE (20°)
Probability of Precipitation: 0%!!!

Eric Bernard is out of town, so anyone can aim for
“King of the Parkinglot!”

2008 Tour de France champion Carlos Sastre took his second stage win of this year’s Giro on Friday, slipping off the front of the peloton in the final 8km of the 19th stage.

The 164km stage finished with a climb up the legendary Vesuvius volcano. Sastre took off about halfway up the climb, bridging to Ivan Basso and then dropping him.

Rabobank’s Denis Menchov marked second-placed Danilo Di Luca on the finish, not letting the Italian get out of his sight, despite repeated attacks.

In the end, Di Luca outsprinted Menchov for third, getting an 8-second bonus but no time gap. A disappointed Di Luca was only able to close his gap to Menchov from 26 seconds to 18, heading into the final two stages.

Danny Pate (Garmin-Slipstream) and Jason McCartney (Saxo Bank) went on the hunt for stage victory in Thursday’s 182km hilly 18th stage from Sulmona to Benevento, in what turned out to be a breather for the GC favorites ahead of Friday’s showdown on Mont Vesuvius.

The U.S. pair worked into a huge, 24-rider breakaway across the hilly Campagna region that atrophied to a seven-man winning effort.

McCartney helped forge the decisive gaps late in the stage and settled for seventh, but Michele Scarponi (Diquigiovanni) ruined a possible victory by Pate to snatch his second victory of this Giro d’Italia.

Denis Menchov (Rabobank) finished safely in the pack to retain his 26-second lead to Danilo Di Luca (LPR) while Pate came close to another grand tour stage victory by crossing the line third
Up next:
Stage 19, from Avellino to Vesuvius, is another tough one. The 164km (101.9 mile) stage includes several significant ascents and finishes with a climb up Mount Vesuvius, the volcano that buried Pompeii under a river of lava in 79 A.D.
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Brian Rizk is heading to Tennessee this weekend!
18K TT on Saturday afternoon
76Mi RR on Sunday afternoon
Winner of either race receives an automatic nomination for the
Junior World Championships in Moscow, Russia

Safe travel and Good Luck from all of us

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Rouleur Magazine, though pricey, is a must read for anyone with an interest and passion for the sport of cycling.
It’s articles and photography are absolutely stunning!
Any time I find out the new issue is about to be mailed out…it is Christmas Eve allover again! R.V.

Preview: Issue 13

Issue 13 of Rouleur will be released at the end of this month. It will includes features and columns by Robert Millar, Herbie Sykes, Johnny Green, Rohan Dubash, William Fotheringham and Les Woodland, and photography by Timm Kölln, Rein van de Wouw, Geoff Waugh, Taz Darling, Guy Andrews and Camille J McMillan. You can read a preview of what you can expect in the new issue here.

Into the Valley | Robert Millar

“The road widens and I hit the headwind, which always blows here. Most of the way up Alpe d’Huez you don’t notice things like this, but here, with four kilometres left you do. Luckily I can see a good gaggle of cars and motorbikes just in front going slower than me so I presume it’s Arroyo and gladly accept the shelter when I get in amongst them. With the headwind, the heat off all those engines isn’t so bad, certainly not as much trouble as the wind. Squeezing between the last of the cars and the crowd I pop out beside a TV motorbike and am astonished to see it’s Hinault I’ve caught up with. What a surprise this is. He doesn’t look any different to the last time I saw him, still snarling, still fighting, but when he reaches into his pockets and takes out some food I know he’s in trouble. I could go past him and give him some shelter, some temporary relief from the misery but then I remember Laffrey and the valley and how much it hurt and then there’s my mission for the day to consider. I let him take a bit more wind. Even though I’ll lose more distance on Arroyo and the third place points I’ll have a little rest, thanks. As I glance up, I notice 200 metres ahead the crowd by the roadside seems a little thicker. That means less wind again, so I wait behind Hinault until then and when I reach the relative shelter I resume the speed I had been going before. I’m not shocked when I leave him behind instantly as he’s ran out of fuel and has now only got survival speed to rely on. He wanted to be on his own anyway.”

Mortirolo | Herbie Sykes and Timm Kölln

“The 1991 Giro, billed as a battle royale between Gianni Bugno, consummate winner the previous year, and the brilliant, charismatic climber Claudio “Il Diavolo” Chiappucci, has deviated somewhat from the script. Chiappucci, runner-up behind Miguel Indurain at the Tour de France, is the new darling of Italian cycling, and the race organisers have filled the percorso with mountains, apparently playing into his greedy little hands. But on stage two the lanky, angular Tuscan, Franco Chioccioli, assumed the maglia rosa and is stubbornly refusing to give it up. He leads the excellent Spaniard Marino Lejarreta by half a minute, the great climber Chiappucci by 90 seconds. A strangely subdued Bugno lies only fifth, over two minutes in arrears.

Today the race will reach the most spiteful of all Italy’s climbs, the merciless Passo Mortirolo, 12 kilometres at an average gradient – an average – of 10.5 per cent. For the middle six of those kilometres, the gradient will average a bruising 13 per cent, unheard-of anywhere else in the world of cycling. Here the big hitters – Chiappucci, Pedro Delgado, Greg LeMond, Bugno – will make their move, restoring the natural order of things. Today, sadly for the romantic hordes jostling for position on Mortirolo, the Heron will in all probability have his wings firmly clipped.”

All Fall Down | Johnny Green

“Beloki, like all good pros, was on tubular tyres, crucial for those vital centimetres of speed that spell win over second. Chasing Alexandre Vinokourov, he turned hard coming off Côte de la Rochette. The liquified bitumen of the road had melted. He braked, skidded and slipped in the goo, and off popped the rubber. Perhaps the glue had melted as ignominiously as the make-up on von Aschenbach’s face in Death In Venice as he sat on the baking Lido beach, transfixed by the beauty of Tadzio. Or maybe Joseba’s roadie had been a Ramones’ fan and been sniffin’ the stuff. Too much up the nose, not enough on the rim. Did that tub roll or was it pushed? Who knows?”

The Spring Classics | The Rouleur Photographers

“It’s a circus, and I don’t want to be one of the clowns.” [Chris Boardman]

Tubolari | Rohan Dubash

“Accustomed to instant gratification, our ‘click to buy’ mentality infects every facet of our lives. Everything, it seems, must happen immediately, without fuss or perseverance, yet cycling is not like this. One must train over many hours, days, months even years to see and feel improvement. A racing bicycle should be carefully assembled with attention to detail. Fans think nothing of climbing a mountain on foot and waiting an eternity in the baking heat or freezing cold for a fleeting glimpse of a hero – cycling is indeed ‘not like this’.”

Fausto Coppi | William Fotheringham

“On the Turchino, the last of the early escapees to remain with Coppi, the Frenchman Lucien Teisseire, dropped his head for a second to change gear. When he lifted his eyes, he had been left behind and Coppi was alone in the lead. The organiser, Giuseppe Ambrosini, came by in his car, waving his arms for the road to be cleared; an announcer’s dusty, grinning face hung out of the back of the vehicle, yelling the words the crowd had come to the mountain pass to hear: Arriva Coppi! The words went down to the valley, bouncing off the rocks, leaving the car far behind. “Arriva Coppi, Arriva Coppi” went the noise.

Coppi remained alone in the lead all the way to San Remo, for 147 kilometres of the 290-odd that make up the race. This was the biggest winning margin of his career in a single-day event: a gaping 14 minutes over the next man, Teisseire. Bartali was 24 minutes behind. These were massive time gaps, the more striking because there had been no racing for so long and the performance could not be put in any kind of context. It was a one-off. As publicity for Bianchi, his new boss Aldo Zambrini said, it was worth six months’ bike production in the factory. The victory was a colossal statement of intent from Coppi himself, setting the tone for the coming years. Here was a man renewed, with huge ambitions. The margin of the win and its crushing style were guaranteed to excite the nation.”

1984 | Les Woodland

“One summer between the Prague Spring and the fall of the Evil Empire, I met Robert Millar in a communist hotel in Prague. He was lying in bed, looking miserable but willing to talk. He had every reason to look miserable the day before a world championship because he’d come all that way without a hope of winning. Skinny beggars don’t win world championships. But if Britain didn’t send Millar, who was there left? The country wasn’t spoiled for choice.

That was 1981 and the race was won by Freddy Maertens, to the puzzlement of a local crowd which had largely never heard of him. He outsprinted Beppe Saronni. Outsprinted. That’s why Millar left Czechoslovakia as unknown as he had arrived. Skinny kids can’t sprint.”

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Angie “AAA” Fontenot in the windtunnel at Texas A&M