‘Kack!’ That’s AG2R’s Irish star Mark Scanlon’s view on Saturday’s Het Volk. ‘It’s so dangerous - the Belgians are crazy, jumping kerbs and all that kind of stuff.’ His exact phraseology was a tad more colourful, so we’ll leave it at that.
The dynamics of a cycling team go way beyond the eight guys that hit the road every day. At the end of the day, as cycling fans, we appreciate the savage power of the Blue Train driving Big George to victory, but what we don’t see is what drives the pro teams behind-the-scenes.
Team Toyota-United’s JJ Haedo scored a brilliant win of today’s Queen stage along the California coast. It was a full-team effort as ds’s Frankie Andreu & Harm Jansen plotted the winning strategy, then assigned their men to deliver the win. Pez was along for the ride and here’s how it unfolded …
The racing season is barely under way and while much of the pro peloton is applying sunscreen in sunny Socal, the real hard men are pulling on the thermal booties, vests, and long gloves for this weekend’s unofficial Classics kick off in Belgium – get ready for Het Volk and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne!
The Amgen Tour of California rolled through the high tech capital of the world today and what better place for these riders to mount their latest aerodynamic machines during the Individual Time Trail (ITT). Microchips and microprocessors gave way to carbon, titanium and a whole lot of wattage output. Silicon Valley is home to all the big names in the computer business, but today the big names were Floyd, David and Bobby.
Legends are created atop summits. We assault them. We fear them. We never forget their name once we’ve conquered them. Summits are nothing short of the reason we cycle – to reach the top. Today’s second stage of the Amgen Tour of California was nothing short of epic.
Do kids read Peanuts in the Sunday comics anymore? The first ever stage of the Amgen Tour of California finished in Santa Rosa, where Charles Schultz, the creator of Charlie Brown and Snoopy called home. Levi Leipheimer calls it home too. There was no mistaking this along the race course today – Levi, the race leader, was coming home and Lucy and Linus were taking a back seat to the local cycling hero.
The Tour de Langkawi is in the record books and Team Navigators' Burke Swindlehurst is heading home, sort of. The final two stages were a literal wash, a non-important TT for T-Bird and an outright deluge of biblical proportions on the final day crit. Here's the final update from the snorkeler.