Dude….somebody pissed off Thor the Nordic god of thunder... and he pissed on the peloton the entire day in the opening stage of the Tour of Denmark. Just like last year, the rain was torrential and the forecast for the rest of the week looks to be more of the same.
The ProTour has one-day fever again as the peloton battles it out in Germany for the newly renamed, ‘Vattenfall Cyclassics’. Formerly a World Cup event, now on the ProTour, the race was known as HEW Cyclassics up until this year. The racing should be fierce, as Vattenfall is the first big test for the one-day specialists since Liege in April!
It seems like the next big race is always right around the corner. This Sunday, the one-day ProTour races begin anew - the first stop: Hamburg, for the newly titled Vattenfall Cyclassics. It might not be steeped in history or terribly glamorous, but there's not a Pro that wouldn't give an arm to take a win here.
The Tour over-shadowed everything this year, especially with speculation about how it would be ‘pas de Lance’ and then the ‘Operacion Puerto’ scandal before the race had even started. Lost in the hype were the results of the various National Championships, held the weekend prior to ‘le depart.’ One of the fresh new champion’s jerseys missing from Strasbourg was that of Belgium – how come?
PEZ caught up Team Type 1 yesterday as they continued to gather a full head of steam heading into the final mountainous stretch over the Appalachian Mountains and then into New Jersey. Spirits are incredibly high and the speeds are even higher - a record wants to be broken.
PEZ caught up with Phil Southerland an hour after his last shift, which saw the team head over the nearly 11,000 foot Wolf Creek Pass and near the 1000 mile mark. The riding has been hard so far, but the results are above expectations - and the mountains are more or less behind them for awhile at least.
The 2006 Commerce Bank Philadelphia International Championship and Liberty Classic benefiting Fox Chase Cancer Center were held on Sunday, June 11, in front of large crowds and under the best racing conditions one could ask for. “In 22 years we have always had excellent weather. We’re really gifted. This year is a new look, a new sponsor, and we intend to wow the City of Philadelphia,” said Jerry Casale, COO of Pro Cycling Tour, LLC.
Tomorrow, June 13 at 2:00 pm Pacific, the all-diabetic team of Team Type 1 will leave sunny Oceanside, California and set off on a route best flown, maybe driven, and almost unbelievably: ridden - over 3000 miles to the finish in Atlantic City. The team has three goals: the win, the record, and a million dollars - not to mention the ultimate destination of a cure.