5.31.2011

Honouring Charly Gaul

Pic by Ed Buchette
Parc Municipale an der Stadt net wàit ewech vun der Croix rouge ...
..Andy, Frank, Kim and others in memory of the Ange of the Mountains.
If you ignore him - HOW could  you?! - and/or want to know more, there is a very good page on Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charly_Gaul
I report here the interesting bibliography but know it's incomplete. If you have titles to add, feel free to do in the comments area and I'll thank you!
  • Roland Barthes: Le Tour de France comme épopée. In: Mythologies. Paris: Éditions du Seuil, 1957, pp. 110–121.
  • Bergauf, bergab mit Charly Gaul. Luxembourg: Editioun François Mersch, 1959.
  • Christian Laborde: L'ange qui aimait la pluie. Paris: Éditions Albin Michel, 1994. ISBN 2-226-06977-1
  • Gast Zangerlé: La saga Charly Gaul. Luxembourg: Éditions Saint-Paul, 2006. ISBN 2-87963-597-7 (also in German: Der Mythos Charly Gaul).

Funny commercial with Fränk Schleck

5.30.2011

EHM...

...this jacket is awful. Sorry I must say that. But Andy is as cute as usual and on http://shop.day.dk/team_leopard_trek/mens/team_leopard_looks/andy_schleck_leather_look/?page=1 you can find very nice clothes. So I wonder: why did they decide to make him wear just that jacket? Mah! 
Anyway... Andy tweeted he's back home: lucky Luxembourgers! why am I still here? Ok, I have a few answers in stock.

BRAVO GIACOMO!

I was at the Giro - a photo reportage is on the way - so just found this press release in my mailbox today:
Pic by Bayern Rundfahrt, Schaaf Photography
Nizzolo takes final stage in Bayern rundfahrt
On the fifth and final stage of Bayern Rundfahrt, Nizzolo took advantage of a world-class leadout and outsprinted John Degenkolb (HTC-Highroad) and Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky Procycling) to the line. It is the first victory of the 22-year-old’s professional career.
After finishing second in the ProRace Berlin, one week ago, neopro Giacomo Nizzolo called the result bittersweet because victory continued to elude him. “I know a win is close,” Nizzolo said last Sunday. This Sunday, Nizzolo got his win.
“Fabian Cancellara and Fabian Wegmann did a great job piloting Giacomo to the line,” said Sports Director Adriano Baffi. “Sky had a great train, but Giacomo outclassed them. It’s a relief to get something back after our bout of bad luck. Everybody is incredibly happy to see our efforts rewarded.”
Baffi called the final stage in Bavaria a fast, flat affair. Jaroslaw Marycz (Saxobank-Sungard) slipped off the front 20 kilometers from the race start in Friedberg and stayed away alone until the peloton swallowed him up six kilometers from the line. With Geraint Thomas (Sky Procycling) in the leader’s jersey, Sky took responsibility for controlling the race. “We didn’t need to do too much,” noted Baffi. “Sky did a really great job.”
With Marycz caught and the bunch sprint imminent, several teams began to assemble leadouts for their respective sprinters. Nizzolo stayed safely and calmly tucked behind Wegmann and Cancellara.
“Today’s stage was quite simple. It was easy to understand and to control. Cancellara did a fantastic job in the last few kilometers,” said Nizzolo. “Unfortunately, we lost Robert Wagner in a crash before the finish, so we had one less person to use in the sprint. Luckily, Robert got away with nothing more than some scratches.”
“Cancellara brought me on Boasson Hagen’s wheel 400 meters from the line,” continued Nizzolo. “There was a curve 200 meters before the finish, and I attacked there. It was a very fast, slightly uphill sprint. I could feel Degenkolb on my wheel, but I did not allow him to overtake me.”
Nizzolo first landed on the podium for LEOPARD TREK in March, taking second place on the fourth stage of Volta a Catalunya. He followed up with third at Rund um Köln in April and added an additional third place finish on the first stage of 4 Jours de Dunkerque in May. His sprint for second in Berlin last week was his fourth podium finish in three months. His neopro year has included twelve top-ten results so far.
“Giacomo has shown great progress as a sprinter,” said Baffi. “His victory today is compensation for the tremendous amount of hard work he has done. As an amateur, he became used to winning. Last year, he had 12 victories. To confirm your ability in your first year as a pro is always difficult, but Giacomo has done that.”
“I am super happy for myself and for the entire team,” added Nizzolo. “We will never forget this win. It was what we needed after Wouter’s tragic death in the Giro d’Italia. I have wanted a victory so badly and been so close to a win so many times. Today gives me great satisfaction for all the efforts."
I'm really happy that Giacomo won: after so many good results just victory was missed. When we read his name the first time in LEOPARD TREK riders list the most of us had never seen it before but in few months he demonstrated to be one of the best elements of the team. In spite of his young age and his few experience, in sprints he was always there fighting for the victory and finally it came. BRAVO!

5.28.2011

Alpes Training pics spam... and more

Pic by Niels Chr. Jung


So they went and trained. Weather definitely wasn't good but better then in that day stage of the Giro, not far from there: pourring rain, crashes, cold... 

Pic by Niels Chr. Jung


In Florence is still very very VERY hot. I'll see tomorrow in Milano: we go there for the last stage. What a pity some good TT specailists already abandoned the race: many couldn't afford the last hard week, others - like poor Pinotti - crashed and get injuried. 

Honestly that is the most boring Giro I have ever seen... but I'll tell you my opinion later, when it will be over. In spite of all, some guys and some facts found a place in my memory and I like to remember.

Back to Schleck: Tour of Luxembourg is going to start in few days. Andy will not race it - as we know since a long time, can't see why some media gave that as a news - but Frank will and to win

It's 'his' race in a certain way: he won it once and was second last year just because he didn't want to take risks at the sprint in a rainy final day. 

Pic by Niels Chr. Jung

Good luck then! He had such a great season so far! It would be really nice to add a new victory, and on home roads.


5.27.2011

Tour de France stage 17

Pic by Jakob Fugslang
Yes yes, don't check the calendar. We are still in May. But today Andy (and and co.) is riding there. So close, so far...
The weather isn't good: after weeks of super heat we are waiting for the rain and somewhere it's already arrived.
In July rain or heat could make a difference. We will see.
Meanwhile TAS let know there will be a delay in Contador's case decision: it could arrive after TdF start or even after TdF end. 
Not the best for cycling. Not really. I often wrote I'd like to see Andy winning TdF defeating Contador on the road, so I'd prefer he starts. But cleared! He's winning the Giro sub judice and that's a shame! I REALLY hope TAS manages to make a decison in time, whatever it is.

5.25.2011

Andy already on TdF roads

So yesterday Andy arrived back home: "After long travel back home" he tweeted "but not for long tomorrow we go and train in the alps recon... TDF". The main goal is still/already there. "Fränk has put in a lot of training at home over the last few weeks and Andy had a very good build-up with the race in California." says Kim Andersen in LT press release "We travel to the Alps for training on what we anticipate will be the decisive roads during the Tour de France" he confirms. 
Pic by Niels Chr. Jung
"I expect Fränk to be ready for the Tour of Luxembourg next week. Andy has better fitness now than he did last year at this time. It has been part of our plan that he goes deeper earlier this year." So... we have just to wait for July fireworks. 
Andy isn't worried about Contador's perfomances in the Giro:according to www.cyclismactu.net he said to l'Equipe "Je pense qu’il laisse pas mal d’énergie [sur le Giro]"
The point is - in my opinion - he isn't going to race in Tour de France and so... has no energies to save and will get lots of time to rest. Restless Andy instead: "There we go ...Jetlag can t sleep". You could check your mailbox to kill the time, couldn't you? But I'm joking :)

5.23.2011

Dire Straits - Tunnel of Love



Getting crazy on the waltzers but it's the life that I choose
sing about the sixblade sing about the switchback and a torture tattoo
and I been riding on a ghost train where the cars they scream and slam
and I don't know where I'll be tonight but I'd always tell you where I am

in a screaming ring of faces I seen her standing in the light
she had a ticket for the races just like me she was a victim of the night
I put a hand upon the lever said let it rock and let it roll
I had the one arm bandit fever there was an arrow through my heart and my soul

and the big wheel keep on turning neon burning up above
and I'm just high on the world
come on and take a low ride with me girl
on the tunnel of love

it's just the danger when you're riding at your own risk
she said you are the perfect stranger she said baby let's keep it like this
it's just a cake walk twisting baby step right up and say
hey mister give me two give me two cos any two can play

and the big wheel keep on turning neon burning up above
and I'm just high on the world
come on and take a low ride with me girl
on the tunnel of love

well it's been money for muscle another whirligig
money for muscle and another girl I dig
another hustle just to make it big
and rockaway rockaway

and girl it looks so pretty to me just like it always did
like the spanish city to me when we were kids
oh girl it looks so pretty to me just like it always did
like the spanish city to me when we were kids

she took off a silver locket she said remember me by this
she put her hand in my pocket I got a keepsake and a kiss
and in the roar of the dust and diesel I stood and watched her walk away
I could have caught up with her easy enough but something must have made me stay

and the big wheel keep on turning neon burning up above
and I'm just high on the world
come on and take a low ride with me girl
on the tunnel of love

and now I'm searching through these carousels and the carnival arcades
searching everywhere from steeplechase to palisades
in any shooting gallery where promises are made
to rockaway rockaway from cullercoats and whitley bay out to rockaway

and girl it looks so pretty to me like it always did
like the spanish city to me when we were kids
girl it looks so pretty to me like it always did
like the spanish city to me when we were kids

Xavi Tondo killed by his garage door! WOT?!

Fallece el ciclista Xavi Tondo

http://www.marca.com/2011/05/23/ciclismo/1306143545.html?a=GILE6b12bdbc7dbcb2dd9c2b2b35c2f6478f&t=1306143597
El ciclista del equipo Movistar Xavi Tondo, de 32 años, ha fallecido este lunes en Granada tras sufrir un accidente doméstico. Al corredor español se le cayó la puerta del garaje cuando iba a salir de su vivienda.
Según informa EFE Tondo murió al quedar aprisionado entre su coche y el portón automático de un edificio de apartamentos de la urbanización de Pradollano, en Sierra Nevada, donde se estaba entrenando.
Los hechos ocurrieron poco después de las 10.00 horas, cuando el ciclista del equipo Movistar, que se preparaba para el Tour de Francia, intentaba sacar del garaje del edificio su coche, del que parece que se bajó al comprobar que la puerta estaba cerrada.
El director del equipo Movistar, Eusebio Unzue, reconoció a Europa Press que aún no tenía "detalles" de lo que había sucedido, pero advirtió que, al parecer, se le había caído "la puerta del garaje encima" cuando se disponía a salir a entrenar por Sierra Nevada junto a su compañero Beñat Intxausti.
El corredor tarraconense había sido fichado esta temporada por el Movistar Team procedente del Cervélo y este año ya había ganado la Vuelta a Castilla y León.

TOC : Horner won, Andy ends 8th ... and my personal prizes

Tour of California has his winners: Horner for the GC, Jonathan Patrick McCarty (USA) Team Spidertech Powered By C10 Best Climber, Van Garderen Best Young Rider, Sagan first in points classification, HTC best team.
In add, my personal team prize goes to Radio Shack: I was surprised to find them so low in team class. They ruled the race in my opinion and got first and second places. 
A special prize also to American teams (not just US): they were great and P.McCarty's jersey is well deserved. 
My special prize for Funniest Tweeting Rider to Alex Dowsett: he made me die laughing, especially telling about Taylor Phinney's trousers and salt in the coffee...! Too bad he crashed and had to retire before the TT that was his goal. Best wishes Alex!
My personal prize for Best Loved Rider of course to Andy: 8th in Final GC behinde almost all US riders - bravo Ten Dam, 6th - 5th in best climbers classification. He was in the front in the mountain, made a very good TT and yesterday ended 30 in a sprinters stage. Tour de France is in July but Andy is ready and I wouldn't be surprised to see him shining in Tour de Suisse. Tipp topp :D
Stage 8
1 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) HTC-Highroad 2:56:39
2 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale
3 Greg Henderson (NZl) Sky Procycling
4 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team
5 Kevin Lacombe (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10
6 Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team
......................................................................
30 Andy Schleck (Lux) Leopard Trek
Final GC
1 Christopher Horner (USA) Team RadioShack 23:46:41
2 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team RadioShack 0:00:38
3 Thomas Danielson (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:02:45
4 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:03:18
5 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) HTC-Highroad 0:03:23
6 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:03:26
7 Rory Sutherland (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 0:04:12
8 Andy Schleck (Lux) Leopard Trek 0:04:33
9 Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:04:50
10 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:06:16
11 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Leopard Trek 0:06:22
12 Damiano Caruso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:06:39
13 Alexander Efimkin (Rus) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis 0:08:37
14 Daniel Martin (Irl) Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:08:39
15 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:08:50
16 Luis Romero Amaran (Cub) Jamis - Sutter Home 0:09:07
17 Andrew Talansky (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:09:21
18 Francesco Bellotti (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:09:44
19 Brian Vandborg (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard 0:09:46
20 Christian Meier (Can) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 0:09:58
21 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:10:12
22 George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:10:43
23 Rob Britton (Can) Bissell Cycling 0:10:51
24 Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:11:38
25 Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team 0:11:48
26 Matthew Busche (USA) Team RadioShack 0:12:03
27 Christopher Baldwin (USA) Bissell Cycling 0:12:22
28 Danny Pate (USA) HTC-Highroad 0:12:25
29 Peter Velits (Svk) HTC-Highroad 0:13:52
30 Rafal Majka (Pol) Saxo Bank Sungard 0:17:43
31 Tom Zirbel (USA) Jamis - Sutter Home 0:19:06
32 Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 0:19:10
33 David Zabriskie (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:19:12
34 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Leopard Trek 0:20:00
35 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:20:09

5.22.2011

A pic from California


TOC 6 and 7: Andy is doing great in Cali!

Saturday is my son's race day as you know so no time for bloging and few time to get around some Giro spots. That doesn't mean I didn't be into TOC last two days. I watched it and was delighted by Andy's great performaces. His TT was quite good and after it he still was in the top ten. BDW Linus Gerdeman managed to get a 15th there: bravo! Not a surprise Jakob Fuglsang's 7th: he already showed his TT skill. 
Pic by WillSwetnam
In stage 7, on Mt. Baldy, Andy did great as well: in short - as you can read on Cyclingnews - "Schleck began to yo-yo off the back of the favorites group with 4km to go, and then just five riders remained in the group: Chris Horner, Levi Leipheimer, Laurens Ten Dam, Andy Schleck. The last steep gradients of the climb awaited the leaders. The much-anticipated move from RadioShack came inside the final 3 kilometers. Busche put on the gas, and only Leipheimer and Horner could hold the pace. The two RadioShack riders quickly opened up a gap on the other riders and the field splintered. Dutch climber Laurens Ten Dam proved most able to resist, and rode just off the back of the leading duo." 
TOC is the main season goal for riders like Leipheimer, Van Garderen and US guys in general. They are very motivated and trained just in ordere to do their best here. Andy's main goal is TdF. He isn't just training here but can't go full gas, so a second on Sierra Road, a 9th on Mt.Baldy and a quite good TT are simply perfect. A stage victory would have been nice, ok, and he almost got it. But I think he - and we - can be happy with his results. 
LT can be happy as a team, because they all raced very well, in spite of Jens' crash and the recent tragedy that affected their mood, focusing and motivation for sure. I was often hard on LT team, because I had great expectations and was used to CSC/Saxo Bank level that was very high. It wasn't so easy for that new team to get the right way to work together and we saw often a lack of strategy. But I must say it improved a lot and we can be optimist for the Tour de France
Some blog mates told me they think Andy can't win it if Contador is there and that he looks less strong then last year, in add his team seems weaker too. I don't agree. I think the team will be ready and that Andy decided to improve in TT, endurance in flat and sprint even losing something in climbing. He changed his training and you see how changed his body. He's stronger, a bit heavier but has more power and endurance. Remember his exploit in the Amstel. Remember his sprint on Sierra Road, where he did something he couldn't do in the Fleche against Rebelling - mutatis mutandis ok. 
Now I'm very confident. Moreover because I know he changed his also his mind: to be relaxed and to not feel the stress is good, but he understood he needs to be more 'involved', more 'angry' maybe, to put out a bit of that rage he had in his belly, do you remember? 
We are going to see a great Tour, belive me! with or without Contador. I'd prefer with him: I want to see him defeated by Andy on the road and that is what also Andy wants.
Stage 6 ITT
1 David Zabriskie (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:30:36
2 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team RadioShack 0:00:14
3 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) HTC-Highroad 0:00:40
4 Peter Velits (Svk) HTC-Highroad 0:00:48
5 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:00:49
6 Christopher Horner (USA) Team RadioShack 0:00:51
7 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Leopard Trek 0:00:53
8 Jeremy Vennell (NZl) Bissell Cycling 0:00:59
9 Rory Sutherland (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
10 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:01:01
11 Andrew Talansky (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:01:10
12 Danny Pate (USA) HTC-Highroad
13 Thomas Danielson (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:01:13
14 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:01:15
15 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Leopard Trek 0:01:27
.............................
37 Benjamin Day (Ita) Kenda/5-hour Energy Pro Cycling presented by Geargrinder 0:02:15
38 Andy Schleck (Lux) Leopard Trek
Andy was 10th in GC at that point
Stage 7
1 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team RadioShack 3:33:01
2 Christopher Horner (USA) Team RadioShack
3 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:00:43
4 Thomas Danielson (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:01:01
5 Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:01:21
6 Alexander Efimkin (Rus) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis
7 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) HTC-Highroad 0:01:29
8 Damiano Caruso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:01:39
9 Andy Schleck (Lux) Leopard Trek

GC
1 Christopher Horner (USA) Team RadioShack 20:50:02
2 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team RadioShack 0:00:38
3 Thomas Danielson (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:02:45
4 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:03:18
5 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) HTC-Highroad 0:03:23
6 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:03:26
7 Rory Sutherland (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 0:04:12
8 Andy Schleck (Lux) Leopard Trek 0:04:33
9 Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:04:50
10 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:06:16
11 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Leopard Trek 0:06:22

5.20.2011

TOC 6: ITT start times

1 144 12:45:00 DRISCOLL James JSH USA
2 152 12:46:00 HAGMAN Alex JBC USA
3 173 12:47:00 GAIMON Phil KPC USA
4 157 12:48:00 DICKISON William JBC AUS
5 111 12:49:00 DEL NERO MONTES Jesus APP ESP
6 5 12:50:00 MCCARTNEY Jason RSH USA
7 156 12:51:00 LOUTIT Alastair JBC AUS
8 118 12:52:00 SCHILLINGER Andreas APP GER
9 147 12:53:00 ANTOGNA Fernando JSH ARG
10 122 12:54:00 ANDERSON Ryan CSM CAN
11 172 12:55:00 DAMIANI Luca KPC ITA
12 125 12:56:00 GILBERT Martin CSM CAN
13 158 12:57:00 POWERS Jeremy JBC USA
14 98 12:58:00 WHITE Bradley UHC USA
15 52 12:59:00 DENIFL Stefan LEO AUT
16 167 13:00:00 FRIEDMAN Michael KBS USA
17 95 13:01:00 MENZIES Karl UHC AUS
18 105 13:02:00 ILESIC Aldo Ino TT1 SLO
19 126 13:03:00 LACOMBE Kevin CSM CAN
20 112 13:04:00 BARTA Jan APP CZE
21 176 13:05:00 MILNE Shawn KPC USA
22 134 13:06:00 JACQUES-MAYNES Andy BPC USA
23 27 13:07:00 VELITS Martin THR SVK
24 165 13:08:00 CREED Michael KBS USA
25 117 13:09:00 KÖNIG Leopold APP CZE
26 175 13:10:00 KILUN Roman KPC USA
27 92 13:11:00 FÖRSTER Robert UHC GER
28 73 13:12:00 HAEDO Juan Jose SBS ARG
29 113 13:13:00 SEUBERT Timon APP GER
30 151 13:14:00 VAN ULDEN Bernard JBC USA
31 4 13:15:00 IRIZAR ARRANBURU Markel RSH ESP
32 74 13:16:00 HAEDO Lucas Sebastien SBS ARG
33 128 13:17:00 ROUTLEY Will CSM CAN
34 63 13:18:00 DUGGAN Timothy LIQ USA
35 82 13:19:00 BOOM Lars RAB NED
36 121 13:20:00 TUFT Svein CSM CAN
37 17 13:21:00 VAN SUMMEREN Johan GRM BEL
38 77 13:22:00 JORGENSEN Jonas SBS DEN
39 163 13:23:00 BOWMAN Dan KBS USA
40 56 13:24:00 LUND Anders LEO DEN
41 37 13:25:00 STANNARD Ian SKY GBR
42 146 13:26:00 GUPTILL Andy JSH USA
43 96 13:27:00 PINFOLD Andrew UHC CAN
44 22 13:28:00 EISEL Bernhard THR AUT
45 76 13:29:00 NUYENS Nick SBS BEL
46 114 13:30:00 DIETZIKER Andreas APP SUI
47 107 13:31:00 KOCJAN Jure TT1 SLO
48 72 13:32:00 COOKE Baden SBS AUS
49 168 13:33:00 MUMFORD Reid KBS USA
50 64 13:34:00 KING Edward LIQ USA
51 154 13:35:00 HANSON Ken JBC USA
52 23 13:36:00 GOSS Matthew Harley THR AUS
53 123 13:37:00 BELL Zach CSM CAN
54 53 13:38:00 MORTENSEN Martin LEO DEN
55 143 13:39:00 BORRAJO Aníbal Andres JSH ARG
56 83 13:40:00 VERMELTFOORT Coen RAB NED
57 34 13:41:00 HAYMAN Mathew SKY AUS
58 67 13:42:00 DA DALTO Mauro LIQ ITA
59 65 13:43:00 OSS Daniel LIQ ITA
60 108 13:44:00 MEGIAS LEAL Javier TT1 ESP
61 142 13:45:00 BORRAJO Alejandro Alberto JSH ARG
62 47 13:46:00 PHINNEY Taylor BMC USA
63 25 13:47:00 HOWARD Leigh THR AUS
64 38 13:48:00 SWIFT Ben SKY GBR
65 178 13:49:00 STEMPER James KPC USA
66 97 13:50:00 WEGELIUS Charles UHC GBR
67 57 13:51:00 PEDERSEN Martin LEO DEN
68 155 13:52:00 HERNANDEZ Sergio JBC USA
69 115 13:53:00 GOTTFRIED Alexander APP GER
70 68 13:54:00 WURF Cameron LIQ AUS
71 6 13:55:00 MURAVYEV Dmitriy RSH KAZ
72 81 13:56:00 FREIRE GOMEZ Oscar RAB ESP
73 162 13:57:00 ANTHONY Jesse KBS USA
74 7 13:58:00 KING Benjamin RSH USA
75 138 13:59:00 VENNELL Jeremy BPC NZL
76 35 14:00:00 HENDERSON Gregory SKY NZL
77 102 14:01:00 BODROGI Lazlo TT1 FRA
78 106 14:02:00 KOBZARENKO Valeryi TT1 UKR
79 116 14:03:00 HUZARSKI Bartosz APP POL
80 88 14:04:00 TJALLINGII Maarten RAB NED
81 75 14:05:00 MAJKA Rafal SBS POL
82 58 14:06:00 VOIGT Jens LEO GER
83 135 14:07:00 MACH Paul BPC USA
84 54 14:08:00 FUGLSANG Jakob LEO DEN
85 137 14:09:00 THOMPSON Jay Robert BPC RSA
86 161 14:10:00 BAJADALI Andy KBS USA
87 164 14:11:00 CANDELARIO Alex KBS USA
88 145 14:12:00 ZIRBEL Tom JSH USA
89 177 14:13:00 RYTLEWSKI Jake KPC USA
90 166 14:14:00 DONALD Jason KBS USA
91 101 14:15:00 BERTOGLIATI Rubens TT1 SUI
92 136 14:16:00 PIPP Frank BPC USA
93 8 14:17:00 ZUBELDIA AGIRRE Haimar RSH ESP
94 124 14:18:00 EUSER Lucas CSM USA
95 45 14:19:00 LOUDER Jeffry BMC USA
96 48 14:20:00 ROE Timothy BMC AUS
97 28 14:21:00 VELITS Peter THR SVK
98 93 14:22:00 JONES Christopher UHC USA
99 84 14:23:00 MARTENS Paul RAB GER
100 26 14:24:00 PATE Danny THR USA
101 171 14:25:00 DAY Benjamin KPC AUS
102 2 14:26:00 BUSCHE Matthew RSH USA
103 42 14:27:00 EIJSSEN Yannick BMC BEL
104 78 14:28:00 VANDBORG BACH Brian SBS DEN
105 132 14:29:00 BALDWIN Christopher BPC USA
106 104 14:30:00 EFIMKIN Alexander TT1 RUS
107 66 14:31:00 BELLOTTI Francesco LIQ ITA
108 133 14:32:00 BRITTON Rob BPC CAN
109 11 14:33:00 ZABRISKIE David GRM USA
110 94 14:34:00 MEIER Christian UHC CAN
111 141 14:35:00 ROMERO AMARAN Luis JSH CUB
112 148 14:36:00 WREN Tyler JSH USA
113 86 14:37:00 NIERMANN Grischa RAB GER
114 62 14:38:00 CARUSO Damiano LIQ ITA
115 33 14:39:00 FROOME Chris SKY GBR
116 41 14:40:00 HINCAPIE George BMC USA
117 127 14:41:00 MCCARTY Jonathan Patrick CSM USA
118 43 14:42:00 BOOKWALTER Brent BMC USA
119 44 14:43:00 MOINARD Amael BMC FRA
120 15 14:44:00 MARTIN Daniel GRM IRL
121 46 14:46:00 MORABITO Steve BMC SUI
122 16 14:48:00 TALANSKY Andrew GRM USA
123 61 14:50:00 SAGAN Peter LIQ SVK
124 21 14:52:00 VAN GARDEREN Tejay THR USA
125 87 14:54:00 TEN DAM Laurens RAB NED
126 55 14:56:00 GERDEMANN Linus LEO GER
127 13 14:58:00 HESJEDAL Ryder GRM CAN
128 51 15:00:00 SCHLECK Andy LEO LUX
129 91 15:02:00 SUTHERLAND Rory UHC AUS
130 18 15:04:00 VANDEVELDE Christian GRM USA
131 12 15:06:00 DANIELSON Tom GRM USA
132 1 15:08:00 LEIPHEIMER Levi RSH USA
133 3 15:10:00 HORNER Christopher RSH USA

Source http://twitter.com/#!/cyclismactu 

TOC 5: nice winner Sagan, nice GC for LT

Look what that girl wrote! "Andy Schleck worth the trip" OF COURSE! How many km did I travel for him? ehm... better to not think about. But it seems I am not the only one ;)
Stefan Denifl went in a breack away and just bad luck prevent him to win the stage or to get the podium: "Less than 16 kilometers from the line, misfortunate struck.
Pic by J.Aran Garcia
“Stefan got a flat tire in the corner on the descent -- then he crashed,” said SD T Schmidt on LT site “It was a huge disappointment for him and the team. He’s not hurt badly. He has some road rash, but no broken bones, and he says he’s mostly OK. Still, it’s a pity when you’re doing a good race. You’re there. You’ve shown you’re willing to try anything. Then, you crash. It’s unfortunate.” There you can read also: "Despite feeling slightly cheated out of a podium spot, Schmidt and Denifl both acknowledged the silver lining. The overall classification remains virtually unchanged, so Schleck and Gerdemann head into tomorrow’s time trial in sixth and eighth. “With two riders in the top ten, morale is perfect,” said Denifl. “We’re excited to keep fighting until the end and see what we can get out of this race.” “The Americans are incredibly motivated for the time trial in Solvang tomorrow, and many of them are specialists in the discipline,” Schmidt added. “Still, I’m confident that our guys, Linus and Andy, will give their best. I expect them to go 105% in the time trial."
Finally a quite bad news: "LEOPARD TREK will be one man down in Solvang as xrays on Friday revealed that Jens Voigt broke his scaphoid bone during a crash on the finishing circuit of stage four. Voigt will require an operation before he can return to racing." In time for TdF I hope!!

Pic by J.Aran Garcia

Stage
1 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale 5:16:03  
2 Leigh Howard (Aus) HTC-Highroad    
3 Ben Swift (GBr) Sky Procycling    
4 Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank Cycling Team    
5 Alexander Candelario (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth    
6 Jonas Aaen Jörgensen (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard    
7 Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
8 Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team    
9 Frank Kevin Pipp (USA) Bissell Cycling    
10 Alexander Gottfried (Ger) Team NetApp    
11 Christopher Horner (USA) Team RadioShack    
12 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank Cycling Team    
13 Thomas Danielson (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
14 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
15 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
16 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
17 George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing Team    
18 Luis Romero Amaran (Cub) Jamis - Sutter Home    
19 Alejandro Alberto Borrajo (Arg) Jamis - Sutter Home    
20 Rory Sutherland (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling    
21 Martin Mortensen (Den) Leopard Trek    
22 Tyler Wren (USA) Jamis - Sutter Home    
23 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team RadioShack    
24 Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
25 Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
26 Matthew Busche (USA) Team RadioShack    
27 Rafal Majka (Pol) Saxo Bank Sungard    
28 Laszlo Bodrogi (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis    
29 Greg Henderson (NZl) Sky Procycling    
30 Zachary Bell (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10    
31 Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
32 Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team NetApp    
33 Andy Schleck (Lux) Leopard Trek    
34 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Leopard Trek
GC
1 Christopher Horner (USA) Team RadioShack 16:45:35  
2 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team RadioShack 0:01:15  
3 Thomas Danielson (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:01:22  
4 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:01:29  
5 Rory Sutherland (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 0:01:30  
6 Andy Schleck (Lux) Leopard Trek    
7 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:01:36  
8 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Leopard Trek 0:01:50  
9 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:02:00  
10 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) HTC-Highroad 0:02:05  

5.19.2011

TOC 4: WOOOOOOW!!! Vid & interview

I was very busy today so write nothing yet but had a large smile on my face all day: Andy second! WOOOW! People at work weren't very understanding...ehm... They asked: "Who?!" and then "Ah! in the Giro!" and when I explained that it was TOC looked at me with round eyes: "California? is there a cycling race? important? in May?" I see... Not my fault dudes! I'd prefer it in January. In spite of that I kept my super good mood till now and am looking forward to next stage. Meanwhile, we have last one vid to watch and to watch again. Here it is:
Pic by J.Devich: look here http://epicimages.us/
http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid933072864001?bckey=AQ~~,AAAAlxGPE3k~,Rdv-EhUb8sFUPMxtKUPLJwy6IISTLDCO&bctid=949710657001
Accrding with Cyclingnews, "Schleck had said at the start of the race that he would ride for Weylandt and race hard to get a stage win in his honour."It would have been nice to win for Wouter, but I'm happy with second," he said. "I've been on a break since Liège - Bastogne - Liège but I haven't been slacking off since then. I've had good training and my form is coming back. [...] "This is my first race back and I really didn't know where I would sit. I knew that I was not lazy and that I was working hard. On the bottom when Chris and Levi [Leipheimer] went, I was a little bit in the red zone. I wouldn't say that I took it easy but I went a little slower and went in the group behind."
"Linus was just a little bit behind the group and I thought that he could catch up to us, but, in the end they didn't. The last kilometre I tried everything I had. I was surprised by second place. I feel confident for Mt Baldy."

About his crash in stage 3, Jens Voight said: "I survived today so that is a good sign. The good thing is that I didn't lose much skin but my hand hurts and I can't really move it, also I can't really use it. I will go and have an x-ray tonight to see if anything is broken, at least I would know the recovery and what to do next. My shoulder is functioning and I have a contusion and hopefully my hand is not broken."
On LT site you can read:"Schleck claims he surprised himself on Sierra Road. “I know the road, and I know the climb,” he said. “I knew it would be hard. The race today was difficult the entire day. It went fast from the start. I wasn’t good in the beginning but then I started to get better. Still, I was surprised to see myself up there in the end.”
It was an emotional day for the LEOPARD TREK team who marked the funeral of Wouter Weylandt held today Gent, Belgium. “We had a minute of silence before the start and then the whole team road together at the front during the neutral section,” Schleck explained. “It was actually really emotional for all of us. This was our last goodbye to Wouter since we couldn’t be at the funeral. At first, it was what we were all thinking about but then we found a way to turn our attention to the race. It wasn’t easy., but we had to turn a page. We ride for Wouter here.” [...] "Mt. Hamilton, the HC categorized 6.8 kilometer ascent of 8.4% gradient, topped out at kilometer 89 -- just over 40 kilometers from the finish. As RadioShack took to making pace on the front of the descent into the Santa Clara Valley, it become clear that the climb had forced the selection of an elite group. Schleck, Gerdemann, Jens Voigt and Jakob Fuglsang had made the cut.
Thirty kilometers from the finish Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Cervélo) launched an attack. Paul Martens (Rabobank) bridged up, and the duo quickly established a gap of 30 seconds on the group behind. Meanwhile, Schleck had dropped back to the end of the bunch and the television commentators wondered if he had mechanical issues.
“There was no mechanical issue on the descent,” corrected Schleck. “I lost my bottles because the road conditions were bad. I knew I would need new bottles quickly or my day would end earlier than I would like. That’s why I dropped back. I was out water, and I was really thirsty.” 
Schleck secured new bottles from the team car without a problem and quickly rejoined the front group on the descent. [...] Schleck accelerated 200 meters before the finish and Rory Sutherland (Unitedhealthcare) and Leipheimer were the only two to follow. One last dig, and Schleck had secured second. “I went better than I expected, and now I will do my best in the remaining stages,” said Schleck. “I have been training hard leading up to this race. Linus has been considered our leader for the general classification. He didn’t lose a lot today, and now we have both us up there. It’s good to have two leaders in a race like this.”
 
Stage 4
1 Christopher Horner (USA) Team RadioShack 3:27:51
2 Andy Schleck (Lux) Leopard Trek 0:01:15
3 Rory Sutherland (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
4 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team RadioShack
5 Thomas Danielson (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:01:22
6 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:01:29
7 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:01:36
8 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:01:45
9 Andrew Talansky (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:01:50
10 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Leopard Trek
GC
1 Christopher Horner (USA) Team RadioShack 11:29:32
2 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team RadioShack 0:01:15
3 Thomas Danielson (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:01:22
4 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:01:29
5 Rory Sutherland (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 0:01:30
6 Andy Schleck (Lux) Leopard Trek
7 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:01:36
8 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Leopard Trek 0:01:50
9 Andrew Talansky (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo
10 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:02:00

5.18.2011

TOC 4 just started...

...a pic from Sierra Road. Good luck guys!

TOC 3: pics and results

Pic by Rafael Gómez Alonso
Wether still wasn't good in Cali yesterday. According to LT site: "Jens Voigt [...] crashed seven kilometers from the finish. Two riders went down in front of him, and despite his best efforts, he was unable to avoid them. Sports Director Torsten Schmidt reports that Voigt has indicated he has pain in his hand but will start tomorrow." Get well soon Jensi! 
Fuglsang said:. “Linus [Gerdemann] was there all the time at the front, and he didn’t lose any time. I think Andy [Schleck] and I will have the same time as Linus. It’s unfortunate that Jens went down, but he’s the kind of guy that won’t ever give up. So, we’re all good for the day tomorrow. Hopefully we’ll have nicer weather, too.” Lets hope so!!
BDW: I saw it right in the press conference vid: Roland Miny is there! And you can see his pics here:
http://pressphoto.rtl.lu/browse/search?q=Team+Leopard+Trek%2CTour+de+Californie&t=e
Stage
1 Greg Henderson (NZl) Sky Procycling 5:14:29  
2 Juan José Haedo (Arg) Saxo Bank Sungard    
3 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
4 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale    
5 Leigh Howard (Aus) HTC-Highroad      
...................
25 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Leopard Trek
.................
50 Andy Schleck (Lux) Leopard TrekGC
1 Greg Henderson (NZl) Sky Procycling 8:01:31  
2 Ben Swift (GBr) Sky Procycling    
3 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:00:04  
4 Juan José Haedo (Arg) Saxo Bank Sungard    
5 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:00:06  
6 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) HTC-Highroad    
7 Keven Lacombe (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10 0:00:10  
8 Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team    
9 Robert Förster (Ger) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling    
10 Alexander Candelario (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth
...................
20 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Leopard Trek..........
65 Andy Schleck (Lux) Leopard Trek

5.17.2011

Thanks god for TOC highlights!

Pic by  (c) Jon Devich
I must confess I didn't watch it! I was sleepy to death and went to bed at 10 pm. BUT fortunately we can see something now here:
Video: Tour Of California Stage 2 Highlights | Cyclingnews.com
Thx thx thx Cyclingnews!!
And look here:  the most beautiful smile of the universe is back. All right then :)
TOC stage 2 and GC
1 Ben Swift (GBr) Sky Procycling 2:47:02
2 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:00:04
3 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) HTC-Highroad 0:00:06
4 Keven Lacombe (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10 0:00:10
5 Juan José Haedo (Arg) Saxo Bank Sungard
6 Alejandro Alberto Borrajo (Arg) Jamis - Sutter Home
7 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Team Garmin-Cervelo
8 Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team
9 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team
10 Shawn Milne (USA) Kenda/5-hour Energy Pro Cycling presented by Geargrinder
11 Gregory Henderson (NZl) Sky Procycling
12 Alex Candelario (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth
13 Robert Förster (Ger) Unitedhealthcare Pro Cycling
14 Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team
15 Frank Pipp (USA) Bissell Cycling
16 Christopher Horner (USA) Team RadioShack
17 Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team Netapp
18 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Leopard Trek
19 Tom Danielson (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo
20 Ken Hanson (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda
21 Leigh Howard (Aus) HTC-Highroad
22 Aldo Ino Ilesic (Slo) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis
23 Ben King (USA) Team RadioShack
24 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team RadioShack
25 George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing Team
26 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo
27 Peter Velits (Svk) HTC-Highroad
28 Anibal Andres Borrajo (Arg) Jamis - Sutter Home
29 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team
30 Damiano Caruso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
31 Baden Cooke (Aus) Saxo Bank Sungard
32 Andrew Talansky (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo
33 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Team Garmin-Cervelo
34 Christopher Baldwin (USA) Bissell Cycling
35 Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Sky Procycling
36 Danny Pate (USA) HTC-Highroad
37 Martin Gilbert (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10
38 Edward King (USA) Liquigas-Cannondale
39 Tyler Wren (USA) Jamis - Sutter Home
40 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) HTC-Highroad
41 Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe) Saxo Bank Sungard
42 Karl Menzies (Aus) Unitedhealthcare Pro Cycling
43 Jonathan Patrick McCarty (USA) Team Spidertech Powered By C10
44 Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team Netapp
45 Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling
46 Reid Mumford (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth
47 Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:00:19
48 Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Team RadioShack 0:00:21
49 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Leopard Trek
50 Jeffry Louder (USA) BMC Racing Team
51 Luis Romero Amaran (Cub) Jamis - Sutter Home
52 Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team
53 Michael Friedman (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth
54 Andy Jacques-Maynes (USA) Bissell Cycling
55 Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:00:25
56 Rory Sutherland (Aus) Unitedhealthcare Pro Cycling
57 Matthew Busche (USA) Team RadioShack
58 David Zabriskie (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo
59 Christopher Jones (USA) Unitedhealthcare Pro Cycling
60 Jens Voigt (Ger) Leopard Trek
61 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
62 Francesco Bellotti (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
63 William Dugan (USA) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis
64 Leopold König (Cze) Team Netapp
65 Jesse Anthony (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth
66 Jeremy Vennell (NZl) Bissell Cycling
67 Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis
68 Alexander Efimkin (Rus) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis
69 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) HTC-Highroad
70 Ryan Anderson (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10
71 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Saxo Bank Sungard
72 Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis
73 Jesus Del NerMontes (Spa) Team Netapp
74 Cameron Wurf (Aus) Liquigas-Cannondale
75 Jeremy Powers (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda
76 Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team
77 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank Cycling Team
78 Andy Schleck (Lux) Leopard Trek