Thursday, June 22, 2017

2015 Tour de France: Stage 1 Preview

The Grand Depart of the 2015 Tour de France is a 13.8km ITT around the city of Utrecht.  This marks the 20th time the Tour starts outside of France and the 6th time the Tour has started in the Netherlands.


Through the 90s, it was popular for the first stage to be a Prologue—a short ITT.  In the past decade, however, road stages have seen to be the favor for the Grand Depart.  So, at 13.8kms, a compromise was struck between the two.  Additionally, it’s the fourth-longest TT to start the race ever.  Additionally, this is the only ITT of this particular Tour.  As a matter of fact, there is almost as much cobbled streets and ITT kms!

So, who’s going to take the win? It’s tough to say.  It’s far too long for a true Prolouge specialist, however it seems a little on the short side for some of the other true TT specialists.  A lot of people seem to be thinking Tom Dumoulin will make the most of his native start as well, though I think riders like Thomas De Gendt, Tony Martin, Jean Christophe Peraud, or Leopold Konig shouldn’t be discounted.  Of course, a girl can dream and hope Fabian Cancellara give Trek something to cheer about right from the start because don’t forget, whoever wins this stage pulls on the first yellow jersey of the race!!

But it’s a very long Tour.  The GC men will ride hard to stay within each others’ times but will be careful to not crash or overdo themselves.  But I bet they will be mindful of another statistic—the winner on the opening day has won the overall Tour 19 times!

Wacky Wednesday Report 6/24/2015

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From the BBC: Man Wakes up with Bike Lock Around His Neckulockneck

Looking for a good bike lock? An unnamed 20-something in Coventry, UK, can attest to the nigh-impenetrable qualities of the Magnum Plus U-lock after waking up from a night out with it secured to his neck.

Read more: Wacky Wednesday Report 6/24/2015

Wacky Wednesday Report 6/3/2015

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After a Holiday break we are back with this week's report, and we find former Pro Racer Greg Lemond offering help to the UCI.ccn p51lemond 670Greg LeMond has suggested that a simple way to detect if riders have hidden motors in their bikes is to use a heat-detecting gun, even during races.

LeMond is convinced that motors have been used in the peloton and that a heat gun and banning bike changes could be a simple but effective deterrents.

“I know that motors exist, I’ve ridden a bike with one and I’ve met the inventor and talked about it. If people think they don’t exist, they’re fooling themselves, so I think it’s a justified suspicion. I believe it’s also been used in the peloton. It seems too incredible that someone would do it, but I know it’s real,” he said.

Read more: Wacky Wednesday Report 6/3/2015

Wacky Wednesday Report 6/17/2015

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This week the adage is "watch out for that tree" as one Cannondale/Garmin rider tells himself as he hit the tarmac.

Stage 4 of the Tour de Suisse, the peloton is moving rapidly along a tree and bush lined roadway when "bam" a tree branch appears out into the roadway and takes out a Cannondale rider.Screenshot 2015 06 17 09 19 56Here's a link to the youtube video, he must not have seen the Que from his teammate in front of him.

See you again next week.



Wacky Wednesday Report 5/20/15

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This week at the Giro d'italia these two "Mates" forget about the word "Team" that is included in the UCI rule book.

*Rules are Rules Mate, and if the UCI enforces the rule I say it's about time! Porte had team "Mates" waiting and watching the wheel change. If only someone would have done the "Team Mate" thing and offer up his wheel then Porte would not have been penalized 2 minutes.

There's a lot of smack talk toward the UCI about enforcing this rule, but then again there's always complaints when they are not enforcing the rules.

Now if only the UCI could get the "sticky bottle" out of the team car.....

*The writer's opinion

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