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Thursday, March 30, 2006

Leif Hoste Wins Three Days of De Panne

Hoste smoked the stage 4 time trial, edging out Hincapie and Devolder as Disco finished 1-2-3 in the 11.5km final stage. Hoste also clinched the overall with his TT victory, his second stage win of the week. Disco finished with 3 men in the top 8 on GC, and most importantly with Hoste in first. Disco is looking pretty strong for the upcoming Belgian classics. Some of the favorites took it easy this week. Boonen even abandoned today.

Looking forward to the Tour of Flanders this weekend....

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Put a Fork in Jan

All the promise and hype after staying in shape over the winter and participating in specialized warm weather training camps may be shattered. My prediction is that he will finish in the top 10 at the Tour as always, but count him out as a potential winner. What a wasteof time, ability and promise. He should be racing like everyone else and not pinning all his hopes on the Tour.

From CyclingNews.com:

Ullrich pulls out of Sarthe with knee injury

The much anticipated return of T-Mobile's Jan Ullrich to racing has been delayed again, his team said today. Due to return at next week's Circuit de la Sarthe (April 4 to 7), Ullrich will not be travelling to France because of an irritation in his right knee, "which, on medical grounds, rules out racing," said team doctor Prof. Dr. Andreas Schmid following tests at Freiburg's Uni-Clinic on Tuesday.

The injury is "not uncommon among athletes," added Schmid, referring to the previous experiences of Andreas Klöden und Rolf Aldag. According to Schmid, however, Ullrich's current problems are not related to his injury and subsequent operation in 2002.

In early March Ullrich first felt "a small twinge in the knee", and the diagnosis was an irritation. A few days with a reduced training load followed, so Ullrich could train without experiencing pain. However, recent intensive training in preparation for his planned season start caused the injury to return. "I will be paying more attention to ensure the irritation heals fully, then I can start to progressively increase the training load," said Ullrich.

"Naturally I'm disappointed," he wrote on his website, janullrich.de. "I was really looking forward to my first race after so many months of training. But it wouldn't bring anything to try and continue with the program. It's still early in the season. If I don't make any mistakes now, then I won't have to worry about limitations at the Tour. And that's what really matters. The next few days I will do a little light training and work with my physiotherapist Birgit Krohme."

T-Mobile team manager Olaf Ludwig also considered it "a pity that Jan has to cancel Sarthe. I would like to have seen him in competition, especially as he's been training solidly in the last few months and had been spared from illnesses."

For Ludwig, it's another example of his team's bad run of luck so far this season, referring to the injuries suffered by Bram Schmitz (broken foot), Eric Baumann (broken tibia and fibula) and Andreas Klöden (dislocated shoulder) as well as the many riders who fell ill at the start of the season. The former sprinter knows from personal experience, however, that "it would be downright negligent for Jan to race in the coming weeks and risk aggregating the injury through some miscalculated enthusiasm."

To prevent this, the medical team in Freiburg have prescribed Ullrich a reduced training workload, building up to more intensive blocks. The former Tour champ will also undergo intensive physiotherapy to help the healing process. "There's no point complaining. I want to put this knee trouble behind me and get on with a structured build-up to the Tour," said Ullrich.

Ullrich's program now depends on how well his knee heals. The current plan is for him to continue training in the coming weeks (Switzerland, Tuscany) in preparation for a competitive start at Tour de Romandie (April 25 - 30).

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

KBC Driedaagse van De Panne-Koksijde

Or as I like to call it, "Three Days of De Panne". This is a good race for Disco, as Hincapie won it in 2004, and Stijn Devolder won in 2005. In today's first stage, Leif Hoste and Stijn Devolder from Disco got in an early break. Leif Hoste was able to stay away to the finish along with Bernhard Eisel and Gert Steegmans and win the sprint to the line. Hoste now has a minute or more lead over most of the peleton, including Hincapie, Boonen, Pozzato, etc.

Obviously Hincapie had teammates up the road, and Boonen had Pipo Pozzato in a chase group just behind the three leaders. Love this quote from the Disco site, "10 kms to the line and Unibet was trying once again to drive the peloton chase only to have riders like Hincapie and Boonen come to the front and then sit up blocking, much to their personal enjoyment. "

Monday, March 27, 2006

Vuelta a Pais Vasco

Ahh, the Tour of the Basque Country. Check out the description of the stages. Some killer climbing in store for the ProTour teams next week.....


http://www.velonews.com/race/int/articles/9656.0.html

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Dutch on the Board II

Erik Dekker wins in front of Basso et al. Probably won't keep the jersey for the entire tour (wow, three rides long...) but he's up there anyway.

That rabobank outfit looks familiar, although mine is now looking dated.

http://www.velonews.com/race/int/articles/9651.0.html

Friday, March 24, 2006

Fashionable Fabio

He's done it again. One-upped all of us. Fabio got himself a portable, ever so cute, hold it while you drive, walk and get your starbucks, DOG.

That's right, he's adding a basket to the bike to carry his never bigger than 4 pounds ankle nipper. Maybe that'll finally help us catch him... If the thing barks enough, we'll at least know where he's at.

He's even flying to Phoenix to pick up the new house protector. Can't you just see him sitting on this plane with a hand-sized fashion critter in his lap? That dog better watch out it doesn't get smashed in his laptop (or chopped in the wheels of his spinbike).

So if Fabio bails on early morning rides it's for a good reason. This dog will probably need at least a 30 second walk to the end of the drive way every day.

All in good nature, Bill. (see, I'm so American now, I add legal disclaimers...)

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

COPPER TRIANGLE 8/5/06

Hammerson, thanks for the link. When I got home, I had an email from some source about the same thing. Guess we're on the "sucker" list.

Anyway, the Hekkerts will be going to Copper for that weekend. We'll drive up Friday, stay till Sunday. Damn, and it was Stacey's idea, too...

Does anyone else plan to go? We could rent a house a la Austin and pile everyone into one place.

We'll probably need to make plans soon, so let me know.

Nice Euro Hair


Hondo
Originally uploaded by RideTrek.
This will be my next 'do after letting my hair grow out. This is our man Danilo Hondo. The first doper to have his CAS ruling overturned by a traditional court. Did he dope or did he not? Supposedly, the amount of the illegal substance found in his pee was equivalent to a gnat's ass (very minute amount). Who knows? Love the hair.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Milano-San Remo


Pozzato
Originally uploaded by Hammerson.
Here's the picture I mentioned in my last post. Great to see a guy celebrate his teammates good fortune!

Milan-San Remo

Very entertaining race on Saturday. I was glued to the computer hitting refresh every few seconds for updates until leaving for our morning ride. Filippo Pozzato pulled a gutsy move and stole the race from the sprinters. The coolest picture was watching Boonen celebrate behind him, giving up a podium spot in the process. Watching the next day on OLN was just as entertaining even though I knew the result. Really a great race. It was amazing to see how fast they were climbing with 180 miles already in their legs. Wow!

In fantasy cycling news, one of my teams had six guys who finished in the top 10, and another guy in the top forty. Seven of eight riders scored points for me. I'm decently placed with plenty of classics to come.

Friday, March 17, 2006

riding saturday AM

Hey fellow Americans,

It's time to saddle up again. I am planning to ride around 7AM Saturday, probably to Meridian for a few laps. It'll be on the dry side of the day, around 38 degrees. If you want to join, be at my house by 7, or call me (720-203-2391)

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Di Luca out of M-SR

We may need Roodlicht to translate the details......

Liquigas counts on Garzelli, Pellizotti, Paolini and Nibali

Still suffering from the granuloma that was tormenting him during Tirreno-Adriatico, defending ProTour champion Danilo Di Luca has been forced out of the ProTour's first one-day race of the year, Milano-Sanremo. This morning, the rider from Abruzzo had an orthodontic radiograph and a medical check-up, and was diagnosed with granulomatous periodontitis. Doctors had to make an incision in the left superior dental arch, and Di Luca will require antibiotics for another five days.

Deprived of the 2005 ProTour winner, the Liquigas team will take to the start with the following squad: Magnus Backstedt, Kjell Carlström, Stefano Garzelli, Matej Mugerli, Vincenzo Nibali, Luca Paolini, Franco Pellizotti and Stefano Zanini. Roberto Amadio and Stefano Zanatta will act as team managers.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Floyd Riding High


Floyd
Originally uploaded by Hammerson.
After winning the Tour of California and Paris-Nice, Floyd is in good form. Someone remind him that the Tour is in July.

Floyd should have a good shot at the Criterium International as well, but says he will be quiet at the Giro. We'll see.

Say hello to our first leader of the ProTour standings.

Dutch On the Board


Dekker
Originally uploaded by Hammerson.
Just as Roodlicht abandons his countrymen to become a hedonistic American, Thomas Dekker wins Tirreno-Adriatico.

Dekker had a fairly easy time holding the race lead after the ITT, as the main climbing section of the course was avoided due to snowy conditions.

For Disco, Paolo Salvodelli was 4th on GC, Hincapie 8th and Tommy D 10th. Hopefully the boys will do well in the Spring Classics and the Giro.

Friday, March 10, 2006

New American


New American
Originally uploaded by RideTrek.
Welcome to the club Roodlicht.

An American "thang"

OK, my impatience with this blog posting thing this morning is surely part of what qualifies me for this afternoon.

At 2PM today, I will be swearing to uphold y'all's laws and to pray to Bush as my all important, never-wrong overlord of freedom... Hmm, do they need dentists in Iraq?

After this ceremony, I will finally belong to a club. I've always wanted to be a part of something, and I finally get there. However, don't fear for me.

You can take the Euro out of Europe, but you can never make an imperialistic, capitalistic, know-it-all out of me... I was already. Now, where do I sign up for my government benefits?

sorry about that

Hey, I tried to delete these erroneously posted pictures of teeth (not the kind on a cycling ring). It was removed from the "edit" list, but keeps this one picture posted. What's up with that?

Oh, if anyone really loves looking at this stuff, I can provide more...

Thursday, March 09, 2006

This Has To Suck


Stuey
Originally uploaded by RideTrek.
Stuart O'Grady hit a pothole in Rome and broke five ribs and a collarbone. Bummer.

In race news, a good day for Quick Step today. Tom Boonen won again at Paris-Nice and Paolo Bettini won again at Tirreno-Adriatico. Allan Davis and Erik Zabel were each second AGAIN.

Floyd still has the lead at Paris-Nice. Oh, and Merckx was quoted today as saying that Floyd could win the Tour. Too bad it was Floyd's teammate Axel Merckx and not his dad.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Floyd in Control of Paris-Nice


Floyd
Originally uploaded by Hammerson.
Floyd Landis hammered all the contenders over the climbs in Stage 3 of Paris-Nice to take the overall lead on GC. Lampre's Patxi Vila actually won the stage, but Floyd put more than a minute into the rest of the field. Bobby Julich lost more than 8 minutes, Tom Boonen finished more than 5 minutes back and several riders missed the time cut. It was a brutal day for the peleton. Even Phonak lost 2 riders today. Will Floyd and Phonak be able to hold the lead? We'll see. FL is strong this spring....

"El Grillo" Wins Stage 1 of Tirreno-Adriatico


Cricket
Originally uploaded by Hammerson.
Petacchi led out Zabel, but "the cricket" outsprinted Zabel and Thor Hushovd to the line to win the first stage of Tirreno-Adriatico. Of course, Zabel was second. Zabel may get to 200 second places before he gets to 200 victories.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Wanna know something?

Today I discovered the reason that Redlight is a cyclist. Dude was reared in a town that had nothing but cyclists in it. Imagine if you lived in downtown denver and there were no cars. Add ridiculous amounts of rain and viola. Don't believe me, check out this video from Dude's hometown. See if you can keep count of all the bikes and the number of riders heading out in the rain.

Link

Paris-Nice Stage 2


Boonen2
Originally uploaded by Hammerson.
Surprise, surprise, surprise. Tom Terrific wins again! Today's 200km stage from Cerilly to Belleville ended in a sprint, with Quick Step's Tom Boonen again outsprinting Allan Davis from Liberty Seguros. Davis seems to be second in most sprints, unless Erik Zabel is present. Looking forward to seeing Boonen in the classics, and Boonen/Petacchi head-to-head. Bobby J and Floyd are still in the top 10 on GC. Bring on some mountains.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Boonen Takes Stage 1 of Paris-Nice


Boonen
Originally uploaded by Hammerson.
Today's 193km stage traveled from Villemandeur to Saint-Amand-Montrond. There were a few breakaways, including our man Dave Zabriskie. However, the sprinters' teams pulled everything back together with 6km to go. In the end, Tornado Tom outsprinted Allan Davis and others to pull out his eighth victory of the year six days into March. I guess there is no rainbow jersey curse this year. Boonen also took over the top spot on GC due to time bonuses, with Bobby J slipping to second place. Ho hum, another 200km tomorrow....

Bobby J Wins Paris-Nice Prologue


BobbyJ
Originally uploaded by Hammerson.
Bobby Julich won the 4.8km prologue of Paris-Nice with an average speed of 47.1 kph (29.26 mph). Bobby J looks to have good form early in the season after finishing 3rd at the Tour of California. His season plans include supporting Ivan Basso at the Giro and Tour, but Bobby may have to repeat at Paris-Nice first. There are still many stages to go, and one Tom Boonen is lurking in 5th place after the prologue. The mountain stages near Nice (Bobby's European home) will decide the winner. Don't bet against the "hometown" boy.

This writer is expecting a big year for Americans. We may have lost LA, but there are many other riders in good form and hunting for victories. Floyd, Levi, Bobby J, Georgie, Tommy D, Saul Raisin and others all look good so far. Look out euros!

Saturday, March 04, 2006

New Bike Material Discovered

Today I learned of a material that you can use in your bike that eliminates nearly all of your energy requirements while riding. In fact, this new material could possibily revolutionize cycling as we know it. Amazingly, it eliminates the need for a chain. This has been around for nearly 100 years and yet, not one of the tour riders are using it today. Based on the following picture, I could yet be another great discovery by John D. Rockefeller.



Note that Johnny Rock has no chain at all. Sweet ride. All you need is dough! Check it out, even if there were a chain, dude couldn't even get to the bottom of the cranks without coming off. May he needs an adjustment to the head tube length.

Friday, March 03, 2006

training camp plans

OK, all you "getting fast, getting strong" bravado Americans, let's put another training camp together. This time, no travelling, no staying out nights, no entire weekend without the wife and kids.

Friday, June 2, 2006
3PM gather at White Peaks Parking Lot for a 2 hour tour (Chatfield, Meridian, whatever)

Saturday, June 3, 2006
6:30AM departure for the famous Death Ride through Evergreen

Sunday, June 4, 2006
6AM start for the Metric Century of E-rock.

You're home each night, so you can get a massage...

Thursday, March 02, 2006

weekend plans

Despite the expected early morning chill, I have to ride early or not at all. I'm planning to leave at 7:00 AM Saturday, probably the same on Sunday.

Maybe ride Meridian, or Monarch with a double loop.

Any takers?

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