Friday, August 1, 2014

Friday File: El Purito; A Selfie In Paris, Clasica, Dominique Rollin Back On The Roads, Tuft Commonwealth Games & Slaying The Badger

Purito selfie in Paris.

Friday File opens with one of my favorite selfie pic of the Tour de France... El Purito Rodriguez. As one of the animators in the mountains, JRod wore the polka dot jersey for five stages finishing 3rd in the KoMs classification. Come Saturday he'll be lining up for Spain's Clásica San Sebastián. The route will be a test, climbing the steep Jaizkibel and Arkale twice. Also there is a very steep hill up Igeldo with ramps as steep as 22%. Can this be the perfect post Tour win for El Purito?

Climbers unite.

Selfie with Steve Bauer at the Tour.

As I'm having my coffee, this Friday morning, I usually check out cycling news and I'm pleasantly surprised that Dominique Rollin is returning to racing! Out of retirement, classic specialist and lead-out man Rollin will ride for Cofidis. With huge influence from French sprinter star Nacer Bouhani signing for Cofidis, Rollin was the lead out man for Bouhani on FDJ. 

The image above is Rollin with Steve Bauer at the Port de Bales. I'm wondering why he is wearing the Garmin kit? Was Garmin about to sign him? Or was he just asked him to tag along? It really doesn't matter because he'll be riding for Cofidis next season! Welcome back!

Tour strongman
via momentsofsport

Svein Tuft just missed the medals in the Commonwealth Games TT with a fourth place finish. Alex Dowsett took the honors. However, this Sunday, Tuft will return to ride the road race - Go Svein! 

Perhaps the greatest rivalry in the Tour de France: Greg LeMond vs Bernard Hinault. Grab a comfy chair and enjoy this highly detailed and fascinating doc... Slaying The Badger!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

King Nibali In Yellow

via Campagnolo Srl

The iconic La Gazzetta dello Sport did a double-take issuing a special edition with a yellow cover of, 'Roi Nibali.'

Quelle bonne idée!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

1-2 For Catharine Pendrel and Emily Batty, Commonwealth Games

O Canada!
Catharine Pendrel (gold medalist) & Emily Batty (silver medalist) celebrate.
photo CP

A fantastic ride today for world champion, Catharine Pendrel winning the women's MTB event at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. She crossed the finish line in 1hr 39mins 29 secs, 1min 10secs in front of amazing silver medallist Emily Batty. Extra credit goes to Pendrel. I remember watching her at the 2012 London Olympics, and as the favorite faded to ninth. The Commonwealth Games are not on the same level as the Olympics but still a valid triumph and indication Pendrel is on the right track for her goals of 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto and the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Post Tour de France Thoughts & Enjoying My Birthday

King of the Champs-Élysées: Marcel Kittel

Plenty to celebrate today as it's my birthday! As I enjoy my morning coffee and decide how to spend my day, I'm also in Tour de France withdraw. This morning, I found myself looking for an online feed, by reflex by the way, and found nothing - so I'll have to wait until next year. So, it's time to have a look at stage 21 to Paris...

-Marcel Kittel

Vincenzo Nibali joins an elite club: 6th rider to win all 3 Grand Tours. First Italian in 16 years
to win the Tour. Marco Pantani last won in 1998.

Chapeau to our Canadians: Svein Tuft (131st) & Christian Meier (121st, riding his first Tour)!
via Orica GreenEdge

New: The Grand Départ cycling cap by Red Dots Cycling...

Two handmade versions to honor le Tour: Yellow and Vintage white ribbon including
the French tricolor.
photo Red Dots Cycling

I'll be enjoying a dram or two today...

photo Cycling Art

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Honey Badger Nails It, Tuft Day In The Saddle & Pinot's Celebratory Soak

Chapeau to Ramunas Navarduauskas!

Sweet redemption for Garmin Sharp after the near-miss from Jack Bauer and Andrew Talansky's early exit.

Backstage Pass looks at Svein Tuft's TT. It wasn't to be but a very good effort all the same...

Tony Martin blasted a huge TT - but he wasn't the only gladiator riding a 
58 X 11!

After today's TT, Thibaut Pinot takes a well-deserved celebratory soak.

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