Big George on stage 3, USA Pro Challenge
photo: Doug Pensinger
Some of you may have noticed I missed yesterday's Friday File.
I took the day off to attend a wedding and I just want to wish J & J best wishes and thank them for an awesome party.
Ok, let's get started on a special edition of Friday File...
The USA Pro Challenge is exciting between Tejay Van Garderen and Christian Vande Velde. The leaders jersey changing hands and coming down to time gaps, who would figure. Going into the stage 6: Golden to Boulder is close, as Van Garderen holds the lead and Vande Velde second at 0:00
The exciting stage 6 had Rory Sutherland deny Jens Voigt of another stage victory and went on to win the stage. Defending champ, Levi Leipheimer took fourth and grabs the overall lead. Vande Velde is 2nd, Van Garderen is 3rd and the surprising Dombrowski is 4th. All within 21 seconds. Tomorrow is the final stage time trial... offering plenty of excitement!
It's hard to believe that George Hincapie, who rode his last road race today, will soon retire from 19 years in the professional peloton. He'll bow out after the USA Pro Challenge ending tomorrow with the TT. Amazingly, he holds a special record and one that probably will be hard to beat, 17 Tour de France and 17 Tour of Flanders. Truly one of the ironmen of cycling.
Valverde on top of the Collada de la Gallina.
Eighteen was the number of hairpins the riders had to scale up on the tough Collada de la Gallina climb. The heat of the Vuelta seems to be aiding the Spanish riders as it turned into a four-horse race. Valverde took the exciting stage just in front of Rodriguez and Contador. Froome was 15 seconds behind.
The London Paralympics start in a few days and here's a damn interesting bicycle made for paralympic Canadian world champion, Marie Eve Croteau.
A special Marinoni Carbon Fusion.
Speaking of Marinoni...
Dave from Ontario sent me some pictures of his very unique steel lugged 1985 Marinoni. I'm planning an in-depth post, but meanwhile here's a first look...
Dave's 1985 Marinoni Special.
courtesy from Dave Yee