Monday, May 13, 2013

Tour of California: Slurpee Day. Giro Bling & Rest Day

Lawson Craddock gets some needed cold ones.
photo: Doug Pensinger






Another sauna on stage 2 Tour of California.

Temperatures reached 42 C today and watching the riders withered up the 5km summit outside of Palm Springs, I was thinking the ice cube machines were going overtime in getting ready for the numerous ice baths ahead.

Colombian, Janier Acevedo left Tejay van Garderen on the final km for a huge stage win thus taking the yellow jersey. Tejay van Garderen slots into second place looking every bit as a contender with teammate, Mathias Frank in fourth overall.

On Twitter, Chad Haga (fantastic 6th place today)...






Watching the dehydrated riders crossing the line I couldn't help but think 7 Eleven missed an opportunity...


Hot as Hades, today...
this would've cooled it off!





Acevedo wins a scorcher!
Nice to see the Colombian flag waving.



Amgen Tour of California Stage 2: Murrieta – Palm Springs (200km):

1, Janier Acevedo (Jamis-Hagens Berman) in 5hr07’40”
2, Tejay Van Garderen (BMC Racing) at 12”
3, Philip Deignan (UnitedHealthcare) at 27”
4, Mathias Frank (BMC Racing) at 45”
5, Michael Rogers (Saxo-Tinkoff) at 55”
6, Chad Haga (Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies) at 1’13”
7, Matthew Busche (Radioshack-Leopard) at 1’15”
8, Francisco Mancebo (5-Hour Energy) at 1’15”
9, Lawson Craddock (Bontrager) at 1’32”
10, Cameron Meyer (Orica-GreenEdge) at 1’40”

General Classification after Stage 2:

1, Janier Acevedo (Jamis-Hagens Berman) in 5hr07’40”
2, Tejay Van Garderen (BMC Racing) at 12”
3, Philip Deignan (UnitedHealthcare) at 27”
4, Mathias Frank (BMC Racing) at 45”
5, Michael Rogers (Saxo-Tinkoff) at 55”
6, Francisco Mancebo (5-Hour Energy) at 1’03”
7, Chad Haga (Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies) at 1’13”
8, Matthew Busche (Radioshack-Leopard) at 1’15”
9, Lawson Craddock (Bontrager) at 1’32”
10, Cameron Meyer (Orica-GreenEdge) at 1’40”







Cycling is all about technology; a proving ground for inspiration, innovation and making the riders look like fashionistas. Shoes are an important accessory for the riders. Each one lovely to look at, most tailored made. Here's some cycling shoes bling on the Giro runway... 



Taylor Phinney,
Pink Giro
Photos: Caley Fretz


Miquelangel Rubiano,
by Luigino Verducci.



Samy Sanchez...



Adam Blythe...



Adam Hansen,
Carbon kicks.



Here's how Orica GreenEDGE handles the rest day...






2 comments:

Empidog Reynolds said...

Nice one Rich hope you are well..

Richard said...

Hi Steve, I'm OK and enjoying the racing. Too bad our Ryder is out of contention. Cheers!

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