Big Red Machine, Orica, Bretagne Seche & Pan Am Games Gold/Silver

BMC finishes to victory.
photo Sebastien Nogier/EPA

Missed the end of the live broadcast of the TTT this morning. I did return to watch the highlights after our FRFuggitivi annual Bastille ride to the misty slope of the 12 km Mt. Seymour. Survived it and I applaud and very glad to have my Campagnolo 29T. I realized to have it on such a grueling climb it makes climbing easier and suffering prolonged. The descent was so cold my leg muscles ceased working and cramped. Cue in the appropriate cafe stop with coffee for a brief rest and off for home. At the end of the final descent I flatted, the first of the season in the middle of a steady drizzle. Of course, I'm not complaining about the much needed rain to help ease the ongoing wildfires, not while I'm trying to repair a flat. Now onto the TTT...

BMC Racing showed their world champion TT speciality beating Sky by just 1s and Movistar finished third. Contador is now 5th and Quintana moves to ninth. Nibali was the biggest loser of the Fab Five and is 13th... may I add that he doesn't seem to be on the same form as last year and time lost will be his to gain in the upcoming mountains.

Fab Five: 1. Froome 2. Van Garderen (:12) 5. Contador (1:03) 9. Quintana (1:59) 13. Nibali (2:22)

Canucks: Ryder Hesjedal (36:28) 180. Svein Tuft (1h04'17")

photo Bryn Lennon

"Rohan Dennis was the key element to the team. He's got a motor."

- Tejay van Garderen

You can't help but respect these riders...

The decimated Orica GreenEDGE of six starts...

Gotta love the sexy LOOK black/white paint scheme TT bikes of the cool Bretagne-Seche Environnement...

Finished 18th, beating out Team Katusha, MTN Qhubeka, Cofidis and Orica respectively.

Congratulations to world class riders; Emily Batty (gold), Catherine Pendrel (silver) and surprise winner Raphael Gagne (gold)  in today's PAN AM Games men's and women's mountain bike race in Oro-Mendonte, Ontario.