Thursday, June 3, 2010

That's So Couch

Comic Book Guy talks about GRUBER Assist and Cancellara

Comic Book Guy is all in a sweat about GRUBER Assist and Fabian Cancellara. 

TdC:  Don't you think this is just all a great marketing ploy by GRUBER Assist
CBG: No I do not.  If it was, why would RAI be covering it and why is it on the Sporza website?
TdC: Yes, why indeed. 
CBG: Besides, if you look at those videos of Cancellara and knowing what we now about the motor you can quite clearly see him accelerate unnaturally, as if with a motor. 
TdC: Why would a rider carry that extra weight for 5-6 hours? 
CBG: What, 2kgs?
TdC: Which is almost an extra third of the bike's weight...
CBG: Almost, but not quite.  Well, he had bike changes
TdC: But they didn't come until well into the race.  And after the acceleration he still had 50km to go carrying an extra 2kg
CBG: Well, he'd be using the motor
TdC: So the battery would last for a whole hour? 
CBG: Yes, I'm assured from conversations with the GRUBER Assist spokesperson that yes, it would. 
TdC: What about the noise?  It's pretty loud, almost like an electric lawnmower
CBG: The race helicopters could easily hide that noise. There were also reports from riders that Cancellara coughed alot when they asked, what's that noise. 
TdC: So Boonen and he - alone on the Muur, the crowd really close, NONE of them heard the motor?
CBG: It's yet another case of omerta.  Worst Kept Secret. Ever.

A Specialized Reunion

(pic from Alberto's twitter)

In another case of stunt or reality, two friendly rivals had a "showdown" on the Tourmalet both on recon.  Cycling Weekly asked for people's thoughts on what was discussed, TdC decided to have a go:

AC: Wow, how did all those cameras get here
AS: I have NO idea
AC: So how's it hanging, what's been happenin'
AS: Not much.  How about that Juan Pelota guy.  Seems like he'd do anything to get out of racing us in July. 
AC: What do you mean? 
AS: Bless Berty.  Well, those Landis emails didn't exactly leak themselves now did they? 
AC: Oh right! Yes. I get you now.  Did Landis send them to you?
AS: yeah, but Riis told me not to do anything about it. You?
AC: I think Fran said he had seen them, but he told me he deleted them straight away
AS: Well anyway, best get this photo shoot and schmoozing with the Specialized team out of the way
AC: Yeah. Hey Andy
AS: Yeah buddy?
AC: Are you scared of the cobblestones too?   It keeps me up nights
AS:  Berty, I'm shit scared....

Flag Stealing -Aussies can't get enough of it

At the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo, 4 times gold medal winning Australian swimmer Dawn Fraser allegedly stole a Japanese flag from outside the Emperor’s Palace. At the Giro, Lloyd, Porte and Evans collectively stoke an Italian flag while in Italy. Dawn received a ten year ban for her troubles from the governing body, while the Emperor gave her the flag as a souvenir.  Sounds exactly like something a governing body would do.

pic Lelangue's twitter

More Aussie hijinx

Here's Lloydy working on a Dawn Fraser style hangover

(Pez/Matt Conn)

And here's what some Australian fans got up to.  (via Stephen Farrand/Cycling News as it appeared on LaGazettaDella bici)

But TdC doubts this was written by Australians - the writing isn't yellow.

UK Anti Doping Agency Launches Hotline

Caller (squeaky voice as if a disguise): I'd like to report a case of doping at some club racing events. 
Hotline: Oh yes
Caller: I want to confess about what I've seen. 
Hotline: Mr Millar, is this you again?  This is the fifth time you've called since we launched. In fact, you've been our only caller so far.

The Cycling Rivalries: Ozzie Journalists not at the Giro vs Journalists from around the world at the Giro

Anthony Tan: Cadel and BMC will lose 3 minutes in the Giro team time trial.  (didn't happen)

Mike Tomalaris: "I'm probably not alone in the band of Cadel Evans supporters who have been left a little frustrated and disappointed that the "little Aussie battler" failed to make it onto the podium at the Giro d'Italia.  Remember when many of us expressed our bewilderment when the announcement of the Cadel's move to BMC was first released in August last year?"


Trofeo Bonacossa (top rider as voted by journalists).

(BMC Pro Team Twitter)

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