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Sunday, July 4, 2010

Prologue'd - I am the motor


I saw this photo on Marcelle's twitter from a week or so ago (no, this pic is not from the Tour) of a poor Milram rider (Linus?) drinking the sponsor's product at a press conference.  For some reason I was reminded of it because of a phrase likely to be bandied around this Tour more than ‘no credibility.’

No alarms and No surprises:
 - The Wall Street Journal doesn't have the new Woodward and Bernstein in their employ 
 - John Wilcockson in his Obama sloganed shirt writing about America trashing the world and cycling, but saying an Australian is responsible for that, despite that Australian's contribution to British cycling. Also not surprised he didn't say some other non-mennonite American has actually damaged cycling 
 - Radioshack did well in a flat TT prologue 
 - Andy didn't prologue well
 - Cancellera didn't have a motor in his bike
 - BMC and Cervelo having bad luck, already down to 8 riders.  Cervelo due to a rider choosing  immediate soothing bum comfort over asking permission first

Surprises
 - Phil Ligget screaming 'YES' when a certain rider's TT split was good.  Why am I surprised? Because he had words to Matt Keenan (Australia's younger virtuouso version of Phil/Paul) during the broadcast of the World Champs in October 2009 when Matt got excited about Cadel and the Australian team generally.  Phil said something to Matt about objectivity. 
- Wiggo - anorexic-esque (don't forget folks, the camera adds ten pounds!) Wiggo might have lost too much power for a stage he was expected to, well almost beat Cancellara.  Hopefully him being so skinny means he'll surprise us with new found awesome climbing skills, or maybe he might not reach the top 10.  

Other news:
- Team Sky announces it is unlikely to listen to weather forecasters ever again. 

QOTD
"After the race, they scanned my bike, and I said to them, ‘You better scan me, because I am the motor,' "-prologue winner Fabian Cancellara.

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