Thursday, February 12, 2015

The Hubbard

Yes, another year, another name change for Tourdecouch's lighter look at the world of pro cycling. Just like the new cycling, it's a lot like the old one.

...he COULD have you killed?

It's quite fitting the noisiest voice in cycling kicks off this year's shenanigans.

In this article, Oleg Tinkov says of his team's star rider, Peter Sagan:

“I want him to win two or three big Classics...if he doesn’t succeed I will feel upset, but I’m not going to kill him.”

Ahem. OK.

The Hubbard found this footage of Oleg Tinkov riding with Tinkoff Saxo at their Gran Canaria winter training camp.

Thor threatened to mess up Edvald Boasson Hagen real good

Oleg's attitude towards Peter Sagan may have been the reason why Thor Hushovd "encouraged" Edvald Boasson Hagen to not sign with Tinkoff Saxo when they talked about it last summer:

"Edvald, you should not sign for Tinkoff. If you do, then I'll give you a slap," he told Norway's TV 2. (read more here)

Sure, Tinkov could probably have you killed, but who knows what Thor could do to EBH's beautiful baby face.

Run (to) BMC

Speaking of inspired career moves, what about the one Rohan Dennis made from Garmin-Cannondale to Team BMC? Dennis said he has a lot to thank BMC for  - and they quite rightly milked the marketing right out of the opportunity - because they made it easy for him to pursue his dream of smashing the Hour Record. It's hard not to think here of an illustration involving a Garmin device failing to upload/Vaughters failing to call as opposed to Swiss precision. How precise? Well, both new/old cycling stalwarts Andy Rihs and Jim Ochowicz predicted Dennis would ride 52.4.

Of course this means Rohan Dennis is not only the first Australian to hold the UCI Hour Record but also the first rider to do so while distracted by sausages. Like any good Aussie kid:

"I wish they weren’t cooking sausage in the middle [of the track] – because I can smell it... it made me want to pull up. It made me feel like I was at a Christmas barbecue or something… and I could just pull up and have a sausage on a piece of bread....but it probably kept my mind a little bit fresher and not worrying about the race so much and it was something that distracted me from the pain.” (Read more here over at RIDE Cycling Review)

Rohan's Hour Record followed on from his pre hour record hit out, the Tour Down Under, where he became the next Australian rider to become the next Cadel Evans.

Who has made his own career move to love guru:
A really big certificate

The UCI's response to Rohan Dennis' feats prompted this reaction on Twitter from German track cyclist, Kristina Vogel, a holder of world records herself:
Don't worry Kristina, they're devalued a bit as UCI probably hands them out to any male road cyclist that doesn't fail a blood or urine test.

In fact they probably gave one to Roman Kreuziger for not failing this blood doping procedure lie detector test.
Probably A LOT of butt clenching going on there:
A baby giraffe in the kitchen

Over to more butt clenching, but this one prompted by the fear of Michelle Cound. Chris Froome in a more human, less Sky bot tweet posted an adorable picture of one of his mess ups: 
He was probably distracted as he had this to say about Alberto Contador last month:

"I am thinking I wonder what he’s up to today..."

Like a raging bull in a press conference 

It wouldn't be a lighter look at cycling without a reference to Mark Cavendish. That's why I remind you of this brilliant work from Cav even though you have probably seen it.

Not long after, this was every journalist in the room:

Tweet of the week:

1 comment:

  1. Great post, it's nice to be updated with such a good distribution of news!