August 2012

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New Low.

Steep head tube, more laid back seat tube, higher bottom bracket, integrated head tube, stiffer, beefier, badder. What else can I say

Andrew Low.

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Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) took the sprint victory on the opening stage of the World Ports Classic, winning ahead of André Greipel (Lotto Belisol) and Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) in Antwerpen.

Wind split the peloton into 3 groups with Boonen, Marcel Kittel (Argos-Shimano), Mark Renshaw (Rabobank), Oscar Freire (Katusha), and Kristoff in the first group.  Greipel and Theo Bos (Rabobank) were separated in the 2nd group and were sitting 30-40 seconds down.  Andrew Fenn (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) rode up the road off the front of the lead group, and the 2nd group was able to make contact.

Boonen leads in the GC, 4 seconds ahead of Greipel, and 6 ahead of Kristoff.

Photo from Cycling News.

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Admittedly, I’ve been unwilling to haul myself out of bed so early in the morning to ride my bike, which is a bit of a bummer.  Running at lunch doesn’t quite silent my guilt complex, but I guess it’s better than nothing.  One big deadline is over with, and I’ll be able to have a relaxing 3 day weekend, racing with a clear head on Monday for the Giro di San Francisco.  If any of you are looking to watch some local racing, head down to Levi’s Plaza – categories will be racing from 8am-3pm.  It’s gonna be fun, for sure.  Packed 4/5 field of 75, so that’ll be interesting…

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Steve Cummings (BMC) took a solo victory in Ferrol, winning 4 seconds ahead of Cameron Meyer (Orica – GreenEdge), Juan Antonio Flecha (Sky), and 14 ahead of Simon Clarke (Orica – GreenEdge).

Cummings, Meyer, Flecha, Elia Viviani (Liquigas-Cannondale), Simon Clarke (Orica-GreenEdge), Thomas De Gendt (Vacansoleil-DCM) and Linus Gerdemann (RadioShack-Nissan) formed the break of the day.  The advantage dropped to 2 minutes in the final 20km.  With 10km left, Dani Moreno (Katusha), Andrey Kashechkin (Astana) and Gert Steegmans (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) launched an attack, but the trio was reeled back in before gaining too much time.  Flecha jumped away from the break with 7km left to race, but Meyer, De Gendt, Gerdemann and Cummings caught him shortly after.  Cummings then placed his attack, and was able to hold his lead until the finale.

No changes to the GC with Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) still leading Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank – Tinkoff Bank) by 13 seconds and Christopher Froome (Sky) by 51.

Top photo from Cycling News, profile from SteepHill.

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G+B.

For everyone in the US, hope everyone has a good 3 day weekend for Labor Day.  Zunow frameset above is amazing.

Originally on FGGT.

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Sick colorway.  Possibly my new favorite – raw rear triangle, white on black on the front, and of course, the upward facing logo on the down tube, in case you forget what brand bike you’re riding.  Even though the whole thing is hydroformed aluminum, I like how their paying tribute to the Six13 – black front end, raw rear.

This one is up on eBay right now, just the frameset.

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Goodbye, Gore.

Gore is stopping production of their cables Fall 2012.  They will continue to be offered with the SRAM 2012 Red group, but no longer for other gruppos.

Originally on Bike Radar.

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Interesting people on YouTube are bashing Liggett.  I happen to like the guy because his voice is synonymous with pro cycling commentary.  One of the best voices for watching races to.

Read more on Inner Ring.

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Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) took his second stage win at the Vuelta a España, winning atop the Mirador de Ézaro.  Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank – Tinkoff Bank) finished in 2nd place, 8 seconds down, Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) took 3rd, 13 seconds down, Robert Gesink (Rabobank) finished 4th, 20 seconds down, and Christopher Froome (Sky) finished 5th, 23 seconds back from Rodriguez.

Amael Moinard (BMC), Cameron Meyer (Orica-GreenEdge), Mikel Astarloza (Euskaltel-Euskadi) and Kevin De Weert (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) rode off the front of the race after 75km ridden.  They built up a lead of 7 minutes with 80 left to race.  Despite a crash in the peloton with 30km remaining, the break’s gap continued to fall to 2:43 with 14km left.  The break was caught on the lower slopes of the final climb – Igor Anton (Euskaltel) attacked, opening a gap ahead of the GC favorites.  Contador attacked, and was tailed by Rodriguez and Valverde.

Rodriguez continues to lead in the GC, 13 seconds ahead of Contador, 51 seconds ahead of Froome, and 1:20 ahead of Valverde.

Photos from SteepHill.

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Just another day at work, I suppose.  I headed out for my run at the usual time, and on my way back, I saw one of my ex-coworkers randomly.  Or I should say, he saw me – we chatted for a bit, and he was in good spirits, which inspired me.  I can’t really say why seeing him changed the tone of my day for the better, but it did, and I’m grateful to have run into him.

Amped for the weekend, and for the Giro di San Francisco.

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