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for all my friends · March 2013

March 2013

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Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack Leopard) took the solo win at the Tour of Flanders, crossing the line 1:27 ahead of Peter Sagan (Cannondale Pro Cycling), 1:29 ahead of Jurgen Roelandts (Lotto Belisol), and 1:39 ahead of Alexander Kristoff (Katusha).

Jetse Bol (Blanco) and Laurens De Vreese (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise) were part of the day’s early break and were joined by André Greipel (Lotto-Belisol), Michael Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-Quickstep), Maarten Tjallingii (Blanco) and Marcel Sieberg (Lotto-Belisol).  On the Koppenberg, the peloton struggled as riders unclipped from their bikes – Mirko Selvaggi (Vacansoleil-DCM) and Sébastien Minard (AG2R La Mondiale) took the opportunity to bridge across to the leaders.  On the second circuit loop, only Selvaggi and Kwiatkowski remaining off the front.  Yoann Offredo (FDJ), Jurgen Roelandts (Lotto-Belisol), Sébastien Hinault (IAM) and Sébastien Turgot (Europcar) attacked on the section after the Paterberg.

Roelandts continued on alone while Cancellara attacked from behind, with Sagan on his wheel.  They bridged, and the new trio held a 15 second lead as they began the final Paterberg ascent.  Cancellara placed a final attack on the steepest section of the berg, holding his lead until the end.

Photo from SteepHill.

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Theo Bos (Blanco) won the bunch sprint on the opening stage of the Critérium International, winning ahead of Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ) and Jonathan Cantwell (Saxo-Tinkoff).

ukiya Arashiro (Europcar), with Jeremy Roy (FDJ), Romain Hardy (Cofidis), Gerard (Bretagne-Seche Environnemen) and Antoine Lavieu (Le Pomme Marseille) formed the day’s break 10km into the stage – they gained 3:10 after 31km of racing.  The break was eventually swept up in the final 3km.

Bos leads in the GC 2 seconds ahead of Bouhanni and 3 ahead of Arashiro.

Top photo from Cycling News, profile from SteepHill.

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François Parisien (Argos Shimano) took the bunch sprint win in Lleid, crossing the line ahead of Samuel Dumoulin (Ag2R La Mondiale) and Stéphane Poulhies (Cofidis, Solutions Credits).

Olivier Kaisen (Lotto Belisol) and Tristan Valentin (Cofidis, Solutions Credits) formed the day’s break after 50km of racing.  They extended their lead to 4 minutes but were eventually caught with 15km remaining.  Marcus Burghardt (BMC) placed a late attack with 2km remaining, but was swept up by the sprinter’s teams.

Daniel Martin ( Garmin-Sharp) continues to lead in the GC 14 ahead of Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha), and 42 ahead of Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Movistar Team).

Top photo from Cycling News, profile from SteepHill.

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Adriano Malori (Lampre-Merida) won the 14.3km individual time trial around Crevalcore, posting a time of 16:14.  Anton Vorobyev (Katusha) finished in 2nd place, 14 seconds down.  Moreno Moser (Cannondale Pro Cycling) took 3rd, 16 seconds down.

Diego Ulissi (Lampre-Merida) leads in the GC 1:35 ahead of teammate Damiano Cunego, and 1:48 ahead of Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Androni Giocattoli).

Photos from SteepHill.

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Sunday.  I slept in a bit but as soon as I woke up, I knew I’d want to get back on the cruiser again.  So I threw on some clothes and hoped it wouldn’t start drizzling like it did yesterday on Twin Peaks.  Lucky for me, the weather was pretty spectacular, and I stopped multiple times to just enjoy the view.  It made me appreciate the city a bit more.  Side note, yesterday afternoon I picked up a new battery for my heart rate strap thinking that was the issue on why it wasn’t reading correctly in the first 10 minutes of the ride.  But now, even after the battery change, it’s reading wonky.  So I just took out the battery and placed it in the other strap I have, and it seems to be reading okay now…but I’m indoors, not moving.  Not quite the most realistic conditions it’ll be used in, but oh well.  We’ll see how it works.

Hope everyone has a good weekend.  It isn’t over yet!

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I’m the first to admit that I haven’t been riding as much as I’d like.  I’m running at lunch sometimes, but even that’s been spotty at best.  I’m putting most of my effort towards my job and have been constantly trying to improve my work.  We’re shorthanded to say the least, and juggling 2, 3, or sometimes even 4 projects is just draining.  I’d love to have more of a balance.  I’d love to come back home to just relax and watch some pro cycling.  It’s been nearly impossible for me to even want to sit in front of a computer after working all day on one.  All my energy has been sapped because of my job.  Yesterday, I almost cracked, but stayed motivated and finished my project at 10pm.  I love the work I do.  I want to keep doing it, learning from all my great co-workers.  I just don’t want to break under the stress.

I’m hoping Wednesday night track racing at Hellyer will help me find more of a balance between work and play.  I honestly miss logging into this blog and writing about whatever I want.  That’s still the reason why I continue to come on and sporadically write.  I’m still alive, I’m still here, and will continue to write for myself, and no one else.  I’m happy to share my experiences through work, cycling, and everything else.  People that have been reading along with me can hopefully sympathize.  I’ve just been snagged away from my passion for a short while, but will always have eternal respect for cycling, running, and endurance sports in general.  I want to keep writing, running, riding, and reading everything I can.  But sometimes sleeping for 9 or 10 hours is more within line of what my body needs to recover from work.  It’s tough, but I’m going to handle it and will come back stronger.  No regrets.

If this doesn’t get updated for another day or so, you’ll know where I stand.  I don’t know any of you personally, but I hope that the balance between work and fun also finds you well.  Have a good weekend.

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Local racing, local roads.  This team is looking strong for 2013.

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Purple fade colorway rocks.  1981.

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Peter Sagan (Cannondale) took the solo win in Wevelgem, crossing the line 23 seconds ahead of Borut Bozic (Astana Pro Team), Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing Team), Heinrich Haussler (IAM Cycling).

The first 50km of the race were cut by race organizers due to foul weather – numerous echelons opened up after the race started with Sagan, Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team) with Mark Cavendish, and André Greipel (Lotto Belisol) being among those at the front.  The groups eventually joined, and shortly thereafter, Juan Antonio Flecha (Sky) attacked with Matthieu Ladagnous (FDJ) and Assan Bazayev (Astana Pro Team).  They opened up a 2 minute gap over the peloton.  On the Kemmelberg, Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky) attacked, and was marked by Sagan along with 30 others.  Haussler attacked on the next bout, and was joined by Sagan, Bernhard Eisel (Sky), Van Avermaet, and numerous others.  The new group caught the 3 remaining riders off the front, and set off for the rest of the race.

Photo from SteepHill.

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Dan Martin (Garmin-Sharp) took the solo win on the Port Ainé-Rialp, crossing the line 36 seconds ahead of Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) and Nairo Alexander Quintana (Movistar Team).

23 riders broke off the front of the peloton on the day’s first categorized climb: Cristiano Salerno (Cannondale Pro Cycling), Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Laurent Pichon (FDJ), Ryder Hesjedal and Daniel Martin (Garmin-Sharp), Alberto Losada Alguacil and Yury Trofimov (Katusha) were among those in the bunch.  On the HC Port del Cantó, Nicolas Roche (Team Saxo-Tinkoff) attacked from the break, while back in the peloton, the group was whittled down to 50 riders.  Martin increased his pace with Jesus Herrada (Movistar Team) and Robert Kiserlovski (RadioShack Leopard).  Robert Gesink (Blanco) and Jurgen Van den Broeck (Lotto Belisol) attacked from the main group, following Martin and Herrada by 1:20.  Quintana later attacked from the front group.

Martin moves into the GC lead, 10 seconds ahead of Rodriguez, and 32 ahead of Quintana.

Photo from SteepHill.

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