Marc out there.
Originally from Daniel.
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I like seeing other Cannondales in the wild.
Originally from Velospace.
I didn’t know those H+Son Archetype rims had machined braking surfaces…Clean build. I just wish it wasn’t cross-chained!
Christopher Froome (Sky Procycling) won the individual time trial on the opening stage at the Tour de Romandie, completing the 7.4km course in 13:15. Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Sharp) took 2nd place, 6 seconds down. Robert Kiserlovski (RadioShack Leopard) finished in 3rd, 13 seconds down.
Daniel Martin (Garmin-Sharp) took the win in Liège, crossing the line 3 second ahead of Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) and 9 ahead of Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team).
Sander Armee (Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise), Bart De Clercq (Lotto), Vincent Jérôme (Europcar), Pirmin Lang (IAM Cycling), Frederik Veucheulen (Vacansoleil) and Jonathan Fumeaux (IAM Cycling) formed the day’s break after 10km of racing – after 44km of racing, their gap was at 14 minutes. By the time the break hit the Côte de Stockeu, their gap had dropped to 5:29 with 90km left to race. With 50km left to race, their gap was down to 1:28. They were eventually caught on the Côte de la Redoute – Damiano Cunego (Lampre-Merida) attacked with Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale), Alberto Losada (Katusha), Mathias Frank (BMC) and Pierrick Fedrigo (FDJ). They gained a maximum gap of 18 seconds. Alberto Contador (Team Saxo-Tinkoff) was the next to attack. Ryder Hesjedal, Carlos Betancur (AG2R La Mondiale), Rigoberto Uran (Sky), Igor Anton (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Giampaolo Caruso (Katusha) and Rui Costa (Movistar) bridged. A group of favorites soon made their way to the front.
Photo from SteepHill.
Al took a spill at the Red Kite crit this past weekend and wasn’t racing. He brought donuts, though.
The drive down took a bit longer than last week, but I still showed up at around 6:20pm, so I guess it wasn’t horrible. A tad on the windy side, but it died down a bit as the night went on.
Scratch: 10 laps, first across the line wins. Everyone seemed a bit squirrelly out there for the first race. The group split a bit in the middle of the race and I attempted to catch back up to the main group up ahead. I finished near the back of the pack.
Win and Out: 5 laps, then the first to cross the line on the 6th takes 1st place then they’re out, first to cross on the 7th gets 2nd place then they’re out, and on the 8th, it’s racing for places 3, 4, 5 (I think). This race was actually pretty neat. I was riding in an okay spot, but as riders started surging towards the front, other riders were holding a slower pace, blocking a bunch of us in the back. I kept on racing on, thinking maybe I could still land a spot. On the 8th and final lap, I was edged out for 4th, and ended up taking 5th place. Not bad.
Miss and Out: last rider gets pulled every lap, then neutral lap + sprint when there are 3 riders left. I was pulled after 3 laps. Nothing else worth mentioning from that one. Still horrible at racing that.
Points: 15 laps, points ever 5 laps. This week’s points race was actually really fun. For a couple laps in the middle, with probably 7 left to go, I was caught off in the middle of 2 packs, trying to catch back onto the front group. I finished somewhere in the top 8 probably, but didn’t get any points, so it was kind of whatever.
I went back to the car, and as I was pulling something out of my bag, I saw my phone fall out from my pocket and land on the ground, shattering the screen:
I spent the majority of the drive back attempting to clear the glass shards off the screen. I don’t think there’s a warranty for making a stupid mistake, I didn’t have insurance on it, and I don’t plan on buying a new one, so I’m just going to tough it out and hope for the best. If it can last until January 27, 2015, I’m good. Seriously bums me out though. Big time. Oh well, I gotta just move on.