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Tour of Poland! Hailstones, thunder...trees falling on the road!
Race to be neutralised surely.
Huge crash caused by the debris. Must be neutralised for the safety of the riders. That tree!
Thomas won the Commonwealth Games Road Race earlier in terrible conditions. Really pleased for him, deserves that win for his selfless work for others.
Atmosphere was brilliant. Felt strangely proud on the first lap when the cyclists from weaker cycling nations came up and were beaming at the noise from the crowd. There was some guy from cyprus pulling wheelies before he pulled out after 4 or 5 laps. Also really pleased for Geraint Thomas, proper lad.
Resolved last night to head to Montrose for it but sacked it cos of the weather. Like a soft lad. Looked good on the telly, though.
One of the only bits of non-shit sport I've seen there in the whole thing.
Good on Geraint, despite getting a puncture a couple minutes away the finish line.
before I realised there was a big screen 50 metres down the road. Bah. Disgusting weather, but was worth sticking it out. Good work by Kennaugh and was glad to see Millar finish the race. Thomas was obviously awesome.
First live cycling event I've been to. Great day out, dead chuffed for Geraint.
Took the girlfriend, she had heavy regret when we got out of Queen St and it was absolutely howling down. Went up Montrose St to see the suffering. Into the counting house for a pint and an attempt to get dry for a bit. Up to St Vincent street, the corner at Blytheswood, then into Bloc for another wee drink and watch some coverage on TV, then back out to St Vincent st for the final lap, saw Thomas make his attack there, dived over to the run down to Nelson Mandela and back into Bloc to watch the finish on the TV.
By the end of it I think she had more fun than me. She was loving the excitement and the buzz of the crowd.
Probably shoulda got in amongst it but was feeling a bit fatigued after two nights at the athletics (and seeing at least one or two other things on every day of the Games).
The 90% attrition rate seems crazy high.
Bet the Vuelta organisers were rubbing their hands together when they saw Froome tap out. Imagine if Aru falls off his bike or something before then and Nibali decides to step in for a laugh.
And lost 10 mins on GC. Nibali won't ride though. If it happened that Aru couldn't ride the Vuelta, I think they'd send Tanel Kangert, or go stage hunting.
The vuelta has a fucking good 'provisional' line up.
Shame Contador is out injured, but could be better than Le Tour was. Quintana and Valverde as co-leaders could be interesting.
Not being shown on UK tv, but there is an app to watch the live action on. Very slick, loads of info and good quality streaming. It's called Tour Tracker. Would like to see more of this in the future.
Belkin's Hofland won a very easy sprint.
Some good mountain stages in this race so it could be worth watching.
Petr Vakoc, part-time university student, takes stage 2 of Tour of Poland after the peloton forget he's still up the road. I'm a big fan of 2nd place celebrating the win (Matthews said radios weren't working).
Then Michael Schar at the Tour of Utah does the last 50km on his own. He cramped up on the descent to the finish line thanks to new shoes/cleats - managed to hold it together/shake it out/peddle crookedly to get to the finish about 10 metres ahead of the bunch.
Not quite as good as celebrating one lap too early and still having to carry on.
I haven't watched the Tour of Utah stage yet, but I am a big fan of lone breakaways just about surviving.
Thomas Danielson looks to have the Tour of Utah in the bag, but nice win for Cadel Evans in yesterday's mountain stage.
Crash of the week goes to:
Question: How come they are trying to call the London-Surrey 100 a 'classic' when its only in its 2nd year?
I watched a lot of it yesterday and it was pretty fucking far from classic
I watched the last couple of km only - it was destined to be a dull race. The Tour of Britain doesn't do anything for me either so I will probably ignore most of that as well.
the tour of britain could/should be quite exciting
The RideLondon classic is just a terribe race. I had a debate with powerfulmellow last year about it. He thought it'd be a good race in the future, I said it was shit and always will be. If they were to change the route up a little and include more of the surrey hills, then it'll be a little better. There was a stage of the tour of Britain a couple of years ago which was basically a your of the surrey hills, and it was pretty exciting.
The race is basically a flat run out to dorking, up leith hill and box hill, repeat and then flat run back to London. I've ridden the course and it wasn't difficult for me, let alone a pro rider.
I genuinely thought it was a pretty good race. Like the national championships, it was less a case of a breakaway succeeding than 10 or so elite riders just moving away from domestic/weakened pro teams. But Gilbert animated things, and it's good to see Blythe make something a comeback.
Maybe having done the route in the morning and then watching the pros take it on colours my view a bit.
I agree the route is still boring - you could (and I have on MapMyRide because I'm sad like that) build a fantastic Guildford to Maidstone race, about 250km, that took in a good 20 or so short and sharp hills.
the hailstones, the tree, the 20 degree temp drop in one hour on day one
the breakaway they all forgot about on day two when mike matthews thought he'd won
the cyclists fighting
the cow on the road
the air bridge inflatable thing getting a puncture
it had it all!
Bloody broken Tibia!? He must be hard as nails.
... or on drugs.
To provisionally suspend Roman Kruiziger for blood passport violations.