Thursday, August 4, 2011

RIP Pinarello

--Andrea Pinarello, son of Giovanni Pinarello, died of a heart attack yesterday after an amateur race.


--Sagan added another win to an already amazing season. The finish is worth a watch. (Spoiler: he attacks from about 800 to go and wins by 50m.)

The three previous stages were won by Skil-Shimano rider Marcel Kittel. I'm not saying he's doping, but it's pretty interesting to see him beating the best of the second tier sprinters three days in a row. Aside from that, the guy is definitely having a breakout season.

--Speaking of the Tour of Poland, those stages are starting at 330 in the afternoon! I didn't realize the time difference between Poland and Western Europe was so great but I think that's the issue. If they finished around 4 or 5 most of the viewers outside of Poland would be at work.

According to a post by Matthew Busche they've been eating dinner at 930 at night!

--Contador is in need of a little relaxation so he's decided to go on vacation. After a couple post-Tour criteriums he's headed back to Pinto and then on to his holiday home in Valencia.

"I never came out of the Tour de France as tired as this year. Physically and emotionally, it’s been a very demanding season. I have yet to discuss it with [Saxo Bank-SunGard team manager] Bjarne [Riis] but it’s time for me to rest and relax." said Contador.

--No big news on transfers yet. We're still waiting to hear about Cavendish, Gilbert, and Hushovd. I stated my prediction Tuesday that Cav would be staying with HTC but the team isn't ready to announce its new sponsors so he can't say anything.

Aside from those, Millar and Van Summeren re-upped with Garmin, Horner and Kloden are staying with RadioShack, and the Velits brothers are headed to Quick Step. Cyclingnews has a list with all the transfers.

--Another Postal rider has come forward, well sort of. Max Van Heeswijk, confessed to a Dutch sports magazine his EPO use while on Postal and then stole the tapes!

Meanwhile, Lance notched a serendipitous win at a Leadville qualifier in Crested Butte. We'll see how he and Fabiani handle this one.

--Lastly, Lampre lost 250,000 Euros worth of kits in a fire. The truck was headed to the Tour of Portugal. Looks like they'll be wearing dirty kits for a while...


  1. Your link to Sagan's win was actually Stage 3...

    Try this on for size:
    Tour of Poland, Stage 4


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