Monday, September 15, 2014

Steve Bauer: GP Cycliste de Montréal, God Of Thunder For Paris-Roubaix?

In the breakaway for most of the race...
Canada's Ryan Roth flashes his brilliance.

Bauer Power.

All eyes were on the amazing and textbook performance by Orica-Greenedge delivering Simon Gerrans to a consecutive victory at the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal on Sunday. I watched most of the exciting race online, enjoying the insightful commentary by ex-pro Gord Fraser. The sights and sounds of Montréal always has a warm spot in my heart, I lived there in the late 90s. The Québec races is the perfect world tour platform for our aspiring young homegrown cycling talent. Steve Bauer is the Canadian team coach and comments how well his young charges performed along with some of the top riders of the world. A very good performance by the team and with further nurturing... a better future awaits.

Top Canadian:

 26th: Michael Woods

Hell of the North for Thor tantalizingly close; 2009-3rd,
via BMCRacing

Word from Brian Smith of MTN-Qhubeka has it that they are trying to lure Thor Hushovd, planning to retire at the end of this season, to ride for them for Paris-Roubaix. Interestingly, MTN-Qhubeka has beefed up and internationalize their 2015 squad with Matt Goss, Edvard Boasson Hagen, Tyler Farrar, Theo Bos and possibly Stephen Cummings. We haven't heard much from The God of Thunder. He crashed during the Tour du Poitou-Charentes and will not ride the upcoming World Championships. 

“I’ve been talking to Thor Hushovd for the last couple of months and trying to get him to stop his retirement and go for Roubaix for the last time. He said to me that he wouldn’t, but I think that he might be in the car watching his Norwegian friend win a classic next year. Maybe not as a directeur, but more of a consultant.”
- GM, Brian Smith MTN-Qhubeka

 As for 'consultant' what better way than to encourage Alexander Kristoff to a pave victory?

Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday File: Going Out With A Bang Jensie Style, Aru Makes It Two, GP De Québec & Montréal & Tuft Words

Jens Voigt's very aptly named Trek Madone 7 used at the 
USA Pro Challenge. #shutuplegs, #shutuphour
photo: Logan VonBokel

Who: Jens Voigt
What: Hour Record Attempt. Current Record: 49.700 km 2005 Ondrej Sosenka
Where: Velodrome Suisse, Grenchen, Switzerland
When: Evening, September 18th.

La Vuelta:
Aru makes it two...

The talented Italian climber, Fabio Aru wins stage 18, La Vuelta. Chris Froome slots into second overall. I'm waiting for Saturday's final mountain stage ... promises to be full of fireworks!

A Gallery of excellent images from BrakeThroughMedia:


Ryder Hesjedal, going for the win stage 14.

Exciting racing from La Belle Province: GP Cyclistes De Québec and Montréal.

Live online streaming: 10:00 PDT

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

GP Cycliste de Montréal: Tinkov Saxo Hits The Road

Hit the road...Tinkov Saxo goes out for a training ride in Montréal in
preparation for Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal this Sunday.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Tour Of Alberta: Potholes, Bellamy Hill & Exciting Stage

Bellamy Hill

Growing up in Edmonton, I never would have thought of riding up Bellamy Hill. It's very steep and dangerous as a sinewy road with many potholes. In fact, it's not very safe to ride up on. I was amazed and glad it was included on the final rain soaked stage of the Tour of Alberta. Edmonton roads are well known for the numerous potholes. I wasn't surprise when a few riders fell into one. Gruelling still the rain fell that made the roads extra treacherous for the riders except for one...

Daryl Impey negotiated the course winning the exciting stage, picked up 10s bonus to win the overall. A vindication for Impey as a last addition to the Orica Greenedge team, coming back from a recent doping charge and beating Tom Dumoulin by 1 second. Top Canadian goes to the consistent, Ryan Anderson finishing second on the stage and 5th on GC. This is by far the best edition of this race and next year promises to be even better. 

Race organizers announced a new prologue in Grand Prairie and a mountain stage in Jasper.

Time for a trip back west.

Vindication for Impey, top Canadian Ryan Anderson (red jersey).

Monday, September 8, 2014

La Vuelta Stage 16: Exciting Stage... In More Ways Than One

Take that!

La Vuelta, Stage 16 was the Queen stage with 5 mountain climbs. It was both exciting and bizarre.... mano a mano style. Firstly, Gianluca Brambilla (Omega Pharma) and Ivan Rovny (Tinkof Saxo) had a old fashion fist fight. Then it escalated with shoving and pushing with Rovny pushing Brambilla off the side of the road. I'm glad no one was seriously injured. Apparently, they argued about who was supposed to be setting the pace, I've never seen anything like this during a race. Later in the race, the two combatants were disqualified. 

Meanwhile, Alberto Contador shook off  Chris Froome to extend his overall lead.

No fisticuffs involved just good old fashion racing.

Mano A Mano part 1..

...Mano A Mano part 2.

1. Alberto Contador  63:25:00
2. Alejandro Valverde  1:36
3. Chris Froome  1:39
4. Joaquin Rodriguez  2:29
5. Fabio Aru  3:38

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