May 24, 2015

Madonna Di Campiglio & Lapierre Bicycles Factory.

PhilGil Clowning around with Marcus Burghardt, stage 15.
all photos TDWSport

The first mountain stage ending on top of the Madonna Di Campiglio was all serious business with plenty of drama. Contador repelled Astana attacks and sits in the drivers seat 2:35 minutes over Aru. Astana climber Mikel Landa won the stage but Contador is set for the big prize. At this point, Aru doesn't seem to have enough to overhaul Contador but with the strongest team - is he saving it for the final week of mountains?

Riche Porte lost big time 27:04 in arrears and already has mentioned to leave the race to get set to help Froome at the Tour. Sky's new captain is Leopold Konig just 6:36 behind Contador. Ryder Hesjedal keeps chipping away, and rides in solo 13th overall 11:17 back. One things for sure and this is a positive, he says, "We'll see at the end of the race, but I already know I feel good and consolation is I've won this race before." A top 5? Plenty of action to come.

Rydering solo...
getting better for the third week.

Alexandre Geniez is FDJ's best placed rider; 10th overall 10:03. French iconic frame builder, Lapierre has sponsored FDJ for many years. The Xelius EFI and the Aircode are the two bikes used in this Giro. Here's Pedal Mag on a visit to the Lapierre factory in Dijon...

May 22, 2015

Friday File: John: Eternal Breakaway, PhilGil & Storm upcoming

John Lee: 
February 29, 1968 - May 14, 2015
photo Cycling Art

Our FRFuggitivi rides will never be the same again as we lost our cycling brother, technical guru and the man that launched #moremilesmorebeer.
John's on his eternal breakaway... happily with his toe clips.

Keep on riding John!

Yesterday's stage 12 to Vincenza was a soggy affair, have a look at the fancy on board camera work...

resulting with a superb uphill attack by Philippe Gilbert...

The race is anything but quiet but the storm is coming on stage 20...

Gravel road up the Colle delle Finestre (Cima Coppi).

John: this ones for you!

My friend, John was a big fan of old school racing. He stubbornly rode with toe clips so here's a photo for him...

Le Badger claws his way to world glory, 1980 Sallanches.

May 19, 2015

Mate-gate: Rules can change?

I'm a little shocked that Richie Porte was penalized for two-minutes for a sportsmanship/mateship assistance from fellow Aussie bud, Simon Clarke. Today's stage was frantic and in the heat of the moment Clarke gave Porte his front wheel to replace his flat front tyre. Two minute penalty puts Porte in 12th overall, 3min 9sec behind Contador.  Here's the rule...

Rules can be changed or in this case ruled out by a act of friendship/mateship. Isn't cycling and other sports also embody fairness and friendship? In this instance... with rule attached. 

May 18, 2015

Tour of California: Winning by 4 seconds

Mr. Sagan in third to win by 4 second time bonus.

I usually watch the Tour of Cali live, but yesterday was an exception. Our jolly FRFuggitivi group 'enjoyed' the hill climbs of Anmore (outside Pt. Moody) and on my way back I called Carolle to ask her who had won. She just watched the thrilling final but held off telling me. I rushed back and discovered...

Hey Oleg are you now watching?

May 16, 2015

Tour of California & Giro d'ltalia: Admiration

Glad that Domenico Pozzovivio returned to the Giro today, this time, as the center of media interest since his near fatal fall on stage 3. 

Here's the thrilling final kilometers of the queen stage to Mt. Baldy. Julian Alaphippe is the next big French hope winning the stage. Peter Sagan rode out of his skin to lose only two seconds for a gutsy ride. Again, I hope Oleg is watching. With crucial time bonuses up for grabs, Peter Sagan is damn close to be crowned King of California.

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