Early ride …

A 40km ride with my friend Herb started off the day. We rode from his place in Essendon, up to Greenvale and back. We decided to head north first as that way we would get the headwind and uphill half of the ride over in the first half, rather than struggling towards the end. It was a good choice. A stop at the Westmeadows Bakery for a coffee made it a good start to the day.

The rest of the day was fairly uneventful including a little shopping and cleaning the bike and the car.

Last nights TdF stage was again a successful breakaway, which I have to say I think there has been many more of this year than others I can remember. It would have been nice to see big George Hincapie in the yellow jersey, but he just fell short. Astana were not pushing all that hard to catch the breakaway, obviously Lance Armstrong would have liked to have seen George in yellow after all those years of riding the tour with him on US Postal and Discovery Channel. He said on his twitter feed today “No one and I mean no one, wanted George in yellow more than me.” The stage was marred by the death of a spectator who was hit by a police motorcycle, and some questionable unsportsmanlike behaviour in the final sprint by Mark Cavendish. The stage was won by Russian rider Serguei Ivanov of the Katusha team.

Oh, and Go England in the cricket !

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4 Responses to “Early ride …”

  1. AndrewE Says:

    What happened in the sprint?

  2. Andrew(AJH) Says:

    Cavendish appeared to try and cut off Thor Hushovd and push him into the barriers. Cavendish had points taken off him for it.

  3. Chris Says:

    Pretty tragic with the death of the lady.

    Also felt a little sorry for Cavendish with that sprint – open to interpretation but to me it looked like he wasn’t sure where Hushovd was. In any case, it’s done and need to move on from it – it does put Cavendish is a difficult position now, with them deep in the mountains from here to the finish.

    I was delighted to see Contador dominate todays stage – looks like Lance has now come in behind him from what he was saying in the post race interview. IMHO, he should have always been behind him but again, that’s a different argument.

  4. jojo Says:

    was it very windy?

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