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06-26-2011, 07:28 PM
Moved to the tour de france thread.

06-26-2011, 07:42 PM
Some news from the national championships:

Brad Wiggins wins in GB, Geraint Thomas 2nd
Sylvain Chavanel wins in France
Fabian Cancellara wins in Switzerland
Giovanni Visconti wins in Italy
Frank Schleck wins in Luxembourg
José Joaquín Rojas wins in Spain, Contador 2nd
Fumiyuki Beppu wins in Japan
Robert Wagner (LEO) wins in Germany

So are the teams going to have to whip up some new jerseys for these guys in time for the Tour de France? I guess Frank can keep his current Leopard-Trek jersey since he already has the Luxembourg stripes on it. I wonder what they'll do for Fabian since the Swiss flag isn't a striped affair that they can just wedge into the blue band on the jersey. It's too bad that Leopard-Trek minimizes the national champion design; he looks amazing in red:


Although he might have had to deal with occasional idiots running up to him trying to get medical assistance. ("No, you're looking for a red cross on a white background.")

Garden Kitty
06-29-2011, 01:28 AM
German speed skater Claudia Pechstein (http://news.yahoo.com/pechstein-reveals-olympic-cycling-ambition-131137769.html) indicates that she wants to make the German Olympic team in track cycling.

06-30-2011, 08:15 PM
A big "ehhh...." to the Swiss champion jersey. It looks like Fabian should be standing next to other guys with red banners on their chests with maybe a white multiplication sign, or a division sign, or a square root sign. They could call themselves "The Math Team."


The bottom of the jersey is just plain white.....why not fill that area with the flag! (That way it wouldn't vaguely remind me of a bandeau or tube top.)

Garden Kitty
06-30-2011, 11:02 PM
Agreed, really bad version of the jersey.

Garden Kitty
08-01-2011, 09:27 PM
VS to become NBC Sports Network, (http://www.usatoday.com/sports/columnist/mccarthy/2011-07-31-versus-nbc-sports-network_n.htm) effective in January.

08-04-2011, 07:15 PM
HTC-Highroad to become non-existent after this season. Wow....six stage wins in the Tour and the green jersey and they still couldn't secure sponsorship?!!?


I guess Cav will be going to Sky. Sorry, Wiggo....time to learn how to be a lead-out man.

08-04-2011, 07:29 PM
That's really exceptionally unfortunate. Obviously I'm a big HTC-Highroad fan, but even without that, it's sad to see such a well built team disband. And on a personal level, I'll be sad to have my favorite riders split up so I have to root for them separately. I have death in my soul!

It'll be interesting to see what happens to Cav. Obviously he'll be going to Sky but I don't know that Sky is really willing to work primarily for him (and primarily for stage wins) the way that HTC was. It's certainly going to change the look of the race without HTC driving the chase on the flat stages!

I wonder where the other riders will end up.

Garden Kitty
08-04-2011, 08:04 PM
I really hate to see this, it's also a big blow to women's cycling since they were one of the top women's teams.

I guess it's the nature of the sport that teams evolve and often disband, but it's still sad that they couldn't find a sponsor. They tended to be so international that I never really thought of them as a US team (especially since they started life as a German team), but I am glad that there are still some US pro teams or we'd never see any coverage in the US.

08-04-2011, 08:18 PM
Velonews (http://velonews.competitor.com/2011/08/news/htc-highroad-era-ends-stapleton-frees-riders-and-staff-to-find-new-jobs_186922) is reporting that there is speculation that Cav will actually not go to sky and will instead go to the new Australian team GreenEDGE. I wonder if the Renshaw-Cavendish combo will stay together.

Garden Kitty
08-09-2011, 05:49 PM
Twitter Fun: Cancellara is at Trek World - a conference for Trek dealers in Chicago with the Schlecks, and he tweets a pic of a unique time trial bike that is small enough for a 4 year old (http://yfrog.com/h3jt2prsj) and isn't available for public sale.

Leipheimer tweets back that Cance should shut up because that's Levi's bike. :lol:

08-09-2011, 07:22 PM
I love that Levi has a sense of humor....after the craptastic tour he and his team had.

In other news....Thor will be SMASHing with BMC for the next few years!
Having to play lead-out boy for Tyler while wearing yellow AND world champion stripes was probably a bit chafing.

Garden Kitty
08-10-2011, 06:01 PM
HTC riders supposedly can't confirm new jobs until Sept 1 (for some reason, although not sure why or how it's binding), but every other source is saying that Renshaw signed with Rabobank to be their number 1 sprinter at the Tour.

ETA: Renshaw article (http://news.yahoo.com/cyclist-renshaw-agrees-join-rabobank-131550599.html;_ylt=Av8Kc4kMB9q_RFDZf9KC5B5EobF_;_ ylu=X3oDMTM1NDBkYWFqBHBrZwM1MGQ0YmI5Zi02MTQ5LTMxZj QtYTc0ZS01NjI0OGY1MTYyMGMEcG9zAzEEc2VjA3RvcF9zdG9y eQR2ZXIDOTY3MzEwNjAtYzM1My0xMWUwLWFmM2MtZDg0OGJkMz ljYjY2;_ylg=X3oDMTIyZ3A1NGtpBGludGwDdXMEbGFuZwNlbi 11cwRwc3RhaWQDBHBzdGNhdANzcG9ydHN8Y3ljbGluZwRwdANz ZWN0aW9ucwR0ZXN0Aw--;_ylv=3)

Garden Kitty
08-12-2011, 05:45 PM
Jan Ullrich turns to "cyclosportiv" for fun. (http://www.bikeradar.com/news/article/jan-ullrich-turns-to-cyclosportive-racing-31304)

08-12-2011, 06:57 PM
Preliminary start lists for the Vuelta (http://velonews.competitor.com/2011/08/news/2011-vuelta-a-espana-preliminary-startlist_187989).

Taylor Phinney is riding for BMC. Looks like most of the top name sprinters will be riding. Cav is riding without Renshaw. This preliminarily lists Hushov for Garmin Cervelo but Velo News is reporting that Garmin Cervelo has left him off the team. They also say that the entire TDF podium is riding the USA Pro Cycling Challenge.