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Garden Kitty
08-19-2013, 02:55 AM
US Pro Challenge (what should be called the Tour of Colorado except someone else already trademarked that name) starts tomorrow. Always fun scenery, and last year a bunch of the ice skaters at Champs Camp got to see it when the Tour went by the OTC in Colorado Springs.

Garden Kitty
08-21-2013, 01:33 AM
Great crowds have shown up for the US Pro Challenge for the first two stages and a lot of the pros were enjoying Aspen's luxury before the Race. Sagan took stage one, and BMC's Mathias Frank the second stage. But Garmin's Lachlan Morton is currently in the leader's jersey sponsored by Smashburger :lol:

Nice to see such support from the fans in Colorado for the race.

In sad news, it looks like Euskatel hasn't been able to find a sponsor. I hope they can find something becuase they're such a unique team in the peloton. There was a rumor that they were in talks with Oleg Tinkoff, but I fear that may be worse than no sponsor.

DaiKozOda
08-23-2013, 08:14 PM
I heard on Eurosport that Euskaltel won't return in 2014. Somehow I would love a little miracle to happen. Euskaltel is such a legendary team already that it will be a shame to see them gone.

Volta a Portugal 2013
Stage 9 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhJKfjuIeag
Stage 10 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnKck79MUN8
Jacob Keough (USA / United Healthcare) won the last stage.

Final results:

Yellow Jersey
Alejandro Marque (SPN) - Team OFM Quinta da Lixa
He won by 4s.

Red Jersey (Points)*
Manuel Cardoso (POR) - Team Caja Rural
* This one was tight: three riders were tied in first place with 85 points (Manuel Cardoso, Edgar Pinto and Rui Sousa). Cardoso won overall because he was the first of the three to cross the finish line in the last stage.

Blue Jersey (Mountain)
Márcio Barbosa (POR) - Team LA Antarte

White Jersey (Youth)
Vladislav Gorbunov (KAZ) - Continental Team Astana

Teams
Efapel Glassdrive (POR)

Garden Kitty
08-24-2013, 03:43 AM
I heard on Eurosport that Euskaltel won't return in 2014. Somehow I would love a little miracle to happen. Euskaltel is such a legendary team already that it will be a shame to see them gone.



They were in discussion with Oleg Tinkoff, but maybe it's just as well they didn't reach a deal. Oleg's drunken posts on twitter insulting his team riders, fans and pretty much everyone isn't an image I associate with the legendary Basque team.

Tejay Van Garderen won today's team trial at US Pro Challenge after taking the leader's jersey with an attack on the descent yesterday. He's solidly in the lead going into the weekend.

Garden Kitty
08-26-2013, 05:38 PM
Van Garderen ended up with the overall win at the Pro Challenge, and Sagan got the last stage in Denver.

Meanwhile, the Vuelta started and both Nicholas Roche and Chris Horner have taken stage wins so far. Horner is also the overall leader after today. At 41, he's also the oldest stage winner in any Grand Tour.

Garden Kitty
09-02-2013, 07:28 PM
Formula One racer Fernando Alonso has purchased the Euskatel Euskadi UCI license= and is intending to create a team around Samuel Sanchez. (http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/news/latest/540192/fernando-alonso-buys-euskaltel-s-worldtour-licence.html)

Horner takes another stage at the Vuelta and regains the race lead. Not sure how to feel about this. It makes me nervous that any of Bruyneel's riders are winning grand prix stages at 42, but he was one of the few "older" riders that wasn't kept out of the Olympics (or suspended) by US Cycling in connection with the Armstrong investigation. In any event, this tweet from Voigt made me laugh:


Congrats to @hornerakg !!! Must say- when i get older i wanna be just like him!! My hero.

ElizabethAnne
09-10-2013, 03:34 AM
I just thought I would add a link to the inaugural Tour of Alberta that just completed yesterday.

http://tourofalberta.ca/site/

I was able to see the finishing leg in Calgary, right on the opposite side of a corner so they came straight at us going out of the bend. Then we ran two blocks to try and see the sprint finish but it was too crowded. Lots of fun anyway. So far I've only seen races on TV and it is a completely different prospective seeing it live. Peter Sagan won the final stage and didn't disappoint with his antics at the finish line, pretending to be a cowboy twirling his rope in the air to rope a calf. Later he was doing wheelies with one hand on the bike handle and the other in the air like a bull rider. An homage to the Calgary Stampede Rodeo. Also saw Cadel signing autographs and having his picture taken with some fans. Rohan Dennis from Australia (Garmin) won the GC and young rider jerseys. They hope to make this an annual event.

Garden Kitty
09-12-2013, 09:43 PM
I saw a lot of positive comments from the riders about the Tour of Alberta. Seemed to be very well organized with nice accomodations and fan support. I hope it continues, it's nice to have more big races in North America and give more fans a chance to see a race live.

Horner is now 3 seconds behind Nibali in the Vuelta with the biggest stage coming on Saaturday up the Angiliru. Should be exciting.

ohashibiles
09-13-2013, 04:16 AM
I miss Nicole Cooke. She was such a great personality and rider.

Garden Kitty
09-23-2013, 05:40 PM
Looks like Alonso's bid to save Euskatel won't happen after all (http://velonews.competitor.com/2013/09/news/f1-driver-alonsos-deal-to-buy-cash-strapped-euskaltel-collapses_303718). That's a shame, it's truly one of the classic teams.

Wiggins won the Tour of Britain, and Cavendish ended up with three stage wins. Nice to see big crowds at the stages!

Garden Kitty
09-24-2013, 05:35 PM
World Championships going on this week, with the senior men's time trial set for tomorrow.

Theatregirl1122
09-25-2013, 04:44 PM
Tony Martin makes it three in a row! :cheer: :cheer2: :cheer:

Garden Kitty
09-27-2013, 01:34 PM
Challenger Brian Cookson beats incumbent McQuaid for UCI President. (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/brian-cookson-elected-uci-president) I don't know much about Cookson, but I definitely think the UCI needed a change.

Garden Kitty
09-30-2013, 05:12 PM
Rainy, messy day at the Men's Road Race for the World Championships! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOl2OPjewOE&feature=youtu.be), but congrats to Rui Costa :cheer:

Garden Kitty
10-30-2013, 06:27 PM
A "men of cycling" pin up calendar for charity (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/gallery-pro-tour-pin-ups-calendar). :lol:

Here's the full gallery. (http://www.athlonsport.co.uk/25926/products/pro-tour-pin-ups-2014-calendar.aspx) Most of the money raised is for prize money at the women's cycling Tour of Britain.