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  1. Garden Kitty

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    Cav is stirring up a bit of trouble saying there's no way he'd ride the TdF with fellow HTC sprinter Greipel after Greipel's comments on Milan- San Remo. He also seems annoyed he's doing the Tour of California instead of the Giro:

    another fun quote:

    Cav's interviews are always fun.

    And they announced the Teams for the Tour of California:

    Bissell (USA)
    BMC Racing Team (USA)
    Cervélo TestTeam (SUI)
    Fly V Australia (AUS)
    Garmin-Transitions (USA)
    Jelly Belly Presented by Kenda (USA)
    Kelly Benefit Strategies (USA)
    Liquigas-Doimo (ITA)
    Quick Step (BEL)
    Rabobank (NED)
    Spidertech Powered by Planet Energy (CAN)
    Team HTC-Columbia (USA)
    Team RadioShack (USA)
    Team Saxo Bank (DEN)
    Team Type 1 (USA)
    UnitedHealthcare Presented by Maxxis (USA)
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    Tyler Farrar wins Scheldeprijs - first US cyclist to do so. Even more impressive - he'she spoke Flemish in the interview.

    At the finish line

    And in yet another drug story, Ballan is among riders being investigated in Italy. I'd hate to see this proven true, as BMC really doesn't need this. It's co-owner nearly quit the sport after his experience at Phonak, and I'd hate to see one of its top riders in a doping story. But Lampre seems to be the team hardest hit in this most recent investigation.

    NY Velocity's Schmalz and Cervelo rider Ted King (the self-named "king of style") give a fashion review of a local team kit.
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    streamers! hey- I was considering putting my old STAR WARS cards in my spokes- but my spokes are too high-tech and widely spaced for them to fit.

    I think watching the tour of the Basque country is finally putting me in the mood to watch cycling for the season.
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    :lol: About the ravine and parking lot crit in Uzbekastan! :rofl:
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    Schmalz's interview with Tejay van Garderen

    Up and down week for Cadel. He gets one of his biggest career wins at Fleche-Wallone, beating Contador on the Mur. But today it was announced his teammate Frei tested positive for EPO. With two other BMC riders being investigated in Italy, the team didn't need this news. The owner of the team used to own Phonak, and I don't know how much stomach he has to go through those kind of issues again.
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    Hmmm. Watch out, Alberto.

    Do you think Vino's going to "work" for Alberto in the TdF? Or will it be yet another chaotic and tense Tour for Astana, with awkward silences over breakfast? Somewhere out there, Johan Brunyeel is giggling.
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    I miss the days of Vino on T-Mob with his own teammates chasing him down. :lol: He claims he'll ride for Bert, but I can't imagine Vino restraining himself if he has a chance for a stage win or some other personal goal. However, if Bert just outrides everyone again, Vino will certainly say he was working for Bert.
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    Cav has been mostly quiet this season, but sure knows how to get noticed. After winning a sprint at Tour of Romandie yesterday, he sent this graphic message to his critics. Today he issued an apology which sounds like the team may have had some role in helping him write it. :lol:

    He's had an off season so far, getting a late start because of his tooth problems and only having two wins so far. He's fighting with a teammate (which is unusual for him), and is peeved he's going to Tour of California instead of the Giro. But I'll be glad to see him coming into form again because he's always entertaining.

    ETA: Lance announced on twitter yesterday that he and Anna are expecting another child

    edited again: HTC-High Road pulled Cav from the race and donated the prize money from the stage to charity
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    Story made it into the BBC World Service headlines at the top of the hour :lol:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/other_sports/cycling/8652628.stm

    Soon we'll be able to call him "Octo-Dad". (or 'Octo-Cad' ? )
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    Wheeeee, Giro starts tomorrow, with team presentations today. Pellizotti has been invited not to ride because of some dodgey passport values. Freire is out with allergies and Bennati out with an injury (sniffle, sniffle).

    Some of the other people you'd normally see there will be sitting it since the Tour of California conflicts with the Giro for the first time. But there will still be plenty of good riders and fun in Italy.

    The TdF is a much bigger deal, but I love the Giro - such pageantry, passion and usually infighting. Simoni signed with a new team just to ride the Giro one last time, and we know how well it worked out when he road with Cunego before :lol:

    Plus the race kicks off in Amsterdam this year, so we get the sight of GT clmby types trying to make their way over cobbles! Imagine the fun.

    ETA: Stage summary for the Giro

    edited again: Team Presentations, Giro style (which involves the riders signing the model's shirts)
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    A crash filled 3 days of the Giro in Amsterdam. Poor Christian VandeVelde once again drops out of the Giro with an injury on Stage 3 - looks like a broken collarbone.

    3 days and three different leaders and the crashes helped really split out the peloton. Wiggins lost 4 minutes today on a flat stage (thanks, mainly to his second crash of the race) but it doesn't look like he really cared. Perhaps he means it when he says he's here just to tune up for the TdF. Evans also lost time today due to a crash, but he was riding very hard to make up the time.

    Thor Hushovd also broke a collarbone on a training ride when he crashed with a little girl. He reports the little girl is fine. She must be one strong little girl!

    Tour of Cali starts next week, and already some of the Euro riders are heading over to get some training time in before the race.
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    Cannot wait for ToC!!! I am going to be at at least three stages, possibly more. WHEEEEEE!!!
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    Today was by far the best Giro stage yet, and one of the best days of racing this year. The Giro went over some dirt roads with a 16% gradient - and there was rain and wet roads to add to the fun. It was like a spring classic, except better than this year's classics.

    Some really gutsy riding, and major shakeups on the GC. Some contenders Giro are probably over after this stage. And while I haven't been a big Vino fan after his suspension, credit to him for trying to slow down the breakaway after the maglia rosa crashed.

    SPOILER: a very messy stage winner

    ETA: Amazing pics at Cyclingnews from the stage. It looks like then end of a muddy Paris-Roubaix. These poor riders have 9 more days including Zoncolan before their next rest day.

    Nibali and Basso
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    Saxo Bank press conference at Specialized HQ - with the Tour of Cali team decked out in cowboy hats and mustaches. Bobby Julich introduces the team and conducts the Q and A. You have to wait a minute for the sound to start.
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    wow! haven't had a chance to check out today's stage yet- way too much cycling going on right now, it's hard to keep up. the mud-fest was insane.
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    ooh- thanks. I'm going to try and hit at least one stage this weekend.

    I loved that both of yesterday's main cycling events were underwater- :lol::lol::lol: at riders in Italy doing the breaststroke and watching Phil and Paul filling airtime because they couldn't get any pictures from California.
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    Just when you think this Giro can't get any more amazing, another stunning day on what is supposed to be a quiet transitional stage. This has got to be the best GT in ages, and we've only had one relatively minor climbing day so far with most of the big days to come next week.
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    http://www.cyclingfans.com/

    tons of links to watch the Giro! Tylar Farrar suddenly got very hot :swoon: When did that happen? hmmm...

    Dave Z!!!!!! Another one of my favorites.

    I am sooo excited. I might get Friday off work and I will be at one of the KOM points for the Queen stage!!

    I will be at the LA TT for sure, after that I am going to see the Chasing Legends

    Not sure where I am going to be on Sunday, probably the Rock Store climb I've done that climb, it's brutal....I can't wait to see the pros do it about ten times faster!
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    AAAAAAARGH! I wish I could get Friday off- I'd love to see that stage. I also will be at the time trial- where do you think will be bes to watch?

    my friend mentioned the Rock Store, too. I'll have to try it sometime.
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    I am probably going to be all over for the TT. Not sure about which place is good to watch.

    I'm riding up PCH from Malibu to Encinal Canyon down to Mullholand to watch.
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    I'll be riding in from Venice, if you want to meet up.
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    sure. I am not totally sure where I am going. I don' t know that area too well, just meeting up with some friends.


    ToC Stage 4

    BOOM!!! Sad when he got caught be he is so young.

    Also, the close up of Powells face when he got dropped from the break was soul crushing. I felt so bad for him, trying to fight his way back to the break and just watching the other three ride away from him. :(


    Sadly, I know what that is like. Well, not getting dropped from a break, just dropped from the main field. :lol:
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    ESPN's article on Landis's accusations. It will be interesting to see how this plays out and what happens to Radio Shack, BMC and even Garmin. I see everyone toughing it out at first and calling his credibility into question, but eventually I suspect some "lesser parties" will start to corroborate allegations.

    I don't see Lance at the Tour this year, so I feel bad for the other people on the team who get caught up in all this.

    NY Times article. It's a shame with the Giro and ToC going on, this is the only cycling news that will make the papers.
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    This forum which was linked on twitter, has a post with the purported text of one of the emails from Floyd to the UCI with lots of details, although the text of th emails hasn't been officially confirmed.
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    lol weightweenies. Total wanker forum but not that it matters. I don't get why people get worked up over doping. They all do it, probably not a clean one in the bunch.

    After Landis took monetary donations to help his cause and to now come clean? Disgusting. It's one thing to say your innocent, or another to just take your suspension and do your time. But to actually fight so hard, then to come back and implicate others?


    Obviously his come back didn't go as planned and now he's just trying for money/attention. I am sure if he had been sucessful post suspension he never would have opened his mouth. How can you take anything he says seriously? He should just go away and stay out of the public eye.
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    The Giro fun continues, yesterday we had Linus Gerdemann throwing a water bottle at a rider who was attacking, and Cadel Evans coming to blows while riding in the peloton with a rider who was slowing down the chase. Riders seem a bit on edge, and they haven't even hit the mountains yet.
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    Cadel fights like a sissy.
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    and it was kind of hilarious to watch.