Thursday, March 12, 2009

Raw vegan #cycling on 30 bananas a day... and training with Oscar Pereiro

A radical guy fueled with a radical raw vegan diet... and plenty of cycling: Adelaide's Harley Johnson. On a bamboo bike, too.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

In-form Contador loses team in Paris-Nice boilover

So where did the Astana team go? There one moment, gone the next. Paris-Nice has been enlightening. Contador's skill, luck and good form won him the short TT section and the lead, much to the annoyance of the prologue specialists, but now his team has gone missing when the heat was on. Still, losing a minute is not the end of the world, it just puts him back where he probably should have been.

Once Rabobank hit the front Contador was in the fourth group on the road. He knew he had to do something. "I saw I had no teammates. The situation was very difficult, but I saw there was a short steep slope coming up and I accelerated." Contador looked good on the uphill, but closing the gap proved to be hard. He received some help from Christophe Moreau (Agritubel) to reach the group ahead. "This was the only possibility for me to save the race," Contador said.

I am guessing that Astana will get their act together in May and July. But there are some quietly good achievers steadily working to put roadblocks in the path of Armstrong, Contador and Co. Should be interesting.

Monday, March 09, 2009

Graeme Brown wins again in Vuelta Murcia

Good to see Graeme Brown has sorted out his bike problems, or handling issues or whatever they were - you may recall him pulling his foot/getting baulked/breaking something in the finale of the Tour Down Under. He is obviously flying right now... and Rabo teammate Menchov won overall.