Aug 29, 2016

N-A-I-R-O Q-U-I-N-T-A-N-A!!


I like how Nairo Quintana plowed up the climb to Lagos de Covadonga winning the high mountain stage and taking back the lead from David de la Cruz. Plenty of racing to go, but he looks in champion form.

"As it is now, I consider Froome the number one favorite. I find it difficult to understand his racing style, but little by little, we are understanding the tricks of his strategy, and we hope to find a way to open even more advantage on him. I have always been confident about my capacities. Sometimes I was better, sometimes not so good, but now I am feeling better than he is, and that fills me with a lot of confidence."
- Nairo Quintana

 My favorite quote of today's stage...

"If a Grand Tour was six weeks long... I might be able to win one."
- Joe Dombrowski, 29th on the day.

Standings after stage 10.

Aug 26, 2016

Friday File: Time for Italy, Classy Tommy Prim & Red Dots Cycling Sale continues

Swedish with Italian class.

Flashback on Friday File...
One of the handful of Swedes riding in the seventies and eighties was the classy Tommy Prim. No respect to Alf Segersall and Sven Ake Nilsson. Prim rode for iconic Italian Bianchi for his six seasons and came close to Italian gold - twice runner up in the Giro d'ltalia in 1981 and 1982. I'm often pulled closer to under dogs, in this case, especially for the Swede Tommy Prim. It must have been a tough 'fit' for a gifted non-Italian to ride on a Italian team, especially the powerful house Bianchi team. Yes, he won some very important victories; Tour of Romandie, Setmana Catalana, Tirreno Adriatico and a stage in Paris-Nice. He was a classy rider, but was his talents more supportive elsewhere?

1984 world's road race, Barcelona.

1981 Giro...

"You have to bear in mind the team philosophy; there were three leads - Baronchelli, Conti and me. For an Italian team it's better if an Italian wins the race and that's what we wanted - but they slipped in the last week: Contini was fourth and Baronchelli 10th and Battaglin won."

1982 A French opportunity...

"It was easy to stay in one place - but now I regret not taking up an offer I had from Mercier in 1982. The French and Belgian style of racing where they went from the gun suited me better than the Italian races was where it was 'piano' for 100 kilometres before they started to go. Sven Ake Nilsson wagon the team and rode the Tour and said it would have been a good team for me."

Stage 6, Vuelta Espana; in memory to Italy...

It's hot, I think it's time for a Red Dots Cycling cap...

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Aug 25, 2016

Throwback Thursday: 1964 Olympic road race

Mario Zanin with the classic Olympic jersey, 

Throw back Thursday: 1964 Olympic road race won by Mario Zanin of Italy.
Here's the classic video here.

Aug 22, 2016

French Panache at 30%

Alexandre Geniez tops it off!
pic: Graham Watson

I love the Vuelta. Today's brutal Ferna climb to Mirador de Ezaro (1.8km, 30% steepest climb in any Grand Tour)  was exciting to watch. Don't think the riders would agreed except for stage winner Alexandre Geniez and second place finisher Ruben Fernandez (now the new leader).  And, the good thing... there's nine more summit finishes to go!

1977 Vuelta: Just Right for Freddy

The 1977 Vuelta was virtually 'owned' by Freddy Maertens along with his Flandrian team. Controlling the race was the theme as Freddy won the opening prologue and put on the leaders' orange jersey wearing it all the way to the finish. His tally: thirteen out of twenty-one stages, the sprinters' jersey and overall victory.

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