Archive for July, 2008

Romain Feillu lucky to be in yellow

Romain Feillu has the race jury to thank for his spell in the yellow jersey. On stage one he finished 57 seconds behind winner Valverde as did Markus Fothen. Both riders appealed, Fothen because he had punctured in the final three kilometres, presumably Feillu also suffered a misfortune. They were successful and placed in a group of thirteen eighteen seconds behind the winner. The 39 seconds gained enabled the fortunate Frenchman to head the general classification after stage three by 35 seconds from co-escapee Paolo Longo Borghini.

You will not be surprised to learn that greenjersey is unfamiliar with the minutiae of the race regulations but it is clear that there is considerable scope for debate here. There were at least eight distinct groups between Valverde and Feillu as the race split apart on the ramp up to the finish. It is difficult to understand the reason for choosing the 18 second group as his “fair” finishing place.

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Chain tips

I am a big fan of the advice from Lennard Zinn, US frame builder and very tall person. Having never moved beyond eight speed (I don’t like to pay more than £4 for a chain) Lennard’s comments don’t help me but it is nevertheless interesting:-

“I have used both SRAM and Shimano Dura-Ace/XTR 9-speed with my 10-speed Record group, and both of them worked fine. The Shimano worked best.”

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Old sprinters never die, they turn into rouleurs

Perhaps even at 39 Kirsipuu’s win in the Estonian championship wasn’t a surprise but the manner of his victory certainly was. Kirsipuu left the break about twenty km from the line to win in the grand manner.  Did you ever see a position less suited to the lone effort? I have seen paper boys more aerodynamic than the old stager.  But hey respect is due, let’s see if Cav clips off alone to win the British Champs in  2025!

As the Tour de France is about to start it is timely to mention Jaan’s Tour record. He abandoned thirteen years in a row.

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