Archive for August, 2008

British Airways asks Wiggins to turn left

The former World’s favourite airline can still get something right. BA declined to upgrade Boris Johnson, not that I have anything against the Turk but he is, after all, merely a politician while moving Bradley Wiggins into First class. I suppose he would struggle to get those long legs into an Economy seat. Well done BA.

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A rational Olympic medal table

There seem to be two accepted methods of ranking Olympic success. One is to count the Golds and the other way to to count the medal total. Both methods are unsatisfactory, what we need is a Third Way known as the greentable that gives three points for a gold, two for a silver and one for a bronze. The final table is as follows.

China 213 points

USA 212 points

Russia 132 points

UK of GB & NI 98 points

Australia 89 points

Germany 83 points

South Korea 67 points

France 65 points

You know it makes sense.

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A tribute to Isaac Galvez

As I keenly anticipate the Olympic Madison I remember the late Isaac Galvez who lost his life while riding in the Gent Six-Day race. Who can doubt, given the superb form of Joan Llaneras in the Points race, that if the Spaniards were still together they would give Brad and Cav a real race. Don’t forget to turn your speakers on.

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Madison fever

greenjersey is almost overcome with excitement at the thought of the Olympic madison. Will it be more gold medals for Team GB ?(shouldn’t that be Team UK or doesn’t Northern Ireland count any more). Naturally I am hoping for a Cav & Brad win but with my run of poor form as a tipster I dare not go for the World Champions. Instead I am picking the Swiss team of Bruno Risi and Franco Marvulli. Risi is my all-time favourite trackie and he seems to have denied the advancing years. Just watch him gain a lap with minimum effort.

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Steve Cummings in China

greenjersey was surprised by Steve Cummings’s great ride in the Olympic time trial but I shouldn’t have been. Just check out the result of the final TT in this year’s Giro. After that ride nobody should have been in any doubt about his ability against the watch. Steve hails from Wirral like Chris Boardman, it must be something in the water.

1 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team High Road                              32.45 (52.213 km/h)
2 Tony Martin (Ger) Team High Road                                0.07
3 Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                   0.10
4 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Team High Road                            0.13
5 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Slipstream Chipotle                 0.22
6 Danny Pate (USA) Slipstream Chipotle                            0.24
7 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas
8 Steven Cummings (GBr) Barloworld
9 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Astana                                     0.31
10 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC                                      0.33
11 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana                          0.39
12 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Barloworld
13 David Millar (GBr) Slipstream Chipotle                         0.42
14 Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Tinkoff Credit Systems
15 Gabriele Bosisio (Ita) LPR Brakes                              0.47
16 Alexander Serov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                   0.50
17 Michael Blaudzun (Den) Team CSC                                0.52
18 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana                                   0.56
19 Yoann Le Boulanger (Fra) Française des Jeux                    1.01
20 Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                     1.04
21 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) LPR Brakes                              1.06
22 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Caisse d'Epargne                        1.08
23 Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank                                    1.26
24 Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                    1.27
25 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank                                   1.29

Don't forget that two days earlier Steve had finished a 6hr 45min stage in fourth place.

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Olympic Time Trial

Can anyone see beyond Cancellara after his amazing ride up to the front of the race on Saturday? Schumi has let me down once but I am giving him a second chance and my podium is 1.Schumi, 2.Cancellara, 3.Botero

UCI Code Time
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BLR19810628 ____
SVK19840808 ____
UKR19820313 ____
GBR19810319 ____
DEN19811204 ____
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NED19860531 ____
SLO19860623 ____
EST19870424 ____
UKR19830807 ____
CAN19801209 ____
KAZ19730316 ____
POL19800411 ____
BEL19830114 ____
ITA19841114 ____
USA19790112 ____
HUN19761211 ____
DEN19840905 ____
GER19750619 ____
RUS19780125 ____
ESP19780205 ____
COL19721027 ____
ITA19740615 ____
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RUS19800920 ____
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SWE19800920 ____
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Nicolas Roche impressive in Olympic road race

Nicolas Roche showed his worth today in the Olympic road race. He put in a hard attack on the climb after five hours of racing and was taken seriously by the Italian team who covered his move. The increase in pace caused by Roche’s effort resulted in my hot tip Schumi going out the back and abandoning!

Roche finished at about 10 minutes in a fair sized group that included Denis Menchov and must be well pleased with his ride.

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