Archive for August, 2008
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.
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.
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.
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.
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