Archive for May, 2009

Who’s crazy idea was this comeback?

Lance knackered

Lance Armstrong had a short but tough day today and boy did he look old and knackered as he led Levi over the finish line. He attacked on the Blockhaus climb and for a while he looked as if he could stay with the main men but when The Killer turned up the heat Lance was out the back door and fell back to Levi’s group of also rans.

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Quick Step unsuspend Boonen

Team manager Patrick Lefevere, who hasn’t spoken to Tommeke since his continuing cocaine use was revealed on the 9th May, has said that Boonen will start racing in a kermesse at Gullegem on 2nd June. Apparently the big fella from Balen has been training hard under the supervision of Rik Verbrugge and plans to ride the Dauphine Libere (7th-14th June) where he is said to be very welcome.

He is likely to be less welcome at the start of the Tour de France but another green jersey remains Tom’s ambition for 2009.

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Jean-Paul Van Poppel drops a bollock

Pauwels & Bertagnolli

Why do directors try and make bike racing more complicated than need be?  Cervelo Team director Van Poppel is sat in the car with his rider Serge Pauwels heading for a stage win and Sastre, his gen. class. man tucked nicely in the group of favourites (less the Little Prince and the Big Twat) when he suddenly has a brain storm. Call Pauwels back to “help” Sastre! Help him do what? Cruise to the finish in a fast but steady group? Surely a Tour winner can manage that on his own. No wonder Pauwels looked shocked and was very reluctant to obey orders.

When he eventually sat up he was joined by three survivors of the day’s break and rode with them to the finish where he easily took second place less than a minute behind his former companion Bertognolli. An untroubled Sastre rolled in a minute later with all his rivals for the pink jersey.

Van Poppel has suggested in his defence that Sastre asked him to call back Pauwels but so what? V.P. is the man in charge and he should have said NO.


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