Archive for March, 2013

Charles Terryn

This is, I believe, the work of Charles Terryn sometime mechanic to Eddy Merckx. I have always believed that if a job involved a great deal of extra work for no particular advantage Bill Philbrook would have done it just to show that he could and it seems that Terryn was cut from the same cloth. And why the two holes? surely not for lightness.


Merkx a l-atelier Terryn 02                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Don’t panic mechanic! Charles Terryn hands Eddy his bike at the 1975 Worlds.

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Sky missed out

I had it all worked out. A short piece bigging up Sky for, probably, being the only team to have taken the GC in two major stages races run concurrently. I say probably as I am at present homeless and my records are in storage so I can’t “research” the topic. Anyhow whether or not it was unique it would have been a major achievement to win both Paris-Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico.

I have only been able to find the last few kms on t’internet so I don’t know how Chris Froome screwed up but clearly three ascents of a 30% climb would make it impossible for Sky to control the race but why couldn’t Froome hang in with the leaders? Was it a repeat of the overgearing they suffered in the Vuelta?

Nevertheless Sky are having a great season and that is without bringing Wiggo in to play. Roll on July!

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Oscar, say it ain’t so.

Following the long awaited confession of Boogerd to ten years of doping at Rabobank the great Oscar Freire must be now in the frame.  If Oscar’s three rainbow jerseys are shown to be stained that will be the end for me as a fan. I was roadside for all three wins and his first win at Verona was perhaps the best moment of my time as a fan. As the group swung to the left and Oscar opened a gap on the right all the Italians walked out of the bar! By the time Oscar crossed the line we had the tele to ourselves!

I am still clinging to the hope that Oscar was so good at what he did best he didn’t need to dope. Popping up in Flanders in early March and in October for the Worlds with plenty of rest for his dodgy back during the remainder of the season maybe allowed him to win clean. Let’s hope so.

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