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Old April 5th 05, 06:20 PM
Robert Chung
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I'm quite fond of the Northern Classics but blue skies and soft breezes
seemed to take something out of the Ronde. On the other hand, short and
steep Pyreneen climbs are always in season. Today's 2nd stage ended on the
nominal 8km long 2nd cat La Lejana but that categorization understates the
truly nasty final 500 meters.

Rabobank had the peloton lined out as it snaked through the small town at
the foot of the final climb. I figured they were trying to launch
Rasmussen but the commentators speculated it was for Menchov. When a Rabo
rider finally went, there was some momentary confusion about who it was;
one French Eurosport commentator thought maybe it was Boogerd but the
other quickly corrected him with the comment that it couldn't have been
Boogerd because you couldn't see his teeth. I could've told him that. It
was Weening, who quickly opened a 15 second lead.

With a bit less than 5k to go, Kaiku's Serrano decided it was time to pay
the sponsor, gritted his teeth, and bridged up. Second day in a row he's
tried to go early. He tried to go past but Weening held on, and the lead
became two. Another group tried to bridge but only Aitor Osa made it,
followed a bit by Moncoutie, who used to ride the piste at the Bois de
Vincennes.

Weening attacked inside the red kite to try to get a running start on the
fearsome finish. It wasn't enough and he hit a wall, nearly stalling out,
then was swallowed. Osa countered and only Moncoutie could follow. Second
day in a row Serrano got taken. The incline, which was bad, became worse.
It took about two minutes for Osa and Moncoutie to go from the 500m to the
200m mark. The final 100 meters were a little easier, a very little, and
Moncoutie inched up on Osa. With a supreme effort he passed Osa with 50m
to go to take the stage. Rebellin was closing fast but finished a couple
of seconds back, with DiLuca and Cunego.

Serrano passes the line and nearly falls. He was sitting on the ground,
chest heaving. Hard to tell if it was sobbing or lack of air.

Osa takes the lead on GC.


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Old April 5th 05, 06:33 PM
Jan
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Serrano passes the line and nearly falls. He was sitting on the
ground, chest heaving. Hard to tell if it was sobbing or lack of air.

Osa takes the lead on GC.



Did you see the rest of the peloton "stagger" over the line?
That was a killer today.

Jan


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Old April 5th 05, 06:53 PM
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On Tue, 5 Apr 2005 19:20:08 +0200, Robert Chung wrote:
Osa takes the lead on GC.


Also, in the Circuit de la Sarthe, Jan Ullrich is on good form and beats
Michael Barry.


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Old April 5th 05, 07:59 PM
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Robert Chung wrote:
I'm quite fond of the Northern Classics but blue skies and soft breezes
seemed to take something out of the Ronde. On the other hand, short and
steep Pyreneen climbs are always in season.


They are more Ardennais than Pyreneen, but the proper term here is Cantabric.

Jenko
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Old April 5th 05, 08:27 PM
Robert Chung
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Jenko wrote:
Robert Chung wrote:
I'm quite fond of the Northern Classics but blue skies and soft breezes
seemed to take something out of the Ronde. On the other hand, short and
steep Pyreneen climbs are always in season.


They are more Ardennais than Pyreneen, but the proper term here is
Cantabric.


Thanks. I'd wondered about that but the map I looked at wasn't clear
enough.


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Old April 5th 05, 09:05 PM
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Robert Chung wrote:

It took about two minutes for Osa and Moncoutie to go from the 500m

to the
200m mark.


Ouch.

Thanks for the report.

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Old April 5th 05, 10:59 PM
Andrew
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Robert Chung said...

Weening attacked inside the red kite to try to get a running start on the
fearsome finish. It wasn't enough and he hit a wall, nearly stalling out,
then was swallowed. Osa countered and only Moncoutie could follow. Second
day in a row Serrano got taken. The incline, which was bad, became worse.
It took about two minutes for Osa and Moncoutie to go from the 500m to the
200m mark. The final 100 meters were a little easier, a very little, and
Moncoutie inched up on Osa. With a supreme effort he passed Osa with 50m
to go to take the stage. Rebellin was closing fast but finished a couple
of seconds back, with DiLuca and Cunego.

Serrano passes the line and nearly falls. He was sitting on the ground,
chest heaving. Hard to tell if it was sobbing or lack of air.

Osa takes the lead on GC.


That was a crazy finish. Weening almost came to a complete stop about
2k from the finish. There was more than one rider sitting on the
ground about 5 metres after the line. And that was supposed to be a
category 2 climb?
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Old April 6th 05, 03:23 AM
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Robert Chung wrote:

I'm quite fond of the Northern Classics but blue skies and soft breezes
seemed to take something out of the Ronde. On the other hand, short and
steep Pyreneen climbs are always in season. Today's 2nd stage ended on the
nominal 8km long 2nd cat La Lejana but that categorization understates the
truly nasty final 500 meters.

Rabobank had the peloton lined out as it snaked through the small town at
the foot of the final climb. I figured they were trying to launch
Rasmussen but the commentators speculated it was for Menchov. When a Rabo
rider finally went, there was some momentary confusion about who it was;
one French Eurosport commentator thought maybe it was Boogerd but the
other quickly corrected him with the comment that it couldn't have been
Boogerd because you couldn't see his teeth. I could've told him that. It
was Weening, who quickly opened a 15 second lead.

With a bit less than 5k to go, Kaiku's Serrano decided it was time to pay
the sponsor, gritted his teeth, and bridged up. Second day in a row he's
tried to go early. He tried to go past but Weening held on, and the lead
became two. Another group tried to bridge but only Aitor Osa made it,
followed a bit by Moncoutie, who used to ride the piste at the Bois de
Vincennes.

Weening attacked inside the red kite to try to get a running start on the
fearsome finish. It wasn't enough and he hit a wall, nearly stalling out,
then was swallowed. Osa countered and only Moncoutie could follow. Second
day in a row Serrano got taken. The incline, which was bad, became worse.
It took about two minutes for Osa and Moncoutie to go from the 500m to the
200m mark. The final 100 meters were a little easier, a very little, and
Moncoutie inched up on Osa. With a supreme effort he passed Osa with 50m
to go to take the stage. Rebellin was closing fast but finished a couple
of seconds back, with DiLuca and Cunego.

Serrano passes the line and nearly falls. He was sitting on the ground,
chest heaving. Hard to tell if it was sobbing or lack of air.

Osa takes the lead on GC.


The Basques are a spineless culture and I don't want to read about them in
here. Iban Mayo proved this when he started pouting and crying during last
year's Tour like a high school cheerleader down south who just watched her
football team lose at homecoming. Mayo may as well have gotten the rest of
the sex change operation that same day because I've never seen such a pussy
with an intact hymen on a bicycle in my life since Ronde Champ and his posse
crashed that college chick while doing loops on the Drives, who then turned
around and sued their ass like a baby diaper Simeoni.

Thanks,

Magilla

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Old April 6th 05, 04:24 AM
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Thanks, Robert. That was some good reportage.

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Old April 6th 05, 05:36 AM
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I just peeked at the results and noticed something. For David Canada
and Tino Zaballa to be riding this well with zero break after finishing
the RvV is more than commendable - but the fact that they're there at
all is indicative of a level of management from Saunier Duval that is
less than brain-dead.

-Sonarrat.
 




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