A necklace of pearls of different colors: white, yellow, red, blue, green. Intensely watching you can separate them and apreciate the nuance. Confused in distance and in the night they are just a bright line between the sky and the sea. Or better: you see just it and know that over is sky and under is sea. In the sunset you could get more dettails but they are all gone. Frte dei Marmi by night, pontile. I watch the night while around elegantly dressed people walk up and down distractly watching paesans fishing.
Le Tour has been all in the sprint. This time Greipel beated Cavendish in a direct clash. Fabian Cancellara entered – again – the Tour history as the not-winner who wore the Yellow longer. Sad news: Rob Goris' death (Accent Job rider, 30 yo, his heart stopped). Annoying news: Lance Armostrong & co. (USADA/riders deal to get delayed confessions and a delayed shortned bann?). If you are interested you can find plenty of infos (or rumors) everywhere.
I am interested in Tom Veelers. Like a pearl in the peloton you can see if you intensely watch, Veelers is a very good rider, talented, promising, already keeping his promises. Dutch, 28 yo, raced for Rabo continental and in 2006 won U23 Paris–Roubaix. Professional rider with Shimano since 2008 he collected every year some nice results (check his palmares on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Veelers). Last man of Marcel Kittel, he became Argo's first sprinter after Kittel's abandon and he's doing well: 4th in Stage 2 Visé (Bel) - Tournai (Bel), 3th in Stage 4th Abbeville – Rouen, 6th in stage 5 Rouen-Saint-Quentin when he has been violently accused by a furious Tyler Farrar.
According to http://blog.thenewstribune.com/adventure/tag/tom-veelers/#storylink=cpy "U.S. sprinter Tyler Farrar finished the fifth stage of the Tour de France bloodied and angry, and had to be pulled away from the rider he blamed for causing his third crash in as many days. Before stunned onlookers, Farrar dropped his bicycle and stormed into the Argos-Shimano team bus of rival sprinter Tom Veelers, shouting “you don’t do that to someone.”
Veelers replied: "I can understand when you crash you're really upset about it, but I think when he sees the pictures he'll know what happened. I was sitting there and Alessandro Petacchi (of Lampre) was steering in and I think Tyler broke his front wheel on the rear derailleur of Petacchi. In the sprint it's very hectic and everybody's fighting for his place. Nobody does such things on purpose, and he knows that as well". Petacchi also confirmed. Involved in the crash also Sagan, who finally fell, and Greipel, who managed to stay on his bike and even won the stage. Chapeau! Just one word about Tayler Farrar: I'm sorry for him, really sorry, beacuse after Wouter Wylandt's death he is no more the same. He was is best friend, his training mate. Since that day Farrar can't sprint anymore. That can maybe explain is rage. Not justify. I really hope he will find again his way.
About his new, unespected role in the Tour Tom Veelers said: "It's too bad that Marcel had a problem with his health but it's given me my chance and I've been encouraged by my performances. We had no plan B, we never thought Marcel would fall ill. It's really too bad. I'm in good shape so I'm looking forward to Saturday's stage. I just hope to be in the grupetto."
Note the splendid performace of Mollema so far: 11th also in GC.
|1||André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol Team||4:41:30|
|2||Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team|
|3||Juan José Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank|
|4||Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne|
|5||Mark Cavendish (GBr) Sky Procycling|
|6||Tom Veelers (Ned) Argos-Shimano|
|7||Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Katusha Team|
|8||Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISD|
|9||Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale|
|10||Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar|
|11||Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team|