1.26.2012

Finish, start and more

TdSL3 Visconti, Nibali, Contador Pic by Team Movistar
Hey there, I am alive and still watching races as you can deduce by my short up-dating. But I had my friend Manuel Moz here and we spent lots of time chattering about cycling, walking in Florence, looking for cycling books in all book shops in vain and playing L`echappee infernale (TdF offical game but in our special version that includes doping tests and other amenities). BDW I don`t know if you ever saw that game: it`s the same as a complicate Gioco dell`oca http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Game_of_the_Goose where you move three riders (a climber, a sprinter and a roulleur) and the winner is who crosses the line first with all,  a bit like in a teams classification: the last man is more important then the first one. I won the stage with my team leader - a white dressed climber ehehe - and two guys on the podium (1st and 2nd) but Manuel got the Tour because my 3th rider was bloody slow! 
In real cycling a strong and uniform team is important too so RSNT top place in the TDU teams classification is a very good sign. JB team put  Machago on the podium but got no victories. Lotto Belisol got plenty of victories but its best man in GC is Cioleck 13th. GreenEdge didn`t enthusiasm but final results show it was the smartest team as far as the final victory was the goal: they got it with the minimum effort. BMC was kinda saved by Martin Kohler: never present in a sprint, vague about his GC contender, the team was surprised and pleased. It tasted glory well known like Martin it was temporary. It has been a TDU for old dogs. Young riders showed something but it was few, nothing really exciting in my opinion. We didn`t fall in love with anybody. At least I didn`t. 
TDU special prizes
Missed Hero: Rohan Dennis, Michael Matthews
Coppa Del Nonno (Grandpa cup, Traditional Italian Icecream): Petacchi, Freire, Valverde
Smartest Team: Green Edge
Best Team but... : RSNT
Sorry I`m Preparing Olympics: Cameron Meyer
Try Again: Bennati
Salvatore della Patria (Homeland Rescuer): Martin Kohler
Best diarist: Hyden Roulston
Most beautiful train and ugliest leader: Lotto Belisol
Honesty Award: Rabobank
WTF Award: Australian TV that didn´t show the most important race in their continenet!
From Argentina at least we get some streaming of the last kms of Tour de San Luis stages and many videos. The time zone helps: stages finish at 10 pm more or less so I wach it before I go to bed and have the time to post something if I am not too lazy. Or tired. Or awfully weak. My anemia is better but not over. 
Contador case isn`t over too. CAS sentence is expected on Monday. As Mike Kaltoft Jensen tweeted: "Fun fact: By the time there's a verdict in the Contador case, Fuyu Li has just two months left of his suspension for the very same violation." He started in Tour de San Luis telling his shape isn´t good and he still has to lose 7 kg... Yesterday he won stage 3th attacking on the last hard climb.  Chicchi in his new OPQS kit won the previous two (on JJ HAedo and on team mate Boonen), Colbrelli 6th and 7th :) BDW I find a little curious that Chicchi, already winner in TdSL, outsprinted on Boonen who needs a victory so much and since so long... I don`t mean he must let Boonen win but the team could decide to valorize both no?
STAGE 1
1 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick Step 4:53:18
2 Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank
3 Mauro Richeze (Arg) Argentina
4 Luis Mansilla (Chi) Chile
5 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale
6 Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Colnago-CSF Inox
STAGE 2
1 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Omega Pharma-QuickStep 3:22:40
2 Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickStep
3 Jake Keough (USA) UnitedHealthcare
4 Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar
5 Jimmy Casper (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale
6 Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank
7 Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Colnago-CSF Bardiani
STAGE 3
1 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Team Saxo Bank 4:29:27
2 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Omega Pharma-QuickStep
3 Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Col) Androni Giocattoli 0:00:05
4 Stefan Schumacher BOOO! (Ger) Christina Watches-Ofone 0:00:09
5 Daniel Diaz (Arg) San Luis Somos Todos 0:00:12
6 Cayetano José Sarmiento Tunarrosa (Col) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:00:26
7 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
8 Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Androni Giocattoli
9 Luis Mansilla (Chi) Chile
10 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar 0:00:35
GC

1 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Team Saxo Bank 12:45:15
2 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Omega Pharma-QuickStep 0:00:04
3 Stefan Schumacher BOOO! (Ger) Christina Watches-Ofone 0:00:19
4 Daniel Diaz (Arg) San Luis Somos Todos 0:00:22
5 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:00:36
6 Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Androni Giocattoli
7 Cayetano José Sarmiento Tunarrosa (Col) Liquigas-Cannondale
8 Luis Mansilla (Chi) Chile
9 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Movistar 0:00:45
10 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-QuickStep

1 comment:

Ilaria said...

Contador comment: http://www.cyclismactu.net/news-tour-de-san-luis-contador-une-victoire-inattendue-21892.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=facebook