2.17.2012

Daily races and urban cyclists

Taylor Phinney doesn`t take it seriously ;)
There are different kinds of urban cyclists: the clumsy riders, the brave ones and the pros. This morning I lost my train because my bus was stucked in the traffic, I was nervous... I am a very puntual person and that was my second day of work in that school... but had the time to watch the three kinds of cyclists in action. 
My bus stoped in a critical street of Florence, where you cross the boulevards to enter the central area of the town. The clumsy rider was a midleaged male wearing a long coat and a blue beret: he arrived from the left of the street and tried unsecurely to move to the left. Nobody stoped to let him pass, he remained in the midle of the street angrily gesticulating to the cars drivers. 
He remained there, in a very dangerous position, till when a brave rider arrived powerfully pedaling ahead of the motorized traffic securely launched toward the cycling path over the boulevard. The clumsy rider found the guts to jump on his wheel and made it to the other side safely. He was funny and admirable: rigid on the sadle, the bust up, hampered by his coat but determined to not lose his leader who absolutely ignored him. The brave rider in fact was all focused on his brave effort, on his temerary fight against cars, buses and trucks. He was low on his city bike, his trausers tied on the ankles by fluo stuff, a shoulder bag in form of a tube like those carred by architetcts, firmely staring to the aim. 
I lost them when the trafic light turned green and my bus heavily headed to the narrow street in front. Just in that a profesional cyclist on a race bike wearing an all black suit dashed from nowhere, passed the bus, reached the boulevard, crossed it from left to right like a swimmer crossin the lanes in a pool and disapeared. WOW. 
Sad side of the story: no one of the three cyclists was wearing an helmet, they all risked their life. Still sad but less dramatic: when my bus arrived finally to the rail station my train had left since two minutes and the next one started in half an hour. Damn I was late.
Friday the17th is conisdered an unlucky day in Italy. Not in Oman, not for Greipel who won again. Not for Tony Gallopin who today was 3th: good job! RSNT won the team classification in Tour Down Under and looks seriously focused on achieve the same result here.
Stage
1 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol Team 3:37:02
2 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale
3 Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack-Nissan
4 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat
5 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky Procycling
6 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team
7 Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia
8 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quickstep
9 Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin - Barracuda
10 Baden Cooke (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team
GC
1 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol Team 13:36:33
2 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:00:06
3 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 0:00:18
4 Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack-Nissan
5 Baden Cooke (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team 0:00:19
6 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:00:21
7 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky Procycling 0:00:22
8 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) RadioShack-Nissan 0:00:25
9 Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin - Barracuda
10 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan 0:00:29
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26 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:00:49
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35 Andy Schleck (Lux) RadioShack-Nissan 0:01:15
Teams
1 RadioShack-Nissan 40:50:55
2 FDJ-Bigmat 0:00:22
3 Rabobank Cycling Team
I was sleeping yesterday during Volta ao Algarve and DEEPLY sleeping. So here you have the results. Today I am awake - more or less - and already watching it here: http://sports-livez.com/channel/ch-9.php Thx cyclingfans!
Stage 2
1 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling 4:57:23
2 Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM
3 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Omega Pharma-QuickStep
4 Matti Breschel (Den) Rabobank
GC
1 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling 8:59:30
2 Gianni Meersman (Bel) Lotto Belisol
3 Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM 0:00:04
4 Greg van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team
5 Matti Breschel (Den) Rabobank 0:00:06
6 Anthony Ravard (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale 0:00:10
7 Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM
8 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Garmin-Barracuda
9 Rui Costa (Por) Movistar Team
10 Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan

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