2.16.2012

Daily races, Saxo Bank license and me

Klass Most Aggressive Rider Pic by B
I survived: woke up at 6 am, got a bus and a train, walked to my school, found my way to the administration, signed my contract, introduced myself to collegues and students more or less in that order, went back home at 12 am. The country around Florence is still white in ice and snow but the sun triumphed and was gloriously shining today: rosy in the arly morning, on the ancient walls of Signa, then golden in the blue sky throght the windows of the school. A perfect day to pedale: cold and dry. In fact some cyclists were riding along the river whe I passed by train later in the day. The small lakes named Renai looked like bright blazing mirrors. In Empoli thought the yellow petunias in the public grass were half dead, frozen and wet.
It`s so strange to thing in the same time races went on since start to finish. A bunch sprint was  expected in Oman and so has been. Two names I saw immediately in the arrive order: Bouhanni and Navardauska, two young riders who started well the season and are going on that way. But I didn`t see the stage and didn`t have the time to read the teams reports. Fortunately I don`t work on Saturday :)
Stage
1 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Project 1t4i 3:23:00
2 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol Team
3 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat
4 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Barracuda
5 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale
6 Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep
7 Andrea Guardini (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia
8 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Sky Procycling
9 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team
10 Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin - Barracuda
GC
1 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol Team 9:59:41
2 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:00:02
3 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 0:00:08
4 Baden Cooke (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team 0:00:09
5 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:00:11
6 Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack-Nissan 0:00:12
7 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky Procycling
8 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) RadioShack-Nissan 0:00:15
9 Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin - Barracuda
10 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan 0:00:19
..............

35 Joost Posthuma (Ned) RadioShack-Nissan 0:00:54
36 Andy Schleck (Lux) RadioShack-Nissan
Meanwhile at the Vuelta a Algarve Matti Breschel makes a good coming back:

Stage 1 and GC
1 Gianni Meersman (Bel) Lotto Belisol 4:02:17
2 Greg van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team
3 Matti Breschel (Den) Rabobank
.........
10 Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan
BDW
Team Saxo Bank is going to lose his World Tour licence as consequence of Contador bann. It`s ridicolous that happens after so long and when the team can`t hire new riders to get points. By the other side Riis opted for a risky game signing and keeping Contador: he got money by sponsors and races organizers because of that and that allowed hs team to survive two years more in spite of a true financial disaster. I apreciate his coolness. Now the game is over and I am not sure at all he lost: Contador will be back in August and those money are not to be given back like the Tour or Giro prizes...

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