2.15.2013

Tour of Oman and more

Embedded image permalinkWho cares? Sorry but today I'm really off. I got the press release about Andy Schleck not starting in Haut-Var and remained a while like stoned. In spite I think it's a good thing - his previous schedule looked unrealistic - I can't avoid to feel unhappy and worried. He's supposed to race GP Camaiore here in Tuskany, so I'm going to meet him soon and hopefully talk. Not for asking just to listening. 
My son is sick since Monday so we spent the day at home. I cleaned the big christal chandelier in my bedroom and that's a big achievement: it takes hours so I only do that once a year. Now and then I took a break and once I read that splendid interview with Christophe Bassons: http://www.cyclingnews.com/features/christophe-bassons-where-the-war-on-drugs-is-going-wrong
"We’ve got the whole idea of competition totally wrong in our society: competition should be about excelling, beating yourself, not beating someone else. And it wouldn’t even take that much or that long to shift some mentalities. If, once a week or once a month, the athlete on the front page of L’Équipe wasn’t there for his or her results but there for his values, that would make others sit up. Then the athlete would think that, okay, maybe he’d never be on the front page for winning but he could be for his great sportsmanship or whatever else. Because that’s what they want – recognition, admiration. They don’t care how they get it."
I can't agree more with him. I even translated it in Italian for my son. 
As far as Tour of Oman... the finish order looks like a TdF's one. I want to remark the very good performance of the young French Geoffrey Soupe. Last night I had a short chat with Sonny Colbrelli about the fact it was Valentine's Day and he was once again so far, in a hotel room with a team mate. Not easy. But he's doing well.

STAGE
1 Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling 3:29:19
2 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
3 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha
4 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEdge 0:00:04
5 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
6 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
7 Johann Tschopp (Swi) IAM Cycling
8 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team
9 Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
10 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:08
11 Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) FDJ 0:00:34
12 Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
13 Daniele Ratto (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling
14 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team
15 Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing Team
16 Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
17 Paul Voss (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura
18 Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
19 Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM Cycling
20 Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quick Step

GC
1 Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling 20:04:13
2 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:00:27
3 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:00:39
4 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha 0:00:50
5 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:13
6 Johann Tschopp (Swi) IAM Cycling
7 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:01:19
8 Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ 0:01:34
9 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:44
10 Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:02:00
11 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEdge 0:02:01
12 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:02:08
13 Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:02:09
14 Paul Voss (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura 0:02:21
15 Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM Cycling 0:02:35
16 Stephen Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing Team 0:02:39
17 Matthew Busche (USA) RadioShack Leopard 0:02:47
18 Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) FDJ 0:02:52
19 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team 0:03:00
20 Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:03:02

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