This weekend is the start of the greatest road race in the world. Don’t forget to tell your family, friends and work mates that you will be one cranky SOB for the next 3 weeks.
Oh, and don’t forget the……………………
SBS Cycling Fantasy League
SBS is once again histing a fantasy league, and you can participate against other Wednesday Leggers by selecting your own Fantasy Team in the Wednesday Legs Mini League, set up by SBS Cycling Central.
The link to the site is;
Step 1: Create a team name, (either use the TEAM tab, or the large icon on the main page)
Step 2: Join a mini league, (found under the LEAGUE tab)
Step 3: Search for the “Wednesday Legs” mini league, password is “Legs”
Step 4: Read the game rules (found under the HOME tab).
It only takes 10-15 minutes to understand the rules and select your team, then you’re good to go!! It might be an idea to hold off selecting your team until just before the start of the tour, when the final line-ups have been named. Having said that, you can feel free to make as many team changes before the start of the tour, it’s only after it commences that you have a limited number of substitutions.
Remember to select your bonus stage and your nominated team.
Feel free to forward to others to the list to join the comp, but the mini comp is capped so don’t be too late in getting in & setting up a team, as you may miss out on a spot.
SBS Tour Tracker
Make sure you download the Skoda tour tracker on your phone for tour updates whilst out and about. It’s a great app for keeping up to date, and can even stream live coverage in Australia.
One Sunday In Paris SBS Documentary
Lastly, on the Saturday evening that the tour starts, SBS is airing a documentary ‘One Sunday In Paris’ .
Featuring exclusive interviews with Cadel, his team-mates and rivals, as well as never before seen vision from the race, this documentary provides a fascinating insight into one of the biggest moments in Australian sporting history.
It is a story filled with drama, excitement, passion and triumph as the boy from Katherine in Northern Territory claimed one of sport’s greatest prizes and captivated a nation.
The often private Cadel Evans opens up about his greatest victory, providing insight into key moments of the race, including his courageous chase of Andy Schleck on the Col du Galibier and his bike malfunction in the critical moments of Stage 19.
One Sunday In Paris also includes interviews with 2011 runner-up Andy Schleck, Cadel’s BMC team-mates George Hincapie, Marcus Burghardt and Manuel Quinziato plus BMC Team Director John Lelangue. Commentators Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwin, five-time Tour de France winner Eddy Merckx and former yellow jersey holder Phil Anderson also feature in the documentary.
With never-before-seen behind the scenes footage, One Sunday In Paris relives some of key moments of last year’s race and captures the raw emotion behind Cadel Evans’s historic Tour de France victory.
What better prologue to Cadel’s defence of the Tour de France in 2012.
DON’T MISS One Sunday In Paris, 9:00pm Saturday 30 June on SBS ONE (7:30pm WA).
Check your local guides.
The colour yellow is what it’s all about.
Hold it for a day, you get the exposure, your career all of a sudden takes off, your value to the team increases and your pay cheque rises accordingly.
Wear it on the last day, and the world is your oyster.
Enjoy some of the yellow sights from over the years.
Toy of the Week – Trek Madone 7 Series
Radioshack-Nissan-Trek will race this year’s Tour de France on the latest generation of Trek’s flagship Madone road platform. The new Madone 7-Series borrows aero shaping from the Speed Concept to save a claimed 25 watts at 40km/h, it’s supposedly more comfortable than before, and the lightest variant now weighs a startlingly feathery 750g for a 56cm frame.
Read more at BikeRadar
Photo of the Week – DerekBoogaard – NHL Hitman
From hankssportsblog. (Image: Jimmy Jeong-The Canadian Press via The Globe and Mail)
A potentially major consequence of repeated head trauma presented itself last May when New York Rangers forward Derek Boogaard was found dead in his Minneapolis apartment at the age of 28.
Boogaard, who inked a four-year, $6.5 million contract during the 2010 offseason, played just 22 games in his only season with the Rangers due to a concussion he sustained during a fight with Ottawa’s Matt Carkner on Dec. 9, 2010. Prior to signing with New York, the Saskatchewan-native spent six seasons with the Minnesota Wild.
While the official cause of death was attributed an accidental overdose of the painkiller oxycodone mixed with alcohol, researchers at the BU CSTE found evidence of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), a neurodegenerative disease linked to repeated brain trauma.
Boogaard participated in about 174 fights and suffered at least three concussions over the course of his NHL career.
One Last Thing – El Diablo
Who is that man who dresses up as the Devil on the Tour.
He is Dieter “Didi” Senft , born February 7, 1952 iin Germany, and is known as the Tour de France and the Giro devil or El Diablo.
Since 1993, he has been seen in the Tour and Giro’s many stages wearing his red devil costume and painting trident symbols on the road some miles before he appears.