How wrong could I be?

After stating boldly last week that Rodriguez had the Vuelta in the bag and was cleverly marking Contadors every move, the very next stage he goes and loses 2:38 minutes to Contador in the next stage, to sit 2:28 behind and losing the Vuleta..

Whatever you think about his Clembuterol episode, he does ride with a great degree of flair, and can’t help wondering that he could have added some flair and excitement to the last TdF.

Euride Maintenance Special

Scotty, for $20, cleaning all your bugs off your bike from the 3 Peaks ride is a bargain……….

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Eurobike 2012

Eurobike 2012 finished earlier this month.  Some of the new products include:

Giro Empire 2013

Exposure Lights Revo

Specialized aerodynamic time trial helmet.

K-Edge make smart CNC-machined GoPro mounts and they now also make this neat Garmin Edge mount
Zefal Travel pump


Story of the Week – Alex Zanardi

This guy is inspirational

Zanardi lost both legs in the horrible crash with Alex Tagliani in the 2001 Champ Car race in Lausitz, Germany. It was a miracle that rescuers saved his life.

This last week at the Para Olympics, Zanardi won the 64-kilometer road race at the Brands Hatch circuit by just a few inches, holding off South African rider Ernst van Dyk in the hand cycling division.

The gold medal was Zanardi’s second this week in the Games. He won the time trials race Wednesday.

Alex Zanardi

Friggin fantastic!


Vuelta Wrap-up

The Spanish Armada tightly controlled this race from start to finish, wrapping up 4 of the top 5 positions..

Final general classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Saxo Bank – Tinkoff Bank 84:59:49
2 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:16
3 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team 0:01:37
4 Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:10:16
5 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha Team 0:11:29
6 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:12:23
7 Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin – Sharp 0:13:28
8 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:13:41
9 Igor Anton (Spa) Euskaltel – Euskadi 0:14:01
10 Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team 0:16:13
11 Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel – Euskadi 0:16:22
12 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale 0:17:50
13 Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team 0:19:14
14 Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky Procycling 0:19:59
15 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre – ISD 0:20:48
16 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Radioshack-Nissan 0:20:50
17 Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team 0:20:56
18 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:22:30
19 Winner Anacona Gomez (Col) Lampre – ISD 0:23:38
20 Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:26:30

Aussie Placings

Mountain Classification

Congrats to Simon Clarke for taking out the mountain classification

Simon Clarke
Mountains classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica – GreenEdge 63  pts
2 David De La Fuente Rasilla (Spa) Caja Rural 40
3 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team 36

 Team Placings

Teams classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Movistar Team 254:52:49
2 Euskaltel – Euskadi 0:09:40
3 AG2R La Mondiale 0:20:19
4 Rabobank Cycling Team 0:23:48
5 SKY Procycling 0:26:55
6 Katusha Team 0:36:07
7 Lampre – ISD 0:53:00
8 Team Saxo Bank – Tinkoff Bank 1:01:11
9 Radioshack – Nissan 1:17:34
10 Caja Rural 1:25:10
11 Vacansoleil – DCM Pro Cycling Team 1:50:58
12 Astana Pro Team 1:55:47
13 Garmin – Sharp 2:02:23
14 Omega Pharma – Quickstep 2:34:46
15 Cofidis, le credit en ligne 3:05:17
16 Lotto Belisol Team 3:17:04
17 BMC Racing Team 3:20:07
18 Liquigas – Cannondale 3:24:42
19 FDJ – Big Mat 3:54:02
20 Team Argos – Shimano 4:28:35
21 Andalucia 5:49:26
22 Orica Greenedge 5:51:22


Week 3 Stage Summaries

Stage 17: Santander → Fuente Dé, 187 km

Full Results
1 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Saxo Bank – Tinkoff Bank 4:29:20
2 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:06
3 Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky Procycling

Stage 18: Aguilar de Campoo → Valladolid, 204 km

Full Results
1 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Radioshack-Nissan 4:17:17
2 Ben Swift (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:00:01
3 Allan Davis (Aus) Orica – GreenEdge
4 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
Gatis Smukilis, Luis Angel Maté and Martijn Keizer getting the break started

Stage 19 – Stage 19: Peñafiel – La Lastrilla 178.4km

1 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team 4:56:25
2 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team
3 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha Team
Peñafiel Castle

Stage 20: La Faisanera Golf. Segovia 21 → Bola del Mundo, 171 km

1 Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha Team 4:48:48
2 Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling 0:00:17
3 Kevin De Weert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 0:00:42
Denis Menchov and Richie Porte

Denis Menchov
Alberto Contador

Stage 21: Cercedilla → Madrid, 112 km

John Degenkolb (Ger) Argos-Shimano 2:44:57
2 Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
3 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Radioshack-Nissan


Toy of the Week – icedot

Your helmet can only go so far. ICEdot takes your protection farther.

The Crash Sensor is a slim device that will mount as an aftermarket device onto any helmet. When paired with the ICEdot app on a smart phone, the system is able to detect motion, changes in forces and impacts.

In the event of an impact, the device sends critical data to the app which sounds an alarm and initiates an emergency countdown. Unless the countdown clock is stopped, the app will then notify your emergency contacts and send GPS coordinates of the incident so that appropriate follow up actions can be taken.

Cycling, skiing, backcountry travel, team sports, and motor sports all involve significant risks. Be Known when it counts with the new ICEdot Crash Sensor.

Till next week

Tight Spokes


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