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Ouch

Alberto Contador injured his shoulder in a crash on the final sprint of the sixth stage of the Giro d’Italia, but most disturbing was the Daniele Collis terrible accident after clipping a supporters camera.

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Fortunately he can see the humorous side.

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PorteGate

So lets get this straight, Astanas racing license was almost withdrawn because of doping incidents, but they’ve been cleared to compete and now have 3 guys in the top 5 of the Giro.

Simon Clarke stops to help out a mate on an opposing team by giving him his front wheel,, a contender for the Giro but being left behind after flatting, and both riders get a 2 minute penalty, Team Sky’s long planned and up till now well executed strategy and Richies year is effectively up in smoke.

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What a load of bollocks.

I’m not sure I’ve seen social media explode like this before, I’m surprised it hasn’t broken the internet.

The support Richie has received from his peers, the media and just about everyone else who follows this Monty Python Riding Circus of a sport has been amazing.

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“I have to suck it up and we have to look forward as a team. It has been great to get so much support overnight. That means a lot. No-one should doubt how much I still want to win this race.”

“It was amazing. Really great sportsmanship. For a fellow pro from another team to help out like that. I think it shows cycling at its best. The sport has made a lot of pretty bad headlines over the years and this was a pretty special moment. Simon is a friend and he showed it yesterday for sure”

Great to see mateship still exists in an arena like this, unfortunate the powers that be pick and choose when and where to apply the rules.

It appears that riders and support staff on the world professional tour routinely break a range of UCI rules with apparent impunity, such as drafting or holding on to vehicles or “sticky” bottles, team mechanics leaning out of car windows to repair bikes on the go, dangerous riding, and discarding rubbish outside of designated clean-up zones.

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19/05/15 – Forli – 98 Giro d Italia – 10 Tappa – Civitanova Marche Forli – km 200 –
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Race director Mauro Vegni made a controversial decision at the end of today’s stage.

A hard task for Richie and his teammates from here on in, but lets hope his mobile home can help him gain the few percentages he needs to recover from last night.

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On the Bus with Richie Porte

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Richie providing valuable feedback on the new speedsuit in use at the Giro. 123900_DSC_9631

ok, I just gave up my age with that last photo.

Sky opened up Ritchie’s Giro van to reporters the other day.

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Looks good, but a little pretentious in my books.

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VeloRoos

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The Veloroos will be the first all-female Australian team to compete in the Race Across America (RAAM) in June 2015 in order to raise money for Tour de Cure (cancer prevention) and The Amy Gillett Foundation (cycle safety).

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They comprise a team of 4 female athletes from the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney and are looking forward to representing Australia in our campaign for RAAM 2015. We will take in 350 communities and pass through 12 states.

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During the race we will be supported by a hardcore group of 9 support crew in 3 vehicles.

The Veloroos are Sarah and Julie-Anne are both Coogee Triathlon Club Members, Nicole races for BRATS and Natasha races for Balance UTS.  All 4 team members have represented Australia in the Triathlon World Championships in the last 2 years over distances ranging from sprint to full ironman.

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For further information, or if you want to make a donation, jump to their website here – Veloroos

Got me thinking, what would a race across Australia look like?

Trans Australian Race

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At 3859.3 km but only 15,000m climb, it is mostly one hell of a flat ride with a few lumps here and there.

Have a closer look here.  TAR

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Home Sweet Home

I’m currently reading “A Bike Snob Abroad”, and in one chapter the author, from New York, says that he could ride to all the paces he’s lived in one day.

Got me thinking about what a trip to all the places I have lived would look like, so I had a play around on Ride with GPS and came up with this (excluding the first 18 months of my life in the UK) route. I think I got all my abodes, although the one in Canberra was only for few months so I ‘m not 100% positive.

The route is a clockwise route starting in the first childhood house in Banksia Park.

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At 9,471 km, and 42,000m altitude gain, I won’t be riding this one in a hurry.

Have a closer look here. HSH

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Giro

Here are some shots I’ve liked over the first 9 days.

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Some miscellaneous random photos

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And all eyes have been on GiroCharlie

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Three decks of Top Trumps-style cards, covering legends of the peloton, stars from the current season and women cyclists

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54 pro cycling trumps featuring some of the favourite cyclists from the pro peloton.

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This pack includes:
Betancur • Boonen • Cancellara • Cavendish • Chavanel • Contador • Costa (World Champ Jersey) • Degenkolb • Démare (French Nat Jersey) • Dowsett • Evans • Froome • Fuglsang • Gerrans (Australian Nat Jersey) • Geschke • Gilbert • Greipel (German Nat Jersey) • Horner • Hushovd (Norwegian Nat Jersey) • Kelderman • Kennaugh (British Nat Jersey) • Kittel • Konig • Kristoff • Kwiatkowski • Majka • Dan Martin • Tony Martin • Matthews • Millar • Mollema • Moreno • Nibali • Paolini • Phinney • Pinot • Porte • Pozzovivo • Quintana • Roche • Rodriguez • Sagan • Stannard • Stybar • Swift • Talansky • Thomas • Uran • Valverde • Van Avermaet • van Garderen • Voeckler • Voigt • Wiggins

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There are some legend cardsLemondZ

Or you could even get some made up for yourself.

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Further information here – Pro Cycling trumps

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Till next time

tight spokes

iPib

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