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Marc Cavendish’s 5th and best stage and green jersey win

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He’s not the most complete bike racer but he is now the best Tour de France sprinter with the green jersey. Marc Cavendish fulfilled his dearest Tour de France goal this year and here is what his winning form looked like at the end of the 2011 Tour in Paris:

Here is what he had to say according to The armchair sports fan:

I finally got it, but it didn’t come easy. I really had to fight for it all the way to the last finish line and I’m very tired, but it was worth all that effort.

I had eight fantastic team-mates around me all the way, they kept working with me, I was close to getting it for the last two years and now it’s finally here.

I’m so happy, it’s incredible. It’s a great way to finish the Tour and a super, super emotional day.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2011/07/24 at 17:13

Alberto C won the Giro d’Italia but the Tour de France hasn’t gone his way in 2011

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His frustration with the Tour this year sort of burst out in some individual aggression on a Tour fan who just got too close to Alberto in his penultimate fight to gain the yellow jersey and top GC standing.

 

These kinds of Tour fans behave clownishly and don’t give much room to the competitors, especially on the HC climbs, like the Alpe d’Huez. More power to Alberto here since he seems to have acted in a normal human, like “Get out of the way you idiot!”

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2011/07/23 at 18:29

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I saw this pic and snipped it since I could relate to it right away. This view from the “top” is too much for me even in a pic. You see I am acrophobic, I suffer from an instant fear of heights!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2011/07/22 at 17:11

Two outstanding pics of Tour de France

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I found a new site with lotsa great photos! This is one I snipped!

 

And then there is this one with the peleton riding over the Col du Galibier, a notorious Tour de France climb!

Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2011/07/22 at 16:32

Two posts I really relate to: the first defines 10 books to know all about culture, the other is about the new ‘Net!

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I found both posts via Twitter, which sort of  proves Nova Spivak’s point that Twitter is all about notifications. The first is about all you need to know about Western Culture and the other is about a suggested evolution of Twitter in relation to Facebook and Google Plus.

I will get back to this post with more comments in the next few days.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2011/07/20 at 16:15

The Manxman did it again, the 4th stage win this year

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Here is what the Armchair Sports Fan says about Marc Cavendish’s 2011 Tour de France accomplishments:

Mark Cavendish may have been the man to take the podium as the winner of today’s 15th stage to Montpellier but, as the Manxman is so often the first to point out, he was just the final member of a sterling nine-man team effort. HTC-Highroad put their stamp all over this transition stage from start to finish, controlling the chase, the intermediate sprint and the finish to increase their man’s stranglehold on the green jersey. In claiming his fourth win of this Tour Cavendish became the first sprinter (and only the second rider after Eddy Merckx) to win at least four stages at four consecutive Tours de France. Quite simply, this is the most dominant sprinter in the most polished team the sport of cycling has ever seen.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2011/07/17 at 14:57

It’s July and France puts on two great public events then, Bastille Day parades and the Tour de France

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There is something majestic about the kind of military parades that France puts on every Bastille Day. It seems to me that only the Russians put on similar military events with lots of troops on foot, on horseback, in military vehicles and in planes. Here is a glimpse at the parade this year with a view of the Arche de Triomphe in the background:

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2011/07/17 at 02:26