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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

“Cannonball Cav” is a very apt moniker for Marc Cavendish

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It’s that 3 weeks every year, in July, when about 200 professional bike riders engage their bodies and minds on that most gruelling sports event, the Tour de France.

Here is a pic of him winning Stage 5 of the Tour de France:

Here is a quote from him after the race (via “The armchair sports )

An exhausted Cavendish spoke at length about his win at a post-stage press conference, ranking it as one of his very best:

It was on the scale of my 2009 stage win [in Aubenas] really, but it was more difficult, because it was unexpected. The stage was hard, the finish was really hard, the uphill. That finish was steep and I went into the red. I was lucky to have my guys, six guys to keep me out of the wind all day. I had Gossy and Tony Martin on that little uphill.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2011/07/06 at 16:17

It seems that Mark Cavendish offers the quintissential picture of the sprinter win

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And he’s back for the 2011 cycling season. Here is a picture of him winning a Giro D’Italia stage. Apparently he retired from the race after this his second sprint win in the Giro this year to rest and get ready for the Tour de France.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2011/05/19 at 16:39

Doesn’t the face say it all, to those who hate him and support him?

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How can you not be intrigued by the look of max effort, a long record of world class achievement and overcoming testicular cancer at the beginning of his career?

To me this image is AWESOME and the guy is in more ways then one!

So the negative press campaign focused on Lance Armstrong being led by Juliet Macur in the NY Times Sports section gets my attention, big time!

I give her credit in her latest item for mentioning the pros and cons, but the negative beat can’t be ignored. I wonder what it is really about? Does she really want “the news and all that is fit to print” or is she just pursuing a chimera of her own making?

However, you see it the LANCE is AWESOME and Juliet is just a reporter seeking a negative scoop!

American cyclist Lance Armstrong giving a talk...
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But the more she writes in this vein the more she confirms to me that there is no smoking needle! To me she seems to be another version of all those “fair and balanced” reporters who don’t have much to say about all those ‘mericans who think Obama, their sitting President, is a Muslim and a secret one at that!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/08/21 at 13:33

Big Picture and the Tour de France 2010

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It’s been over for a few weeks now. Big Picture, which is part of Boston.com, has posted Part II images of the Tour 2010 with the finish in Paris.

I love this one:

I captioned it as Tour and Tour, a neat juxtapositioning of the peloton and the Tour Eiffel in the background.

Then there is this image of the Tour and the Champs Elysees:

Now it’s that Parisian symbol, l’Arche de Triomphe in the background. Great image stuff.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/08/09 at 15:10

The end for Lance!

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The headline of the NY Times Sports article says it all:

In a Final Push, Armstrong falls short

And here is a snip of their photo of him falling short:

I can’t feel indifferent to Lance’s performance now or winning 7 Tour de France titles. He was and is a cycling great, whatever the outcome of the current US Federal investigation  of him and some of his close associates from the US Postal Service team days.

It seems only fitting that this visible end for Lance should have taken place on the climb of the Col de Tourmalet!

Update: I have just viewed Tour de France TV footage showing Lance’s attack and it was something to see how hard he did try. The scenery of the Col de Tourmalet was stunning of course!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/07/20 at 15:07

It doesn’t seem credible to me, but!

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Lance Armstrong (left, #1) leads the U.S. Post...
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Today the NY Times reports thus:

Federal authorities investigating possible fraud and doping charges against Lance Armstrong and his associates have issued grand jury subpoenas to witnesses, according to several people briefed on the case.

The people spoke on the condition of anonymity because they did not want to be identified discussing a federal investigation.

The grand jury subpoenas represent a significant step in the investigation into whether Armstrong and others on the United States Postal Service cycling team were involved in systematic doping in the early- to mid-2000s.

As for Lance he continues to say “It ain’t true ’cause I never did it”.

What a come down that could be? Doping and fraud charges they allege or are seeking to find evidence of!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/07/14 at 04:39