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Stage 19: The Big Return That Wasn’t.

Just one of today's many rain-soaked spectators...

Just one of today’s many rain-soaked spectators…

Back to a sprint day, and along with it came a big return of the rain– not sprinkles, but heavy downpour.  Every cyclist knows wet roads mean more tire punctures and higher crash risk, and today was no exception.  Add to this two very sharp turns into the finish on water-logged pavement, and predictions for the end of stage 19 quickly proved dicey, to say the least.

Would he finally, we asked?  Perhaps getting poised for another shot, all of a sudden– pile-up crash!  Thankfully for all involved, it happened within three kilometers of the finish line, meaning each rider gets the same time for the day as their group.  Still, not exactly the big return he was hoping, but rather another stage win dashed for “poor” Peter Sagan, courtesy of a rain-plagued wipe out.  Instead, a well-earned victory du jour emerged for Team Garmin-Sharp.

       Peter's unplanned end du jour. Stage 19 victory
(Photo Credit: AP)

 
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Posted by on July 25, 2014 in 2014 Tour de France

 

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Watch Out! He Might Be On Your Back.

From Bike World News:  “I wanted a jersey that spoke to my inner drive to win, but also shows off my fun side. Working with SUGOI they quickly understood my vision, and I hope people love the jersey as much as I do!” says Peter Sagan.

At its core, the jersey is built on SUGOI’s custom RS Jersey. The bold design depicts Sagan’s “Green Machine” – a personality that cannot be contained. Lurking just below the surface of his Cannondale Pro Cycling livery, a powerful engine of fire and fury are ready to be unleashed at just the right moment in a race. His Slovakian DNA runs deep within his embedded national emblem and the eyes on his back address all those attempting to catch his wheel. (Ron Callahan, 5/5/14)

On this eve of the 2014 Amgen Tour of California, the timing is perfect– by design of course.  Peter Sagan might be on your back in more ways than one, so watch out!  Click here to read more about the new, eye-catching “Green Machine” Signature Jersey.  My own eyes will certainly be open for it.

 
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Posted by on May 6, 2014 in Current Events, Cycling, Reviews

 

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Let The Year Begin!

The pros visit Agoura“About how many kilometers did you ride last year?”, I asked him just after our photo was taken.  His answer comes out to about three times my amount– that is, what equates to around 310 miles per week to my 110, roughly 1350 miles per month to my 475, and more than 16,000 miles for the year to my less than 6,000.  Altogether, it looks like my own dust settles at about 35 percent of his answer to my question:  “about 26 thousand kilometers.”  Naturally he’s the pro and he’s getting paid; I’m not and I’m not, as reality likes to remind me.  Still, it feels good to be more than a third of the way there!

A moment to remember

A privilege and a pleasure it was to meet cycling great Peter Sagan at Cannondale’s 2014 team launch party on January 7 at the Canyon Club in Agoura, California.  For as exhausted as he and his teammates surely must have been by the end of the evening, together they put on one excellent show for all of us.  You won’t find them spinning through the streets of Thousand Oaks for long however, as races are fast underway.  We’ll see Peter back here in no time of course, ready to defend his green jersey in the Tour of California come May.  For now– one week in– let the cycling year begin, for the pros and all of us somewhere behind them!

 
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Posted by on January 8, 2014 in Current Events, Cycling, Famous People

 

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