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Stage Two: Minus One.

Sure enough.  The very first thing we heard at the top of today’s broadcast certainly came as no surprise, all-around disappointment notwithstanding.  Mark Cavendish is out of the Tour de France. With this, stage 2 went on with 198 riders minus one.

It’s difficult to imagine the next three weeks without the Missile, especially with Le Tour still in England today and tomorrow.  Nevertheless, as we’re left to picture how Cavendish would surely have dominated the peloton through his homeland, the race shall go on as always.

As it did, today’s route from York to Sheffield ended with minus one photo finish.  Winner du jour Vincenzo Nibali just couldn’t be caught, crossing the line “well ahead” of the pack with his two-second lead.  Next stop, London!  (Sorry, Cav.)

Photo:  AFP

Stage two’s finish in Sheffield, England.  (Photo: AFP)

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Posted by on July 6, 2014 in 2014 Tour de France


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Narrowly Enough.

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Why on earth does this continue to happen?  It’s happened before, causing disaster.  Fortunately THIS time disaster was averted, narrowly enough, as stage 2 of the 100th Tour de France rolled to an exciting and non-injurious finish on the Island of Corsica today.  Still, this unforgivable moment had to be suffered, one that makes me more angry than anything else at those responsible for easily preventing such an occurrence.

Meanwhile, here on this last day of the first half of 2013– in my own modest fraction of road cycling– I’ve hit my easy mark.  With the help of Strava, I’m right on course to hit 5,000 miles this year, narrowly enough.

My first half of 2013 in the saddle

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Posted by on June 30, 2013 in 2013 Tour de France, Cycling


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