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Discussion in 'Cycling' started by Dead Fingers, Apr 26, 2011.
I took this picture during the Tour of Qatar.
In the aftermath of yesterday's tragic death of Wouter Weylandt (Leopard Trek) in stage 3 of the Giro d'Italia, today's 216km stage from Genova Quarto dei Mille to Livorno was neutralised as the peloton honoured the fallen Belgian.
After a moment of silence at the start, the peloton clicked out a steady tempo with each of the field's 23 teams taking a turn at the front in reverse team general classification order.
It was a moving tribute as the Giro's riders, sporting black armbands, rolled along the Ligurian sea coastline in a double paceline amidst warm applause of spectators, many wielding "ciao Wouter" signs or signs with Weylandt's bib number, 108.
With 4km to go, the Leopard Trek team, along with Garmin-Cervelo's Tyler Farrar, a close friend of Weylandt, fanned out across the road in front of the peloton and led the field through to the finish in Livorno.
Beautiful shot. WW is second in, correct?
Don't think they could've handled that tribute any better, very well done to all the teams and riders. The last few kms were properly some of the most moving scenes you'll ever see in pro sports.
That's right. IIRC that's Cancellara in front of him.
Indeed. I was a wreck. The whole thing was really respectful and moving.
Here's a picture, courtesy Podium Cafe.
That's Farrar with the blue helmet on the right. Looks like a lot of this was organized by Millar, who is in pink right now. Much respect to him for doing that.
Yes, and the broadcasters, too. They more or less let the moment speak for itself, and it was genuinely moving.
Leopard Trek leaves Giro d'Italia
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VkJw1s0vvek"]YouTube - Giro stage 4 neutralized for Weylandt - from Universal Sports[/ame]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9kLUSTRA-I"]YouTube - Giro d'Italia 2011 Stage 4 Part 4 (English Commentary)[/ame]
I think BikeSnob nailed it about the trade for 100 years of doping. Really sucky stuff.
Have to be honest, since Weylandt's death, the Giro has kind of turned me off this year.
Anyway, Contador with the victory today (and takes over on the GC)
1 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Saxo Bank Sungard 33:03:51
2 Kanstantsin Sivtsov (Blr) HTC-Highroad 0:00:59
3 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:01:19
4 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:01:21
5 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre - ISD 0:01:28
6 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:37
7 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Pro Team Astana 0:01:41
8 Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Androni Giocattoli 0:01:47
9 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quickstep Cycling Team 0:02:21
10 Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
Boo. I wasn't much of a Contador fan before his positive, and I'm less of one now.
Has anyone here purchased the Universal Sports Online package? Is it a worthy purchase for someone looking to follow the Giro?
Picture quality is pretty good though the stream is pretty dodgy and it gets old after a quick while. The picture quality imho is such that I'd sacrifice a bit of quality for better streaming. Anyone else have the same experience?
Millar wins the final stage (ITT) and Bert wins the overall.
Well, at this moment in time, credit to Contador, he was in a different league to everyone else. A bit farcical though that in a few months the win could be going to Scarponi, another very credible winner.
A couple of thoughts:
-Since Contador is racing the Tour, how will his body handle two grand tours in such a short period of time?
-How much bullshit is it that CAS won't hear his case until after the Tour?
Well, history dictates that if you compete for a top GC place at the Giro then you're usually completely worn out for the Tour, even with the break in racing in between. However, this is Contador we're talking about, he's simply not like other riders. I wouldn't be suprised if he dominates the Tour just as he has done with the Giro, even with the Shleck bros as competition.
As for the delay in the CAS hearing, it's compete bollocks and of course creates added pressure for them let him off without any severe penalty.
Alberto will be fine. He'll just eat another "bad steak".
One of the highlights of the Giro for me was watching that guy run in front of Bert with the steak on a fishing pole.
I didn't see that. Nice.
Nope, this one.
I can't tell - the guy I saw had a fishing pole, and I can't see from this picture if this guy is holding a fishing pole in addition to the syringe in his right hand.
However, I love that your post is the #2 result for "Contador Steak Fishing Pole" in Google images.