Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Bicycle Wine Rack


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* ABSOLUTELY KEEPS THE BOTTLE IN PLACE. More secure than it looks thanks to hidden metal clamps. Tried and tested.
* Adjustable to fit different types of 3″ bottles
* Handmade in Montreal from recycled oil-treated vegetable-tanned leather that will age beautifully
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* Perfect addition to a fun car-free lifestyle!

It only fits a 1" bike frame!"

Available here.

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Giro d'Italia, Stage 4




Stage 4, from Genova Quarto Dei Mille to Livorno, 216 km, was neutralized, paying tribute to Wouter Weylandt. All the teams took turns to pace the peloton for 10 km each. Finally, 3 km from the finish, Garmin–Cervélo with Maglia Rosa David Millar gave the signal to the Leopard–Trek riders to move to the front and cross the finish line in Livorno. Weylandt's close friend Tyler Farrar was invited to join the Leopard Trek riders out in front. Very, very sad.

The Leopard Trek riders and the leaders in the classification categories stood before an image of Weylandt winning stage three of the 2010 Giro. A lone bugler played the Last Call.

The start of the race began with a minute’s silence, marked by the military band that played a bugle tribute Weylandt.

It was a very, very sad day.

Following the will of the riders and the the Giro d’Italia, all the monetary prizes of today’s stage will go entirely to Wouter Weylandt’s family. Leopard Trek has announced the creation of a fund to help Weylandt’s partner, An-Sophie, who is due to give birth in September:
Dexia Banque International a Luxembourg,
69, route d'Esch,
L-2953 Luxembourg.
Account name:is Leopard SA ‘Wouter Weylandt’
Bank IBAN code is LU93 0020 6100 0904 0500, BIC: BILLLULL.

Stage 5, from Piombino to Orvieto, 191 km is rated "Media Montagna". The riders will encounter the white roads of Tuscany approximately 40 km from the finish.



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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Leopard Trek Pulls Out of Giro

The eight cyclists remaining in the Leopard Trek team at the Giro d'Italia have decided to leave the race after the death of their Belgian sprinter Wouter Weylandt yesterday. "We have a lot of respect for the Giro d'Italia and for cycling, but we simply cannot continue racing given the circumstances," said the team's captain, Fabian Wegmann of Germany this evening. "We are professional athletes but we feel this is the right thing to do."

Tyler Farrar of the Garmin team, Weylandt's training partner and close friend, had also decided to leave the race according to David Millar.

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80th Anniversary of the Maglia Rosa


Today, May 10, 2011, marks the 80th anniversary of the Maglia Rosa, the pink jersey. It was exactly 80 years ago that Learco Guerra wore it for the first time as the symbol of the leader's jersey in the 1931 Giro d'Italia. The Maglia Rosa made its official debut at the end of the first stage, from Milano to Mantova.

Today, in the splendid setting of the Naval Academy at Livorno (which this year marks its 130th anniversary), in the presence of Comandante Ammiraglio Pierluigi Rosati and other local officials, Giro Director Angelo Zomegnan, Learco Guerra, grandson of the same name of the "human locomotive", presented a replica of the original jersey to David Millar (Team Garmin Cervélo), race leader.

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2011 Giro d'Italia, Stage 3

Spanish rider Angel Vicioso, Androni Giocattoli-C.I.P.I, was the stage winner yesterday in Rapallo.

David Millar, (Garmin-Cervélo), became the race leader and said he will wear the Giro d'Italia’s maglia rosa in honor of Wouter Weylandt.

Today's stage 4 from Genova Quarto Dei Mille to Livorno, 216 km, is rated "Media Montagna".


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Monday, May 9, 2011

2011 Giro d'Italia Announcement Regarding Tomorrow

The Giro organization has announced, "In tomorrow’s stage the Leopard-Trek riders, as well as all the other riders, will be free to chose how to interpret the stage: any decision they make will be respected. Tomorrow, at the stage start, the Giro will pay homage to Weylandt with a minute of silence."

2011 Giro d'Italia, Stage 3


Given the events of today, and the previous post which referred to Cavedish's expectations of carnage in the final kilometers, I thought it best to not wait until tomorrow for the Stage 3 report.

Leopard-Trek's Wouter Weylandt died today after a crash on the descent of the Passo del Bocco, 20 km from the finish. Medical assistance arrived within 20 seconds after the crash and efforts to save him carried on for 40 minutes.

While those life saving efforts were taking place the race continued to its conclusion, the riders unaware of the tragedy that was unfolding. All the award presentations were cancelled.

My deepest sympathies to Weylandt's family, friends and teammates.

Tweet of the Day

From Mark Cavendish, regarding today's Stage 3: "my prediction for the final kilometers today..........fucking carnage."

By the way, I am writing about stage results the following day so as not to spoil the results for you in case you don't get to watch the race until the evening.

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Giro d'Italia, Stage 2

Stage 2, Sunday 8th May 2011, ALBA – PARMA km 244

START:
207 riders take off at 11:16 am from Alba for the longest stage of the Giro d’Italia.

The entire pink caravan, before the start, paid hommage to Pietro Ferrero. Pietro Ferrero, an avid cyclist who with his brother ran Ferrero, the family-owned producer of Nutella, Tic Tacs, Ferrero Rocher and other sweets sold worldwide, died last month while riding a bicycle in South Africa). He was 47. In his honor was a special "pedalata" with prizes awarded to:


In the first km of the race Sebastian Lang breaks clear and gains ground soon. The German Omega Pharma–Lotto rider has a 4’38” lead at km 16. With 225 km to go: 5’50”. In Montegrosso d’Asti, at km 25, 4’45”. Average speed after one hour: 36,300 kph. In Castello d’Annone (km 35) Lang’s advantage grows: 9’38”. km 41: 13’26”. Km 50: 18’. Average speed after two hours: 40.600 kph. In Tortona (km 82) the peloton chase the escapee with a 19’18” delay (max gap).

Who’s the leader: Sebastian Lang was born in Erfurt (Germany) on September 15, 1979. Professional since 2002, his characteristics are as a chronoman and strong rouleur. His top results: final classification at the 2003 Tour of Denmark and the German Time Trial Championship in 2006.

The HTCc-Highroad riders – the team of the pink jersey Marco Pinotti and Mark Cavendish – set the pace for the whole bunch. In Casteggio, at the feed zone, Lang’s lead is down to 13’50”. Average speed after three hours: 41,600 kph.

In Stradella (km 125) Sebastian Lang still maintains 15’ over the peloton. In this phase the Radioshack, HTC-Highroad and Garmin-Cervélo riders lead the chase.
With 100 km to go the gap between the break and the bunchgoes down to 12’30”. Upon entering Piacenza, 10’22”. Km 165: 7’35”. Km 176: 5’35”. Km 183: 4’45”. With 50 km to go Lang still maintains a 4’15” lead.

Special Sprint: Salsomaggiore Terme (PR)
Lang passes first through the sprint, anticipating Weylandt and Bakelandts by 3’10”. These latter lead the bunch. Average speed after five hours: 41.400 kph

King of the Mountain – 4th category: Tabiano Castello (PR) [m 315]
Lang wins this KOM conquering thus getting the first Giro d’Italia’s green jersey.

Agnoli and Salerno lead the bunch riding with a 1’20” delay. AS they peloton catches Lang, Giordani counterattacks immediately, followed by Bakelandts, Golas, Marzoli, Vorganov, Righi, Pineau and Rovny. The 8-men break group achieve approx. 30” over the bunch.

The peloton responds right away with the HTC-Highroad and Garmin-Cervélo riders who set the chasing pace. With 15 km to go, a 22” gap. In the leading group Vorganov crashes. At 10 km, seven riders lead by 9”. At 8 km: the bunch is together again to be ready for a massive sprint . Last km: the HTC-Highroad riders lead the sprint of Mark Cavendish, yet Petacchi anticipates him in the sprint.

FINISH:
Alessandro Petacchi, who moves over into Cavendish's line, crosses the finish line first. Third: Manuel Belletti. Time of the winner: 5h 45’ 40”, at an average speed of 42.352 kph.



Mark Cavendish, looking very unhappy, is given the pink jersey, Maglia Rosa Estathé, by Vittorio Adorni.
Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre - ISD) is the Maglia Rosso Passione Gruppo Saint-Gobain.
Bjorn Selander (Team Radioshack) is the Maglia Bianca Adecco.
Sebastian Lang (Omega Pharma - Lotto) is the Maglia Verde Banca Mediolanum.

Regarding Petacchi's moves in the sprint Cavendish said, "He swerved to the left, a tactic to block me out, a strategy which has cost me a disqualification in the past. It is not sportsmanlike, it's not regular."

Petacchi responded, "I think I behaved properly, I didn't realize that I swerved. If I did, it was involuntary but I don't think I have to apologize to anybody. I think I can count 27 victories at the Giro (5 were taken away due to disqualification following the salbutamol issue, editor's note) and as I proceed things get harder and harder. I'm 37 and I have many talented opponents. Mark? He'll recuperate in the next couple of days because he's great. If I were him, I would have enjoyed my pink jersey but maybe he's still young and impulsive."

See 'The Inner Ring" for a commentary about the rules of sprinting (here).

For stage 3 perhaps we will see a re-match. The 173 km stage, from Reggio Emilia to Rapallo, has a few small climbs.
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Sunday, May 8, 2011

"Auguri Italia" from Liquigas-Cannondale


"Happy Birthday Italy", happy birthday Italians. This is the message that Liquigas-Cannondale would like to communicate with its nine riders during 94th Giro d’Italia. A tricolore sticker, affixed on the front of the frame of Cannondale SuperSix Hi-Mod and Nibali’s Cannondale SuperSix EVO, will give the greetings across the country.

Green and blue launched the initiative today at the departure in Alba. Captain Vincenzo Nibali explained, "We thought about this idea because our feeling about this anniversary is really strong. We’re an Italian team with a solid tie with our nation. Our team is composed by Italians coming from North, Center, and South: we will use the Giro to launch an important signal of unification to our country."

Interesting cable routing on the EVO....

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2011 Giro d'Italia: Trofeo Senza Fine

The never ending trophy of the Giro d'Italia will be on display in Milano for three weeks at the Museo del ‘900.

Here is a very good photo of the trophy where you can read the winners' names and years (double click):


And, Angelo Zomegnan with Cristiana Capotondi:

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2011 Giro d'Italia, Stage 1




HTC Highroad won the first stage of the 94th Giro d’Italia. The winning team completed the time-trial in 20’59” at the average speed of 55,186 km/h. Team Radioshack was second in 21’09” and Liquigas – Cannondale team third in 21’21”.

Italian rider Marco Pinotti, crossing the finish line first, is the first Maglia Rosa Estathé at the Giro 2011. "It’s a great honor for me to wear the pink jersey. The victory, however, belongs to the whole team. I cannot thank the guys enough."

Marco Pinotti is a time trial specialist having won five Italian national championships in the "cronometro". He was born in Osio Sotto (Bergamo) in February, 1976; he turned professional in 1999. Pinotti has previously worn the the Maglia Rosa, in 2007 for four days.

It is estimated that there were more than 1 million spectators.

Stage 1 results:
1 HTC-Highroad 0:20:59
2 Team RadioShack 0:00:10
3 Liquigas-Cannondale 0:00:22
4 Omega Pharma-Lotto
5 Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:00:24
6 Lampre-ISD
7 Rabobank Cycling Team 0:00:26
8 Saxo Bank Sungard 0:00:30
9 Sky Procycling 0:00:37
10 Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
11 Movistar Team 0:00:38
12 Androni Giocattoli 0:00:39
13 BMC Racing Team 0:00:41
14 Leopard Trek 0:00:42
15 Quickstep Cycling Team
16 AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:49
17 Pro Team Astana 0:00:50
18 Geox-TMC 0:00:53
19 Colnago-CSF Inox 0:01:02
20 Katusha Team 0:01:04
21 Farnese Vini-Neri Sottoli 0:01:07
22 Acqua & Sapone
23 Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:01:13


Today's stage was 19th team time trial in the history of the Giro d’Italia. Here are the previous ones:

1937 – Viareggio - Marina di Massa di 60 km alla media oraria di 43,902 km/h (vincitrice LEGNANO);

1954 – Circuito Monte Pellegrino (Palermo) - km 36, media 42,942 km/h (BIANCHI);

1955 – Genova – Genova - km 18,4, media 46,674 km/h (TORPADO);

1956 – Genova – Genova - km 12, media 43,910 km/h (LEO – CHLORODONT);

1981 – Lignano – Bibione – km 15, media 51,282 km/h (HOONVED – BOTTECCHIA);

1982 – Milano - Milano – km 16, media 50,130 (RENAULT);

1983 – Brescia – Mantova – km 70, media 53,984 km/h (BIANCHI PIAGGIO);

1984 – Lucca – Marina di Pietrasanta – km 55, media 51,388 km/h (RENAULT);

1985 – Busto Arsizio – Milano – km 38, media 54,545 km/h (DEL TONGO – COLNAGO);

1986 – Catania – Taormina – km 50, media 46,260 km/h (DEL TONGO – COLNAGO);

1987 – Lerici – Lido di Camaiore – km 43, media 54,486 km/h (CARRERA);

1988 – Rodi Garganico – Vieste – km 40, media 47,524 km/h (DEL TONGO – COLNAGO);

1989 – Villafranca Tirrena – Messina – km 32,5, media 52,702 Km/h (ARIOSTEA);

2006 – Piacenza – Cremona – km 35, media 56,860 km/h (CSC);

2007 – Caprera – La Maddalena – km 25,6, media 45,670 km/h (LIQUIGAS);

2008 – Palermo – Palermo – km 23,6, media 53,366 km/h (SLIPSTREAM CHIPOLTE);

2009 – Lido di Venezia – km 20,5, media 56,336 km/h (TEAM COLUMBIA);

2010 – Savigliano – Cuneo – km 33, media 54,073 km/h (LIQUIGAS - DOIMO);

2011 – Venaria Reale – Torino – km 19,3, media 55,186 km/h (HTC – HIGHROAD)

The longest team time trial: 1983 the 70 km BRESCIA – MANTOVA.

The shortest team time trial: 1956 the 12 km GENOVA – GENOVA.

The fastest team time trial: 2006 PIACENZA – CREMONA at an average speed of 56.860 km/h.

Today's stage is a 244 km flat stage from Alba to Parma, expected to finish in a sprint finish.

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Friday, May 6, 2011

What a Crowd!...For Us?....



I hope someone told the squads that the 500,000 people in Piazza Carignano and Piazza Castello in Torino today where there also for the annual Alpini* reunuion. Nevertheless, it must have been fun for squads to participate as the Giro presentation was combined with the reunion.

*The Alpini are the elite mountain warfare soldiers of the Italian Army. Formed in 1872, they are the oldest active mountain infantry in the world.

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Giro d'Italia: Start Order for Stage 1 TTT



Double click on image to enlarge; times are Italy local.

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Past Winners of the Giro d'Italia


Who will be next to add their name to the never ending trophy of the Giro d'Italia?

Notes: 1912 was the only year the race winner was a squad rather than an individual; the winner in 1924 was Giuseppe Enrici who may have been born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (read more here).

2010 BASSO Ivan Liquigas-Doimo
2009 MENCHOV Denis Rabobank
2008 CONTADOR Alberto Astana
2007 DI LUCA Danilo Liquigas
2006 BASSO Ivan Csc
2005 SAVOLDELLI Paolo Discovery Channel
2004 CUNEGO Damiano Saeco
2003 SIMONI Gilberto Saeco
2002 SAVOLDELLI Paolo Index-Alexia
2001 SIMONI Gilberto Lampre-Daikin
2000 GARZELLI Stefano Mercatone Uno Albacom
1999 GOTTI Ivan Team Polti
1998 PANTANI Marco Mercatone Uno-Bianchi
1997 GOTTI Ivan Saeco
1996 TONKOV Pavel Panaria-Vinavil
1995 ROMINGER Tony Mapei-Gb
1994 BERZIN Eugeni Gewiss-Ballan
1993 INDURAIN Miguel Banesto
1992 INDURAIN Miguel Banesto
1991 CHIOCCIOLI Franco Del Tongo M.G.
1990 BUGNO Gianni Chateau d'Ax
1989 FIGNON Laurent System U
1988 HAMPSTEN Andrew Seven Eleven Hoonved
1987 ROCHE Stephen Carrera
1986 VISENTINI Roberto Carrera
1985 HINAULT Bernard La Vie Claire-Look
1984 MOSER Francesco Gis Tuc-Lu
1983 SARONNI Giuseppe Del Tongo-Colnago
1982 HINAULT Bernard Renault-Elf-Gitane
1981 BATTAGLIN Giovanni Inoxpran
1980 HINAULT Bernard Renault-Gitane
1979 SARONNI Giuseppe Scic-Bottecchia
1978 DE MUYNCK Johan Bianchi-Faema
1977 POLLENTIER Michel Fiandria
1976 GIMONDI Felice Bianchi-Campagnolo
1975 BERTOGLIO Fausto Jollyceramica
1974 MERCKX Eddy Molteni
1973 MERCKX Eddy Molteni
1972 MERCKX Eddy Molteni
1971 PETTERSON Gösta Ferretti
1970 MERCKX Eddy Faemino
1969 GIMONDI Felice Salvarani
1968 MERCKX Eddy Faema
1967 GIMONDI Felice Salvarani
1966 MOTTA Gianni Molteni
1965 ADORNI Vittorio Salvarani
1964 ANQUETIL Jacques St. Raphael
1963 BALMAMION Franco Carpano
1962 BALMAMION Franco Carpano
1961 PAMBIANCO Arnaldo Fides
1960 ANQUETIL Jacques Fynsec
1959 GAUL Charly Emi-Guerra
1958 BALDINI Ercole Legnano
1957 NENCINI Gastone Chlorodont
1956 GAUL Charly Guerra
1955 MAGNI Fiorenzo Nivea-Fuchs
1954 CLERICI Carlo Guerra-Svizzera
1953 COPPI Fausto Bianchi
1952 COPPI Fausto Bianchi
1951 MAGNI Fiorenzo Ganna
1950 KOBLET Hugo Guerra-Svizzera
1949 COPPI Fausto Bianchi
1948 MAGNI Fiorenzo Wilier Triestina
1947 COPPI Fausto Bianchi
1946 BARTALI Gino Legnano
1940 COPPI Fausto Legnano
1939 VALETTI Giovanni Frejus
1938 VALETTI Giovanni Frejus
1937 BARTALI Gino Legnano
1936 BARTALI Gino Legnano
1935 BERGAMASCHI Vasco Maino
1934 GUERRA Learco Maino
1933 BINDA Alfredo Legnano
1932 PESENTI Antonio Wolsit
1931 CAMUSSO Francesco Gloria
1930 MARCHISIO Luigi Legnano
1929 BINDA Alfredo Legnano
1928 BINDA Alfredo Wolsit
1927 BINDA Alfredo Legnano
1926 BRUNERO Giovanni Legnano
1925 BINDA Alfredo Legnano
1924 ENRICI Giuseppe ---
1923 GIRARDENGO Costante Maino
1922 BRUNERO Giovanni Legnano
1921 BRUNERO Giovanni Legnano
1920 BELLONI Gaetano Bianchi
1919 GIRARDENGO Costante Stucchi
1914 CALZOLARI Alfonso Stucchi
1913 ORIANI Carlo Maino
1912 a squadre: ATALA Atala
1911 GALETTI Carlo Bianchi
1910 GALETTI Carlo Atala
1909 GANNA Luigi Atala


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