Not bad for a guy taking it easy

September 4, 2006

Alexandre Vinokourov who earlier plegded that the Vuelta was only for training and not for competing, took his second stage putting himself in fifth overall behind his teammate Andrey Kashechkin in second and Carlos Sastre in third. Alejandro Valverde now sits in gold as Discovery Channel’s Janez Brajkovic couldn’t stay with the winning attack and now sits in 6th 2’05” down.

Full story in Cyclingnews.



George Hincapie takes the Stars and Stripes

September 4, 2006

If you took this script to a room full of Hollywood producers, they would throw you out saying that is too unbelievable.

The movie opens up with our hero in the best form of his life. He enters the new season freed from seven years of servitude. Catches an unlucky break by having to cover a teammate in the tour of Flanders. Then, he goes to Paris-Roubaix and is the final selection with two teammates and isolates the unbeatable World Champion only to suffer a tragic injury due to a freak breakdown.

Forgoing surgery, our hero fails to return to form at the Tour de France. But his peak comes at the right time for a late season stage race. 100 meters from victory he is knocked to the ground by the man who would take his title.

Returning to home, the national championships happen to be in his adopted home town. So, what else, he takes an impressive victory. 

Roll the credits.