Friday, July 24, 2009

Around Town - Race Update

Strange day so far. We were up at regular time and started out for our regular ride. Annie was back on the Fuji now equipped with a new back rim and hub. By the time we reached Logan Hall Annie just didn't like the feel of the ride. Having suffered through a couple of flats last week she wasn't taking any chances. So we went home and after a bit of a break I went for a ride she headed for the bike shop for two new tires. It was time. With the little extra ride back and forth my ride was up to 18.3. Then, after some quick errands, I set out to meet a friend for lunch near U Penn on the Brompton, shown here at Cosi's. Didn't get to watch the race but have it one the DVR for this afternoon.


In a surprising finish to stage 19 today Mark Cavendish tuned the unexpected bunch sprint at the end into his 5th stage win of this tour. He is simply unstoppable when he gets into the right position. This looked like a stage where the break-a-way would have stayed ahead and someone in the break would have won the stage. But, seemingly, because Robobank didn't get anyone into the break and wanted to set up Freire for a possible victory, they rode hard in order to reel the break in thus setting up a bunch sprint at the end. Once that happens it is almost impossible to stop Cavendish. I think he still cannot win the Green Jersey having been relegated to last place on a previous stage for bumping Thor Hushovd. Otherwise he would have won it for sure.

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