Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Valley Forge II (updated edition)

A great ride out to Valley Forge this morning. I did not want to put up with the tow path again so I chose to take the hill on Umbria. It was a challenge but I made it. Lost a bit of time in Manayunk when I saw some friends having coffee and stopped for a chat. Lost much more time in Conshohocken when a railroad crossing guardrail had fallen across the path. Managed to move it off the path with the help of other passing riders and then took time to call SEPTA and notify them. Now writing from Valley Forge and after a bite and a break I'll head home and check in again. This is the first time I've actually posted the blog from the road. Neat.

These are the Schleck brothers. Frank won today's TDF stage with Andy right behind. They moved into second and third place in the general classification, dropping Lance to 4th and Kloden to 5th while Wiggens tumbled a bit further down. It seems that while Contador made sure to stay well ahead of Andy Schleck, his seemingly unnecessary acceleration at the end dropped his own teammates. Clearly he is as afraid of his own team as of his rivals and the dissension on team Astana is starting to matter. Still, the Schleck's are not good time trialists so the Astana contingent and Wiggens for that matter can make up time tomorrow. I think it will all come down to Mt Ventoux and there may be some real fire-works and excitement.

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