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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

war

11:26 PST 1km/151.2km to go
And right from the gun we have an attack! Slipstream's Will Frischkorn and Alejandro Acton from Colavita are dangling just ahead of the pack, which is lined across the road.


i'll be hovering over frickin' CN's live coverage all day.

... damn this stage is gonna be a shootout, empty both barrels and see who's the last standing.

gawd, what i'd give.

188 comments:

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

the first 10km are seeing Disco put on the defensive in a major way.

can they withstand an entire day of this?


why not sneak Basso or Danielson in the break instead of chasing everything down?

Velo Bella said...

apparently, they have not been reading the bella boards..

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

Lotto is helping Disco chase ... what?

they think Chris "dumplings" Horner is gonna vie for the sprint again?


hmm...

and now with Hincapie on pure d-duty, this small field sprint at the finish could be something amazing.

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

YEAH!

Horner's pulled his guys off the front and is trash talkin' to Levi about not pulling with Disco.


heaven!

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

BTW -

i've blown off work and am watching the live feed from amgentourofcalifornia.com

blipped off all their data windows and can see Horner's devil grin as he taunts Levi from a wheel back.


oh, this is sweet.

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

Danielson is on Levi's wheel, just handed off a jacket and looks rather cool about it.

Cancellara rides by ... just to get that cute mug on the screen.

what a playah.

russellp said...

Easy now OV, they've got 130km to go, let's not be calling the sprints already.

On the VN live update page, BJM is now so famous (like a Brazilian soccer star) that in the overall results he needs only one name: "Benjamin".

OK, I should sleep more...and I know your opinions of VN...

nosajpalnud said...

yeah - Lotto's got no one in top 10 GC so why not make Disco work. Disco's fault for missing a huge fuckin break.....well Priority missed too it appears.

so priority stays fresh and attacks later or do they get some pressure to work if the gap gets bigger?

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

Disco only has 4 guys working at the front of the pack.

cruz is already looking like full gas is being applied.


this is gonna be a battle to get in position before Sierra. I don't know if Disco will have enough horsepower left ... leaving poor Levi isolated.


BJM will have some good horsepower to put him at the front.

this is gonna be epic.

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

they are currently riding through roads we've raced on.


that is rather titillating.

nosajpalnud said...

well it looks like one Disco guy in the break - is it me or do they keep changin the list?

PAB said...

CN says disco has Mcarty in the break...

sitting on i assume....

what's his story?

PAB said...

oh boy...

olaf said titilating

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

PH is under no obligation to bring back the break. When you see weakness in the jersey wearer's team, you pounce.

Horner saw it, and is taking advantage of it.


precious.

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

Sayers is sitting on the break ... surprise, surprise.


Patterson Pass is lined with a good number of fans.

they've stationed a camera up there, should be some great shots. winds look low, so the spead could be inhumane if Voigt drives it hard up that climb.

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

unfortunately, having Mcartney in the break does nothing for Disco.

They need a GC rider up there like Basso or Danielson ... or, they have to chase.

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

Levi was just saying something to Danielson ... probably something about how Odessa applies chamois creme better than he does.

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

poor aussie sprinter Davis. he looks pretty damn uncomfortable chugging along as d-duty for a Tour team.

poor lil' bugger.

Velo Bella said...

the amgen coverage is pretty cool. What with the little cars going up the profile map thingie...

damn....

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

voigt is driving the break up the flatter slopes of Patterson.


so much for any friendly favors left over for Basso.

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

Mcartney looks very fresh in that break.

... they are approaching the steep slopes.

Velo Bella said...

I am sooo going to San Jo in about an hour....

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

Mcartney attacks, then slows.

brilliant.

Velo Bella said...

ugh...I haaaate that part of the climb.

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

HUGE battle for the KOM points between Slipstream and Quickstep.

they were f'ing flying up that thing.

i think it was Frishy trying to protect their KOM jersey.

unbelievable.

Velo Bella said...

and it looks like Cozza was close in trying to snag some too....

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

i just caught a glimpse of Thor...

Kirkpatrick MacMillan said...

ha ha, he said TIT-ilating

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

oh kryst ... somebody tell Levi those black high socks make him look even stumpier.

Velo Bella said...

IS eki wearing old school ray bans?

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

i tell ya ... there not giving Levi a huge amount of respect in that pack. There's not that usual bubble of space around the GC leader.

everyone seems willing to crowd in and oppress the little man.


... it's gotta be the socks.

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

under "old school" in the dictionary?


... eki.

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

this rolling enclosure is impressive.

how in the hell did CA do this?

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

Cozza just got some big love from the fans.

oh yeah.

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

it hurts to see how euro-trash one of the TMobile riders is.


bleached mullet...

PAB said...

McCarty attacks?

eiter he is going REALLY well and they are banking on him....

or they are going to feel really crappy whn he gets caught and passed on the big climb....

olaf, is that your shortcut hwy?

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

why in the hell has McCartney just attacked the break with frickin' 80k to go?

he didn't even shatter the break to throw them into disharmony.

all he's doing know is suffering out front while they stay organized in pursuit and still put time into the Levi behind.

stupid.

If Voigt has 3 minutes on Levi before Sierra? he'll win the race.

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

now he's back.

what a stupid waste of energy. McCartney fresh might have stuck on Sierra with Voigt and the Rabobank climber.

stupid. the break is not disrupted at all and they've just accelerated slightly away from Disco's chase.

daaaarghgh ... i hate poor tactics.

PAB said...

he had to be trying to split up the break.

no other reason to do that.

he needs hernando lessons on disrupting....

lauren said...

did someone say Thor?

Velo Bella said...

more Thor

PAB said...

i'll say it for you, oV...

Sayers, sitting on....

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

Sayers has shown himself at the front. 1 out of 8 pulls isn't bad.


... and just what i'd be doing if i were him.


Thor screen capture coming up.

Velo Bella said...

A 15 minute climb with a 5 minute lead?

Jens must be titillated

PAB said...

yeah right....

you'd be at the front, grinning for the camera as much as possible.

you'd be taking double pulls.

you wouldn't be able to help yourself.

PAB said...

stop saying that word!

the girls are already all hormonal over Thor....

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

The Rabobank rider, Voigt, and McCartney ... maybe Wegelius if they have 3 minutes on the pack at Sierra.

... wait a minute, why the hell is Rabobank chasing?

trac said...

I think there's some kind fo rule about the percentage of comments that are allowed to be from the original poster. Once it passes a certain threshold the poster is required to write a new blog.

PAB said...

oh wait, maybe that's a good thing...

PAB said...

So what is up with this Rabobank alliance?

Velo Bella said...

maybe Rabobank just wants to get into San Jose a little earlier....what with the wine and shopping still left to do.

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

is that KoBee off the front of the break now?

no drug suspension too strong for you, young man!

jeninsb said...

Money?

Or, less cynically, maybe the guy in the break has crappy legs

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

The HNut rider is pushing a huge gear through the rolling terrain.

he'll be going backwards come the steep climbs.

if they were going to send one of their riders out, why the hell have they BOTH been nutting it in the break the whole time. the other will be almost as gassed as this guy off the front.

ah well ... camera time is always good time.

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

now slipstream has a rider killing it in the pack.

they must really think Lucas and Donald can go uphill fast.

Disco is gettig all the f'ing breaks, yo.

jeninsb said...

his little healthnet butt looks so cute out there

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

i have done exactly 3 work related things since 11am.

my door is closed.

X Bunny said...

i am completely out of the loop here, as usual, and just had to leave a comment in this enormous string to feel as if i am involved....

Velo Bella said...

you have a door?

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

doh! vid feed just shit out on me!!!

noooooo....

PAB said...

me too.

PAB said...

ahhhh....

Velo Bella said...

it seems to be back now

PAB said...

ahhhh....

PAB said...

ahhhh....

PAB said...

migo is so pissed.

i promised to take him on a loooong walk, but i am just sitting here watching the race and doing little nothing chores.

he probably needs to pee...

jeninsb said...

oh so purty...

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

this really is amazing stuff.


i can't wait for it to be halographic.

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

mmm....halographic Thor booty

jeninsb said...

don't know what is halographic...

but this is darn cool.

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

If Disco's McCartney doesn't rocket out of the break on Sierra ... he's gonna find his ass in a Johan/Eki sling.

but, i really think the Rabobank rider has good legs and will vie for the stage win.

about 45 minutes ago Rasmussen came up and had a chat with Levi ... wonder what they traded for a little help in the chase?

hairplugs?

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

explosions as they go uphill.

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

was that dave gill in the afro and white stockings?

Jr. Curmudgeon said...

The TOC live feed rocks! So much for a late lunch ride!

jeninsb said...

Mccartney's definitely goin' for it.

dayum.

voigt's not letting him get nowheres.

good stuff.

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

Voigt is a machine.

basso leads levi up the lower slopes. horner still there, pudge and all.

Velo Bella said...

Is ben in that group?

Velo Bella said...

you said pudge

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

still a good sized group with Basso, but damn the feed has burped!

mccartney goes again!

Velo Bella said...

Jens is a damn freight train

PAB said...

Voigt is such a stud.

i usually hate it when big guys can climb, cus I can't... (i hate little guys who can sprint even worse, tho)

but i gotta like the big CSC guy.

-

Velo Bella said...

Maybe Honer was just wearing a fat suit

Velo Bella said...

I meant horner of course

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

Levi attacks and begins the shredding.

Only the Hummel Horner stays easily on his wheel.

A Rabobank man is humping his bike to stay close.

this is nutz.

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

Voigt will drop McCarntey on the descent and win the stage solo?

jeninsb said...

basso makes it looks oh so easy.

is that horner still with levi?

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

holey shit, there's Levi

Kirkpatrick MacMillan said...

Who is "the chicken hawk" on CSC?

jeninsb said...

and then they were six.

holy moley.

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

BOOM

the TMobile rider is shelled by Levi taking more strength to the front of the race. This is the GC, right here. Levi wins the race on one stage.

unless he comes unglued in the TT, nobody can match this.

Velo Bella said...

mooooo

for pab....

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

Horner's position is low, so he's on the rivet.

That Rabobank rider is crafty. He'll be optimistic in the sprint.

and everyone will look to Voigt as the strong man in the sprint.

this is McCartney or Horner's stage to win.

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

mccartney is dying a thousand of them trying to stay on Levi's pace.

Horner has recovered a bit.

jeninsb said...

who gets the stage?

go horner.

ouch. look at the face on bettini.

winter's rough!

Velo Bella said...

oh...hello Bettini

what if he is close enough to catch them on the descent?

Velo Bella said...

Beteeny

Anonymous said...

be teeny weeny

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

beautiful shots of the top of Sierra.

the gap is easily good to the chase group.

Levi will now make McCartney drive it to the line.

the stage goes to Voigt if that happens.

jeninsb said...

gap's not looking that big.

anyone got it?

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

1 min

can't see if BJM is in that damn chase.

GoBenGo!

jeninsb said...

CN has one minute to the chase...

PAB said...

Horner won't win a sprint out of these 5?

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

Voigt's giving shit to the Rabo rider for not working.

Voigt's frisky.

PAB said...

ooh, 1 minute ain't much.

depends on who is there. a team with 3 strong guys could bring it together....

how many in the chase group?

X Bunny said...

don't for get the 'dogwalk for food' deal sweetums

PAB said...

20 guys at 1 min.

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

Horner needs to work in the move.

he can podium on GC if they stick the gap high enough for his sub-protour TT.

Voigt will win this sprint if it's straight up.

jeninsb said...

'bout 20 in the chase

Anonymous said...

20 in chase at 35 sec. They will catch as sure as I will drop hernandos ass!

jeninsb said...

looks like the Mob is working it behind.

it'll be tighty...

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

is that a PH attacking?

Anonymous said...

No - Be teeny weeny

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

watch out for the botdots!

jeninsb said...

jensy has no love for the rabo

he's jawing at him again

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

bums me out Voigt isn't working.

who's he got in the group that will win the stage if caught?

Anonymous said...

teeny weeny is across.

The 15 will catch and Davis will win though!

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

GC vs Stage Win game ...


it's on.

jeninsb said...

maybe bobby j is in the group behind?

he'd be the gc guy

and if the gap stays tight he might be able to bring it back in the tt, eh?

Velo Bella said...

I was gonna say the same thing..they are betting on julick

Velo Bella said...

who are these cats announcing?

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

ah... Julich is in the chase group.

so, there's still GC on the line, so Voigt doesn't work.

Bettini hasn't made the front. Nor will he.


too much pesto sauce.

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

no sound on my cpu.

i have a door, but sound leaks!!!

jeninsb said...

you got audio?

oh, i do too. they sound dorky...

jeninsb said...

Mmmm. chocolate. bike race.

could life be any more perfetto?

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

Horner needs more time on the chase to stay on the podium after the TT.

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

stupid shit Rabo rider.

voigt better win this stage.

jeninsb said...

wa's the gap thingy now?

Velo Bella said...

10 second time bonus for win

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

kryst, Levi is fit.

he's putting in hardnosed pulls.

poor McCartney is on the rivet ... has been for 45 minutes.

horner is suffering, but smooth now that it's his terrain.

still, it's Levi doing most the work.

PAB said...

i ate some choco too.

we are so decadent...

Velo Bella said...

still about a minute

jeninsb said...

go jens!

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

Jens will win the stage.

but Levi has gone far to win the ToC.

PAB said...

i still say Horner if they aren't caught.

and i don't think they will be.

if they are, tho, gotta go with Bettini

PAB said...

pesto makes ya quick, ya know...

lauren said...

Levi's diggin' hard!

Anonymous said...

Alright, if the group is not caught I call Horner!

Sorry PAB. Fucker can sprint and the rest are tired

Anonymous said...

Alright, if the group is not caught I call Horner!

Sorry PAB. Fucker can sprint and the rest are tired

jeninsb said...

will jens sprint after sittin' on?

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

Levi just murdered them over a roller. poor McCartney could barely come around. horner's still turning the big smile.

he smells the podium of a big Tour.

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

Jens wins the stage, easily.

Horner wants time on GC, he's nutting it and will get 3rd on the stage.

Velo Bella said...

come on....I've had to go to the bathroom for about 15 minutes now...

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

horner's wearing mcSassy's shoes.

jeninsb said...

love that sufferin' face on horner...

PAB said...

why are anonymous commentors always the confused ones?

-

I think Voigt spent way more energy today than Horner.

I'm stickin with that call....

Anonymous said...

Horner will be cagey - he can see the forest through the trees and knows that Levi et al will not let up

Anonymous said...

Horner will be cagey - he can see the forest through the trees and knows that Levi et al will not let up

Velo Bella said...

Jens....

Jason tried to take him off the back..

jeninsb said...

oh, not playin' the sprinty game, are we?

go jens!

Velo Bella said...

and he closed the gap like it was hopscotch

Anonymous said...

"PAB said...
Horner won't win a sprint out of these 5? "

.. was commenting on that post while the other went up..... not confused - good memory

jeninsb said...

that was darn smooth, wasn't it?

almost as fast as i ate this chocolate.

here we go...

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

this is a great stage.

Velo Bella said...

Jens is working now

McSassy said...

"horner's wearing mcSassy's shoes."

No wonder I cant find them!!!!

I was ready to go ride and now that lil bugger gaffed my shoes.

Meh


This is mo fun

MS

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

the three best known riders in the ToC finishing it up in a sprint.


excellent.

McSassy said...

I gotta go whith Jens.

Big gear mashing mo fo is my hero!

ms

jeninsb said...

oh shit...

there's the field.

pedal jens pedal!!

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

where'd that pack come from?

what a race.


what a fucking race.

PAB said...

oh.

i guess i suck at this game.

-

moo.

jeninsb said...

woohooo!

that was soo much fun.

awesome racin' and excellent (virtual) company!

Anonymous said...

me too.

Horner was cagey, but not strong enough to come around voight who was in the break all day. That is fucking unbelievable.?? Superhuman!

Velo Bella said...

I hope Ben was in that group

PAB said...

anony---identify thyself!

It's pasco, isn't it...

Velo Bella said...

seaSYDE

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

jesus ... i need a cigarette.

PAB said...

sbjen---virtual company doesn't get any better than this crowd....

(like I have ever talked to anyone else online....)

McSassy said...

If its rainin tomorrow I'm rolling to the TOC baby!

ms

PAB said...

hey VB, can I put Irishmike in touch with you guys tomorrow?

McSassy said...

Wow, that was sexy.........

I need to cuddle now :P

ms

Velo Bella said...

who's irish mike? and whats happening tomorrow?

jeninsb said...

they're kinda fun in real life too :-)

yay for jens!

phew. that was too much fun.

Anonymous said...

Sorry Jeff. Not Pasco.

With all of my bad predictions and spelling I will never identify myself.

FOREVER ANON!!!!

time for a nap

I did used to smoke....Over a pack a day, but now I clean clocks!

Velo Bella said...

honey....I didn't do my workout...or go visit San Jose. (stupid auditors)

bad bella

PAB said...

actually, in real life they just sit and type on their laptops.
if you want to talk to them, you have to get out your laptop, too....

;)

X Bunny said...

irishmike is jeff's studly riding partner in these parts (besides me)

my guess is that he's going to be in your neck of the woods tomorrow....

McSassy said...

You guys have laptops?

I'm so off the back :(

ms

PAB said...

hi little bunny!

glad to see you have a free moment to check out the important stuff...

jeninsb said...

is it a bad sign that the keyboard on my lappy top is wearing out?

just wonderin'

Chris said...

Damn...this is like pulling up on the house in 16 Candles the day after the big party and finding pizza on the turntable....

Dr. X said...

best stage & post ever

X Bunny said...

are you communicating with me via blog comments?!

is this the first one you've noticed....?!

Casey said...

I was near the top of Patterson Pass today. I was up on the bank above the road a little before the KOM 200 meter mark. From the time the riders in the break first came into view ( as a rider the point where you can first see the top of Patterson) until the first rider reached the top is took 4 minutes and 7 seconds ( at last according to the time on my video.

It was cool to see Frischkorn attack De Walle for the KOM right in front of me

Anonymous said...

Note to self,

NO more bashing Casey in Hernando's bloggity thingy.

:)

shawndoggy said...

ha, you know you're a playa when the officials are posting on yer blog...!

Brent Chapman said...

I ran into the other Casey (CCCX)at the top of the KOM. I didn't see Official casey there.

McSassy said...

Whewwww!

Anonymous said...

I mean Ummmmmmmmm Whewwwwww!

:)