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Sunday, March 11, 2007

preps

well, it's earlier in the morning than i'd like, but i'm heading over to the crit scene to absorb it all in. maybe i can scalp a wireless hookup and give some insta-feeds throughout the day.

The GC ~

BJM has 18 seconds on Healthnet's Sutherland. That will be a rough one for the Priority Health snappers. I'll be interested to see how they play out their tactics. There's a hundred-plus guys in that field who have no GC aspirations ... but, will any of them have the horsepwer and the timing to send themselves off in the move that takes the pressure off BJM's boys.

Time bonuses may decide this one ... and there are 20 seconds available for the stage win and an intemediary. Interesting.


Webcor is sitting pretty with 1st and 3rd. But, sandwiched in there are Colavita riders, Bausch in 2nd and Powers in 4th. If it were me? I'd be on the offensive from the gun and try and trade off attacks to get one of them away. But, maybe they'll play it conservative and be happy with a podium.


I won't be. In the geriatrics division, i'm going to be wrecking Disco legs today. If they can survive it, they deserve the win. But, they're going to have to ride their asses off to hold me back. But, Hutchinson holds 2nd with a good grip, too. We'll see how he affects the race.

Stage racing sho'nuff is fun.

19 comments:

Flandria said...

oh yeah baby...make the field suffer...go Hernando!

...over a minute behind and still has the spirit alive!

excellent

Velo Bella said...

Be sexy

you know how i love it when you race all sexy

bbElf (a.k.a. panda) said...

Sweet! Way to go...hit 'em hard...

Velo Bella said...

wow.

sexy

very very sexy

now, come home to me

Flandria said...

"absence makes the heart grow fonder..."

- i know it sounds corny but it's appropriate...

Velo Bella said...

absence makes the man go faster

McSassy said...

Hernado wins!

Pulled of a monster break and crushed Disco to win the whole dealeo.

Nice.

ms

bbElf (a.k.a. panda) said...

Holy crap! I knew when Sassy said you needed half a lap that was right up your alley -- so exciting! Can't wait to hear the write up...now get home to that woman of yours!

Velo Bella said...

he gets rewards...

McSassy said...

I was sitting in looking around and doing the math in my head getting a lil giggle out of knowing it was going to be CLOOOOSE

In the end it was almost a full lap, dayum.

Nice ride by OV...........

For me I took my 7th place GC money and took the family to In-n-Out......goot times.

ms

PAB(a.k.a.CID) said...

that was....amazing. an unlikely scenario played out basically due to heart, desire, and good ole raw horsepower (Hernando + Taz = holy crap fast)

I enjoyed this one.

A lot.

X Bunny said...

funnest bike race i've watched in years

emily said...

you were awesome on sunday! congratulations!!!! dave t. and i were freaking out and even brought it up again during the womens race!

marscat said...

woohoo! way to go Michael.

Ippoc Amic said...

race story and pictures please...

Nome Agusta said...

It was a really good move, Taz up the road as a decoy and OV jumps across while the Disco boys seem to have thumbs firmly inserted where the sun don't shine.

Or maybe they were each concerned about their individual GC instead of the win.
Tough call on Nolan's part. Had his teammates ridden appropriately marking the break was the wise choice, but hind site he would have been more useful to stay in the pack and chase with Sasser and Hutch.
In hind site I wished I had gone with Taz, one stages mistake could have been the other's move of the day. Oh well, that's racing.
It was a great event, and I am happy with my table scraps and hard workout.
I was pissed at Pab for snaking my $20 prime, but at least that Bobba dork didn't get it, so I forgive him.

Flandria said...

i can't wait to read what happened!

jeninsb said...

wow, is right!

Awesome piece of racing

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

thanks guys!

now let's go have a beer.