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Friday, April 20, 2007

goodnight, sweet peach

CN live (who else is there?):

11:02 EDT The racers have rolled off and started the neutral section. Crowds are less than previous years. That seems to be the trend in general this year.
the area just doesn't have enough of a cycling culture to withstand the non-Lance effect. it will be one helluva feat if they can get that race off life-support for next year.

ah well ... it was a good run.

Lead group of 8, 110km to go:
Ryder Hesjedal (Health Net), Ben Day (Navigators Insurance), Anthony Colby (Colavita/Sutter Home), Phil Zajicek (Navigators Insurance), Michael Blaudzun (Team CSC), Alexandre Moos (BMC), Danny Pate (Team Slipstream), Christopher Baldwin (Toyota-United) @ 5+minutes to the pack
but, it's kick ass racing today. from the gun they were on the gas ... 30+mph average up to the first grinder of a climb ~ not steep, but a steady slaughterhouse.

Danielson tried to make the break, but was probably called back to protect Count Brackyvich. ... I would have pulled my earpiece out.

3 comments:

yellowbug said...

honestly Olaf, I don't know why you are such a fan of Danielson. The Disco team has given him plenty of opportunities to be team leader, but he never mans up and somebody else eventually does. don't you remember his CN TdF diary last summer, his whiney ramblings about how disappointed he was to not be team leader, even though he had a teammate way up in the GC? He is the type of guy who is just happy to be the best on his team - to just beat his teammates, even if he is 10th place. He's obviously not happy to be in 10th place if he's got a teammate in 3rd suddenly. Why should Danielson be allowed to ride for himself when Discovery already has a really strong guy in the leaders jersey? This guy is not exuding team leadership. He either needs a new attitude about racing and results or some serious pr training. Or him and wifey KD need to make their own Pro Tour with just Danielson and a bunch of chumps so that he'll always be top dog, even when he drops the ball, and loses 10 minutes to the field on a mountain stage.

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

"Or him and wifey KD need to make their own Pro Tour with just Danielson and a bunch of chumps so that he'll always be top dog, even when he drops the ball, and loses 10 minutes to the field on a mountain stage."


bwaahahahaaa...


damn, YB ~ meow!
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i think it's more frustration at a guy who says he wants to be a team leader and doesn't take it. look at Bracky - that kid flat out left Danielson in last year's Vuelta - totally riding for himself. He took it.

there are times you just have to go. the trick is, knowing when they are and making damn sure the gamble pays off. because, alienating your teammates is one sure way of never getting them to suffer for you.

ah well.

Anonymous said...

Danielson has the legs...he just is not tough enough in the head. At the top level of cycling, to be a leader, you have to be a true warrior. Someone who takes...not gives. Danielson does not have it, Hincapie does not have it. Levi has it. Olaf has it, although he may not admit it!