Tuesday, May 3, 2011

A safer place

Now that the world has become a safer place -except for team managers driving follow cars that is, as this photo from the Tour of Asturias clearly illustrates, we can all relax and enjoy the view.

Team Andalucia in the ditch. 

The view from the back of the caravan

Lots of exciting things are happening in the cycling world. But first I want to state for the record that I was able to run a 10K yesterday -despite the cold and coughing. It isn't exactly an endurance event but it felt like it. I have now been sick for more than a week and our house has turned into a mini-hospital with two more sick children. 

But back to cycling: on the eve of the Giro d'Italia, BMC put Alessandro Ballan on non-active and Contador is trying to sneak in another win before he will most certainly go non-active in summer. All that to prepare for the soon-to-be-oldest winner of the Tour day France.

The Australian invasion continues unabated. Rabobank is replacing its top rider Theo Bos, who is suffering from a respiratory infection, with Aussie Graeme Brown who ended third in Nokere Koerse earlier this year. And in Sint-Truiden I noticed other evidence of down-under, right before the start of the final stage in the Ster van Zuid-Limburg.

Home-made Australian Ice Cream in Sint-Truiden

Ironically enough, one of the Australian home-made flavors was speculoos.

Finally, for your continued enjoyment, more shots of Belgium and things Belgian.

Smurf display at BRU
Moots ready for the Koppenberg

Mementos from the Ster

Ster: Team Leader and Soigneur badges

View outside Bilzen

Erik in the laudromat Tongeren

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