Sunday, May 15, 2011

Smoking volcanoes

Added at 2PM: Stage 1 of the ATOC was canceled due to adverse weather conditions.

Alberto Contador showed everyone who's the king of the mountains today. He left all but one rider behind to win the stage up the Etna and conquer the maglia rosa. Only Jose Rujano could stay with the Spaniard in the last five kilometers but even he ended up 3 seconds behind.

Denis Menchov lost 2'16, while Carlos Sastre lost 2'21. Stefano Garzelli was the first Italan at 50''; Jan Bakelants the first Belgian at 2'16.  Tomorrow is a rest day and on Tuesday there is a flat stage.

Romain Felliu meanwhile won Picardie. He was third in the last stage. Gert Steegmans was forced to leave the race due to a crash.

Lake Tahoe weather

The Tour of California starts today at Lake Tahoe. In line with what we have come to expect from that race, the weather turned ugly last night. The situation in the Sierra is dismal with snow, wind and freezing rain. It was below freezing at 9 AM this morning.

The start of Stage one has been delayed due to harsh and unsafe weather.

I am waiting to fill the last slot for the Ster. I have three good candidates who showed interest and so now it is a matter of seeing who will come through first.

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