Dave Zabriske seems to be ready to replace Tyler Hamilton as the next successful, but most unlucky cyclist in the peloton. Dave suffered a deep cut in his wrist from a “fluke accident”, when a glass door shattered in front of him. Dave has undergone surgery in Denmark and will have to have his hand in a cast for a month.
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Christophe Moreau moves over to AG2R from Credit Agricole. AG2R is hoping to step up to ProTour status now that Fassa Bortolo has left an opening.
Judging from their Tour performance, I would think twice.
Look for Panaria, or Selle Italia to get the Fassa ProTour spot.
Another good lesson on Euro Style and how to look good while riding. Chain Reaction has a photo essay on how riders wear their shades in the Tour. Amoung the many influences in technology and style, Lance Armstrong also popularized the wearing of sunglasses upside-down on your helmet. (I tried this, but never got it to work with my Giro Pneumo helmet. Maybe I can convince the wife I need to upgrade to the ATMOS so I can be like Lance…)
George Hincapie, probably the most-readily identifiable rider in the Peloton (nobody else wears big white sunglasses!), makes not wearing them stylish. Heck, George makes just about anything stylish.
Danilo DiLuca is ready for the second half of the season. After taking the month of July off to recover from the effort of the Spring Classics and Giro D’Italia, Danilo is looking to solidify his ProTour lead. He won a kermesse in Hadsten and is now preparing himself for the HEW Cyclassics in Hamburg Germany. DiLuca says that he won’t be able to match the Tour DeFrance riders who now have amazing form. Instead, he will look to gather a point or two and get back into racing condition. He hopes that his racing form will carry him to the season ending Giro Di Lombardia.
Di Luca: `Punto a recuperare il ritmo`
Reports of a possible doping violation do not implicate Robbie McEwen or Lance Armstrong or any other top tier riders. The UCI says that the rider in question is a “Second Tier” rider that was tested at random on July 6th. The drug tested for is very common in cold medicines and in its initial form is not illegal. The amount that the rider in question had in their blood stream is within the limit for the drug. What does this mean? Many cold medicines that you or I take would mean we would be suspended for a while if we were Pros.
The ProTour summer classics begin Sunday with the HEW-Cyclassics.
Eric Zabel had an unusually restful July and will be ready to perform. He is also looking for a contract for net season. Rumors point to Phonak as a possible new home for Zabel.
Many Tour De France riders will want to put their good form to use in the August classics.
Jan Ullrich who always gets better after the Tour will want to flex his mouscles in front of the home crowd.
As always Paolo Bettini and Danilo DiLuca should be ones to watch. DiLuce still keeps his ProTour lead after resting mostly during July. Paolo Bettini needs some big wins this year, even though he performed well during the Giro, he has not won quite as much as other years. He has been bothered by poor form this year.
Last week’s Brixia Tour kicked off the Italian summer season, and the summer classics.
Paolo Bettini and other Italian one-day racers are back in action at the GP Camaiore on Thursday.
The Tour de France coverage helped OLN get their best ratings ever. Yahoo! Sports – Cycling – Armstrong’s victory helps OLN score largest audience in network’s history