Ivan Basso tore up the competition in Denmark perhaps showing a preview of a more agressive style. Here you can catch some video coverage (in Danish) of Ivan Basso’s victories.
The French AG2R team must have some smooth talking agents as they convinced Fransico Mancebo to join up. Mancebo is tagged as a possible Tour contender and will join Christophe Moreau on the team that is hoping to take up Fassa Bortolo’s spot in the Pro Tour. AG2R layed and egg at the Tour de France where they were hardly visible, and hope that the strengthened roster will make the ProTour gods pick them. But there are way too many mediocre French teams already in the Pro Tour what with Cofidis, Credit Agricole and Boygues Telecom. FDJeux has some stars, but they have fizzled out so far this year. Plus, their major stars are not French, but Aussies.
The Eneco Tour or Tour of Benelux without the “Lux” had an embarassing mishap today as the leading breakaway trio of Bart Dockx (Davitamon-Lotto), Jason McCartney (Discovery Channel) and Christian Vandevelde (Csc) were stopped to reestablish a smaller lead than the 13:09 lead that they had. The 13:09 lead arose when the following peloton took a wrong turn, while the break still followed the correct route. Race organizers didn’t want an insurmountable lead established, so they decided to stop the break and reset the original lead time.
In protest, Bart Dockx sat on the ground. Rules do not state that a break should be stopped in case the peloton takes a wrong turn. Results to follow.
Corridori sbagliano strada in Benelux
The Tour of Denmark is a show of force for Ivan Basso. Maybe it is a prelude to a new attacking style now that Lance Armstrong has retired?
Ivan lost this morning’s stage to Pedro Grillo, but made up for it in the afternoon by taking the individual time trial.
Fillippo Pozzato followed up on his win at the HEW Cyclassics with a win at the Giro di Lazio near Rome. Pozzato had the full support of the Quick-Step team for the sprint. More details soon.
Basso the Cannibal? Ivan takes the third stage of the Tour of Denmark which is his third stage win in a row.
Ivan Basso is putting his post Tour form to good use. He won hi second consecutive stage in the Tour of Denmark. Ivan is putting the hurt on a slightly watered down field.
Giro Danimarca: 2.a tappa a Basso
Dario Pieri is no longer part of Lampre-Caffita. The passista (Italian equivalent of rouleur, or really big guy who can crank along) may not have gone well with Lampre. Pieri burst onto the Classics two years ago with a great performance in Paris Roubaix. His performance made many think of another Franco Ballerini. Unfortunately, Dario couldn’t quite get back to that level since. His move to the smaller Team LPR is a big coup for the tiny squad, but don’t look for Dario in Paris-Roubaix.
Ivan Basso won the first stage of the Tour of Denmark. The home race for Team CSC should be a cake walk. Ivan Basso is using his TDF form to showcase to Bjarne Riis’ home crowd.
Lance Armstrong is back in the US and doing the media circuit in New York. First stop was the Late Show with Dave Letterman where Lance was presented with a bike handlebar basket that said 7 time winner. Armstrong also was the main guest on Charlie Rose.