radiantsoul: (nerdy boys)

I love this photo. It is the last fraction of the 100m butterfly at the Olympics. Michael Phelps is reaching for the wall and to beat his nearest rival(Milorad Cavic)in the lane next to him. If he wins he will take the seventh of eight races that he has entered.



What interests me most is not that the race is pretty close. In many ways the guy on the left has it nailed and you would comfortably bet on him winning. No the real sting in the tale is that Phelps is on the right. He has been behind the whole race as both of them enter their final stroke. It looks like he is too far back to make up the distance. But he has in effect taken an extra stroke, whereas Milorad is just reaching for the line. Phelps won by one hundredth of a second.

The Tour De France has started and it is looking pretty interesting. I am a big Lance Armstrong fan. Frankly the other cyclists are pretty dull although the Brits are doing ok. The main issue for Lance is that he is not the teamleader and is going to be expected to give ground and help the team leader. In the first stage he did ok, but lost time to the team leader. However as a result of a canny move in Stage 2 Lance surged up to third place overall. And yesterday there was a team timetrial where the results are based on the performace of the team. Lance and Cancellara tied for time. However Lance is not in yellow as he is two tenths of a second behind, and that is in just under 20 hours of cycling.

The Tour De France gets interesting as it goes uphill tomorrow and that is where people tend to lose a lot of time(it is easier to catch someone up on a flat road than a nasty mountain). The big question is can Lance Armstrongs 37 year old body do what it used to do on the mountains. I am not sure he can win it, but tomorrow will give us a big clue.

radiantsoul: (nerdy boys)

I love this photo. It is the last fraction of the 100m butterfly at the Olympics. Michael Phelps is reaching for the wall and to beat his nearest rival(Milorad Cavic)in the lane next to him. If he wins he will take the seventh of eight races that he has entered.



What interests me most is not that the race is pretty close. In many ways the guy on the left has it nailed and you would comfortably bet on him winning. No the real sting in the tale is that Phelps is on the right. He has been behind the whole race as both of them enter their final stroke. It looks like he is too far back to make up the distance. But he has in effect taken an extra stroke, whereas Milorad is just reaching for the line. Phelps won by one hundredth of a second.

The Tour De France has started and it is looking pretty interesting. I am a big Lance Armstrong fan. Frankly the other cyclists are pretty dull although the Brits are doing ok. The main issue for Lance is that he is not the teamleader and is going to be expected to give ground and help the team leader. In the first stage he did ok, but lost time to the team leader. However as a result of a canny move in Stage 2 Lance surged up to third place overall. And yesterday there was a team timetrial where the results are based on the performace of the team. Lance and Cancellara tied for time. However Lance is not in yellow as he is two tenths of a second behind, and that is in just under 20 hours of cycling.

The Tour De France gets interesting as it goes uphill tomorrow and that is where people tend to lose a lot of time(it is easier to catch someone up on a flat road than a nasty mountain). The big question is can Lance Armstrongs 37 year old body do what it used to do on the mountains. I am not sure he can win it, but tomorrow will give us a big clue.

radiantsoul: (nerdy boys)

I love this photo. It is the last fraction of the 100m butterfly at the Olympics. Michael Phelps is reaching for the wall and to beat his nearest rival(Milorad Cavic)in the lane next to him. If he wins he will take the seventh of eight races that he has entered.



What interests me most is not that the race is pretty close. In many ways the guy on the left has it nailed and you would comfortably bet on him winning. No the real sting in the tale is that Phelps is on the right. He has been behind the whole race as both of them enter their final stroke. It looks like he is too far back to make up the distance. But he has in effect taken an extra stroke, whereas Milorad is just reaching for the line. Phelps won by one hundredth of a second.

The Tour De France has started and it is looking pretty interesting. I am a big Lance Armstrong fan. Frankly the other cyclists are pretty dull although the Brits are doing ok. The main issue for Lance is that he is not the teamleader and is going to be expected to give ground and help the team leader. In the first stage he did ok, but lost time to the team leader. However as a result of a canny move in Stage 2 Lance surged up to third place overall. And yesterday there was a team timetrial where the results are based on the performace of the team. Lance and Cancellara tied for time. However Lance is not in yellow as he is two tenths of a second behind, and that is in just under 20 hours of cycling.

The Tour De France gets interesting as it goes uphill tomorrow and that is where people tend to lose a lot of time(it is easier to catch someone up on a flat road than a nasty mountain). The big question is can Lance Armstrongs 37 year old body do what it used to do on the mountains. I am not sure he can win it, but tomorrow will give us a big clue.

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I am slightly excited by the fact Lance Armstrong has come out of retirement. I am not sure if he can win the Tour De France at 37, but it will be interesting to see him try. Cycling is rather dull at the moment as so many people seem to have suspended for drugs and this years tour was actually rather slow.
radiantsoul: (Default)
I am slightly excited by the fact Lance Armstrong has come out of retirement. I am not sure if he can win the Tour De France at 37, but it will be interesting to see him try. Cycling is rather dull at the moment as so many people seem to have suspended for drugs and this years tour was actually rather slow.
radiantsoul: (Default)
I am slightly excited by the fact Lance Armstrong has come out of retirement. I am not sure if he can win the Tour De France at 37, but it will be interesting to see him try. Cycling is rather dull at the moment as so many people seem to have suspended for drugs and this years tour was actually rather slow.

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