We recap the first week of the Giro, talking about our impressions and predictions. Jeff also recaps the Tour of California, since Anna didn’t watch it at all. It turns out Jeff finds Greg Lemond too nice and Anna does some nice wordsmithing.
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As the first week of the Giro is done and dusted, we take a look all the happenings in this week’s episdoe!
Some GIRO! highlights:
- Jeff details what it is about Cadel that bothers him, but we both agree if we had to choose between Cuddles and Wiggo, we’d chose Cuddles.
- Jeff is convinced Wiggins has something up his sleeve. Anna is not.
- We try not to get too excited by Cadel.
- Gesink replaces Denis Mechov as the new Silent Assassin.
- We want to talk to a fantasy cycling guru! We’re both amateurs at this, if you’re road.cc fantasy cycling wiz, let us know!
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This week I am joined by cycling historian Andy Homan. He’s the author of Life in the Slipstream: The Legend of Bobby Walthour and he’s a great addition to my podcasting partner list as he compare Phil Liggett to Ron Burgundy. There was precious little news this week, but there was amazing racing to make up for it!
- Cancellara is back! Gilbert is back! The women of cycling fandom rejoice.
- Giro d’Italia: The racing has been amazing!! Lots of nail biting finishes… We are not impressed with the attitudes and passive aggressive behavior of the Shlecks or Bruyneel; are the Schlecks actually just spoiled brats? Andy wonders how you can base a team on just one region of a country- so we compare Rhode Island to the Basque Country. We wonder if Hesjedal can keep the jersey until the end. And I predict impressively wrong…
- Cipollini! Stop picking on Cav! I also think Cav is giving up the Green jersey for the Giro jersey and the Olympics.
- Tour of California: Of course we’re impressed by Sagan, the climbing, the close racing. We wonder who would win in a Sagan/Cav match up; Andy compares Phil Liggett to Ron Burgundy; and we discuss the winners and losers of the race.
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Despite all the forces working against me, I wrenched this podcast from the jaws of technology failure’s grip! Despite the majority of cycling news being consumed with the Giro and the wanna be Grand Tour in California, we found a few interesting, if slightly depressing, tidbits to discuss. Sorry for the yawns- we recorded at 1am 😉 Also, forgive the echo of my voice. Still working it out.
- First Europcar disowns Sebastian Turgot for his whereabouts violations (VeloNation article), then they back him up (VeloNation article). Just another example of how useless the ADAMS system is.
- Armstrong says he won’t fight doping allegations anymore (CyclingNews article). Is this an admission of guilt, like Landis insists (CyclingNews article)? Or just another example of Armstrong’s tactical skills? And yes, you can go ahead and call us haters. (my review of Bill Strickland’s book, Tour de Lance. We also recommend Dan Coyle’s Lance Armstrong’s War)
- Giro d’Italia: Lots of interesting leaders, discovery of new cute riders to admire, Frank is whiny, Jeff is BFFs with Cipo, are crashes caused by bad courses or bad recon, is Cav man enough to do the Giro, the Tour AND the Olympics, and much more!!
- Tour of California: Is the race too hard or too easy, designing race routes is not as easy you might seem (Bicycling article), SAGAN! Would would win in a showdown between Cav and Sagan? Is Levi bluffing? If he is, Horner’s gonna be pissed (Bicycling article)!
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After an unintended and forced hiatus, Pelotonitis Podcast is BACK, baby. This week, Jeff Chandler (@c_fiddy) and I tackle tough subjects, such as, will the world end if Nibbles leaves Liquigas and is Jeff also powerless against Jakob’s dimples? And Jeff also makes Anna choose between Boonen, Taylor and Nibbles. The choice is obvious.
- We are forced to contemplate the unthinkable: Nibali leaving Liquigas link link Jeff wagers it won’t happen and will buy Anna a cap from his new team if Nibbles does move.
- Is charging to watch road races going against the spirit of the sport? link
- In the “shocking news” department, comes Richie Porte’s statement that he feels more at home on Sky than Saxo Bank link
- Also in the “shocking news” department, Jakob Fugulsang is probably going to leave RadioShack link
- In the “extremely cocky” department, Alberto Contador says he still thinks of the 2011 as “his” link
- You may not remember Jan Ullrich, but he’s been through some tough times link
- Giro d’Italia: Fast becoming Anna’s favorite Grand Tour, her massive fangirl crush on Taylor Phinney is evident as we moan poor Taylor’s luck.
- Tour of California: May’s other supremely important race. Jeff make a BOLD prediction and if he’s right, Anna will buy him a cap from that player’s team. Or maybe not.
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