It’s that most bittersweet time of year when we reflect on the season that was. We talk about our favorite moments and our favorite riders. We were impressed with the Colombians and the youngsters the most! The future looks bright!
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We’re baaaack! After an unintentional hiatus, we’re back on the podcast wagon. Jeff reveals our break was the result of him going to Europe to campaign for me to be UCI president.
First up BREAKING NEWS: Fat Pat is gone! We never thought this day would come. Although Jeff’s bid to get me as president fails, McQuaid’s bid fails as well, and Brian Cookson is the new UCI president. We discuss having cautious optimism we have about Cookson’s ‘reign.’
We ‘wrap-up’ the Vuelta by talking about the reaction to Horner’s win. Anna talks herself into like Horner.
We rant about the World Championships. It really bothers us that the race doesn’t always accurately reflect who had the best season. We think it should be by points! (and if we went by UCI rankings, Froome should have the rainbow jersey) Also, Jeff thinks we should change rainbow stripes to rainbow target.
We actually talk about women’s racing! Jeff does a great job analyzing the women’s World Championship race.
We go on weird F1 and the American Cup (sailing) tangents.
We are BEFUDDLED by the Giro d’Italia starting in Belfast. Apparently it is now the Giro d’Italia and Ireland. The whole tradition of starting GTs in other countries makes NO SENSE.
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Note: sorry for the bad sound quality- both of our mics weren’t set up right!
We prove ourselves to be the laziest podcast by talking about races we didn’t watch or follow.
We discuss how a 3 week stage race in the US is a looooong way off.
We wonder if we don’t get Bradly Wiggins because we’re not British.[VeloNation]
We compare Phil and Paul to math teachers who’ve been teaching for 40 years and can’t seem to find a new script.
We get excited about all the young riders having good runs in the US races, PLUS all the younger American riders going to bigger teams next year!
Anna comes up with a clever classification for the GTs: The Giro is sophisticated mother, the Tour is the overbearing father, and the Vuelta is the red-headed stepchild. Anna also confesses her shock that Nibali is actually a winning rider.
The pundits CONTINUE to put Basso as a Vuelta threat and we continue to be amazed by this.
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In this special (short) episode, we talk about some the 2012 cycling moments that helped make the season memorable for us!
In Anna’s (very) unscientific survey, there were a few moments that quite a few people mentioned.
- Tom Boonen’s win at Paris-Roubaix
- Ryder winning the Giro
- The Olympics- Vos’ emotional win and Taylor’s oh-so-close 4th
Then there’s the race that got Anna’s vote: Milan-Sanremo. Watching Nibali, Cancellara and Gerrans duke it out until the end, and cross the line with the peloton snapping at their heels- amazing!
Other, smaller moments that got votes:
- Iljo Kaisse and the Tour of Turkey- slipping his chain in the last 2km, yet still managing to hold off the peloton and take the stage (at 6:50)
- Stage 17 of the Veulta (one of Anna’s favs), when Rodriguez finally cracked and Contador took an emotional win
- Stage 8 of the Tour, when Madiot freaked out over Pinot’s win
- Stage 15 of the Giro, when Rabottini refuses let Rodriguez take away his solo breakaway efforts
All of these moments helped make 2012 an awesome year for cycling. We can’t wait for the new season to start and make more moments![audio http://archive.org/download/PelotonitisPodcast/PelotonitisPodcast39.mp3]
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Marianne and I do our best Pollyanna attempt and try to look on the bright side of cycling. Also, we declare this a Lance-free episode! But we still can’t escape doping, as Tyler Hamilton’s new tell-all memoir comes out.
Before the show notes, here are all the articles I’ve collected on the Lance developments since our last recording:
- Sheryl Crow questioned in the Lance investigation article
- Why are we, as humans, so opposed to performance enhancement? And where are the boundaries? article
- After Phil Liggett’s apperance defending Lance, Michael Ashenden writes him an open letter article
- Mike Anderson, Lance’s mechanic, talks about life with Lance and how he used his power and influence for evil article
- How Lance is able preserve his image article
- Changing their minds, yet again, UCI says it won’t be afraid to sanction Lance article
- USADA says it’s in possession of positive samples article
- What if Lance would’ve had to testify at Floyd’s trail? article
- For some, the lies overshadow the good article
- We discuss Hamilton’s tell all memoir and how it must feel for him (A Bonnie D. Ford preview)
- We talk about Jorg Jaksche (without butchering his name too badly!) and his reflection of his own experiences doping, and confessing to said doping (article)
- We are concerned by Vaughters’ outing of the doping done by some of his riders- do they know he did that? (based on his Twitter feed, no, he did not mean to out them- he just got carried away)
- Anna wonders if knowing someone doped, or is doping, changes how you feel about watching them race
- As eternal optimists, we hate the idea of “once a doper, always a doper”
- Marianne says “I told you so,” as Andy says he won’t be back racing again (article)
- Contador seems to be playing hardball, by refusing to race the UCI’s baby (the Tour of Beijing) if he won’t earn points there (article)
- Poor BMC- Cadel ends his season (article). But even though their “superstars” are no-hitters this season, many of the B team are doing really well!
- Bradley didn’t enjoy the Tour- neither did we, but for different reasons (article). And Anna talks about how every forgets Nibali did the same thing Contador is doing (albeit with less success).
- We give mad props to Cam Meyer (who’s left to rest up for Worlds) and Thomas De Gendt for being breakaway superstars. We then discuss how the Vuelta is less breakaway friendly than the Tour.
- We love Contador’s attitude about the Vuelta. We wonder how no one had to get off their bikes and walk up some of those gradients and why Rodriguez let Contador get away on stage 17. And other awesome Vuelta things.
Joaquim Rodriguez! Is there anything this guy can’t do?? Every time we think “oh, he probably won’t do well on this stage. The climbing is too long and/or steep for him,” not only does he not crack, but he usually comes back and wins the whole damn stage!
- I don’t understand why Contador seemed to attack Rodriguez so far from the finish. He had to know there was no way he could beat him in a sprint to the finish. Why wouldn’t he just drag Rodriguez to the finish, let him take the stage and not lose any time? By attacking when he did, he provoked Rodriguez to counterattack and cross the finish line 5 seconds ahead of him.
- Froome came in 38 seconds down. He’s seems to be more of slow and steady racer this time around than in the Tour. He was much more explosive during the Tour, following all of Nibali’s attacks. This time, he seems to be clawing himself back to the lead group, more than following attacks. So, while things aren’t looking great for Froome, I don’t thing things aren’t over yet for him. He has to limit losses and hope he can attack somewhere. Honestly, though? I think he’s going to have to fight with Valverde to even get on the podium.
- It’s funny how everyone thought this would be a race between Froome and Contador but it’s turning into a race between Rodriguez and Contador.
- I’m impressed with how Valverde didn’t give up after his crash. He could’ve just given up after his crash, and gone for top 10 or stage wins, but he’s fighting back for a podium! And now he’s tied with Froome for 3rd.
This week I am joined by a guest host in my very own time zone, Marianne! Don’t worry, Jeff is still my bestest co-host and will be back before long. Marianne is here to help me breath some new life into the tired topic of Lance. But first, we must find out who her peloton crushes are. [Note: Apologies to those of you using headphones, but Marianne’s side was only recorded in mono. Our bad!]
- Liquigas acquires new management (article)
- George Hincapie retires
- We agree with Chrisophe Bassons and Frankie Andreau when they say Armstrong needs control.
- We discuss the lack of comment from riders and the non-response response from some (Hushovd, Geraint). Inner Ring has thoughts on why riders don’t comment. And when riders do comment, but not the way we want them to, we get upset (Hayden Roulston)
- Great article by Science of Sport about the case- the potential fallout and issues often brought up about the case.
- Just because Lance won’t go to arbitration, doesn’t mean the evidence won’t come out (article)
- We discuss who we think has the best chance at winning, John Degenkolb’s dimples, how Valverde’s stage 8 win seemed like a bike F-U, Bert acting strangely, and Froome showing vulnerability.