So SC Coppi-Bartali, Riccardo Ricco wins the last stage and Scarponi jumps up to take the overall from poor Luca Pierfelici who fell to 15th. Another good stage race for Suanier Duval who must be stoked on Ricco and Ventosso.
E3 race in Belgium goes to Tom Boonen for the 4th time!! Cancellara second which bodes well for the upcoming classics. Bettini had a bike malfunction near the end and was out of contention.
Criterium Internatinoal stage winners were Olaf Pollack, Jens Voigt (who bested Valverde by 48 seconds!), and Thomas Lövkvist in the TT. Final overall was Jens, Lovkvist, and Valverde. My picks were in 5th,10th, and 16th. Cunego in 7th was active in the race, maybe getting prepped for the Giro. Jens won the race with a solo breakaway on stage 2 that took 48 seconds out of all the contenders. Jens is a monster. Jens 3rd victory at CI brings him even with Sean Kelly who also won this race 3 times. Nice,
Friere is on fire and won Brabantse Pijl in Belgium. Nick Nuyens shows he is ready for the classics grabbing 2nd
This week we have 3 days of DePanne, GP Miguel Indurian, and on Sunday TOUR OF FLANDERS!!!!!
Raleigh bikes got the cover of the new issues of Mountain Bike with their single speed 29" mountain bike. Rigid fork and eccentric bottom bracket all for $750. Cool looking ride. I don't know why but super specialized niche bikes like this really get my attention and it is interesting how some of the smaller companies really focus on the niche and the pricepoint to put together some fun bikes.
There is a documentary coming out about the early mountain bike scene (a la Dogtown) called Klunkerz. Check out the trailer.