Unlike the TDF, other races aren't afraid to go head to head with the Vuelta. So this week you can sample race results from Poland,England, and Missouri.
Shocking result yesterday was CSC last in a team time trial???? Weather was the issue, not legs, but still that is strange to see. Especially with well drilled vets like Jullich, Voigt, etc. Big names like DiLuca,Ricco, and Ballan are all in Poland. Liquigas and CSC seem favorites. Tyler Farrar is reping for the US.
In Britan, Mark Cavendish grabbed the prologue win for queen and country. T-Mobile have a lot to look forward to with him. Weaker team selection than Poland due to Poland's Pro Tour status. T-Mobile looks the strongest. JJ Haedo and Robbie Hunter's presence will guarantee some good sprints. Rabobank's line up should be a mystery to all but the most diligent cyclo-stat geek. Navigators are back in action in the UK
Vuelta podium is coming into focus Menchov,Evans, Sastre perhaps?? Devolder looked good in the TT but paid the next day in the hills. I am keeping my fingers crossed for Sammy Sanchez to battle onto the podium and I really hope Sastre can find a way onto the top step.
Race of the future stars -the Tour D'Avenir is in it's 5th stage with Craig Lewis in 9th.
Finally the Tour of Missouri or Discovery Farewell Race will be underway tomorrow. Disco have a stacked team and Levi should be strong after his Nationals performance. All domestic teams have sent strong squads. Navigators, Slipstream, and Health Net look good. I am pulling for Svein Tuft. Tecos, Sparkase, and Saunier Duval add the international element.
That is a lot of racing for September 10th!