More than that. About 45 now
More than that. About 45 now
Great finish, least we got a medal. Well done to Vos though, brilliant sprint to win.
After he wins, pretty much the first thing he does every single time is praise his team and how hard they work for him. I find it mildly irritating that people just seem to enjoy kicking him when he loses and says something a bit silly which happens occasionally, rather than focus on the fact that he's pretty much the best sprinter of all time (arguably) and a very decent bloke (I've heard this from many people I know at my club who have cycled with him as he used to race up here) that he's actually a smashing bloke. I know who I'm going to trust any way.
It's not just one instance, obviously. There's the "I'm the Barcelona of cycling" thing, the classless celebs (his own team famously withdrew him from the Tour de Romandie in 2010 when he gave the two fingered salute in winning), the fact he's so hated amongst other riders for being a reckless **** that a stage of the Tour of Switzerland was delayed in protest against his antics & the fact he had to change the dedication of his autobiography between hardback and paperback editions because he dumped his pre-fame girlfriend for a former Miss Italy.
Bloke might well be the best cycling sprinter ever, but he's not a nice man at all.
- As featured in The Independent.
"Predictably, the ending of his international career did not end the argument about Pietersen's merits, as an army of informed commentators and Piers Morgan weighed in to defend or attack him."
- The Guardian's Andrew Anthony
Look, I've got a fair bit of time for Cav (obv not as close a connection as PF), but..
Don't care what's happened before, or afterwards, but he's known for ages that he's had the target on his back - that he's the man to win the road race because he's racing for GB and one of the best sprinters ever, in the London Olympics (yes, the track didn't suit him, but still...)
For him to whinge about other teams not helping him out is silly - sorry Cav, but you're the marked man, why would anyone want to help the person who is most likely to beat their own teammate? He got stuck into the Aussies for being negative - why should they help him catch up to the breakaway which included one of their own team? They're not wearing Sky guernseys now...
He was the obvious man to win, and people aren't going to let that happen - they'd rather let a lucky dip go down than help the best rider win come the Olympics. Simple.
Last edited by vic_orthdox; 29-07-2012 at 11:19 AM.
Cadel ruled out of the Individual Time Trial.
WWCC - Loyaulte Mi Lie
"People make me happy.. not places.. people"
"When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life." - Samuel Johnson
"Oh my God, there's a castle! A castle!"
Good start by the Kiwi in the women's time trial. Fastest through the first 9km so far.
But the commentator's unaware we've already won a medal today. Best to check stuff like that before making bold predictions about NZ's second medal of the Olympics being imminent.
Yeah, it's all NZ commentary. Some of them are definitely there, but I think quite a bit of it is just being done over the TV footage - not sure if they're doing that from there or here. There's a lot of "hopefully they'll give us a glimpse of the Kiwi soon..."
Fair play to the Russian, to have a medal and come out and set a stiff mark here is top stuff.
Ooh, silver medal position now for Villumsen. Fingers crossed.
Quality ride from the Kiwi/ Dutch girl. Well done there.
Aw, fourth. Still, a great effort.
Feel for the Spaniard there, chain snapped as he started then had to change rear wheel as well. All chance gone through no fault of his own.
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