Thursday, March 10, 2011

Time to Get Serious: Spring Bike Racing

Paris-Nice is in full swing, with Radio Shack's Andres Kloden taking a very exciting stage and the race lead, today. It's being televised on Versus at 4:00 PM, so set your DVR and check it out.

Tyler Farrar, Garmi-Cervelo, decisively took the stage and also the race lead in a bunch sprint at Tirreno-Adriatico in Italy.  You can find video of  Tirreno-Adriatico on Universal Sports .

It's very cool that both of these stage races are being led by American teams and a really good showing for Farrar. In Paris-Nice, Tejay Van Garderen, HTC-Columbia, also lit it up. In spite of all the doping issues in the professional ranks, American cycling surging as young talent rises to elite levels of competition.

Preparing for the Tour: Some of the best racing is along the way
Most of my readers are cycling fans and read Velonews, CyclingNews, etc., so you don't need to be reminded of this, but some of the very best bike racing takes place at the one day classics like Milan-SanRemo and Paris-Roubaix. The man who crosses the finish line first is the winner. No time trials, no time bonuses, no points jerseys. The toughest, strongest, luckiest rider on the day wins and he is a champion for the rest of his career. For those among you who get started watching bike racing when the Tour starts, take time to tune into some of the early season racing. It makes the grand tours more fun to watch when you're in tune with the season-long drama and you'll see the best bike racing in the world.

Sorry I'm not real lively at the keyboard, but it was almost easier to write while on the pain meds. I probably need to go back and see what the hell I said!

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