Monday, July 6, 2015

Stage 3-Carnage. Stage 4-Likely more carnage and a gift card from Ozark Outdoor Supply

Monday's Stage 3 saw a couple of huge high speed crashes out on the open road, resulting in the withdrawal of yellow jersey wearer Fabian Cancellara with 2 fractured vertebrae, 5 of 9 Orica-GreenEdge riders hit the pavement with at least 2 abandons, 2nd place rider Tom Dumoulin abandoned with a shoulder dislocation and fracture, and the list of broken bones seems to go on and on. The race was stopped for 10 minutes to let the peloton get back together and allow the medical staff to gather the injured and get back into place. I think it was the right thing to do in the extreme circumstances.

My team took a big hit with the loss of Dumoulin. Joaquim Rodiguez launched a searing finish to top the contenders in the finale, as Chris Froom looked very good and Contador showed signs of fatigue. You can read and see all about on the various cycling sites.

Stage 4 Minileague- Prize Line: $15.00 Gift Card From Ozark Outdoor Supply

This stage is being booked as Paris-Roubaix thrown into a 3-week grand tour. It will be nervous, and last year's version saw the abandon of Chris Froome before the peloton even hit the cobbles, while Vincenzo Nibali took over the race lead with a superb ride.
The Minileague team with the highest point total of the day and featuring the winning rider will winning rider take the gift card. We'll have some cumulative points prizes later, but I found last year that that method failed to spread the love around. Of course, most of us were out of the running within the first few days of racing as Froome, Cavendish, and Contador all abandoned.
Thanks to Jim Frank and all the fine folks at Ozark Outdoor Supply. Drop on by for your outdoor needs (and they carry some Bridgedale socks that are my favorite for warm weather cycling). Every time I talk to Jim, he seems to be delivering a new fishing kayak. That's something I may have to try.


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