We may as well get this out of the way. The technology used to create
Hologram Tupac (above, right) MUST be harnessed for one of this year's grand tours –
and let's face it, if anyone is going to take the leap, it is going to
be the Giro d'Italia.
Rapper Snoop Dogg (L) and a hologram of deceased rapper Tupac Shakur perform onstage during day 3 of the 2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival (Getty Images)
In-car cameras can wait, banning race
radios can wait. If we don't have the opportunity to watch Fausto Coppi
hammering up the Stelvio come May, hotly pursued by Ghostly Gino Bartali
and perhaps the Notorious B.I.G, then someone isn't doing their job.
the meantime, with only the Tour of Romandie around the corner before
grand tour season really kicks in, the Ardennes Classics are spring's
Besides thrones, crackingly good racing and podium
girls with face towels, Sunday's Amstel Gold Race was marked by a
mid-race dispute between riders over when to stop for a call of nature,
spectacularly dubbed 'pisticuffs' on Twitter by the geniuses behind NYvelocity.com.
is the finest and most incredible of all my victories, the most
desired," Rodriguez said. "I am a lover of the classics. I had so many
beautiful places without winning. "
Philippe Gilbert, third on
Wednesday, is in the process of crafting an entire season without
winning, although he reckons he is in good nick for the final instalment
of the Ardennes trilogy, Sunday's Liege-Bastogne-Liege. Here's Gilbert
surging then wilting on the final climb of the Mur de Huy, which is
notable if only for how quickly a lead of 13 seconds can be vaporised
when the gradient hits 26 per cent.
women's edition of Fleche Wallonne made for even better drama. Amanda
Spratt made the early running for GreenEDGE-AIS, going alone and staying
out for more than 50km. Emma Pooley, who earlier had to replace one
bike because of a mechanical problem and another when she was hit by a
race motorbike, reeled Pratt in by the foot of the Mur. But then
Pooley's hopes were dashed when she suffered another mechanical and ran
out of bikes, forcing her to abandon. Marianne Vos, unbeatable in the
first few months of the year before flu forced her to miss the Tour of
Flanders, led all the way up the Mur only to be overhauled at the very
top of the climb.
The closing stages of the women's race are after the podium presentation right here.
The most important meal of the day Grape-Nuts – which contains neither grapes nor nuts but is available online! – is both a nutritious North American breakfast cereal and a sort of cardboard cradle for cycling in the United States.
the end of the month, sleep-addled Americans will munch their
Grape-Nuts before probably skipping their morning coffee altogether,
having been invigorated by pictures of national road champion Matthew
Busche (front of the packet) and team pursuit member Dotsie Bausch
will add to the ever increasing high profile of cycling in the US and
sends a message of health and wellness that is associated with both
Grape-Nuts and cycling," said USA Cycling President Steve Johnson,
spraying wholewheat grains everywhere.
... problem solving How to Pee for Women (or Pisticuffs for Her), by AA Drink-Leontien rider Marijn de Vries.
... technology The
best kind of invention is cheap, easy to assemble and so simple you'll
barely know it's there. The Train Horn Bicycle costs over $200, requires
half an hour to assemble and fits onto your bike with all the elegance
of a cannon on a water buffalo. But as Gizmodo puts it, it does allow you to announce your dominion over the bike lane with the blast of a freight train.
Dispatches from the Twitterverse
Our invitation is awesome and makes me so excited!! I would like to start already 2mrw...but still 85 days! -.- TIME! Y U NO ELAPSE FASTER?!
Classic YouTube Gravity
Bike is the perfect way of getting from A to B, providing that A is at
the top of a very steep hill and B is at the bottom. Fearlessness and
two working knees are also prerequisites.