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The VV View: An Iberian Update, Alberto Contador and more(0)

November 23, 2009 • by Al Hamilton

It’s funny how things work out, Alberto Contador signs a contract with Specialized bikes for 700,000 euros last week. So will he be riding for one of the teams who ride on Specialized bikes; Quick-Step or Saxo Bank? Ah! Then Quick-Step announces that they will no longer be riding on Specialized, but will be on Eddy Merckx bikes.

The VV View: When Vik says ‘rant!’…(0)

November 18, 2009 • by Ed Hood

‘Are you going to have a rant about this Sky carry on, on that site of yours?’ enquires Viktor.

‘Damn right!’ says I.

All pro cyclists demand respect, it’s easy to forget that even the guy who finishes stone last in any pro race has to be pretty good to get a pro contract in the first place; but the two French riders just signed by Sky leave me a tad puzzled.

The VV View: Listen to the Money Talking(0)

November 12, 2009 • by Ed Hood

AC/DC got it right; “Come on, come on, listen to the money talking.”

It looks like VeloVeritas’ hot tip on ‘Bert bolts to Garmin; Brad flies to Sky,’ has unwound.

Sky’s ‘capo,’ Rupert Murdoch has deep pockets, but at some stage he has to say- and following on from the musical intro – just like Donna and Babs did; “enough is enough, is enough!”

The VV View: That Was the Week…(0)

October 28, 2009 • by Ed Hood

“A week is a long time in politics,” said Harold Wilson – even longer at the wheel of a Transit; still, I’m sure that my column in L’Equipe isn’t far away, now. Lombardia was great, I love that race, and Milan – San Remo too; do yourself a favour, go and see them – you’ll thank me. However, all is not well up in the land of mountains and lakes.

Milano is apparently mightily pee-ed off by the ‘strike’ in the Giro, when the riders went on a go slow because of the ‘dangerous circuit’ – but the organisers couldn’t help but notice that despite the ‘dangers,’ the peloton raced the last few laps, for the stage win.


October 18, 2009 • by Ed Hood

Ronnie Boa was a God like figure, when I was a 16 year-old with Kirkcaldy and District CC.

He would come out at the start of the season and dominate – hilly time trials, road races, APR’s, two-ups and even a stage in the Girvan.

He was red hot favourite for the 25 title after banging out winning 58’s at Stirling on a track iron; but on race morning he was a DNS, leaving the way clear for Drew Brunton to take the title.


October 13, 2009 • by Ed Hood

“RIP VDB” said the text from John Stollery, waiting for me, when I woke up; there were others too, from Dave and Stevie all expressing sadness – for all his faults, he was a hard man to dislike.

He was just 34, cause of death is cited as a ‘blood clot.’

Paris – Tours Preview, and the Demise of the German 6-Day?(1)

October 10, 2009 • by Ed Hood

The trouble with Richard Virenque was, that if he was seven times King of the Mountains; he was at least eight times King of the Erses.

The Festina scandal, that mouth of his, his idiotic tactics – all conspired against him.

This meant that when he pulled off a genuine exploit, the journos and slaggers wrote it off as a fluke or; ‘he’ll be on new stuff!’…

The VV View: We’re Disappointed in You, Gabriele(1)

October 6, 2009 • by Ed Hood

“Our pal Bosisio positive,’ said the text from Dave.

Gabriele Bosisio of LPR Brakes and Italy was the subject of a UCI out of competition test; “the adverse finding was a direct result of a targeted urine test, conducted immediately after a blood test triggered an unusual blood profile within the biological passport program,” said their statement.

On the Kroonplatz time trial stage of the 2008 Giro, we gave Gabriele a shout as he came down off the mountain, after his ride.

Madrid 2016? NOT!(0)

October 2, 2009 • by Al Hamilton

Today the capital city of Spain didn’t get awarded the 2016 Olympic Games – they went to the Brazilian City of Rio de Janeiro.

I normally have my siesta around 4 o’clock in the afternoon, but today I watched the Olympic Games conference live on TV Copenhagen where they were to vote for the next Games after London.

The Spanish contingent made a great job of convincing the Olympic Committee that Madrid would be the best place for the 2016 games.

The VV View: On Cadel’s Italian-ness(1)

October 2, 2009 • by Ed Hood

I had one of my secret meetings with Ivan yesterday-I can’t tell you when or where, in case the Moderator from Velo Riders tries to arrange a ‘hit!’

The man from behind the Urals was telling me that we didn’t see on Eurosport, after Cadel’s win, was the press conference he gave.

Spain Did OK, No?(2)

September 29, 2009 • by Al Hamilton

Some cycling pundits (aye, you Ed) have said that the Spanish team had a terrible World Championships – well bronze, a fourth, ninth and fifteenth is better than any other country than I guess Australia and Russia, although Russia only had two riders in the top twenty.

The most important Spanish National TV station (TVE 1) top-lined the result on the main evening news on Sunday evening.

The VV View: Cometh the Hour, Cometh the Man(1)

September 27, 2009 • by Ed Hood

“Cometh the hour, cometh the man,” the hour was a sunny late September afternoon in Mendrisio, Switzerland, the man was Cadel Evans.

Al Hamilton mentioned Cadel’s name before the race and I concurred that he could be in the mix and worth a medal-but the winner?

Worlds Road Racing 2009, so far(0)

September 26, 2009 • by Ed Hood

A great ride from Peter Kennaugh; fourth is always the worst place to finish – it’s hard enough to remember silvers and bronzes; never mind who was fourth.

But a good ride and one that bodes well for his pro career.

I spoke to him after the British Elite road champs at Abergavenny, where it looked like his race, until the closing metres. I was given a tongue lashing from him for allegedly miss- quoting him.

Reflections on the World Time Trial Championship 2009(3)

September 25, 2009 • by Ed Hood

Fabian Cancellara is a wonderful athlete, class personified.

He looks at one with the bike and he’s quite fearless; it’s hard not to gasp as he blasts along at his 60 kph average (take out the corners, roundabouts and the climb, and that’s the speed he’s sitting at), skiffing walls and flicking that Specialized through narrow village streets like a kermesse king – a pleasure to behold.

He’s certainly the finest time trial rider of his day. But, the greatest ever?

That was La Vuelta 2009 – What’s Next?(0)

September 21, 2009 • by Ed Hood

The Vuelta has finished, so has the Tour of Britain, the Worlds are this weekend, the crosses have started and there’s a nip in the air in the mornings – autumn is here.

My favourite time of the year: in Scotland it rains less, the skies are blue, the air is fresh and leaves are so beautiful as they turn.

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