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  • Notso Swift

    Wade You forgot to mention getting a “Pedal Power” profile in the Fin

  • Lloyd

    Thanks CT.

  • Tim

    So jealous.
    How’s the Katusha rider taking care.

    Great stuff.

    Derryk W, living it up.

    • Maxy

       Normally it’s photographers taking shots of fallen riders (without helping).  Now it’s riders helping fallen photographers while other photographers take shots without helping. 

      I cant quite work out if it’s ironic or not. I’m morally confused!

      • JC

        Haha….but not ironic…perfectly congruous

  • KoNG

    Surely you gave the Lion your jersey..!!???

  • Gareth

    You seriously have the best blog on the net Wade. Another brilliant post.

    • Tim

      Marco Arment has a good “blog”.

  • Pete

    Is anyone else just a little bit excited about the fact that there’s rain on the forecast for Sunday in Paris???

    • maxy

       Oh yes.  Not great for the riders, but for us a treat.

    • jules

      yep – can’t wait. it’s like they’ve raised the gates to the lion’s den in the colliseum :)

    • jules

      yep – can’t wait. it’s like they’ve raised the gates to the lion’s den in the colliseum :)

  • Mark

    speedy recovery to the shooter

  • BikeventsBruce

    I’m very jealous CT. Are you going to run this tour again in 2013? 

  • justanotheropinion

    Yes its been dry for too long in recent editions of Paris Roubaix. 

    Thats nice portrait of Eric Zabel.

  • Mark

    Love the shot of Maxime Vantomme helping the photographer, you can see the genuine concern on his face.  Great to see a professional with compassion and selflessness.

  • Alan

    Maybe you can answer an intriguing question.  I have always thought that the Velominati must have begun as a parody or satire and that it somehow got out of hand.  You have met them: are they taking the p!$$ or not?

    • They’re just a good bunch of guys who have fun with all of
      cycling’s quirks. They definitely don’t take themselves too seriously.

  • I like your article! Your blog is very good, thank you

  • Willrichards35

    With regard to the photographer getting injured – it has been waiting to happen. Look at the finish line of Flanders on Sunday when Boonen and Pozatto cross the line – they are met by a wall of phots and have to take evasive action to avoid them at about 60km!! It’s chaos after the finishline with every Tom, Dick & Harry getting access to this area. On the same footage you seeing a Lampre rider lashing out at someone as they have litearlly just knocked him off his bike. They guys has just cycled 240km and they then have to run the gauntlet of the post finishline – it needs to be sorted out for everyone (espcially the riders) sake.

    Nice Blog Wade

    • lekoshe

      Agreed. I saw the same thing at the Flanders finish and my wife and I both said “that’s an accident waiting to happen”.

      Some incidents are preventable. This was one of them, and race organisers need to take notice.

    • lekoshe

      Agreed. I saw the same thing at the Flanders finish and my wife and I both said “that’s an accident waiting to happen”.

      Some incidents are preventable. This was one of them, and race organisers need to take notice.

  • Your blog is beautiful! Share the contents of the good! Thank you!

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  • Aussie Bazza

    Oh my. Best. Cycling. Trip. Ever.

    Sign me up for next year, I’ve started saving up

  • First time post for me.

    I’d like to echo Gareth’s comment earlier – unbelievably and consistently great blog Wade.  Thanks for the love you give. And Veeral’s photos? Magical.  Nothing that hasn’t been said before.

    Amongst many other things I enjoyed seeing Eric Zabel look so healthy.

    Gratitude.

    • Thanks guys! Always great to hear nice feedback like that. Thanks for reading

  • Kenny79

    dont see many people /riders photographers security team staff checking out saxo rider 103 aussie jonathon cantwell (with suspected broken ribs and confirmed punctured lung ) havent been able to pull up videos from cyclingfans etc yet but why is a   guy who finished 14th on the ground ? too many people in the post finish area maybe? after a cold wet 4hr.30 minute slogfest ?sorry about photo lady but more sorry for the rider crashing AFTER the race .as always great blog

    • Gareth

      If you saw the video when they came across the line one of the riders front wheel went out from under him on the white painted lines after the finish. Domino affect after that for several other riders. Taz was just in the wrong place when it happened. Swift recovery to both Taz and Jono Cantwell.

  • Genty

    Is wearing short orange socks breaking any rules???

    • Kurtholzer

      The short orange socks rock

  • I really likes the black and white ones…
    Thank you to take care of the economy !
    8)

  • Slhaydon

    CN update the Taz Darling in really bad way. Get better soon.

  • Spenceraus

    The saxo-bank rider on the ground is Jon Cantwell (Aussie).  CN reported a punctured lung from the fall. Bad luck in his first professional year

    • a different ben

      It’s certainly not his first pro year!

      • Djcarruthers

        It’s his first pro tour year

  • a different ben

    No food on rides under 4 hours – by extension does that mean no water for rides under 1 hour? 
    No post-ride espresso on rides less than 2 hours? 
    No post-ride shower after a work commute?

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