After finishing the opening stage, Marcel Kittel (DEU/Giant-Alpecin) drops to the ground as he went deep into his reserves to pull off a good prologue. He would finish 13th, 12 seconds behind the stage winner.

stage 1: prologue
Ster ZLM Tour 2015
  • velocite

    I just read InnerRing on the ASO/UCI argument. The situation reminds me of a class of management educational game where each individual participant aims to win as much as he/she can. But the catch is that winning big depends on co-operation. The situation with pro-cycling appears to be that the participants in the game – notably ASO, the UCI and these days Velon – are each pushing independently.

    And it appears that Brian Cookson has failed as a politician and a diplomat in this instance. A pretty big instance though.

    • Dave

      McQuaid was both corrupt and very good at what he did. Cookson is only one of those.

      • Sean

        Cookson is only one of those……so pick 3 of the two choices.

  • Bracksy

    Big congrats to Chris for getting selected this year! Agree with the words of “those two tarts”. Just saw the audition video of the two tarts who got selected last year and wow, how original! The “I am Specialized” thing is so old and un-original, I just stopped after the first 15 seconds. Loved Chris’ audition tape. Well done and keep us posted, Chris! Good choice CT!

  • A quick comment on today’s cover photo… brilliant. While landscapes are awe-inspiring and never get old, this is an image that really humanises cycling. Sad that a rider is in that position, but such a compelling image… makes me want to know the story behind the photo – the human part of it that I don’t seek out so often with the typical (but beautiful) pictures of mountains and sea.

    • a different ben

      Agreed, great photo – but I don’t think it’s sad… looks like Kittel is just in a world of hurt from doing a big effort on the TT bike. As he bloody should be! :)

      • Ahh. I thought he had stacked it. I didn’t realise the ride was already over. That makes the picture even better again!

  • Andy Logan

    That picture from the STER ZLM tour with the car going in the opposite direction is pretty commonplace in Country NSW Road Races unfortunately!

  • Suspicious Al

    Ha! Astana training on the island of Tenerife.

    No amount of sweeping landscape shots will hide the fact that they are there for one very good reason. To ‘prepare’.

    Astana is like the North Korea of cycling. Let’s hope they check who’s in the shot next time though:

    http://road.cc/content/news/138114-banned-doctor-michele-ferrari-photographed-astana-training-camp-last-year

    • velocite

      Has anyone actually seen these alleged photographs?

  • Survey Says

    Anyone who watched Contador out class Quintana on that descent will know NQ is kidding himself to say he basically let AC win. He’ll be worried now his rivals have seen a little chink in his armour so close to the Tour

    • Damien

      After the Giro last year I don’t think he has any problem descending when needed.

      • Samaway

        Did Quintana drop any contenders on the snowy day in the Giro? My recollection is that he was basically already ahead (of Uran, namely) and kept going when others sat up, but I could be wrong…

    • Samaway

      Surely Nibali is foaming at the mouth!

  • Derek Maher

    Love the top photo caption Matt.Reminds me of myself after returning from the local shops.

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