- Nov 1, 2002
Hahaha the end of that race is fucking amazing! The two lads just trying to beat each other and then Quintana comes flying at them, amazing. The lads in the monster suits, the crowds throwing confetti at them, all mental! Colombia forever!!watched Tour de France 2019. was great until last few days.
was devastated for Thibaut Pinot when he had to quit. he would have given Egan Bernal
a run for his money (two stages in Alps had to be curtailed due to freak extreme
hailstorms resulting in slush, flooding and a landslide.
when Egan Bernal signed with Sky (aka Ineos) in 2017 i was really disappointed.
Ineos boss dodgy Dave Brailsford said on Saturday any team could have signed
Bernal who debuted in 2018 as 21 year old. not true.
he was given a five year contract worth millions. no one else could offer a deal
like that - especially for a neo pro (five year deals are unheard of)
even in 2017 Bernal looked like he would win the Tour in the next 4 years.
sadly my 30+ year old dream of a Colombian Tour winner was an anti climax in the end.
true Tom Dumoulin wasn't at the Tour but beyond the only younger lads should
be able to stop Bernal with Tadej Pogacar and 19 year old Remco Evenepoel coming
to mind. a lot kids are turn pro younger now and come through quickly.
for a long time i didn't care who won races but 2019 has brought back a bit more
also good to see my favourite rider of my own generation David Moncoutie
still works as a pundit for Eurosport in France.
he was such a quite loner as a rider, so i'm amazed he now has a career in the media.
as with other sports every year cycling the sponsors seems to get more ghastly.
also watched in last month :
La Course - women's mountainous one day race held during TdF in Pyrenean
mountainous route. great again - last year was a blockbuster.
Punk Documentaries over last two weekends on Sky Arts.
hurling, Irish Cricket disaster at Lords,
1988 TOTP repeats (30 mins long but take 6 or 7 mins to watch)
and of course the international football tournaments the best of which was
the great Women's World Cup in France.
some documentaries and news.
Actually here is a cycling clip of the final stage of the COLOMBIA TOUR earlier this year.
for years top cyclists including their own European based stars had no chance to do a
stage race in Colombia but things have hugely improved in in last 15 years and
a new race was started last year.
the final stage was on a very steep highway outside Medellin (a city now apparently
in danger of gentrification after a transformation from suffering several thousand
murders annually to becoming a tourist destination).
typically extremely excitable Colombian commentary e.g. - 'SUPERMAN LOPEZ !'
hundreds of thousands of fans.
many fans/fanaticos running along side the riders on the steep wide road.
and inevitably in the chaos two Colombian superstars are knocked off their bikes (@44:47)
in the closing stages two riders at front slow down to track stand speed after
both realizing that if that if the other hombre wins the stage he will also get
(with time bonus) the overall victory ! (circa 46:40 to 48:25)
finally the packed masses get the result they want and the all European lads
left for dead - with more amazing commentary en Espanol including some singing.
best cycling i've seen this year !
Tour Colombia (2.1) stage 6. 17 February 2019. featuring following riders:
Sky: Egan Bernal, Ivan Sosa, Chris Froome (didn't finish race)
Movistar: Nairo 'Nairoman' Quintana, Winner Anacona, Richard Carapaz (Ecuadorian 2019 Giro winner).
Education First: Rigoberto Uran (led race after E.F. won stage opening TTT), Dani Martinez.
Astana: Miguel Angel 'Superman' Lopez.
Quickstep: Julian Alaphilippe, Bob Jungels, Alvaro Hodeg (all three won a stage each)
UAE-Emirates: Fernando Gaviria, Sergio Henao, Juan Sebastian Molano (won stage 3).
the final overall top ten was worthy of a grand tour.
EDIT : i'm so good at posting videos i did it twice.
that was the most exciting cycling i'd seen for a long time.Hahaha the end of that race is fucking amazing! The two lads just trying to beat each other and then Quintana comes flying at them, amazing. The lads in the monster suits, the crowds throwing confetti at them, all mental! Colombia forever!!
I always loved the David Duffield commentary Eurosport used to have, the man was a legend, some of the shite he'd come out with was amazing.that was the most exciting cycling i'd seen for a long time.
i only actually watched it a few months after the race in February.
next year i want to watch a live stream of this race with Colombian commentary.
i once heard a Colombian say he longed for more sober sounding cycling
commentary than was supplied in his country.
it's heard to understand why - Colombian commentators have always sounded
this excited and long may it continue.
speaking of Medellin - despite the city being so dangerous in the mid 80's
to early 90's it had one of the best Metal and punk / hardcore scenes anywhere.
e.g. from 1984 PARABELLUM had a huge influence on underground metal.
if it was from Medellin in that era the band has to be good.
Medellin punk band I.R.A. name actually only stood for the medical Spanish medical
term for cardiac arrest with the band pointing out they didn't support the 'RA.
(insert joke about Belfast band calling themselves F.A.R.C.)
also Euronymous used to write to some South American bands (inc. Medellin groups)
and got musical ideas from there (in 1990 he offered HADEZ from Lima an LP deal).
when asked the Latino guys he was in contact usually say he was strange and
a bit nuts, sometimes laughing when they remember his letters.
the third weekend of the 2019 Tour dominated by Pinot reminded me of days
before heart monitors. 'anaerobic threshold' and the heavy duty drugs of the last 30 years.
best weekend of TdF for decades i'd say.
watched the All Ireland Final Sunday. very happy the Boca Juniors of hurling won.
i'm posting this at 4 am because i fell asleep for about 2 hours since i started typing this...
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