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Sastre rocks!

Wednesday,  07/23/08  11:02 PM

Carlos SastreCongratulations to Carlos Sastre, who won today's "queen stage" of the Tour de France, attacking at the base of the legendary l'Alpe d'Huez and putting over 2 minutes into his rivals.  He is now the proud owner of the leader's maillot jaune, by a healthy 1:24 over second place Frank Schleck, with Bernard Kohl third at 1:33, and Cadel Evans at 1:34.  It remains to be seen whether Sastre leads by enough to survive Saturday's individual time trial, but after today he deserves the win.

I've always liked Carlos but I must admit I didn't think he was going to win this year; I felt if anyone could challenge favorite Evans it would be Denis Menchov.  But on today's final climb, with the chips on the line, Carlos totally came through, while Denis attacked but faded, barely hanging on to end up in fifth, a full 2:39 behind.  Of the other contenders, Kohl was there at the finish but couldn't attack, and overall surprise Christian Vandevelde treaded water, staying in the lead pack but not threatening to take time from anyone.  The Schleck brothers rode well and basically supported their teammate once Sastre's attack was launched.

It was a great stage of a great Tour, dramatic and exciting.  Before the fireworks on the final climb we had Stefan Schumacher leading over the first two climbs, just as he did yesterday (!), and the CSC lieutenants like Stuart O'Grady and Fabian Cancellara really ground out a punishing pace, reducing the peloton to just the elite riders and isolating the leaders from their teammates.  On the final climb only CSC had several riders left up front, and this made the difference.

Next we have two sprint stages - watch for Robbie McEwen to take a win now that Mark Cavendish has retired to train for the Olympics, and Oscar Freire to defend his green jersey - and then the final time trial Saturday.  Stay tuned!



Wednesday,  07/23/08  11:15 PM

Still buzzed from watching today's Tour stage.  Whew.  I happened to accompany it with a nice Tempranillo; perfect for watching Sastre's attack :)  Onward, let's see what's happening...

MedPediaTechCrunch reports MedPedia is Wikifying the medical search space.  "MedPedia is a new project, currently in development, that will offer an online collaborative medical encyclopedia for use by the general public. In order to keep the content accurate and up-to-date, content editors and creators have to have an MD or a PhD. Several highly-esteemed medical colleges will be contributing content to MedPedia, including Harvard Medical School, Stanford School of Medicine, UC Berkeley School of Public Health, and University of Michigan Medical School. Medpedia is also receiving support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) and many other government research groups. The content from these organizations will then be edited by MedPedia’s community of medical professionals."  Excellent, should be a great resource.

AEG, organizers of the Tour of California, have announced the 2009 route.  No Balcom Canyon next year (!), but there are 800 miles covered over nine days, with the final stage down in San Diego!  Should be cool...

Ottmar LiebertOttmar Liebert is playing the Canyon Club on Sept 13!  Yay.  I am so there.

remote controlled Wall-EDisney is offering a remote control Wall-E.  Of course they are!  I'm guessing Wall-E tied-in toys will be the hit of the Christmas season...

Rumor has it that Apple is preparing a "Macbook Touch"; a laptop without a keyboard, featuring a touch screen (aka a tablet :)  Could be, could be...  although I must say, for me lack of a keyboard would be a complete show stopper.  Apparently not for everyone though, just look at the iPhone's success...



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