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TDF stage 19 / time trial / Cancellara rips course, Contador survives Schleck, Menchov takes over third

Saturday,  07/24/10  05:57 PM

Fabian Cancellara dominates ITT in TDF stage 19Today was the traditional "penultimate day time trial", and the flat course through the Bordeaux wine vineyards provided plenty of drama.  The competitors ride in reverse order of their standing on GC, so Fabian Cancellara went early, smashed the course before the wind came up, and then spent all day watching other riders try unsuccessfully to beat his time.  Tony Martin was second (another early rider).

Denis Menchov had a great ride to finish tops among the GC contenders and take over third placeLater in the day the GC contenders fought it out; Denis Menchov had a great ride in the increasing wind to take over third from Samuel Sanchez.  And Andy Schleck went out fast - wow! - nearly was the leader on the road, but ultimately Alberto Contador prevailed and ended up consolidating his lead in the yellow jersey.  The Radio Shack boys didn't fare too well - Lance Armstrong, Levi Leipheimer, Andreas Kloden, and Chris Horner, but they still added to their team's overall lead and will end up on the podium tomorrow.

Tomorrow we'll have the usual parade to Paris and bunch sprint, with the extra drama that the green jersey is still up for grabs; Alessandro Petacchi has it now, but Thor Hushovd and Mark Cavendish both have a shot at it.  One more day!

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Saturday,  07/24/10  06:20 PM

self-portrait while mountain biking up to Simi PeakA quick post before heading out for a great dinner (!); spent a nice day watching Le Tour (congrats Alberto, although I was rooting for Andy, and yay Menchov!), working, and did a fantastic mountain bike ride up to Simi Peak.  I forgot how much I enjoy mountain biking - and how technical it is - must do more often... (maybe tomorrow after sailing :)...

A key part of enjoying a mountain bike ride is of course the choice of music; Van Halen is great for gnarly climbs, for example, and UB40 for gliding singletrack descents.  I do not recommend anything too mellow as you must keep your speed and concentration *up* for safety.

Escher 360 panoramaWow is this awesome: a 3D/360 panoramic photo tribute to M.C. Escher...  no idea how it was done, but it's amazing.  Some people have too much time on their hands :)

So, it's been a week since my Like-ing Facebook experiment; last Saturday I added "Like" buttons to all the posts on my blog.  So far I'd say nobody has been hurt, but it hasn't exactly taken off either; I think like four posts have been "liked", by like eight people.  So be it.  In the name of science, the experiment will continue :)

the cyptogram cell-counting challengeI've posted about this before; the Scintellix cryptogram challenge.  Bertalan Mesko notes We have a new clue.  This looks like an interesting puzzle, not even sure of the form of the answer.  Maybe it is 42?

Cheers, I'm off to eat and drink, see y'all tomorrow!


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