STYBAR!!!

Yes, I think Cyclocross World Championships is bigger than Tour de France but a win is always a win. Etixx did it again and made Sagan and the others think about what they should do instead of doing it.

Zdenek Stybar won the 6th stage of Tour de France 2016 😀

While Tony Martin made a crash and broke his collarbone. After receiving a new yellow jersey he abandoned this years Tour 😦

highlights:

And by: Etixx-Quick Step

Me vs Tony Martin

Both ride Specialized, both rode hard today. The small difference is that he put everyone else behind him on todays Tour de France stage, I was dropped so most riders in front 😦

This morning I took cycling clothes on with the thought that I maybe will ride after work. My Allez got a proper wash some new grease and oil. Was supposed to fix it on friday but forgot about it and then it was too late.

Today I met a friend at work, Birjer who said I should join the club training after work. Weather was good and I knew I would suffer to ride with them as they ride fast. Good training and not some middleway training just riding along like Camilla thinks I’m doing.

Stepped out from work and met the others. Many riders with some spreading between fast and faster guys. CK Valhall is a pure racing club and I like it, like Jönköpings CK I was with earlier. You always know you will get good training.

Rode out to Länna with a pause and then it began. Before:

Then it went fast, very important to sit right, not doing anything stupid and be strong. I had a hard time but worked pretty okey for a while, was even up in the front once. Fell through the group in a climb once too but didn’t got dropped. Got dropped a bit after when we turned into another rode and up a climb. Was okey in the climb but after I was cooked and alone for a little while. Then we became a grupetto with two other guys riding together back to Stockholm:

A hard but good evening. Managed to keep up much longer than I thought and far from beeing dropped first 🙂 Hopefully it will make me a bit stronger and a bit better in the future too 😀

Map and stats: Strava

Ending the post with a very describing picture from todays Giro Rosa byt Cyclephotos:

Win like a Sir

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Not my dreamresult but Wiggins seemed to be at another level and rode faster than everyone else. Even with a old Shimano Dura-Ace 7900 crankset. Sad that Shimano can’t fix a new crank and men size chainrings for him. But like the brakelevers he got.

I was cheering for Tony Martin today ut he ended 2nd. Don’t think there is any pro cyclist that can wear a cycling cap more stylish than Martin.

Extra sad is that Wiggins ending his road career this week to compete on Track instead. So the most beautiful kit (World Champ) won’t be shown next year. Really sad. I prefer a winner that is racing in the winner kit year after no matter if it’s a national or world championship win.

Bioracer+Specialized=World Champion!!

Last year Ellen van Dijk won the ITT World Championships. She rode a Specialized Shiv with her national time trial suit from Bioracer. She was the favorite this year too and even when she shifted team from Specialized-Lululemon to Boels-Dolmans she brought Specialized with her. This year she started last and was never in front of Solovey or Brennauer and she got a lot of rain in the end, ended with over a minute back and just a top 10 place.

I’m not so interested in Time Trial so didn’t have so much information who was going to win today or do well. Impressed by Evelyn Stevens from USA who got 3rd:

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And then Anna Solovey from Ukraine on a Giant Trinity which is a really great Time Trialbike, not the easiest to work on but is a good compromise with aero and easy to work on:

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And then we know from the World Championships last year. Ellen van Dijk and Tony Martin both one with the same bike model and suit. And Lisa Brennauer is from Germany so knows that germans can ride fast 😉 Winner and new World Champ Lisa Brennauer:

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So will Tony Martin loose tomorrow and someone else with same kit win? Or will he defend the jersey? And how good will Reidar Borgersen do it?

riding and cycling caps

Friday evening and no plans=bike riding. Rode with a friend in the sun this evening, great thing to ride a roadbike in good weather in the evening, almost as good as riding early in the morning. Only thing missing was a classic bike like the new one I’ve found. De Rosa Corum:

Steel, custom geo, Campagnolo. But is it classy enough to be compared with a Colnago C50?

Anyway, now Movescount is back on track and I can share a map and some stats to prove I’ve been riding today: Movescount

Cycling cap

Read a nice discussion a couple of minutes ago on cycling caps on the podium. Nowadays most riders use a baseball cap on the podium, wannabe baseball players? What do you think? OPQS with Tony Martin knows how it should be with a proper worn cycling cap: