How D’you Like Them Onions

31 07 2009

I’m listening to the 3rd test from Edgebaston.  Graham Onions has taken 3 wickets in the morning session.  The sun is out and I finish early today.

Life is good, and Strongy, how do you like them Onions.

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Tour Finale

27 07 2009

Regarding the cycling, its been a fantastic tour for the British contingent.  Cav got his 6th stage win of this tour on the Champs Eleysee, and with that became the most successful British stage winner ever.   More impressively though was that Bradley Wiggins has turned himself from a time trial specialist to a genuine contender finishing 4th overall.  His climbing has come on in leaps and bounds and loosing weight but not power has been key for him.

Well done to both of them, as well as David Millar who had another solid tour and Charlie Wegelius competing for the first time.

Next year could be exciting with Team Sky hoping to compete with their strong British contingent.  I am doubtful as to whether any of the four this year will be racing for them, but you never know.





Here Comes The Train

16 07 2009

I have been watching the tour for a long time now, and I can’t remember another lead out train as good as Columbia Highroads.  I am sure that the teams of Chippolini, Abduzhaporov and Zabel were just as good, but I don’t seem to remember them.  Perhaps I am taking more notice as its Cav that is winning the stages.  4 in this years tour, and 8 Tour wins altogether have taken him above Barry Hoburn now.

More today?  Who knows.





Excitement and Sledging

8 07 2009

The Ashes start today, which I am very excited about.  I missed the 2005 Ashes, I was working in France and that was supposed to be the best one ever.  I listened to the final day, and couldn’t believe that we had won.  It was great.  I think  this one could have the makings of a classic too.

The sledging has started from my Aussie mate Strongy:

Whats happening boys? Ready for the big one? Thought I’d just get us started. Firstly, you boys must be happy Brett Lee is missing for us. Was going to be one of those things that England do well, eg invent cricket, ping pong and perfect reverse swing and we were guna come back and do it better..like always…now your team….

Will Flintoff score any runs? No. He’ll get his little start of 20 or 30, have a brain snap n throw his wicket away. Has be ever scored a half century…? Maybe in first class cricket i guess.

If Pieterson could get a score as big as his ego we couldn’t chase it down in 2 innings it would be so huge.

Ian Bell and Paul Collingwood are boring. And hopeless.

I won’t mention anything about your bowlers as I’m not sure you have any????

While this email seems to be brimming with arrogance, its not so much that I think we’re great, just that you guys are worse.

All the best boys, may the best team win……Australia.

 

My reply:

 Just building up to what should be an excellent summer. Thought you might like to know that Flintoff scored a century against you in 2005, the 4th test.

As for bowlers, Graeme Swann, top test wicket taker in the world this year. Luckily for us Bell has been dropped to make way for Ravi Bopara and I would back him to be top scorer in this series….

Now all of your decent players have retired (I don’t count Ponting in decent players) it looks like your selector have picked any old dross that begins with the letter H.

Should be good, shame you seem to be pinning all your hopes on Brett Lee though….

 

So here we go… Exciting isn’t it!





2 In A Row

7 07 2009

So Cav took his 2nd stage in 2 days yesterday, taking advantage of some strong winds and even stronger riding from his team.

The road into La Grande Motte is notoriously windy at this time of the year and with the entire Team Columbia at the front making the pace, a split in the peloton was inevitable.  27 riders managed to move away from the bunch on a corner and take the race by the scruff of the neck.  In the group with Columbia were Lance Armstrong, and a couple of Astana riders as well as Fabien Cancellara the current yellow jersey holder.  This group opened a lead of 40 seconds over the bunch, and bought Armstrong on his return up to 3rd overall.  Surely now he must be staking his claim as Astana team leader, although the mountains will be the telling point.  I still think that the team will back Contador more.

Anyway, I digress, Mark Cavendish is a lucky man, not because he needs luck, he is by far the fastest rider about, but that he has a team that are willing to drag him to the line.  George Hincapie and Mark Renshaw are incredibly strong and some of the best lead out men in cycling.  Without them, Cav would have had his work cut out today.  Thor Husovd was close, but not close enough as Cav made it 2 from 2.  A British record 2nd day in green today for the him in the TTT awaits.





The Manx Missile

6 07 2009

SO the Tour de France has started again, with a mini time trial for stage 1 (too long to be a prologue)  won by Fabien Cancellara, and then stage 2, perfectly designed for the sprinters.  It was won by Mark Cavendish, the fastest man on the planet on a bike (Fact!).

He is still only 24, but has so far won 5 stages of the Tour (4 last year) and a host of other big races too.  He will break Barry Hoburns british record of 8 stage wins, possibly by the end of the week.

Yesterday he had the perfect lead out by his team, and it showed, he was so far ahead of second place by the end that you really should feel sorry for them.  Today might be slightly trickier though, with a team time trial tomorrow, his lead out men might be saving themselves for that, but if it came down to a full bunch sprint, then I would still back him. 

Admittedly yesterday he was probably helped by a bit of argy bargy in the peloton, causing Tom Boonen to take a wrong turn, but I still don’t think that would have stopped Cav getting to the line first. 

Anyway, back to work (answering a few emails while watching stage 3 on Eurosport).





Blurry

6 07 2009

On Thursday, myself and H went to see Blur in Hyde Park and were both a bit over excited.  All I am going to say is that they were utterly brilliant, and the support bands were good, except for Foals, who I don’t really like anyway.

Sorry I am not writing more, but I have a lot of work to do and I can’t really be bothered at the moment.  I may add some photos, but probably won’t.  They will be on Flickr though.