We Are Currently Experiencing Technical Difficulties

Mar 11 2010

So for those of you who aren’t following me on Twitter, I’m currently in western North Carolina, getting in some riding and destroying my car on the very mountain roads that allegedly make this place so nice to ride in.

Unfortunately, the infrastructure I need to produce things on this blog have been hard to come by in these parts. Even staying on top of news stories, like Jens Voight’s return to awesome or Maxime Iglinksy’s win at Striade Bianche (I told you he could ride) has been a struggle, but considering my current setup, I’m lucky for even occasional blurps of news.

I’m just hoping a solution can be found before Milan-Sanremo, because it looks like it’s going to be one of the most hotly contested events in years. Boonen is on-form, and the lineup includes a fistful of former winners, including Oscar Freire, Filippo Pozzato, Mark Cavendish, and even a dinged-up Alessandro Petacchi.

And to quiet those of you who think that sprints are, by nature, “boring”, let me remind you that there are plenty of contenders with the ability to try something over the final few climbs. Linus Gerdemann has a pair of gritty wins achieved with late-race moves this season and a team desperate to see some good news in the headlines. And a driven youngster seems determined to give it a go as well.

But keep a special eye on Heinrich Haussler, who somehow managed to make a late attack and still sprint for second at Het Nieuwsblad earlier this season. He’s currently resting up in preparation for Sanremo, and despite a strong second place finish last year, probably could have placed even higher if fewer team resources had been directed to a Hushovd win.

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9 Responses to “We Are Currently Experiencing Technical Difficulties”

  1. Fat chance March 12, 2010 at 4:18 pm #

    The cranks? Sampson?
    Nice post- I always dig the insight.

  2. Drew March 13, 2010 at 12:02 am #

    Any chance your in Boone?

  3. Tommy March 13, 2010 at 6:26 pm #

    I *thought* that twittered picture looked an awfully lot like the BRP. “Road Closed” is the best time to hit it. No motorcycles.

  4. todd March 14, 2010 at 7:54 pm #

    those are kooka cranks

  5. cosmo March 15, 2010 at 3:39 pm #

    @Drew: up on a ridge between Weaverville and Barnardsville NC.

    @Fat chance, todd: Kooka cranks it is. For future reference, you can click on any picture on this blog and it will link to the original work with information on the image and photographer.

    The pictures I use are, with very few exceptions, all Creative Commons licensed images from Flickr.

  6. Amy G March 15, 2010 at 4:33 pm #

    you spelled “winner” wrong. love you!

  7. cosmo March 15, 2010 at 4:51 pm #

    Thanks Amy! I fixed it.

  8. ben March 16, 2010 at 4:52 pm #

    in the cyclingnews bit about Haussler:

    “His muscular sensations were extraordinary”

    I was shocked this wasn’t said by their “Body Self Development System Therapist” Bengt Andersen… oh, I see they’ve not signed him on for 2010…

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