Tour de Suisse coverage on BEin Sport, or is it, beIN Sport? Whatever. We really like Magnus Backstedt and Rob Hatch’s coverage. They aren’t funny, we like Carlton Kirby better for that, but Magnus really knows bike racing and makes watching even the slowest race interesting.
Meanwhile, Teejay Van Garderen (Teehayay the Spanish announcer called him) once again disappointing us with his self centered behavior. Remember during the Tour last year when he left Cadel Evans at the hill during the tacks incident? With no apologies either. Well, he did it again to Mathias Frank, the yellow jersey wearer and the rider he should have been protecting…but no….Teejay is all about…Teejay.
There’s been a lot of snarkiness in the peloton, not exactly sure why, maybe there always is and we only know about it because of the excellent coverage by Magnus and Rob. Oddly, every time they started talking about it the BeIN people went to commercial.
We’d like to see Peter Sagan move into being a GC rider…get him out of Cavendish’s way. We still think he’s an ass, and apparently we’re not alone. Perhaps he and Teejay can teach each other a lesson.
Switzerland is gorgeous. Don’t know where all the people are, but we’d love to visit – have only been to Zurich and on a train en route to Milan. Sometimes we do long for Green with a capital G.
Overall it’s been a great 9 stage race and we’ve enjoyed every minute. Thanks guys!
Tour de California – Stage Five
Maybe it’s me, maybe it’s the startling absence of stunning scenery–it is California, after all–maybe there just isn’t anyone in the field with any panache, but this 2013 Amgen Tour of California has been a hard one to stay geared up for. I can’t for the life of me figure out why they brutalized the riders by making them climb a mountain in 111 degree heat, or ride through the dust and road trash of one of California’s ugliest places. At least the tv viewing audience around the world couldn’t see the shame that is the trash filled desert. I doubt the riders are happy being trimmed down and sand blasted the first two days with heat and sand.
Mind, it’s not over yet. Kudos to Phil Liggett for acknowledging that the podium girls have names! Joanna and Alison. Nice one, Phil. Put a name to a beautiful woman and suddenly she’s not so pincheable is she….
And then, just as we were about to suggestion fast forwarding to the finish line on Stage 5, there goes Jens Vogt! And we’re out of our chairs yelling at the tv cheering him on. Nicely done, Jens!
Oh and in all that we did get the message that we’re supposed to think Peter Sagan is a nice guy. OK, open mind, shut mouth, wait and see.
OK, Peter Sagan, that is just about enough out of you. Not only do you disrespect the women around you but you disrespect the guy who won the race and deserved his moment on the podium. Shame on you Sagan. We knew you were a joker and a jerk last year, stuff a sock in it. Women, it’s time we show the guys we’re sick of this.