Friday, February 22, 2008

The Heightsriders Peloton at ToC?

I think I've figured out why the TdF doesn't want Astana racing. The team looks like crap.

The pix of Astana driving the peloton during Thursday's Tour of California stage might as well be photos of the Shaker Sunday-morning group ride. Astana's riders look only a little better than the folks who wrapped themselves in garbage bags for the ride home from Sandusky during Pedal to the Point last August.

See what I mean?

These dudes look like they were grabbing windbreakers from the spectators. How'd you like to be a sponsor who dropped a mil only to see your team obscuring your logo with $11 Nashbar C-thru rain jackets?

By the way: How many of you NEO riders are shedding tears for the supreme hardship that these guys endured? Not sure about y'all, but as of Feb. 22, after interminable sub-freezing weather, snow, freezing rain and all the other crap we've dealt with here, I'll be first in line to volunteer for a ride in shorts and short-finger gloves if the only price I pay is drizzle and headwind. Maybe not for seven hours, but then again, it's not my job.

Neither is blogging, though. Good thing, too, after the string of lame posts lately.


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