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There were many articles related to the Olympic Road Race over the past couple of days.  I’ve

USA Olympic Cycling Coach Jim Ochowicz

USA Olympic Cycling Coach Jim Ochowicz

collected a few of the more interesting ones for you.  I’m glad to see that Phil will be calling the road race and time trial.  There is no better voice for cycling as far as I’m concerned. There are a couple of articles on the course and athlete handicapping.  There is an interesting article from Cycling news from the US coach, Jim Ochowicz’s perspective.  He lays out the US strategy in general terms.

Articles:

Liggett to call the Olympic Road Race, USA Today

Overview Article, BBC, Simon Brotherton

Overview Article, USA Today

US Road Race Coach Overview, Cycling News

British chances at the Road Race, Times Online Article

Road Race Course Overview Article, Yahoo Sports

Olympic Road Race Competitors

Men’s Road Race
1 Paolo Bettini (Italy)
2 Marzio Bruseghin (Italy)
3 Vincenzo Nibali (Italy)
4 Franco Pellizotti (Italy)
5 Davide Rebellin (Italy)
6 Alberto Contador (Spain)
7 Oscar Freire (Spain)
8 Samuel Sanchez (Spain)
9 Carlos Sastre (Spain)
10 Alejandro Valverde (Spain)
11 Gerald Michael Ciolek (Germany)
12 Bert Grabsch (Germany)
13 Stefan Schumacher (Germany)
14 Jens Voigt (Germany)
15 Fabian Wegmann (Germany)
16 Mario Aerts (Belgium)
17 Christophe Brandt (Belgium)
18 Maxime Monfort (Belgium)
19 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Belgium)
20 Johan Vansummeren (Belgium)
21 Cyril Dessel (France)
22 Pierrick Fedrigo (France)
23 Remi Pauriol (France)
24 Jerome Pineau (France)
25 Pierre Rolland (France)
26 Cadel Evans (Australia)
27 Simon Gerrans (Australia)
28 Matthew Lloyd (Australia)
29 Stuart O’grady (Australia)
30 Michael Rogers (Australia)
31 Petr Bencik (Czech Republic)
32 Roman Kreuziger (Czech Republic)
33 Kim Kirchen (Luxembourg)
34 Andy Schleck (Luxembourg)
35 Frank Schleck (Luxembourg)
36 Stef Clement (Netherlands)
37 Robert Gesink (Netherlands)
38 Karsten Kroon (Netherlands)
39 Laurens Ten Dam (Netherlands)
40 Niki Terpstra (Netherlands)
41 Vladimir Efimkin (Russian Federation)
42 Sergey Ivanov (Russian Federation)
43 Vladimir Karpets (Russian Federation)
44 Alexander Kolobnev (Russian Federation)
45 Denis Menshov (Russian Federation)
46 George Hincapie (United States Of America)
47 Levi Leipheimer (United States Of America)
48 Jason Mccartney (United States Of America)
49 Christian Vande Velde (United States Of America)
50 David Zabriskie (United States Of America)
51 Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland)
52 Santiago Botero (Colombia)
53 Jose Serpa (Colombia)
54 Rigoberto Uran (Colombia)
55 Gustav Larsson (Sweden)
56 Marcus Ljungqvist (Sweden)
57 Thomas Lovkvist (Sweden)
58 Kurt Asle Arvesen (Norway)
59 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Norway)
60 Lars Petter Nordhaus (Norway)
61 Gabriel Rasch (Norway)
62 Borut Bozic (Slovenia)
63 Jure Golcer (Slovenia)
64 Simon Spilak (Slovenia)
65 Tadej Valjavec (Slovenia)
66 Tomasz Marczynski (Poland)
67 Jacek Tadeusz Morajko (Poland)
68 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Poland)
69 John Augustyn (South Africa)
70 David George (South Africa)
71 Robert Hunter (South Africa)
72 Hossein Askari (Islamic Republic of Iran)
73 Ghader Mizbani (Islamic Republic of Iran)
74 Mehdi Sohrabi (Islamic Republic of Iran)
75 Andriy Grivko (Ukraine)
76 Denys Kostyuk (Ukraine)
77 Ruslan Pidgornyy (Ukraine)
78 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukraine)
79 Andre Cardoso (Portugal)
80 Nuno Ribeiro (Portugal)
81 Fumiyuki Beppu (Japan)
82 Takashi Miyazawa (Japan)
83 Jackson Jesus Rodriguez Ortiz (Venezuela)
84 Alejandro Borrajo (Argentina)
85 Juan Jose Haedo (Argentina)
86 Matias Medici (Argentina)
87 Jonathan Bellis (Great Britain)
88 Stephen Cummings (Great Britain)
89 Roger Hammond (Great Britain)
90 Ben Swift (Great Britain)
91 Glen Chadwick (New Zealand)
92 Julian Dean (New Zealand)
93 Timothy Gudsell (New Zealand)
94 Chris Anker Soerensen (Denmark)
95 Nicki Soerensen (Denmark)
96 Brian Bach Vandborg (Denmark)
97 Michael Barry (Canada)
98 Ryder Hesjedal (Canada)
99 Svein Tuft (Canada)
100 Christian Pfannberger (Austria)
101 Thomas Rohregger (Austria)
102 Matija Kvasina (Croatia)
103 Vladimir Miholjevic (Croatia)
104 Radoslav Rogina (Croatia)
105 Philip Deignan (Ireland)
106 Nicholas Roche (Ireland)
107 Moises Aldape Chavez (Mexico)
108 Rafaa Chtioui (Tunisia)
109 Sergey Lagutin (Uzbekistan)
110 Evgeniy Gerganov (Bulgaria)
111 Daniel Petrov (Bulgaria)
112 Tanel Kangert (Estonia)
113 Rein Taaramae (Estonia)
114 Roman Bronis (Slovakia)
115 Matej Jurco (Slovakia)
116 Jan Valach (Slovakia)
117 Raivis Belohvosciks (Latvia)
118 Gatis Smukulis (Latvia)
119 Nebojsa Jovanovic (Serbia)
120 Ivan Stevic (Serbia)
121 Hichem Chabane (Algeria)
122 Henry Raabe (Costa Rica)
123 Dainius Kairelis (Lithuania)
124 Ignatas Konovalovas (Lithuania)
125 Laszlo Bodrogi (Hungary)
126 Peter Kusztor (Hungary)
127 Murilo Fischer (Brazil)
128 Luciano Pagliarini Mendonca (Brazil)
129 Liang Zhang (People’s Republic of China)
130 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kazakhstan)
131 Andrey Mizurov (Kazakhstan)
132 Alexandr Pliuschin (Republic of Moldova)
133 Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Belarus)
134 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Belarus)
135 Aliaksandr Usau (Belarus)
136 Horacio Gallardo (Bolivia)
137 Ahmed Belgasem (Libyan Arab Jamahiriya)
138 Kin San Wu (Hong Kong, China)
139 Sungbaek Park (Korea)
140 Patricio Almonacid (Chile)
141 Gonzalo Garrido (Chile)
142 Erik Hoffmann (Namibia)
143 Mario Contreras (El Salvador)

Women’s Road Race
1 Sara Carrigan (Australia)
2 Kate Bates (Australia)
3 Oenone Wood (Australia)
4 Chantal Beltman (Netherlands)
5 Mirjam Melchers-Van Poppel (Netherlands)
6 Marianne Vos (Netherlands)
7 Judith Arndt (Germany)
8 Hanka Kupfernagel (Germany)
9 Trixi Worrack (Germany)
10 Noemi Cantele (Italy)
11 Vera Carrara (Italy)
12 Tatiana Guderzo (Italy)
13 Kristin Armstrong (United States Of America)
14 Amber Neben (United States Of America)
15 Christine Thorburn (United States Of America)
16 Emma Johansson (Sweden)
17 Susanne Ljungskog (Sweden)
18 Sara Mustonen (Sweden)
19 Nicole Brandli (Switzerland)
20 Priska Doppmann (Switzerland)
21 Jennifer Hohl (Switzerland)
22 Nicole Cooke (Great Britain)
23 Sharon Laws (Great Britain)
24 Emma Pooley (Great Britain)
25 Christel Ferrier Bruneau (France)
26 Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli (France)
27 Maryline Salvetat (France)
28 Jolanta Polikeviciute (Lithuania)
29 Edita Pucinskaite (Lithuania)
30 Modesta Vzesniauskaite (Lithuania)
31 Natalia Boyarskaya (Russian Federation)
32 Alexandra Burchenkova (Russian Federation)
33 Yulia Martisova (Russian Federation)
34 Monika Schachl (Austria)
35 Christiane Soeder (Austria)
36 Leigh Hobson (Canada)
37 Erinne Willock (Canada)
38 Alexandra Wrubleski (Canada)
39 Min Gao (People’s Republic of China)
40 Lang Meng (People’s Republic of China)
41 Oksana Kashchyshyna (Ukraine)
42 Tatiana Stiajkina (Ukraine)
43 Yevgeniya Vysotska (Ukraine)
44 Anna Sanchis (Spain)
45 Marta Vilajosana (Spain)
46 Lieselot Decroix (Belgium)
47 Daniely Del Valle Garcia Buitriag (Venezuela)
48 Angie Sabrina Gonzalez Garcia (Venezuela)
49 Cherise Taylor (South Africa)
50 Marissa Van Der Merwe (South Africa)
51 Catherine Cheatley (New Zealand)
52 Joanne Kiesanowski (New Zealand)
53 Miho Oki (Japan)
54 Alessandra Giusseppina Grassi (Mexico)
55 Linda Melanie Villumsen Serup (Denmark)
56 Grete Treier (Estonia)
57 Clemilda Silva (Brazil)
58 Yumari Gonzalez (Cuba)
59 Paulina Brzezna (Poland)
60 Zulfiya Zabirova (Kazakhstan)
61 Sungeun Gu (Korea)
62 Heejung Son (Korea)
63 Anita Valen De Vries (Norway)
64 Chanpeng Nontasin (Thailand)
65 Aurelie Halbwachs (Mauritius)
66 Sigrid Teresa Corneo (Slovenia)

Allez915

Mark Cavendish appears to be unstoppable.  He was boxed tightly at 200m. As soon as a gap came

Stage 13 Winner - Mark Cavendish

Stage 13 Winner - Mark Cavendish

open, he was clear and powering to the front. It was nice to see Robbie McEwen released from Cadel support duties to contest the sprint this go around. It has been a long absence. As it was, he couldn’t match Cavendish’s speed to the line. “Cavendish is simply too strong and too fast” McEwen said. McEwen ended up 2nd and Freire finished 5th, putting in another consistent effort.

In Phil Liggett’s commentary he mentioned several times that Cav was the new McEwen. Little harsh but Cav certainly has McEwen’s acceleration from Tour’s past. Cavendish said that he was really taking a beating in the mountains which was keeping him from his best performances. I expect that a few more tour campaigns and he will be even more of a force.

As for Paris, “One day at a time” is how Mark responded to the Frankie Andrea question will you be retiring from the Tour for Olympic preparation? All I can say is too bad it is an Olympic year.

I’ve put a graph together to show how the top Green Jersey point’s leaders have place in each of the sprint stages. It is meant to show the trend of the riders over time. In Stage 3, a four man break made it to the line. I’ve netted out they’re positions relative the graph.

2008 TdF Green Jersey Sprint Stage Trends

2008 TdF Green Jersey Sprint Stage Trends

I’ll skip the run in to the sprint today as it was rather uneventful. If you are interested in the stage details, the video and race reports from news outlets are below.

Stage 13 Video Recap: http://tinyurl.com/59gosx

Stage 13 Race Reports

Velonews: http://tinyurl.com/67mvuz

Cycling News: http://tinyurl.com/55wntk

Versus: http://tinyurl.com/5mbh5m

Bicycling: http://tinyurl.com/6rn42k

Yahoo Sports: http://tinyurl.com/6blrlc

Stage 13 Results

1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia, 4.25.42 (41.10 km/h)
2 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Silence - Lotto
3 Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel
4 Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Gerolsteiner
5 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank
6 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Crédit Agricole
7 Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone
8 Erik Zabel (Ger) Team Milram
9 Julian Dean (NZl) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30
10 Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Française des Jeux
11 Robert Hunter (RSA) Barloworld
12 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Quick Step
13 Iñaki Isasi Flores (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
14 Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne
15 Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
Green Jersey Standings

1 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank, 184 pts
2 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia, 156
3 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Crédit Agricole, 156
4 Erik Zabel (Ger) Team Milram, 141
5 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia, 138
6 Robert Hunter (RSA) Barloworld, 110
7 Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis – Le Crédit par Téléphone, 107
8 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Silence – Lotto, 105
9 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne, 97
10 Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel, 94

Overall Standings

1 Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence – Lotto, 54.48.47
2 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team CSC – Saxo Bank, 0.01
3 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30, 0.38
4 Bernhard Kohl (Aut) Gerolsteiner, 0.46
5 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank, 0.57
6 Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Team CSC – Saxo Bank, 1.28
7 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia, 1.56
8 Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale, 2.32
9 Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel – Euskadi, 3.51
10 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas, 4.18

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