Spent the last few hours if front of the TV - another amazing Paris Roubaix (that's the one with all the cobblestone, usually spectacular and quite different from most other races).
(Note to those who think I'm just a couch potato on a Sunday, done my four hours of cycling already...)
The only spectacular, but not-so-fun episode was when the US hope - George Hincapie - suddenly rose from his low down position with his handlebars above his head - not the place to have them, and less than efficient steering-wise. A neat over-the-bars flip was the result, but George seemed OK, albeit a tad miffed, no more cycling for him today.
With about 20 km to go Fabian Cancellera, the young Swiss of the Danish CSC team simply powered away from amazing riders like Boonen, Flecha, Hoste and 10 more - and he just kept going.. going.. going. Beautiful to see, a real efficient rouleur as the French would put it.
(First Swiss victory here since 1923!)
That hashed up the leader group, soon Hoste, van Petegem and Gusev tried their best a few seconds behind while Boonen, Flecha and Ballan fell behind.
That SNCF (the French railroads) found it opportune to send a freight train crossing the race at the exact moment the last three arrived was not planned for I think (hey, what about a strike on race days guys?). A few minutes rest might have done them well, but luckily had no real bearing on final results.
Now, why would I bother all you non-cyclist with this?
His attitude and his methods are quite different from most other I've seen - and the results have been spectacular.
You may have to find a friend with a stack of cycling magazines to read more about him and his methods - but it's worth it!
(And of course the ususal suspect like HBR and others have not found him yet... as far as I know).