Month: April 2008 (Page 1 of 7)
Take a Tour of the United Kingdom: For the first time ever, the British Embassy invites everyone to take a tour past the grand history, old castles, Big Ben, Parliament, fish and chips, haggis, the Giant's Causeway, and Stonehenge to a UK that is now a more modern, innovative and multicultural society. Starting at 10:00 a.m. on May 3, you can tour the United Kingdom with stops in Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland and England. Guests will have the opportunity to learn more about Being a Brit Different, take a taste of Scotland, businesses of the United Kingdom, and hear about life in DC from high-profile of British expatriates living in the United States. Event Details and time of speakers: 10:00-11:00: British Ambassador to the United States Sir Nigel Sheinwald 11:30: Journalist and Author Christopher Hitchens 12:30: BBC Washington Correspondent Matt Frei 1:30: Senior Director, Business Policy Council and former Journalist Martin Walker 2:30: Newsweek Senior White House Corespondent Richard Wolffe Location: 3100 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008 Transportation: Free shuttle departing from Dupont Metro Station Parking: Parking is limited so please take the free shuttle if you can Accessibility: All guests are welcome, but not all areas of the Embassy grounds are accessibleThose of you who live around DC may find this an interesting opportunity to see the inside of the embassies of those countries who are less than generous with public access to their embassies (and I'm looking at you, Britain - go take a lesson from Spain or Sweden).
Updated to correct spelling of name. That's what you get for relying on the official media guide . . .
The routing of the course, gives the peloton time to warm up on some (relatively) flat valley roads. Sprinters get a points opportunity around mile 39. There's a feed zone at mile 52, but we get our first KOM opportunity immediately after that, at mile 57 in Hogpen Gap. Riders descend from there, with just a little bit of time to recover before the second KOM line at mile 74 (Unicoi Gap). While Sunday's circuits through Atlanta yield some theoretical possibility of a continuing GC contest, it's rather unlikely. If any of these contenders are going win the 2008 Tour de Georgia, it's going to be at Brasstown Bald. So, let's look at the GC possiblities. Slipstream's Trent Lowe is the man in yellow, but (as noted here on PC) you can't help but wonder if team owner Jonathan Vaughters didn't intentionally make him a hopeless caretaker in order to keep his GC options wide open. Tom Danielson is definitely out of the running, having lost 17" on yesterday's stage. However, both Christian Vande Velde and Dave Zabriske share the same time as Lowe (Lowe picked up the yellow on a very technical tiebreaker related to his position crossing the line in the TTT). I'd certainly love to listen on in that conversation at the Slipstream hotel tonight. My money say that Vande Velde, the second podium step in last year's TdG, is tapped. Levi Leipheimer - along with Chris Horner - is only 4" back right now. Now, as much as one might think of Vande Velde or Zabriske's talents, it's not hard to imagine Leipheimer putting more than 4" into these guys (esp with the help of teammates Horner and Colom - both of whom are at the same time as Levi) . Oh, and who's only 6" back, perhaps capable of opportunistically taking advantage of these guys watching each other too closely? That would be George Hincapie. I thought - and he said - that he was pretty clearly out of the running on this year's race. Maybe not so much. After these folks, chances fall dramatically, with Bobby Julich leading a trio who are 13" seconds back, and it going down from there. So, to review: The top ten for the overall, at the moment:
- Trent Lowe, Slipstream-Chipotle
- Dave Zabriske, Slipstream-Chipotle
- Christian Vande Velde, Slipstream-Chipotle
- Levi Leipheimer, Astana, +4"
- Chris Horner, Astana
- Antonio Colom, Astana
- George Hincapie, Team High Road, +6"
- Kanstantsin Siutsou, Team High Road
- Bobby Julich, CSC, +13"
- Inigo Cuesta, CSC
- Ted King, Bissell - 13 pts
- Valery Kobzarenko, Team Type 1 - 10 pts
- Cameron Evans - Symmetrics - 10 pts
- Moises Adalpe, Team Type 1 - 6 pts
- Tim Johnson, Health Net - 6 pts
You've been watching over me Saying you're keeping me company I should be grateful, I suppose and compare you to a summer's rose
You've been talking sweet to me about peace and loving harmony But I know what you say about me So now I tell you cause I gotta break free
That I can't give you no false affection I can do without your phony charm This train ain't moving in your direction This piece of poetry is meant to do harm Enjoy Brasstown Bald, folks. How to watch the race Live video from WCSN will start at 12:00pm EDT. Those of you outside of the US, can get it free from Cycling.tv here, time uncertain. The Tour Tracker should start its coverage when the things get moving at 11am EDT.
- originally posted to PodiumCafe.com