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Old 02-22-09, 11:28 AM   #1
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TOC, headshots from solvang.............

i caught mark cavendish slipping into a cafe for a pre-race cuppa joe............





he was nice but clearly didn't want to be bugged so i congratulated him on his wins and his prologue performance, shook his hand and left.

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i ran across bissell's ben jacques-maynes (or so i thot) and asked him: "how's your bother doing?"

"i am his brother!"

so this is andy, ben's twin brother. who was taken away by ambulance after crashing on the way to santa cruz.....alive and well .


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Old 02-22-09, 11:53 AM   #3
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his buddy who was taking the picture said: "give him a kiss!".

the blonde replied, "only first place winners get a kiss."



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I love that 2nd pic of mark the expression on his face is awesome.

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carlos sastre fulfills a photo request for a fan....





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Stuart O'Grady sizes up a gap in the crowd and contemplates a sprint to the team bus. O'Grady doesn't seek out adulation like, say, a tyler hamilton, but when cornered he's a pretty friendly guy..........




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Levi's wife Odessa and one of their pooches. we stayed at motel 6 because it's dog friendly and we had our dog with us. that evening we saw odessa handing her dogs to someone in the backseat of her car in the motel 6 parking lot. she was getting the dogs from another lady who i guessed may have been dog sitting for them at motel 6.

was that levi in the back seat of the forerunner? i figured if it was he didn't want to be bothered............


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Please note O'Grady's ipod.
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Robert Gesink before taking a test spin on his TT bike........


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Jonathan Vaughters choosing his words....


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JJ Haedo leads out Stuart O'Grady through the crowd..........


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"Hope Rides Again"..............



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ha ha...........

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Frank Schleck.....but who is that behind him?..........

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say it ain't Bobby J ........

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your very good, Ed.

thanks!
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i caught mark cavendish slipping into a cafe for a pre-race cuppa joe............



he was nice but clearly didn't want to be bugged so i congratulated him on his wins and his prologue performance, shook his hand and left.

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I dunno. He kinda looks like he wants a kiss...
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you wanna piss off Jens Voigt just hand him a jersey to sign that isn't backed with a book or something .........




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Jens is awesome! Great commentary to go along with great shots, too!
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Jens is awesome! Great commentary to go along with great shots, too!
thanx man. the prologue is old news so i thought i'd cover it from a different angle. but i do have some race shots that i'll post later .

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when we saw him last year on sierra road he was antler man. this year i guess he's longhorn man too and a bit more controversial because of the more lethal rack he's sporting.

through the cheers, jeers and criticism he just stood straddled over his bike impassive, hoping to catch a glimpse of his hero du jour, Lance Armstrong.

longhorn man is nicest guy in the world and that's probably a good thing for at least one finger-wagging pencil neck that went by.........




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if you are a pro racer on your bike never, ever look at a fan with a camera and smile....well, they're not all like that, and it was good to see this young man smile because the last time i saw him he was DFL on the sierra road climb and covered in road grit kicked up by the wheels he could no longer hold onto...



sierra road.........


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Fast Freddy Rodriguez is on my good guy list. i always see him smiling, shaking hands and signing autographs.

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no one works the ropeline harder for rock racing than Tyler Hamilton....


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