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Old July 18th, 2008, 04:40 PM
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Old February 17th, 2010, 10:52 PM
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Old February 18th, 2010, 02:57 PM
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Say what you want about Armstrong's Subaru ads...

http://www.drivesubaru.com/Spr03_NewCampaign.htm

...at least he hasn't been caught putting out this kind of endorsement:


cant help but laugh at this pic right about now
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Old June 18th, 2010, 12:15 PM
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Old June 18th, 2010, 01:21 PM
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Holy shit. That's bitchin.

That footage is pretty damning. It doesn't even look as though Cancellara's attacking. He just rides away from the front in a very unnatural way, and nobody can even hold his wheel.

If he is indeed riding a motorized bike, the team mechanics must be in on this. So I hope this turns out to be bigger than the Festina scandal.
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Old June 18th, 2010, 04:34 PM
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Even when he gets out of the saddle... the main acceleration happens when he is seated. This is awesome. Way better than the plain-jane doping scandal.
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Old June 18th, 2010, 08:44 PM
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In that video, Cassani says the motorized bike allowed him to ride at 50 km/h. That's 31 mph. I don't know how long he could sustain that kind of speed, but it's a speed that most people cannot sustain for very long at all. If you have raced bicycles, you know how fast 50 km/h is. I assure you that it's very fast.

I was reminded of Eddy Merckx's hour record:


The greatest cyclist who ever lived in prime condition could not sustain 50 km/h for one hour while riding on an extremely smooth surface at high altitude (thin air). 50 km/h is very fast.

That Paris-Roubaix footage is stunning. If you were just watching the race, you would probably just think Cancellara was a superman that day. But if you scrutinze the footage, it's just really weird that he could simply ride away from such strong riders and nobody could even hold his wheel while drafting. Cancellara doesn't even attack (come from behind and out of the saddle with a hard acceleration to surprise the other riders and gap them out). He just rides away in plain view.

Riding away from other riders on the cobbles is unsual too. That video doesn't give you an impression of what it's like to ride on the cobbles like this video:


Every cobbled section presents increased speeds because the strongest riders want to be up front to avoid the inevitable flats and spills that occur on the slippery cobbles. Under these conditions and speeds, one doesn't simply ride away from the others. I know don't for a fact that Cancellara was riding a motorized bike, but that footage is weird.

Here's the footage of the 2010 Paris-Roubaix:


From the moment he "attacked" by riding away from everyone, Cancellara was out front and never shared the pace. And yet the others couldn't even hold his wheel or match him while sharing the pace. I love how that dropped rider just waves his arm in disgust. He can't believe it. It also struck me as weird that rider got dropped very shortly after that turn where he got a chance to regain his composure.

A motorized bike or a remarkable show of strength? I'm weirded out by the footage, but I have no real idea.
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Old June 18th, 2010, 10:15 PM
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Peep this:


This is the finish of a flat stage in the Tour de France. These pack-sprint finishes are extremely fast. Drafting really comes into play here because of the high speed. And yet Cancellara just rode away from the peloton. Note the 1 km kite. Even the several different sprinters' lead-out men couldn't reach Cancellara to bridge the gap for their sprinters. That's superhuman.

Maybe Cancellara does have such strength that he can simply ride away from other riders.
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Old June 18th, 2010, 10:34 PM
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I love this:


Even at 55, he's still The Badger. Don't fuck with Bernard Hinault.
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Old June 18th, 2010, 10:50 PM
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Sean Kelly:


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Old June 18th, 2010, 10:53 PM
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My nephews are getting ready for the Tour:


The last time I rode a bicycle was with them in a big parking lot. It felt weird, but good.
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Old June 21st, 2010, 07:30 PM
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Look at your brother getting all fancy with the lighting...
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Old June 21st, 2010, 07:55 PM
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I thought I saw a soft-box reflection on the front fender.
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Old June 21st, 2010, 08:36 PM
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My son had those same Buzz Lightyear boots!
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Old June 22nd, 2010, 10:53 AM
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That Cancellara shit is pretty damn fishy....you also have to wonder what he's up to with his fingers immediately before & after his super-sprints. Maybe he's just adjusting his superman kung-fu grip?
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