Friday, June 15, 2007

Team Astana Kicking Butt & Taking Names

Team Astana enjoyed its second 1-2 finish in today's fifth stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré. They also hold the race General Classification leader who was no where near the finish line when Colom and Vinakourov crossed the finish line together today.

Two tough stages remain and the race still might be decided on Saturday, but Astana now has two riders who could win the GC and are riding strong and with purpose. They also appear to be riding with the type of discipline and team orientation that is necessary to take full advantage of the aggressive tactics they have employed.

I hope Bamahoops does not mind these brief cycling intrusions, but I grow more infatuated with this sport with each passing day. In what other sport would the team leader allow his support staff to enjoy the glory of the stage win (the race course of that one day) and celebrate his victory with him?

Ettiquite does not always prevail, but Szmyd evidently pulled over and let Moreau take the stage two days ago because Szmyd had not helped until they got into the last two or three kilometers.

Hopefully all the doping problems will be behind us soon, because cycling, right behind hoops, appears to me to be the second ultimate team sport involving the greatest athletes in the world.

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