Monday, February 25, 2008

Last guy riding

There were only 77 finishers of the 2008 Tour of California, only 58% of the 132 riders who finished the Prologue. The rider who endured the longest time in the virus-ridden peloton was Michael Creed of Rock Racing, 30:16 back from the leader. The 27-year-old American in his acid green livery is shown here taking the inside line on Il Grillo around a curve.

Photo courtesy of Vero Image

"Michael was one of the first riders in the peloton to come down with the sickness that blitzed through the peloton and race staff. He was awake nearly the entire night Sunday and very nearly didn't start the race Monday. . . . Attacking from the start of the [final] 93-mile (150 km) stage, Creed played an instrumental role in a pair of breakaways that stayed clear of the peloton on a rain-soaked, bone-chilling ride from Santa Clarita to Pasadena. Aggressive to the end, Rock Racing nearly scored its second podium finish of the race when Creed attacked inside the final mile and finished fourth in a five-up sprint in front of the Rose Bowl."

Did you notice Bettini's leg muscles in the photo? If I were a pro going up against him, those would hurt my eyes to look at.


The way Creed was riding yesterday, it was definitely not apparent that he was at the tail end of the standings.

Oh, one thought on the Rock Racing kits - fashion design meets bike racing with a bang.
I love his legwarmers! I was thinking I should get some like that for my girls to wear to ballet class....
Bettini looks so relaxed in this pic. Like he's heading down to local shop for a latte and a couple of artichokes for lunch...
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