Monday, April 13, 2009

Paris-Roubaix '09

Michael Friedman, aka "Meatball", riding for Garmin-Slipstream, was the Lanterne Rouge finisher of the grueling Paris-Roubaix race this year, coming over the line in 99th place. He's a Pittsburgh native and twice a winner in the Team Pursuit at the USA National Championships.

Here's a photo that illustrates how he must have felt. Eighty-eight other starters failed to make it to the finish line of the race nicknamed "Hell of the North". Well done, Mike!

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AT 5'9'' and 170 pounds I can see how he got his name. He is definitely a stocky fellow - those cobblestones must have pounded him a bit.
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