Monday, March 31, 2008

Creedence Revival at Brabantse Pijl

It was a weekend for winning streaks to come to an end. Or was it? With Tom Boonen failing to extend his run of victories at the E3 Prijs Vlaanderen on Saturday, it was only fitting Oscar Freire's streak at the Brabantse Pijl came to an end on Sunday as well. But just as Boonen and Freire saw their streaks come to an end, Sylvain Chavanel began a little winning streak of his own. He proved that his win at Dwars Door Vlaanderen on Wednesday was no fluke by winning his second consecutive race. In the past, he hasn't even shown up at these races but was racing the Criterium International instead. Now he's looking more and more like a classics stud. At the very least, he'll be a marked man next weekend at the Tour of Flanders. Or will he be working for Nick Nuyens? We shall see. Gilbert and Flecha round out the podium. Another race that usually ends with a sprint finish was won by a late attacker staying away. It's been an exciting season so far. Nothing like yawner that the hype machine known as March Madness has been this year.

Over in the FGBC Pool, all of a sudden it looks like we have a competition again. Having all but conceded defeat to Andy's team of nihilists just one day ago, Team Creedence Tapes showed that they still have some rock n' roll left in their gaunt little cyclist bodies. Perhaps it was the switch from Kraftwerk to Creedence in their earpieces. Or maybe it was the fact that the nihilists were saving themselves for next Sunday. Sissies. Either way, the boys from Creedence Tapes were on fire yesteray and racked up a grand total of 925 points. They pick up 625 points on the nihilists and now sit just 180 points out of first place.

Up Next: the second monument of the season--The Tour of Flanders--next Sunday. The same day the local monument known as Haiku Cross.

Top 30:

1 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone - 4.44.38 (40.683 km/h)
2 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Française des Jeux - @ 0.29
3 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank - @ 0.37
4 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Quickstep - @ 0.38
5 Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas - @ 0.40
6 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner - @ 0.59
7 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Barloworld - s.t.
8 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone - s.t.
9 Grégory Rast (Swi) Astana - @ 1.04
10 Nico Sijmens (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner - s.t.
11 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Bouygues Telecom - s.t.
12 Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner - s.t.
13 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems - s.t.
14 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team CSC - s.t.
15 Johan Coenen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - s.t.
16 Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Saunier Duval - Scott - s.t.
17 Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Française des Jeux - s.t.
18 Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quickstep - s.t.
19 Marco Marcato (Ita) Cycle Collstrop - s.t.
20 Mickael Delage (Fra) Française des Jeux - s.t.
21 Kurt Hovelynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - s.t.
22 Addy Engels (Ned) Quickstep - s.t.
23 Artur Gajek (Ger) Team Milram - s.t.
24 Mickaël Chérel (Fra) Française des Jeux - s.t.
25 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Crédit Agricole - s.t.
26 Jan Kuyckx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner - s.t.
27 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Silence - Lotto - s.t.
28 Dmytro Grabovskyy (Ukr) Quickstep - s.t.
29 Christophe Le Mével (Fra) Crédit Agricole - s.t.
30 Geert Verheyen (Bel) Mitsubishi-Jartazi - s.t.

Today's Results:

Creedence Tapes (Chris) 925
Is This Your Homework, Larry? (Arlene) 385
Vee Vant Ze Money (Andy) 300
Uli Kunkel powered by Karl Hungus (Adam) 295
A Roadie for Metallica (Bill) 275
You're Out of Your Element, Jonny (Jonny G) 210
That Rug Really Tied the Room Together (Tomek) 205
Bunny Lebowski's Toe (Dallas) 205
Shut the F*ck Up Jonny (Jonny B) 205
Little Lebowski Urban Achievers (Ian) 200
These Men Are Cowards (Paddy) 200
Shomer F*cking Shabbas (Donna) 175
Nice Marmot (Hal) 95
F*ck Sympathy (David S) 10
Obviously You're Not a Golfer (Charlene) 5
New Shit (Matt) 0
White Russians (Victor) 0
That Good Sasparilla (Rachel) 0

Overall Standings:

Vee Vant Ze Money (Andy) 3630
Creedence Tapes (Chris) 3450
Little Lebowski Urban Achievers (Ian) 2295
Is This Your Homework, Larry? (Arlene) 2160
New Shit (Matt) 1690
These Men Are Cowards (Paddy) 1520
A Roadie for Metallica (Bill) 1280
Obviously You're Not a Golfer (Charlene) 1085
Bunny Lebowski's Toe (Dallas) 935
Nice Marmot (Hal) 865
White Russians (Victor) 770
That Good Sasparilla (Rachel) 695
Uli Kunkel powered by Karl Hungus (Adam) 670
That Rug Really Tied the Room Together (Tomek) 660
Shomer F*cking Shabbas (Donna) 610
You're Out of Your Element, Jonny (Jonny G) 555
F*ck Sympathy (David S) 395
Shut the F*ck Up Jonny (Jonny B) 385

OTT: LK, Tandem Bikes

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