Sunday, January 9, 2011

Rewind the Cassette - January 9, 2011

Rewind the Cassette is a short weekly feature covering some of the more interesting bits of news from the cycling world.  It is not meant to be a definitive feed of all thats happened in the prior week... just some of the bits that caught my eye.  

  • The winner of the 1939 Paris-Roubaix, Emile Masson Jr, died on January 2 at the age of 95. Can you imagine what it was like to ride over the cobbles of l'enfer du Nord in a steel bike?
  • Team Leopard-Trek was finally announced.  I had some very superficial thoughts about the announcement.... and their wardrobe choices.
  • Movistar's Andrey Amador was robbed and beaten in Costa Rica as thieves stole his team issue Pinarello Dogma 60.1.  The bike was equipped with the prototype Campagnolo electronic group and is therefore fairly unique.  Hopefully he recovers quickly and the punks are caught.
  • The Cervelo S3 was voted by Cyclingnews as the Best Team Bike.  I have a soft spot for Cervelos... great aero frames that don't beat you into a pulp.
  • Contador vs the cow has taken an unusual turn.  Instead of rendering a decision on their own, the Spanish cycling federation (RFEC) has asked the UCI and WADA to help.  Interesting....

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