Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Olympic Games. Men's Road Cycling Race Debate: Alexandr Vinokourov – Kazakhstan - Gold, Rigoberto Uran – Colombia - Silver, Alexander Kristoff – Norway - Bronze.



  “He travels fastest who travels alone.”

Kipling's inference is clear from the result:
Alexandr VinokourovKazakhstan - Gold
Rigoberto UranColombia - Silver
Alexander KristoffNorway - Bronze


Vinokourov winning gold

Bull's Head, made with bicycle handlebars and saddle.
         Picasso, 1942                                                                                                   

The British, German and Australian team efforts came to nothing. Yet the debate goes on and on.  

Resentment over Vinokourov’s win was due to his doping ban from 2007-2009. But he served his time for this. 


In 2011 he broke his leg during the Tour de France. Did he get any sympathy for that? 


Surely he should be congratulated on his gold medal now? Shame about the result though.


The worthy medal winners on their own stole a march on the concerted Team efforts of GB, German and Australian cyclists to get one or more home in top places. Richmond Park and Box Hill looked lovely, but the cyclists were impeded by stray dogs, and spectators standing on the road, with thrusting cameras.

Some cyclists had little padding insertions on their bottoms: they surely need them for those hard narrow saddles. The British, German and Australian team efforts came to nothing. Yet the debate goes on and on.