My name is Elin - A pro cycling lover's reflections

If your heart is in your dreams, no request is too extreme

Category: Cycling

Joon Yong Seo won Stage 6 of Tour de Korea-Japan today and Nolan Hoffman finished second. Hoffman is also second placed in the general classification but it was no danger for Sergey Lagutin as they all finished in a bunch sprint. Well, not all but many of them. Yes, the biggest part of the peloton and then we had some young boys in the Uzbekistan National Team who finished 15 minutes behind the peloton, but I can't say that I am surprised. Yuriy Ivoljatov, Temur Mukhamedov and Yaroslav Malakhov were guys I had barely heard of before this race. To me Yuriy Ivoljatov was the most famous as I actually mentioned his name in October 2006 and he also finished second at this year's national championships after Sergey Lagutin. But the other boys were totally unknown for me. They may have belonged to the group of riders I saw in Tashkent in May, but how can I possible know? Anyway, they are young and it's not strange that they lose time after working so hard for so long time. I the end their leader Lagutin is a pro cyclist and he has a different speed and style of riding than the amateurs, so of course it's tough. They will certainly have an experience for life after this race so I hope they take this as a great opportunity. And of course this can give them a ticket to Europe or to the US.

The headlines today come from the song When You Wish upon a Star from the Disney movie Pinocchio. It's a very beautiful song and says that you should believe in your dreams. The woodcarver Gepetto in the movie and novel created a wooden puppet, Pinocchio, and one evening when he see the wishing star in tells the star that he would like to have a real boy. The next morning the puppet has become a real boy and the novel continues. If these Uzbek riders want a pro career then they shall take care of this opportunity to race with Sergey Lagutin, who is the only pro rider from Uzbekistan in the pro peloton this year. And as said "If your heart is in your dreams, no request is too extreme" I am sure the riders will do great and I hope they are proud of themselves even though they lost some minutes today. They shall be proud over themselves.

When you wish upon a star

Category: Cycling

Another boring day, with rain. I thought I would go to the city but no, too boring. Will do it tomorrow instead.

Anyway, now only Caisse d'Epargne has not told who their riders to the Tour de France will be, Today Lampre published their list and Damiano Cunego will be the leader. Apparently he didn't race the Giro d'Italia this year because he wished to do well in the Tour. Alessandro Ballan, Matteo Bono, Marzio Bruseghin, Marco Marzano, Massimiliano Mori, Daniele Righi, Sylvester Szmyd and Paolo Tiralongo also belong to the squad. It will be fun to find out how their race will be. Alessandro Ballan and Cunego is the riders I believe can win a stage or two, but I have little knowledge of the rest of them so it will be fun and see if somebody else can surprise me.

The world is against me

Category: Cycling

Hi, I did some baking today (again). This time I made cookies. I normally suck on doing cookies so I was surprised when the final result was delicious. But most surprisingly was that I have never seen such simple recipe. The only thing you needed was oatmeals, sugar and butter. And perhaps the sugar was superfluous (to be honest). I would like to do a Swiss roll too, but I have no more butter. So in such case I have to buy some. And no, I shall not.

Today Tour de Korea-Japan continued. Today's stage was won by David McCann. The Uzbek team took it easy and just raced with the peloton. So Sergey Lagutin still leads and it feels good I think.

Ps. Raivis Belohvoščiks won the Latvia Time Trial Championships .