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

What's up with my heart when it skips a beat?

Category: Cycling

Hi, I am back. E3 Prijs Vlaanderen was won by Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Team CSC) today. Second was David Kopp (Cycle Collstrop), who finished five second behind of Arvesen. Third Greg Van Avermaet (Silence - Lotto), same time. They are all in good form, so congratulations to them.

Sergey Lagutin (Also Cycle Collstrop) was out in an attack today according to He finished 87th today, which I think is good. I have a feeling that he has a good heart. I haven't seen him during long time, but in some way it seems like if he has understood the meaning of life, or something. Keep on going boy and keep enjoying your life and yourself, that is the most important.

In about a month I believe come to Uzbekistan for the first time of my life, the country where Lagutin is born. The first time I saw in in October 2003 I felt like if he had something to tell me, and now I will find out what it was. It may sound odd, but I do believe I can learn something by those eyes and that adorable smile.

Good night, and remember to follow your dreams.
/ Elin

I tried to give you up but I am addicted

Category: Cycling

Critérium International started today, and the winner of stage 1 was Laurens Ten Dam (Rabobank). Wow, it was long since I saw him the last time. Okay, he surely rode for during two years, but I actually haven't seen him since he raced for Shimano - Memory Corp. Of course it is fun to see him winning a stage of Critérium International. Benoît Vaugrenard (Française des Jeux) ended at second position, 10 seconds after Laurens Ten Dam, and Mirco Lorenzetto, same time, crossed the finish line as third man.

Laurens Ten Dam will probably not lead this race tomorrow, but at least he does today. So congratulations to him. Tomorrow I wish that Jens Voigt will have a chance to show everybody that he is a good rider. But it doesn't matter who wins or not, I just wish that the winner of the race is not doped.

Will be back as soon as I can find the full result from E3 Prijs Vlaanderen, but until then enjoy yourself.
Love// Elin

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Category: Cycling

I do believe I found a new cyclist today. Or no, he has raced for many years and he is quite famous in track cycling, but has not yet won a lot in road racing. His name is Vasil Kiryienka and he won the gold medal in Points race at the World Championships in Manchester. He seems to enjoy the track; after all he won the point?s race in Manchester in 2005.

Okay, to be honest, he wasn't very special. He came from Belorussia and had long hair, but no, I don't think I would have cared that much if he came from let's say Colombia. Still he had some idea about himself as the winner of the race, and it made me realise that it would mean a lot to him if he won, which he also did. But it was quite difficult for the rider as he, of course, was tired after many laps, but in the last couple of kilometres the French rider Christophe Riblon tried to win the race by gaining an entire lap on the peloton. He was extremely close but his legs very stunned in the end, and he failed.

So instead Vasil Kiryienka won the race by one single point, which means he kept the lead from the first sprint to the last. It was fun to see that he never gave up and that he succeed winning.

But I think I can assure you that Kiryienka won't be a new favourite cyclist. He had too little joy in his eyes. I may take a glance at him sometimes though and see how he is doing.