This morning, Canadian Ryder Hesjedal is poised to become the first Canadian ever to win a major Grand Tour cycling event, the Giro d’Italia. Tune in to Sportsnet (Channel 99 on Rogers Cable in Toronto) to watch the event. Coverage begins at 9:30 AM here and the last five riders are scheduled to begin their rides at 10:32. Our guy Hesjedal, just 31 seconds behind leaderJoaquin Rodriguez of Spain, will start at 10:38 and Rodriguez will start at 10:40 AM. It’ll all be over, except for the pink jersey ceremony, the kisses and the champagne squirtfest at about 11:10 today. Coverage is from 9:30 to 11:30. Each rider is expected to complete his time trial in about 30 minutes.
Hesjedal, only half a minute slower than Joaquin Rodriguez after over 91 hours of cycling, is much better in the individual time trial events. Barring an unexpected incredible time trial performance from Rodriguez of Spain or Thomas De Gendt of Belgium, mechanical problems or a fall, Hesjedal is expected to win. De Gendt is a good time trialler like Hesjedal, but De Gendt is not expected to be able to make up a large differential of 1 minute 47 seconds between his time and Hejedal’s. The other two men in the top five, Michele Scarponi and Ivan Basso of Italy, are not expected to be fast enough to get to the top of the podium.
Today’s final stage is a time trial in Milan, Italy. Today, 157 riders will begin the route at 2 minute intervals, with the last 5 riders being the 5 leaders. The time they take to ride this 21st and last stage will be added to their total time for the previous 20 stages, and the GC (General Classification) winner will be the one with the fastest total time.
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While reading Steven Galloway’s The Cellist of Sarajevo I enjoyed the passage below from pages 82 and 83. Galloway’s book describes life in Sarajevo during the troubles suffered after the fall of the Tito regime in the former Yugoslavia. Sarajevo is in a bowl surrounded by mountains from which snipers and artillery randomly attack its besieged citizens who only walk through the streets if they must – to collect water or perform brave, charitable works in a city whose services and institutions have broken down. Continue reading “Fries Or Politics With That?”
Do NOT look at this event with the naked eye or sunglasses! Look only through #14 welders’ glass or project the image through binoculars onto a piece of white board and look at the board!
Should begin at about 8:20 PM Eastern Daylight Time, cover about 23% of the sun at its max. at ~8:35 PM and will not be finished when the sun sets in our area around 8:42 PM. I used info for Buffalo, N.Y. on Sky and Telescope’s website. You can check there for info on your own area. Only the western U.S. and Asia/Pacific areas will see the “Ring of Fire.”
It is so easy to diminish a blessing by hoping too hard that it will happen again. Instead, we should respect and appreciate fully how lucky we were to have experienced that blessed event. To expect it to happen again is to diminish the specialness of the first experience. It can also decrease the potential for ongoing joy that remembering the unique encounter can give us, and replace this joy with disappointment.