Posts Tagged ‘Italy’

CampagEven though I ride Shimano, I am a fan of Campag and have always dreamed of riding an Italian frame with a full Campagnolo groupset. One day!  But this year is the 80th Anniversary for Campagnolo and they have released a video in celebration of this. To celebrate those of us who cycle. The video is great (even though the voice over is slightly creepy).

Enjoy nonethless!

Nicole Cooke and her Olympic Gold

Nicole Cooke and her Olympic Gold

Nicole Cooke today became the first person to win a gold for Britain at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She won the race after surviving an uphill sprint finish in the pouring rain in the women’s Olympic 126-km road race.

Cooke dropped off from the lead group (of five riders) about 500 metres from the finish, just as they started on the uphill approach. I was amazed to see her fight her way back to the group but was worried that she might have used up her energy just to make it back. With about 250 metres to go, she took the lead and opened up the sprint. She dug deep, fought hard and held off her opponents.

A worthy winner of the Gold, showing true guts and determination!

Cooke took Gold from Sweden’s Emma Johansson who took the silver and Tatiana Guderzo of Italy who came in third.

Fellow Briton Emma Pooley, finished back in 23rd place, 30 seconds behind Cooke. The third member of the British team Sharon Laws, finished in 35th place.

Samuel Sanchez taking Gold in the Mens Olympic Road Race

Samuel Sanchez taking Gold in the Men's Olympic Road Race

Samuel Sanchez from Spain won the first Olympic cycling gold medal event today, beating out Italy’s Davide Rebellin after a grueling 245-km road race from the Forbidden City in ancient Beijing to the Great Wall.

Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland took the bronze after the three sprinted on the final uphill portion of the course to make it to the podium.

Sanchez and Rebellin, who celebrated his 37th birthday with a silver medal, were part of a lead group in the final kilometers and Cancellara launched an attack to escape the peloton and join the leaders for the final sprint.

Road Race Result

1 Samuel Sanchez (Spain)
2 Davide Rebellin (Italy)
3 Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland)
4 Alexandre Kolobnev (Russia)
5 Andy Schleck (Luxembourg)
6 Michael Rogers (Australia)