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The Batebe of Toro Foundation
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It's pretty good, Fausto. It's due at the end of March, and will get done for then. Won't be as good as it could be if I had another month, but then I'd probably just take another month to get to the same stage. You have to finish some time.

You should all witness a mellower, more beatific toro toro then.

After that, I think I'll move to London for at least six months, and see if I can get a lecturing job anywhere in time for September/October. Try and get a few more papers submitted duiring thazt time as well, to boost out the CV...

Slipstream/Chipotle are great. Cool/ludicrous gear, hardcore ethical policy, and a really promising young Irish climber, Dan "nephew of Roche" Martin. What's not to like?

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Well good luck with all of that Toro.

aw, Felicity, anyone who's cycled any sort of distance can sympathise with your 50 miler. That feeling of turning around at the half way point only to discover there's a head wind you weren't aware of. The thought that you've got to push through the next 20 odd miles is apping enough, but it's not so much the legs and lungs that are the problem it's the hands (you are wearing mitts aren't you?), the ache in your neck, your back and the potential for just running on empty.

The joys of long distance cycling eh?

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Well I went with your link from a while ago about 'cycling etiquette/style' and wore my summer mitts to match my Milram gear, but it turned out to be insufficient and mismatching it with my gloves-with-fingers would've been the better option.
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Sounds like you looked good.
You'll forget the pain - would you have recovered from a kit mis-match?

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Which side are you on boys?
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Complicated. On this specific issue, I think the UCI are right.

But it's part of a bigger struggle involving Astana being dropped like they're hot by ASO, who are right in that instance.

Only that's part of a still bigger dispute over the ownership of the sport, where the UCI are right...

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Who do you think are more serious about cleaning the sport up? My hunch is with ASO, but I may be wrong.
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I think they're more serious about cleaning it up, but I don't like the idea of corporate ownership - as opposed to sponsorship, which is unavoidable - of sporting events...

It would be nice if one side was in the right on both things...

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I share the confusion/ambivalence.

I think ANOTHER year without a proper champion defending the jersey doesn't do the Tour, world cycling's shop window whether one likes it or not, any real favours tho'.

Anyroad: when are the 1st Belgian classics on Eurosport? or have i missed any yet?

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Ronde van Vlaanderen isn't until 6 April.

Paris-Nice is supposed to start next week, and Milan - San Remo is 22 March.

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Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne and Het Volk have been on - Steven De Jongh and Phillipe Gilbert won...
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Were they on telly?
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I don't know.

In true WP style, I don't have one. (and am telling you all about it...)

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WP?
Workers' Party?

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"White People" (see the 20+ page thread on "Stuff that White People Like").

I don't think they were broadcast outside of Belgium, FIGS. Eurosport usually carries the ones I mentioned, however.

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