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Bianchi 2009

Well the word on the street is that Bianchi is coming to their senses and bringing back some steel bikes in 2009.  No offense to anyone that owns one, but hopefully they drop the c2c line while they are at it.  I am sure they ride well and everything, but they look like a bad ripoff of a Specialized Tarmac or something.  Again, sorry for the tens of people whose bike I have just insulted.

Anyway, I don’t have any hard evidence at this point, but it looks as though the Imola will be back along with at least two other steel models.  The one I am most excited about its the “Boron”, formally know as the Pinella.  Being an owner of one, a slightly bent one at that, I can attest that the Pinella, uh I mean Boron,  is a sweet ride.  Very comfortable while still being surprisingly stiff for a steel bike.  I can’t wait to get more details and pictures, hopefully in the near future.  Who knows, it might be time to replace my frame, but then again the bent seatstay kind of adds character.  If anyone at Bianchi wants me to test a 57cm Boron frame out, just let me know.  It will be a sacrifice, but I am more than willing to work towards a good cause.  Considering that I have extensive experience with the original Pinella, I am probably a great choice to do some hands on testing of the new Boron.  Get back to me when you can.  If needed, I can pick it up at Interbike.  Thanks!

I found this image on Bianchi’s site.  Apparently the new/old steel bikes are going to be part of a Classica line, and will use this logo.  In principle this seems okay, but I hope they don’t make it cheesy.  We’ll see, I just want some photos.

Bianchi Dolomiti:

Chrome lugs and classic styling, I am anxious to see it in person

Chrome lugs and classic styling, I am anxious to see it in person

Steel frame (what kind of steel I don’t know), and Campy Veloce 10-speed.  Cool bike, but I want to see a more performance/race bike like the Pinella.  My understanding is that the new Pinella/Boron will be all Celeste, which should have a nice classic look.  We’ll see. 

The new carbon lugged D2 Cross Concept looks awesome, although I suspect it will be pricey.  CX Magazine has a preview here:

http://cxmagazine.com/2009-bianchi-d2-cross-concept-race-carbon-preview

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Jens Voigt is a bad mofo.  Everyone knows that he is a head banger, but the tempo he set on the Tourmalet was sick.  Voigt single handedly destroyed the peloton on the Tourmalet, and then took over again on Hautacam.  Let’s not forget that Fabian Cancellara was setting a pretty nice tempo in the breakaway group as well.  And then sat up to lead (time trial) the small group across the valley floor.  What is with these “big guys” suddenly being able to climb?  CSC-Saxo was great today, although Sastre was a bit of a disappointment.  Frank Schleck was solid though.

Columbia, while able to provide an awesome lead out for the sprint, has so far proved unable to control or even keep up on the mountain stages.  Hopefully Cavendish’s crash wasn’t too serious today.

Saunier-Duval is stacked with climbers.  What else can you say?  They will undoubtedly win more stages this tour.  Ricco never looked like he was at his limit today.

Caisse d’Epargne is definitely one of the stronger teams, however Valverde exploded today.

Vandevelde continues to look solid.  It would be great to see some teammates keeping up with him a bit longer.

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Here is a picture taken by Heidi Swift at the Cascade Classic Saturday.  Apparently Chris Horner (one of my personal favorites) came across Billy Demong, whos bike was apparently broken in some way, about two kilometers from the summit of Stage 5.  Not having the kind of support the Tour de France offers, Horner decides to give the guy a ride to the finish.  Horner finished 82nd, with Demong a close 83rd.

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Does anyone have an idea why Michelin no longer makes their green cyclocross (or any green tires for that matter) tires?  You occasionally find them on Ebay selling for outrageous amounts of scratch (used tires in the 60-80 dollar range), but for some reason Michelin doesn’t choose to make them any longer.  There is obviously a market for these gems, so if anyone has some insight, I’d love to hear about it.

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