Thursday, February 29, 2024

Grenoble Six Day 2010, Night Five – Velocious Elia Viviani

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There’s no telling what you’ll see when you walk up those stairs; you’d expect to see Elia Viviani or Teun Mulder on the rollers on their road bikes or Shane Perkins on his track bike on the rollers — but a juggler?

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Getting some practice in for the show later.

The views over to the Alps were stunning this morning, the city is ringed on all sides by mountains.

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Sit outside Bar Clemenceau with your beer, the autumn sun on your skin, look over to the Alps and it’s easy to think; ‘I could live here.’

It was an up and down kind of day, the bakers was open again after their Monday off and I bought those lovely baguettes campagne, a friend of Franco’s brought in some delicious almond croissants — they were gone before I could photograph them, but there were cakes too.

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Delicious bread to start the day.
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The riders don’t go mad with these, but there’s no reason why soigneurs and runners can’t!

And Franco’s partner in the race, Alex Aeschbach gave me a wee present, ‘6 Daagsen Statistieken 2010’ a book as sad as it sounds — packed with Six Day stats; I almost cried with gratitude.

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Franco and Alex make the presentation to a wobbly-lipped Ed.

But there was bad news too; Jo Do the German mechanic had to go to hospital with a burst appendix.

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Speed Gazette.

One of the mechanics duties is to chain all the bikes up at night — no mechanic means no key for the padlock and no training for Jens-Erik until we tracked down the key from Jo Do’s lady.

And Franco has a lung infection — that’s going to make win number six tough; Danny and Leon are in the cabin next door, they can sense weakness like a shark senses blood in the water.

Kris must have been working me too hard last night, I missed the parade of previous winners, there’s a photo in the ‘Speed Gazette’ newspaper which the race organisers produce each day.

One haircut I recognised was that of Philippe Tarantini who ‘won’ here in 1991 — ask Stephen Roche about that one.

Roche was leading with Tony Doyle; Tarantini and Jean-Claude Colotti were a lap down but with better points and attacked late in the last chase.

They didn’t make the junction until after the lap last had been completed — but if you were the judges, who would you want to win, an Irish millionaire or a lad from just up the road at La Tronche?

Patrick Sercu arrived tonight — its pay day tomorrow — and told us that we can’t park the camper inside the big garage beside the track at Gent — it’s going to be chilly walking to the shower block.

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There will be no room for your mobile home under the Kuipke Kris, sorry.
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Mulder gently spins the legs.
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As does Shane.
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Teun Mulder, Shane and Kevin Sireu chill out inbetween races at the Grenoble Six Day.
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The youngsters about to ride in the support race look a tad anxious.

I had a good look at the hardware this afternoon; one thing about Danny Stam is that he and his partners always have nice bikes.

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Danny and Van Bon’s white carbon Beone track are nice, sleek lines and no frills.
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Neat finishing on the Beone.
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That’s a really nice paint job.

Alex Aeschbach rides a carbon BMC; you love them or hate them.

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Alex loves his BMC. What about you?
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Unusual seat post on the BMC.

Carbon again for Jens-Erik’s Principia — a lovely tool, very rigid but; ‘too rigid for the road’ says Dirk the mechanic.

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Jens-Erik has been with Principia for a while.
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These are the wheels to have. Bar none.

The Belgians stick with good old aluminium on their white Merckx track machines.

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It may not be the latest materials, but it’s still a lovely bike.