Good omens

The Tour de France start list is still some time away, but I’ve been reading the tea leaves (cow pats?) and am prepared to make the call: it’s going to be an excellent year for the cows. Not only did the Sydney Royal Easter Show choose our signature breed, the Charolais, as its feature breed this year, but this Palgrove Charolais was awarded the Urquhart Trophy as champion bull of the show.

Champion BullImage: Al Rayner

It’s definitely a sign…


Fantasy League Standings – post Milan-San Remo

Milan San Remo Ciolek

Image: SMH

After the Milan-San Remo, the current LVDC podium looks like this:

PW2013                 124

Meowmaniacs       77

Wheeee!                 75

Don’t forget – 24 transfers are allowed over the course of the series, although it’s going to be hard to assess the strength of teams based on the freak conditions of the first race…

Les Vaches des Classiques



Image: Kranky Kids

It’s time to fire up your inner DS with a fantasy cycling team. Velogames is running a competition covering the great one-day races and it all kicks off tomorrow with the Milan-San Remo. As a way of indulging my competitive side there is a mini-league for fans of the cows. Set up a team and join in the fun, using the league code 15003318.

This is what you’ll be up against:

  • Tom Moonen
  • Mark Cowvendish
  • Sylvain Cowvanel
  • Mooreno Mooser
  • Thomas Veauckler
  • Simmental Gerrans
  • Cowlos Betancow
  • Cowen de Kort
  • Tom Jelle Slagter (the butcher, natch)
  • Michael Morecow
  • Michal Kwiatkowski
  • Frederik Veauchelen

The LVDC team is, naturally, selected from our favourite cow-named riders which has proven in the past to be a poor basis for team selection. Yet I persist… you need not!

There’s bragging rights (and a t-shirt) in it for the winning DS.

Podium Cafe has a race preview up – who’ll be joining me for negronis early on Monday morning?



Official trailer – pas des vaches

This weekend marks the real start of European cycling. None of that delayed telecasting stuff (well, apart from Strade Bianche). Paris Nice starts Sunday and another little French race launched the official trailer this week (reload the page if the video doesn’t show. Full-screen recommended):

Oh, and for Australian readers, SBS is showing the Classics live.