Prologue: Round-up

From memory, prologues don’t usually invoke quite as much excitement as this year’s in Liège. Perhaps this was due to the build of of Cowdel fever (encouraged by the fab documentary SBS played prior to their live coverage); perhaps it was the call-outs from many of last year’s fabbo cow-respondents and the re-establishment of the #lvdt and #trolldj hashtags; perhaps it was the anticipation of more Astana “shiny suits” (especially on Vino! – sj) or more likely – all of this and more.  The excitement levels reached fever pitch as we waited for our first look at the riders for this year’s tour, including our very own Orica Green Edge team (sooooooo proud!) and a record breaking 12 Ausssies in the starting lists. There is a lot to look forward to over the next three weeks.

Spartacus showed that he has won the prologue four times for a reason – complete and unadulterated determination.  Injera showed that the off-season had affected the twitter-skills by over-tweeting and getting benched by the twitter police just as Cancellara started his run. We filled in some of the slower moments (as did Phil and Paul) with discussions about intestinal parasites, the acceptable occasions on which you can wear white lycra knicks, comparing supplies to get us through the long cold nights of Le Tour, musing on the presence of Gabrielle Gate and the absence of a #sagwagon podcast.

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Prologue: Liège > Liège

We start Le Tour in Belgium this year with a 6.4km time trial around the streets of Liège, following the same route used in 2004. Cancellara won the day back then and is described as the “defending champion” of the prologue, having won the last one in 2010.  The first rider on the course will be Tom Veelers (Argos-Shimano) at 2.00pm local time (10.00pm AEST).  Cadel Evans will start in yellow and will be the last off the ramp, at 5.17pm (1.17am AEST). Wake up your neighbours as you yell for Cadel!

Now on to the cows.

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