Monday, June 9, 2008

The Greatest Show On Earth

If anyone thought I was referring to a cycling event, for once you'd be wrong. "The Greatest Show On Earth" has circus undertones, and on Saturday night I went to Madame Zingara at the SunCoast Casino. But, to call this a circus is wrong; it is so much more. It is an evening of fun, fantasy and fine dining. Dressing up for the occasion is optional, but advised. And the weirder the better! Everything about the evening is over the top, but truly unforgettable. Check out the website here. Highly recommended.

I, of course, am still as sick as a dog; my throat is on fire, my head is being slowly crushed in a vice, and my sinuses are completely stuffed. And the doctor said it would be a couple of days before I come right - I'm not sure I'll survive that long!

Dauphiné Libéré
My prediction was 100% on the money - Levi Leipheimer won the prologue by a mere second from Crédit Agricole's big Norwegian paceman, Thor Hushovd. Spain's Alejandro Valverde of the Caisse d'Epargne team showed his form with a third, 6 seconds off the pace. Cadel Evans should also be pleased with his 6th place in his first competitive ride since a bout of tendinitis. Today's Stage 1 features an uphill finish, and I think Thor would fancy his chances of grabbing the yellow jersey. But, overall, my money is still on Levi.

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