Monday, June 16, 2008

History repeats itself

Wow, with temperatures in the upper 20's anyone could be excused for forgetting it's mid-winter! Perfect weather for the 83rd running of the Comrades Marathon and Russian Leonid Shvetsov took advantage of conditions to not only win the race for the second time, but also to break the 8 year old up-run record. In Pretoria, the Springboks maintained their unbeaten home record against Wales, and at Le Mans in France Audi won the 24 hour race for the 3rd consecutive time. It must have been a tough weekend for the bookies! Actually, the only upset I can find in sporting news was Rafael Nadal winning his first grass court title, but with his current form I certainly wouldn't have bet against him!

Dauphiné Libéré

Dimitri Fofonov won the final Stage into Grenoble, but the day belonged to overall winner Alejandro Valverde. Cadel Evans sent his team-mate Yaroslav Popovych up the road on the Col du Granier as a test, but Valverde's team countered and the Australian settled for 2nd place. The performance of the top 2 finishers bodes well for the Tour de France, starting in less than 3 weeks time, but for 3rd place finisher, Levi Leipheimer, it'll be back to the States to begin his preparation for the Olympics, as his Astana team are controversially not invited to the Tour.

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