John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
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Ten random things: July 15

Ten riders in the 2009 Tour de France and their teams:

  1. Carlos Sastre (Cervélo TestTeam)
  2. Lance Armstrong (Astana)
  3. Juan Antonio Flecha (Rabobank)
  4. Juan José Oroz (Euskaltel-Euskadi)
  5. Stéphane Goubert (Ag2r-La Mondiale)
  6. Christophe Le Mével (Française des Jeux)
  7. Sébastien Minard (Cofidis)
  8. Pierre Rolland (Bbox Bouygues Telecom)
  9. Stijn Vandenbergh (Team Katusha)
  10. Linus Gerdemann (Team Milram)

I didn't realize until last night that the Tour de France was currently being run. Lance Armstrong is receiving a bit of attention for racing with a team sponsored by the autocratic government of Kazakhstan. Not a group I'd want to be associated with, but hey, who has time to think about human rights abuses when you're pedaling through the Pyrenees?

One thing I noticed as I was drawing up this list: the Euskaltel-Euskadi cycling team is the only one in the entire field that is composed entirely of cyclists from one nation, in this case Spain. And given the team's name, it wouldn't surprise me if they were all Basques. (Something I learned from reading Mark Kurlansky's The Basque History of the World is that euska is the Basque langauge word for themselves. I think it means "the people" or something like that.)

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