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Jerseys of the Pro Tour

A collection of the Pro Tour team jerseys from 2006 onwards.

2012 Updates:

Additions:Australia’s first Pro Tour team, Orica Greenedge;The return FDJ to the Pro Tour
Deletions: The HTC team is no more;
Major Changes:
Leopard Trek folded into the Radioshack team to become the Radioshack –Nissan team; Garmin picked up a new sponsor in Sharp;Omega-Pharma Lotto parted ways creating two separate teams with Omega-Pharma teaming up with Quickstep; Saxobank dropped Sunguard as sponsor and brought Tinkoff Bank

2011 Updates:
Additions: Hello to BMC, Vacansoleil-DCM ( both promoted from the continental tour),  and Leopard Trek
Deletions:
Goodbye to Francaise Des Jeux (relegated to the continental tour), Footon-Servetto and Milram
Major changes: Caisse D’Epargne are now the Movistar team

Leaving only 9 teams which can show a direct lineage to the inception of the Pro Tour in 2006.

2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
AG2R PREVOYANCE AG2R LA MONDIALE
AG2R PREVOYANCE 2006 AG2R PREVOYANCE 2007 AG2R LA MONDIALE 2008 ALM_definitvers_shirt ALM_definitvers_shirt AG2R LA MONDIALE Shirt Pant AG2R
Astana Pro Team Astana
Liberty Seguros – Würth Team Astana 2007 ASTANA 2008 ASTANA_TEAM_MOCK ASTANA 2010 PRO TEAM ASTANA ASTANA PRO TEAM
Bouygues Telecom BBOX Bouygues Telecom
BOUYGUES TELECOM 2006 BOUYGUES TELECOM 2007 BOUYGUES TELECOM 2008 BBOX BOUYGUES TELECOM 2009

In 2010 this team was relegated to the Continental tour

BMC Racing Team
BMC BMC Velocity Jersey
Caisse D’Epargne-Illes Balears Caisse D’Epargne Movistar
CAISSE D'EPARGNE-ILLES BALEARS 2006 CAISSE D'EPARGNE 2007 CAISSE D'EPARGNE 2008 CAISSE D'EPARGNE 2009 CAISSE D'EPARGNE 2010 Movistar MOVISTAR TEAM
COFIDIS, LE CREDIT PAR TELEPHONE COFIDIS, LE CREDIT EN LIGNE
COFIDIS, LE CREDIT PAR TELEPHONE 2006 Cofidis, le Credit Par Telephone 2007 COFIDIS, LE CREDIT PAR TELEPHONE 2008 COFIDIS, LE CREDIT EN LIGNE 2009
Credit Agricole
CREDIT AGRICOLE 2006 Credit Agricole 2007 CREDIT AGRICOLE 2008
Discovery Channel
DISCOVERY CHANNEL PRO CYCLING TEAM 2006 DISCOVERY CHANNEL PRO CYCLING TEAM 2007
Euskaltel – Euskadi
EUSKALTEL - EUSKADI 2006 EUSKALTEL - EUSKADI  2007 EUSKALTEL - EUSKADI 2008 EUSKALTEL - EUSKADI 2009 EUSKALTEL - EUSKADI 2010 EUSKALTEL-EUSKADI EUSKALTEL
FRANÇAISE DES JEUX FDJ – Big Mat
FRANÇAISE DES JEUX 2006 FRANÇAISE DES JEUX 2007 FRANÇAISE DES JEUX  2008 FRANÇAISE DES JEUX 2009

FRANÇAISE DES JEUX 2010
This jersey was introduced for the TDF

FDJ-BIG MAT
GARMIN – SLIPSTREAM GARMIN – TRANSITIONS TEAM GARMIN-CERVELO Garmin Sharp
GARMIN - SLIPSTREAM 2009 GARMIN - TRANSITIONS 2010 TEAM GARMIN-CERVELO GARMIN Sharp
GEROLSTEINER
GEROLSTEINER 2006 GEROLSTEINER 2007 GEROLSTEINER 2008
T-MOBILE TEAM High Road TEAM COLUMBIA – HIGH ROAD TEAM HTC – COLUMBIA HTC-HIGHROAD
 T-MOBILE TEAM 2006 T-MOBILE TEAM 2007  HIGH ROAD 2008 TEAM COLUMBIA - HIGH ROAD 2009 TEAM HTC - COLUMBIA 2010 HTC-Highroad_Jersey-front
LAMPRE-FONDITAL LAMPRE LAMPRE – N.G.C LAMPRE-FARNESE VINI LAMPRE – ISD
LAMPRE-FONDITAL 2006 LAMPRE-FONDITAL 2007 LAMPRE 2008 LAMPRE - N.G.C 2009 LAMPRE-FARNESE VINI 2010 LAMPRE - ISD pagina jpeg new
LIQUIGAS LIQUIGAS-DOIMO LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE
LIQUIGAS 2006 LIQUIGAS 2007 LIQUIGAS 2008 LIQUIGAS 2009 LIQUIGAS-DOIMO 2010 11_LGC_finalUCI BOZZA MAGLIA LIQUIGAS
LEOPARD TREK
LEOPARD TREK
DAVITAMON-LOTTO PREDICTOR-LOTTO SILENCE – LOTTO OMEGA PHARMA-LOTTO Lotto Belisol team
DAVITAMON-LOTTO 2006 PREDICTOR-LOTTO 2007 SILENCE-LOTTO 2008 SILENCE-LOTTO 2009 OMEGA PHARMA-LOTTO 2010 trui + broek doorl ontwerp FRC
PHONAK HEARING SYSTEMS
PHONAK HEARING SYSTEMS 2006
QUICK STEP – INNERGETIC QUICK STEP QUICKSTEP CYCLING TEAM OMEGA PHARMA – QUICKSTEP
QUICK STEP - INNERGETIC 2006 QUICK STEP - INNERGETIC 2007 QUICK STEP 2008 QUICK STEP 2009 QUICK STEP 2010 QUICK-STEP (BROEK) ONTWERP FRC
Orica Greenedge
ORICA GREENEDGE
RABOBANK RABOBANK CYCLING TEAM
RABOBANK 2006 RABOBANK 2007 RABOBANK 2008 RABOBANK 2009 RABOBANK 2010 RABOBANK CYCLING TEAM RABOBANK CYCLING TEAM
SAUNIER DUVAL- PRODIR SAUNIER DUVAL-SCOTT FUJI-SERVETTO FOOTON-SERVETTO
SAUNIER DUVAL - PRODIR 2006 SAUNIER DUVAL - PRODIR 2007 SAUNIER DUVAL-SCOTT 2008 FUJI-SERVETTO 2009 FOOTON-SERVETTO 2010
SKY PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM SKY PROCYCLING
OPP_1 SKY PROCYCLING 2012 ss jersey
TEAM CSC TEAM SAXO BANK SAXO BANK SUNGARD Saxo Bank – Tinkoff Bank
TEAM CSC 2006 TEAM CSC 2007 TEAM CSC 2008 TEAM SAXO BANK 2009 TeamSAXO_2010Jersey_1130 TeamSaxoBankSungard_Jersey_1124 TeamSaxoBankTinkoff_2012_Jersey_0618_8PM
TEAM KATUSHA
TEAM KATUSHA 2009 TEAM KATUSHA 2010 KATUSHA TEAM Katusha_Trikot111114
TEAM MILRAM
TEAM MILRAM 2006 TEAM MILRAM 2007 TEAM MILRAM 2008 TEAM MILRAM 2009 Afdrukken
TEAM RADIOSHACK Radioshack – Nissan
TEAM RADIOSHACK 2010 RS11_111710 Impression

UNIBET.COM

UNIBET.COM 2007
VACANSOLEIL-DCM
VACANSOLEIL-DCM VACANSOLEIL-DCM PRO CYCLING

 

 

A visual look at the UCI World ProTour stats

Based on my hugely popular UCI Pro Tour Stats post Smile with tongue outI have now turned the data into an interactive set of graphs using some really cool software called Tableau. Once again this data was taken from the publically available UCI archives. The only thing I have done is to represent the raw point score as percentage of the yearly total to even out the differences between the total points scored each year.

 

With all these charts you can

  • Select and highlight individual countries.
  • Use the slider bar to select a specific year.
  • Using the magnifying tools in the top left corner you can zoom into areas of interest or where the data is “crowded”
  • Move the mouse over each data point reveal all the data for each point.
  • if you get stuck with the filters you can click the “Revert all” button at the bottom of each infographic

Points vs. Riders

This is a comparison of how many riders each country has and how many points they have scored, the size of the circle represents the country’s population. So countries with a small circle above the trend line are considered to be the high performing countries.

Population vs. Riders

This is a comparison of how many riders each country has compared to its population, the size of the circle represents how many points the country has scored. So countries with a large circle below the trend line are considered to be the high performing countries.

The next two are more just to show the features of the Tableau software which I thought looked interesting.

Geo location of the riders.

This shows the data overlaid on a world map, showing where the riders come, the size of the circle represents how many riders come from the country. Remember you can use the magnifying tools to zoom in over Europe.

 

Geo location of points scored.

Similar to the previous one, this shows which country has scored points and how many.

 

Australian Tour de France riders

I had this come across my desk the other day which I thought was of interest. It is a complete list of Australians who have competed in the Tour de France since 1914.

 

Year Rider Team Final Place Started Finished Final Time* Remarks
1914 Duncan "Don" Kirkham Phebus-Dunlop 17th 145 54 at 11h 53′ 39"  
1914 Ivor "Iddo" / "Snowy" Munro Phebus-Dunlop 20th 145 54 at 12h 34′ 57"  
1928 Hubert Opperman Ravat-Wonder-Dunlop 18th 162 41 at 8h 34′ 35" Ravat-Wonder-Dunlop was an Aus/NZ team raised by the Melbourne Herald. Plan to include experienced europeans fell through.
1928 Perry Osborne Ravat-Wonder-Dunlop 38th 162 41 at 22h 01′ 49"  
1928 Ernest Bainbridge Ravat-Wonder-Dunlop dnf 162 41 ab. Stage 15 was about 16 hours down when he retired
1931 Hubert Opperman Australia-Switzerland 12th 81 35 at 1h 36′ 43"  
1931 Richard-William Lamb Australia-Switzerland 35th 81 35 at 6h 27′ 06"  
1931 Oserick Bernard Nicholson Australia-Switzerland dnf 81 35 ab. Stage 4  
1931 Frankie Thomas Australia-Switzerland dnf 81 35 ab. Stage 3  
1952 John Beasley Luxembourg dnf 123 78 ab. Stage 2  
1955 John Beasley Internations dnf 130 69 ab. Stage 3 "Internations" was a successor to the Luxembourg national team, and included Charly Gaul, who was 3rd overall
1955 Russell Mockridge Internations 64th 130 69 at 4h 14′ 46"  
1967 Bill Lawrie Great Britain dnf 130 88 hd. Stage 7 Team included Tom Simpson who died on Mont Ventoux (stage 13)
1974 Don Allan Frisol-Flair Plastics 103rd 130 105 at 3h 16′ 53"  
1975 Don Allan Frisol-G.B.C. 85th 140 86 at 3h 25′ 38"  
1981 Phil Anderson Peugeot-Esso-Michelin 10th 150 121 at 27′ 00" 1st Yellow Jersey
1982 Phil Anderson Peugeot-Shell-Michelin 5th 170 125 at 12′ 16" 9 days in yellow, winner White Jersey, won stage 2, 3rd in points comp.
1983 Phil Anderson Peugeot-Shell-Michelin 9th 140 88 at 16′ 56"  
1984 Phil Anderson Panasonic-Raleigh 10th 170 124 at 29′ 16"  
1984 Alan Peiper Peugeot-Shell-Michelin 95th 170 124 at 2h 31′ 28"  
1985 Phil Anderson Panasonic-Raleigh 5th 180 144 at 7′ 44"  
1985 Alan Peiper Peugeot-Shell-Michelin 86th 180 144 at 1h 56′ 54"  
1986 Phil Anderson Panasonic 39th 210 132 at 1h 19′ 41"  
1987 Phil Anderson Panasonic-Isostar 27th 207 135 at 1h 20′ 43"  
1987 Alan Peiper Panasonic-Isostar dnf 207 135 ab. Stage 21  
1987 Shane Sutton ANC-Halfords dnf 207 135 ab. Stage 13  
1988 Michael Wilson Weinmann-La Suisse-SMM 50th 198 151 at 1h 09′ 31"  
1989 Phil Anderson TVM-Ragno 38th 198 138 at 1h 11′ 38"  
1989 Michael Wilson Helvetia-La Suisse 69th 198 138 at 1h 44′ 05"  
1989 Stephen Hodge Caja Rural-Paternina 83rd 198 138 at 1h 53′ 35"  
1990 Phil Anderson TVM 71st 198 156 at 1h 30′ 01"  
1990 Alan Peiper Panasonic-Sportlife dnf 198 156 ab. Stage 8  
1990 Stephen Hodge O.N.C.E. 34th 198 156 at 44′ 22"  
1991 Phil Anderson Motorola 45th 198 158 at 1h 08′ 45" Won stage 10
1991 Stephen Hodge O.N.C.E. 67th 198 158 at 1h 32′ 52"  
1992 Phil Anderson Motorola 81st 198 130 at 2h 23′ 30"  
1992 Alan Peiper Tulip Computers 126th 198 130 at 3h 40′ 21"  
1992 Stephen Hodge O.N.C.E. 93rd 198 130 at 2h 45′ 55"  
1992 Neil Stephens O.N.C.E. 74th 198 130 at 2h 15′ 42"  
1993 Phil Anderson Motorola 84th 180 136 at 2h 10′ 45"  
1993 Neil Stephens O.N.C.E. dnf 180 136 ab. Stage 13  
1994 Phil Anderson Motorola 69th 189 117 at 2h 01′ 13"  
1994 Stephen Hodge Festina-Andorra 83rd 189 117 at 2h 23′ 50"  
1994 Neil Stephens O.N.C.E. 52nd 189 117 at 1h 47′ 59"  
1994 Patrick Jonker Novemail-Histor-Laser Computer dnf 189 117 ab. Stage 14  
1995 Stephen Hodge Festina 64th 189 115 at 2h 16′ 01"  
1995 Neil Stephens O.N.C.E. 60th 189 115 at 2h 28′ 17"  
1996 Neil Stephens O.N.C.E. 49th 198 129 at 1h 42′ 13"  
1996 Scott Sunderland Lotto-Isoglass 101st 198 129 at 2h 32′ 54"  
1996 Patrick Jonker O.N.C.E. 12th 198 129 at 18′ 58"  
1997 Neil Stephens Festina 54th 198 139 at 2h 23′ 40" Won stage 17
1997 Patrick Jonker Rabobank 62nd 198 139 at 2h 33′ 38"  
1997 Stuart O’Grady Gan 109th 198 139 at 3h 35′ 56"  
1997 Henk Vogels Gan 99th 198 139 at 3h 26′ 46"  
1997 Robbie McEwen Rabobank 117th 198 139 at 3h 45′ 47"  
1998 Neil Stephens Festina dnf 189 96 ab. Stage 7  
1998 Patrick Jonker Rabobank 34th 189 96 at 1h 16′ 49"  
1998 Stuart O’Grady Gan 54th 189 96 at 1h 46′ 04" Won stage 14, 3 days in yellow, 2nd in points comp.
1998 Robbie McEwen Rabobank 63rd 189 96 at 1h 57′ 30"  
1999 Patrick Jonker Rabobank 97th 180 141 at 2h 32′ 20"  
1999 Stuart O’Grady Credit Agricole 94th 180 141 at 2h 30′ 07" 2nd in points comp.
1999 Henk Vogels Credit Agricole 121st 180 141 at 2h 49′ 17"  
1999 Robbie McEwen Rabobank 122nd 180 141 at 2h 49′ 23" Won stage 20 (Paris)
1999 Jay Sweet Big Mat-Auber 93 dnf 180 141 hd. Stage 15  
2000 Stuart O’Grady Credit Agricole dnf 180 128 np. Stage 7  
2000 Robbie McEwen Farm Frites 113th 180 128 at 3h 04′ 28" 2nd in points comp.
2001 Stuart O’Grady Credit Agricole 54th 189 144 at 1h 36′ 20" 6 days in yellow, 2nd in points comp
2001 Bradley McGee Francaise Des Jeux 83rd 189 144 at 2h 17′ 54"  
2002 Stuart O’Grady Credit Agricole 77th 189 153 at 2h 07′ 02" 3rd in points comp
2002 Robbie McEwen Lotto-Adecco 130th 189 153 at 3h 03′ 30" Won stage 3 & stage 20 (Paris), won green jersey
2002 Bradley McGee fdjeux.com 109th 189 153 at 2h 39′ 02" Won stage 7
2002 Baden Cooke fdjeux.com 127th 189 153 at 3h 00′ 01"  
2003 Stuart O’Grady Credit Agricole 90th 198 147 at 2h 41′ 24"  
2003 Robbie McEwen Lotto-Domo 143rd 198 147 at 4h 13′ 28" 2nd in points comp.
2003 Bradley McGee fdjeux.com 133rd 198 147 at 3h 52′ 49" 2 days in yellow, won Prologue
2003 Baden Cooke fdjeux.com 140th 198 147 at 4h 04′ 10" Won stage 2, won green jersey
2003 Matt Wilson fdjeux.com dnf 198 147 hd. Stage 11  
2003 Michael Rogers Quick Step-Davitamon 42nd 198 147 at 1h 37′ 28"  
2003 Nick Gates Lotto-Domo dnf 198 147 ab. Stage 1  
2004 Scott Sunderland Alessio-Bianchi 96th 188 147 at 2h 35′ 20"  
2004 Stuart O’Grady Cofidis 61st 188 147 at 1h 51′ 41" Won stage 5
2004 Robbie McEwen Lotto-Domo 122nd 188 147 at 2h 59′ 18" One day in yellow, won stage 2 & stage 9, won green jersey
2004 Bradley McGee fdjeux.com dnf 188 147 ab. Stage 5  
2004 Baden Cooke fdjeux.com 139th 188 147 at 3h 15′ 45"  
2004 Matt Wilson fdjeux.com 144th 188 147 at 3h 36′ 31"  
2004 Michael Rogers Quick Step-Davitamon 22nd 188 147 at 41′ 39"  
2004 Nick Gates Lotto-Domo dnf 188 147 ab. Stage 16  
2004 Allan Davis Liberty Seguros 98th 188 147 at 2h 36′ 16"  
2005 Stuart O’Grady Cofidis 77th 189 155 at 2h 27′ 19" 2nd in points comp.
2005 Robbie McEwen Davitamon-Lotto 134th 189 155 at 3h 41′ 42" Won stage 4, stage 6 & stage 12, 3rd in points comp
2005 Bradley McGee Francaise Des Jeux 105th 189 155 at 2h 55′ 59"  
2005 Baden Cooke Francaise Des Jeux 142nd 189 155 at 3h 47′ 17"  
2005 Michael Rogers Quick Step-Innergetic 41st 189 155 at 1h 24′ 32"  
2005 Allan Davis Liberty Seguros-Wurth Team 84th 189 155 at 2h 34′ 40"  
2005 Luke Roberts Team CSC 102nd 189 155 at 2h 54′ 12"  
2005 Cadel Evans Davitamon-Lotto 8th 189 155 at 11′ 55"  
2005 Matthew White Cofidis 123rd 189 155 at 3h 23′ 41"  
2005 Simon Gerrans Ag2r Prevoyance 126th 189 155 at 3h 27′ 03"  
2006 Stuart O’Grady Team CSC 90th 176 138 at 2h 54′ 28"  
2006 Robbie McEwen Davitamon-Lotto 115th 176 138 at 3h 20′ 04" Won stage 2, stage 4 & stage 6, won green jersey
2006 Michael Rogers T-Mobile Team 9th 176 138 at 14′ 10"  
2006 Cadel Evans Davitamon-Lotto 4th 176 138 at 4′ 11"  
2006 Simon Gerrans Ag2r Prevoyance 78th 176 138 at 2h 45′ 36"  
2007 Stuart O’Grady Team CSC dnf 189 141 ab. Stage 8  
2007 Robbie McEwen Predictor-Lotto dnf 189 141 hd. Stage 8 Won stage 1
2007 Michael Rogers T-Mobile Team dnf 189 141 ab. Stage 8  
2007 Cadel Evans Predictor-Lotto 2nd 189 141 at 0′ 23"  
2007 Simon Gerrans Ag2r Prevoyance 94th 189 141 at 3h 09′ 19"  
2007 Heinrich Haussler Gerolsteiner 129th 189 141 at 3h 32′ 30"  
2007 Brett Lancaster Team Milram dnf 189 141 ab. Stage 5  
2008 Stuart O’Grady Team CSC-Saxo Bank 109th 180 145 at 3h 07′ 46"  
2008 Robbie McEwen Silence-Lotto 122nd 180 145 at 3h 22′ 36"  
2008 Baden Cooke Barloworld dnf 180 145 ab. Stage 12  
2008 Cadel Evans Silence-Lotto 2nd 180 145 at 0′ 58" 5 days in yellow
2008 Simon Gerrans Credit Agricole 79th 180 145 at 2h 14′ 25" Won stage 15
2008 Heinrich Haussler Gerolsteiner 126th 180 145 at 3h 25′ 34"  
2008 Brett Lancaster Team Milram 129th 180 145 at 3h 27′ 29"  
2008 Adam Hansen Team Columbia 108th 180 145 at 3h 04′ 53"  
2008 Mark Renshaw Credit Agricole dnf 180 145 ab. Stage 15  
2008 Trent Lowe Garmni Chipotle 77th 180 145 at 2h 13′ 41"  
2009 Stuart O’Grady Team Saxo Bank 124th 180 156 at 3h 08′ 39"  
2009 Michael Rogers Team Columbia-HTC 103rd 180 156 at 2h 42 57"  
2009 Cadel Evans Silence-Lotto 30th 180 156 at 45′ 24"  
2009 Heinrich Haussler Cervelo Test Team 97th 180 156 at 2h 28′ 35" Won Stage 13
2009 Brett Lancaster Cervelo Test Team 127th 180 156 at 3h 15′ 33"  
2009 Mark Renshaw Team Columbia-HTC 149th 180 156 at 3h 46′ 20"  
2009 Matthew Lloyd Silence-Lotto 46th 180 156 at 1h 09′ 05"  
2010 Stuart O’Grady Team Saxo Bank 149th 198 170 at 3h 42′ 39"  
2010 Robbie McEwen Katyusha 165th 198 170 at 4h 08′ 28"  
2010 Michael Rogers Team Columbia-HTC 37th 198 170 at 1h 10′ 11"  
2010 Luke Roberts Team Milram 103rd 198 170 at 3h 04′ 07"  
2010 Cadel Evans BMC Racing Team 26th 198 170 at 50′ 27" 1 day in yellow
2010 Simon Gerrans Team Sky dnf 198 170 np. Stage 9  
2010 Brett Lancaster Cervelo Test Team 159th 198 170 at 3h 57′ 00"  
2010 Adam Hansen Team Columbia-HTC dnf 198 170 np. Stage 2  
2010 Mark Renshaw Team Columbia-HTC dnf 198 170 dq. Stage 11  
2010 Matthew Lloyd Omega Pharma – Lotto 47th 198 170 at 1h 30′ 02"  
2010 Wesley Sulzberger Francaise Des Jeux 152nd 198 170 at 3h 46′ 59"  
2011 Stuart O’Grady Team Leopard – Trek 78th 198 167 at 2h 17′ 58"  
2011 Cadel Evans BMC Racing Team 1st 198 167 86h 12′ 22" Won yellow jersey, 1 day in yellow, won stage 4
2011 Simon Gerrans Team Sky 96th 198 167 at 2h 37′ 25"  
2011 Mark Renshaw HTC-Highroad 163rd 198 167 at 3h 44′ 00"  
2011 Richie Porte Saxo Bank-Sungard 72nd 198 167 at 2h 09′ 24"  
2011 Matthew Goss HTC-Highroad 142nd 198 167 at 3h 22′ 32"  
               
*ab. abandon            
np. non participant (did not start)            
hd. hors delai (outside time limit)            
dq. disqualified            
 

Cadel – The little red engine

Inspired by Chris from the Vikings Cycling club, “The little Engine that could” and possibly the one of the greatest stages of the 2011 Tour de France, stage 19.

I present to you, Cadel, the little red engine.

 

A little red engine had a long train of riders to pull.

He went along very well till he came to a steep Col. But then, no matter how hard he tried, he could not drop the long train of riders.

He pulled and he pulled. He puffed and he puffed and started off again. Choo! Choo!

But no! none of riders would pull a turn up the Col.

At last he left the peloton and started up the Col alone. Do you think he had stopped working? No, indeed! But nobody would help.

“Surely I can find someone to help me,” he thought.

Over the Col and up the track went the little red engine. Choo, choo! Choo, choo! Choo, choo! Choo!

Pretty soon he saw a big Schleck engine standing on a side track. He looked very big and strong. Riding alongside, he looked up and said:

“Will you help me over the Col with my train of riders? It is so long and heavy I can’t get it over.”

The big Schleck engine looked down at the little red engine. Then he said:

“Don’t you see that I am through my day’s work? I will follow you until you catch the other Schleck engine. No, I won’t help you,”

The little red engine was sorry, but he went on, Choo, choo! Choo, choo! Choo, choo! Choo, choo!

Soon he came to a big yellow engine standing on a side track. He was puffing and puffing, as if he were tired.

“That big yellow engine may help me,” thought the little red engine. He rode alongside and asked:

“Will you help me bring my train of riders over the hill? It is so long and so heavy that I can’t get it over.”

The big yellow engine answered:

“I have just come in from a long, long run over the alps. Don’t you see how tired I am? Can’t you get some other engine to help you this time?

“I’ll try,” said the little red engine, and off he went. Choo, choo! Choo, choo! Choo, choo!

After a while he came to a engine just like himself named Burghardt. He rode alongside and said:

“Will you help me over the Col de Galibier  with my train of riders? It is so long and so heavy that I can’t get it over.”

“Yes, indeed!” said this little engine. “I’ll be glad to help you, if I can.”

So the little red engines started back to where the train of riders had been standing. Both little red engines went to the head of the train, one behind the other.

Puff, puff! Chug, choo! Off they started!

Slowly the riders began to move. Slowly they climbed the steep Col. As they climbed, each little red engine began to sing:

“I-think-I-can! I-think-I-can! I-think-I-can! I-think-I-can! I-think-I-can! I-think-I-can! I think I can – I think I can – I think I can I think I can–”

And they did! Very soon they were over the Col de Galibier  and going down the other side and in no time at all they had caught the other engines

Now they were on the plain again; and the little steam engine could pull the train himself. So he thanked the little Burghardt engine who had come to help him, and said good-by.

And he went merrily on his way, singing:

“I-thought-I-could! I-thought-I-could! I-thought-I-could! I-thought-I-could! I thought i could – I thought I could – I thought I could – I thought I could – I thought I could – I thought I could I thought I could –”

And on to Alpe d’Huez he steamed.

 

And for all Australians, tonight “yell for Cadel”

PS I know it is not factually correct, but it was surprising how well the story fitted by only substituting a few words.

 

 

Pro Tour Computers

In my continuing fascination with the Pro Tour it’s time to look at some of the other kit on the bikes and that is the computers each team use.

The SRM seems to be the computer of choice for many of Pro teams but at around $1000 it’s going to be out of reach most average riders. While power output is always going to be the best measure for training, the next best option is heart rate. It is for this reason I think the Garmin and Polar units are a better choice for the average rider. Both track heart rate but have the option to measure power but at around $300 represent much better value for money. In addition both units are  GPS enabled which is always popular with the average rider.

For me, the noticeable absence is Cateye and maybe VDO, who are both well known cycle computer manufacturers and in my opinion much better than BBB computers, but I guess that is sponsorship for you. The BBB unit just looks cheap and is pretty featureless. I guess this is vindicated by the fact that Quickstep maybe sponsored to use BBB but you’ll still see Polar units on many of their bikes.

 

Company Used by Model Notable features:
SIGMA Sportimage

AG2R La Mondiale
LAMPRE – ISD

Other notable teams include TEAM EUROPCAR

Rox wireless 9.0

 

  • Speed
  • Cadence
  • Time
  • Heart Rate
  • Temperature
  • Altitude
  • Measurement
SRM

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HTC-HIGHROAD
SKY PROCYCLING
LEOPARD TREK
OMEGA PHARMA-LOTTO
SAXO BANK SUNGARD
Team RADIOSHACK
BMC
LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE

SRM PowerControl 7

  • Speed
  • Cadence
  • Time
  • Heart Rate
  • Temperature
  • Altitude
  • Power
  • Wireless Protocol: ANT+Sport, ANT
  • Weight: 58 g
Polar

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EUSKALTEL-EUSKADI MOVISTAR
RABOBANK

Other notable teams include FDJ and Cofidis

QUICKSTEP also use them even though they are officially sponsored to use the BBB computer

CS600X

  • Speed
  • Cadence
  • Time
  • Heart Rate
  • Temperature
  • Altitude
  • GPS
  • Power
  • Weight 41g
Garmin

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GARMIN-CERVELO
KATUSHA

Edge 500

  • Speed
  • Cadence
  • Time
  • Heart Rate
  • Temperature
  • Altitude
  • GPS
  • Power meter compatible
  • Weight: 56g

BBB

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VACANSOLEIL-DCM
QUICKSTEP

MICROBOARD TEAM
BCP-32W

  • Speed
  • Time

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