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Archive for July, 2011
Via #trolldj 21 days X 10 breaks per day = 210 clips…then 21 closers…please bear with us when we’ll invariably have to repeat some music
NOTE: This is not a complete list, I went back through my Tweets and put together the following ‘rough guide to the TrollDJ playlist’. All corrections and updates gratefully accepted.
Tags: #TrollDJ, MusicMonday
#TrollDJ is the Twitter hash tag being used to comment on the music being played as the the SBS Tour de France coverage returns after an add break. There is a fair discussion regarding what the song is (thanks to Shazam this is not too difficult to confirm) and the relevance to the montage footage that the music has played over. Here’s a few clips highlighting some of the trolls from week 3.
And now for some music …
Continue reading ‘Music Monday #068 – #TrollDJ Week 3′
One day, nobody dies. All across the world, nobody dies. And then the next day, and the next, and the next, people keep ageing – they get hurt and sick – but they never die. The result: a population boom, overnight. With all the extra people, resources are finite. It’s said that in four month’s time, the human race will cease to be viable. But this can’t be a natural event – someone’s got to be behind it. It’s a race against time as C.I.A. agent Rex Matheson investigates a global conspiracy. The answers lie within an old, secret British institute. As Rex keeps asking “What is Torchwood?” he’s drawn into a world of adventure, and a threat to change what it means to be human, forever.
Tonight is stage 21, Créteil >> Paris Champs-Élysées, 95 km
JEAN-FRANÇOIS PESCHEUX’S ANALYSIS : A sprint by tradition
“It has been the tradition since 1975 for the Tour de France to end with a prestigious stage finish on the Champs-Élysées. At the start in Créteil, we will remember Laurent Fignon, who held a licence with the local club. In 1989, his duel with Greg LeMond maintained the suspense right to the finish, where Fignon was sure that he would be the winner. That was the only occasion that the final stage was run as a time trial. Every other time, it has been a road stage that has been decided in a bunch sprint, except on four occasions. Those exceptions were the victories taken by Alain Meslet in 1977, Bernard Hinault in 1979, Eddy Seigneur in 1994 and Alexandre Vinokourov in 2005. It is incredibly hard to get a telling gap on this stage when breakaway riders are always within sight of the peloton.”
- Stage 21 (95 km) Créteil to Paris Champs-Élysées [SBS]
- Stage 21 preview: Créteil → Paris Champs-Elysées, 95 km ( ) [SteepHill]
- July 24, Stage 21: Créteil – Paris Champs-Élysées 95km [CyclingNews]
- Stage 21 • CRETEIL > PARIS CHAMPS-ÉLYSÉES • 95km [EuroSport]
- stage 21 – Créteil > Paris Champs-Élysées 95 km [www.letour.fr]
British singer Amy Winehouse has been found dead in her flat in London. A great talent lost to the world.
Tonight is stage 20, Grenoble (ITT), 43 km
JEAN-FRANÇOIS PESCHEUX’S ANALYSIS : A strong man rather than a specialist
“This is the race’s only individual time trial, as the one in the first week was a team time trial test, while putting another one into the middle of the race didn’t really serve any great purpose. The profile is rolling and the road does climb, although there aren’t any cols as such. Victory won’t automatically go to a specialist because the final time trial of the Tour is a very physical test that suits a strong man – last year’s Bordeaux-Pauillac test won by Cancellara was an exception. In this solitary exercise, there is no way a rider can bluff or hide in the wheels of their team-mates. But I think that the Tour will have been decided before Grenoble. It is often the third place on the podium, the best young rider classification or the team prize that is decided on this stage.”
Tonight’s 42.5 km time trial is on the same course as the third stage of this year’s Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré, won by Tony Martin (HTC-Highroad) in 55 m 27s an average speed of 46km/h. Cadel Evans (BMC Racing) finished sixth in the Grenoble time trial at 1:20 behind Martin.
- Stage 20 (42.5 km) Grenoble [SBS]
- Stage 20 preview: Grenoble, 43 km (TT) [SteepHill]
- July 23, Stage 20: Grenoble (ITT) 41km [CyclingNews]
- Stage 20 • GRENOBLE > GRENOBLE • 42.5km (Individual Time-trial) [EuroSport]
- stage 20 – Grenoble > Grenoble 42.5 km [www.letour.fr]
Tonight is stage 19, Modane Valfréjus to Alpe-d’Huez, 109.5 km
The champion emerges
The rider who wins on Alpe-d’Huez often goes on to win in Paris, as Carlos Sastre underlined in 2008. With just two stages to follow, this could turn into a 109.5km mountain sprint. There is little chance to warm up before the course reaches the 34km ascent comprising the Télégraphe and the epic north face of the Galibier. There are sure to be some breaks, with riders hoping they can defend their advantage on the long descent into Bourg d’oisans and onto the first ramps of the alpe, where the winner will climb into Tour history.
Some more reading:
* Cadel Evans and other machines: the science of the Tour de France time trial (2011-Jul-22) [The Conversation]
- Stage 19 (109.5 km) Modane Valfréjus >> Alpe-d’Huez [SBS]
- Stage 19 preview: Modane → L’Alpe d’Huez, 110 km (Mountain) [SteepHill]
- July 22, Stage 19: Modane – Alpe-d’Huez 109km [CyclingNews]
- Stage 19 • MODANE > ALPE-D’HUEZ • 109.5km [EuroSport]
- stage 19 – Modane Valfréjus > Alpe-d’Huez 109.5 km [www.letour.fr]
Tonight is stage 18 the Queen Stage for this year’s Tour, Pinerolo to Galibier – Serre Chevalier, 200.5 km
JEAN-FRANÇOIS PESCHEUX’S ANALYSIS : A record to celebrate a centenary
“We return to France and there are three very big cols on the menu. The Agnel will be tackled for the first time ever from this side, then there’s the Izoard and its legendary Casse Déserte, followed by the Galibier. This will be our chance to celebrate the centenary of this mythic climb’s first appearance on the race route back in the 1911 Tour de France. In addition, the finish, located at an altitude of 2,645 metres, will be the highest in the race’s history. It will remove from the history books the place held since 1986 by the 2,413m Col du Granon. This stage will certainly see a match-up between all those riders who are in contention for the overall title, as will the stage the following day. Whoever is leading the race runs the risk of succumbing to such physical demands.”
- Stage 18 (200.5 km) Pinerolo >> Galibier – Serre Chevalier [SBS]
- Stage 18 preview: Pinerolo → Col du Galibier – Serre Chevalier, 201 km (Mountain) [SteepHill]
- July 21, Stage 18: Pinerolo – Galibier Serre-Chevalier 200.5km [CyclingNews]
- Stage 18 • PINEROLO > GALIBIER SERRE-CHEVALIER • 200.5km [EuroSport]
- stage 18 – Pinerolo > Galibier Serre-Chevalier 200.5 km [www.letour.fr]