The men's Olympic road race is today, and the startlist is so money that this sports fan can barely stand it. Among them, this charming individual and his big, bad sunglasses:
I know you're all on the edges of your seat on this, so here's the Men's Olympic Road Race Update: Big G. made a powerful move with about 30km to go on the pavé, but he was soon caught. In the end, it was that little tiny Italian munchkin Paolo Bettini - a hot favorite for this race - who took the gold, Portugal's Sergio Paulinho suprised us with a great ride for silver, and Belgian Axel "Big Sexy" Merckx, rounding out the podium in bronze... and looking charming in olive wreaths, as you can see below:
Photos from AFP
George rode a good race (as always!), but he finished with the bunch, 12 seconds off the winning pace, in 24th. Alas. Best American was Tyler Hamilton in 18th, Bobby Julich was 28th, also in the pack. Levi Leipheimer and Jason McCartney did not finish. Out of 144 total starters, only 75 finished... it was hot over there in Athens.
Bike racing is a tough racket, people!