BALTANAS, Spain (AP) - Lance Armstrong has broken his collarbone in a crash during a five-day race in Spain.
Astana team leader Johan Bruyneel says on his Twitter feed that it was a clean fracture without complications. He adds that the seven-time Tour de France champion should make a fast recovery.
Armstrong crashed Monday during a pileup in the first stage of the Vuelta of Castilla and Leon race. He was taken to the hospital by ambulance.
The 37-year-old Texan is making a comeback to cycling and is riding with the Astana team as he prepares for another possible shot at a Tour de France title. He had not raced in Spain for five years.
ALSO, A POSSIBLE PLOT BETWEEN RADIO DJ'S AND MOTHER NATURE TO SNUFF OUT CYCLISTS... NEW YORK (AP) - A flip off his bicycle took "Today" show co-host Matt Lauer off the air Monday with a shoulder injury.
Lauer, 51, was riding his bicycle on Long Island this weekend when a deer jumped into his path. He flipped over the bike's handlebars and was slightly hurt, NBC said.
"Today" show publicist Megan Kopf said Lauer, who was wearing a helmet, separated his shoulder and was scheduled to have surgery Monday.
"He's doing well, and we hope to have him back on `Today' later this week," Kopf said in an e-mail.
Lauer's broadcast partner, Meredith Vieira, joked on the air that Lauer thinks the deer was hired by the competition.
"Matt's banged up with a displaced shoulder, it popped out," she said. "So hopefully he'll be on the mend soon."
I realize that blogging about 24 karat plated, crystal adorned bicycles during the United States present economic climate is nothing short of obnoxious. But it doesn't detract from the perverse fascination I have for these sort of luxury items. And this one is a doozy. And costs $102,418.60 USD.
Each bike is hand built, plated with 24 carat gold and hand-adorned with more than 600 Swarovski crystals.
The limited to ten, the crystal and gold bike was created by a company named Aurumania, whose self-proclaimed purpose is to conceive of and design items with the extravagant use of gold, thereby turning familiar objects into collectible art. Their collection thus far consists of fifty 24 karat gold plated bikes, a gold plated bike rack and the special Swarovski crystal adorned 24 karat plated version. As one would expect for these prices, their products are hand delivered anywhere in the world.
The crystals a little bit too much for you? Don't fret, they've made 50 of the gold plated bikes without the Swarovski Crystal adornments. These too, have the leather Brooks saddle and hand sewn leather handles.
Besides the UK London Vans bike, this is my next in line.
The Charge Plug Freestyler Bike features a Plug Tange cro mo, heat treated frame and Charge cro-mo freestyler forks with Sugio Messenger cranks, 42-16T gearing and a square taper bottom bracket. The wheelset is made up of Formula TH-30/31 hubs and lime green powder-coated rims with Kenda 28c tyres for low rolling resistance and maximum speed. Stopping power comes from the Tektro calliper brakes and this super-fast road bike is finished off with Charge handlebars and a Charge Spoon seat.
Frame: Charge Plug 700C - Tange Plain Gauge - Horizontal drop outs Size: X Sml - Sml - Med - Lge Colour: Dark Purple Fork: Tange Plug Cromoly Brakes: Tektro R536 Caliper brakes Levers: C-star RX-223DT - Alloy, top mount lever Headset: TH industries B52K 1-1/8'' Stem: 3D forged alloy - W/ Laser charge logo Handle bar: Charge Mini Riser Bar Grips: Wethepeople Defcon Shift Levers: - Front Derailleur: - Rear Derailleur: - Chain Wheel: Sugino RD2 Messenger - 1/8"x 42T Alloy chainring Crankset: Sugino RD2 Messenger - 170mm - Square taper - 1/8"x42T alloy chainring Cassette: Dicta 16T freewheel and Formula 16t fixed sprocket Pedal: Wellgo LU-962 Silver Alloy BB: TH industries 7420ST - Square - 68*103mm Rims: Shining, A350 - Alloy - Lime Green - 700C - 32H - Deep V rims Tires: Kenda K1029 - 700x28C-60TPI WIRE BEAD Front Hub: Formula TH-50 - silver - alloy - Large flange Rear Hub: Formula TH-51 - silver - alloy - Large flange, alloy, 120mm spacing Saddle: Charge Stool saddle - Black Seatpost: Alloy - Silver Seat Clamp: Alloy Single bolt
This video made it's way across all the blogs a couple days back and received much bashing for a comment made by the guy in the rasta toboggan about poseurs in the scene. Everything else looks clean and entertaining but after the hoo-rah I doubt it'll become much. The inciting comment has since been edited out...
A month or back I stopped by this shop while Stacy and I were visiting this guy and this guy in Nashville and the place made a great impression. Every single one of the 4-5 people behind the counter made a point to talk to you and there was a rad dog walking the floor. If you're in Nashville for any reason at all you should make a point to stop by this shop.