July, 2008  // Posts published in July, 2008

Tour de France 2008: Alp d’Huez

Fascinating day’s racing in the Tour de France yesterday, as the riders tackled what is arguably the race’s toughest day – 209km including three out of category climbs, culminating in the most famous climb in cycling, Alp d’Huez. And as expected, the attacks started early on the final climb, as the climbers were forced to […]

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17 Jul 2008 Posted in Oscar Pistorius

Oscar Pistorius: Remarkable physiology

This morning, my email inbox was full of stories about Oscar Pistorius contemplating legal action against the IAAF for trying to exclude him from selection for the SA Olympic team. The grounds for his ‘legal action’? Two reasons: First, the IAAF last week suggested that Pistorius would be dangerous in a relay event, where the […]

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16 Jul 2008 Posted in Doping

Doping and athletics

Check in a little later for a post on the Tour de France, and the first big mountain top finish from Monday at Hautacam. Apologies for being a little behind on that one, but I’ll get some comment up on the stage a little later today. In the meantime, I came across this excellent article […]

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14 Jul 2008 Posted in Beijing 2008

Kenya vs. Ethiopia

As you’ve no doubt noticed by now, we’re somewhat partial to the endurance sports here at The Science of Sport. And with the Olympics now only 24 days away, we’re starting to turn our attention to what are sure to be 3 weeks of magnificent racing action, especially on the track and roads in the […]

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Real Tour de France data

Over the last few days, we’ve been covering the “on-road” action from the first week of the Tour de France. Immediately below this post, you can find our report from the first big GC-type stage, the 29km individual time-trial in Cholet, won (somewhat surprisingly) by Stefan Schumacher, who now wears the leader’s yellow jersey. The […]

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le Tour de France 2008: Feed them well

The 2008 edition of le grande boucle, as it is affectionately known, is now fully underway, and so far each stage has been quite exciting. The tour started without the traditional prologue, and instead was a full on stage. It’s slightly uphill finish effectively neutralized the sprinters, and so it was not surprising to see […]

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Tour de France 2008

The Tour de France begins on Saturday. And while I wish that I could be as optimistic and excited about it as I was perhaps five, maybe ten years ago, there is so much water under the bridge for cycling that my enthusiasm is drastically tempered by my cynicism! It’s true that so far in […]

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01 Jul 2008 Posted in Track and Field

USA Track and Field Champs 2008

This past weekend saw the start of the USA Track and Field Olympic Trials, as well as the USA Swimming Olympic Trials. It is a lot to cover, so we will try to focus rather on one at a time in more “digestible” chunks for you. In short, however, the action in both sports has […]

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