Tour de Drama

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 7.4.2017

During the final sprint in stage 4 of the Tour de France, world champion Peter Sagan and Mark Cavendish were driving to the finish line when Cavendish went into the barrier and was run over by cyclists behind him after it appeared that Sagan nudged Cavendish causing him to fall. At least that is the way the Tour sees it and now both riders are out of the race but for different reasons.

First Cavendish. He took a hard line with no room for error and it didn’t work out. He has a fractured shoulder blade and a nasty cut on his hand. He is out of the race due to injury.

Sagan, the five time Green jersey winner, was initially relegated to 115th place among other penalties but then the Tour changed it’s mind and disqualified him from the race entirely. Sagan denied the claim that he elbowed/nudged/winged Cavendish into the barrier but the race organizers see it differently and have made their decision in the name or ‘rider safety’.

Social media is a buzz about this. While some see a clear elbow by Sagan others point out that Sagan does not need to give a rider behind him a clear path and that Cavendish took a very dangerous if not reckless line.

The bottom line is this, Sagan and Cavendish are out. Two popular cyclists out of cycling’s biggest event of the year. It also means that the race for the Green jersey is wide open. This will either make the 2017 edition of the Tour de France incredible interesting or it will forever have yet another asterisk next to the results.

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The Sunday – Hot Shots

Compiled By Brad Hubbard | 3.19.2017

That Hurt

The only better than racing are the fights after the race. But then again, what else would expect after a long, hot afternoon in Las Vegas.

But this may have hurt more….

Watch Out

Cycling isn’t the world’s biggest sport which is why this woman out walking her dog probably had no idea that one of the sports best cyclists, Peter Sagan, was doing a time trial.

While upset at the time Sagan later joked about the incident when he posted this photo to his twitter account.

Shots

While many people did quite a few shots on St. Patrick’s Day was past Friday. One would have to argue that these shots were better.

 

Steph Curry Moment of the Week

What To Watch: Fri. 5/13 – Sun. 5/15

All times are Pacific.

Friday May 13th

DC United vs NY Red Bulls – 4pm UNI MAS: These are separated by goal differential only. While that may not mean much in mid-May, add in the fact that this is a pretty decent rivalry and you have the makings of a solid game.

Pittsburgh Penguins at Tampa Bay Lightning – 5pm NBCSN: The conference finals are finally here and both these teams are as hot as they get.

WadeToronto Raptors at Miami Heat – 5pm ESPN: Dwayne Wade and the Heat look to force a game seven back in Toronto on Sunday and prove that he and the Heat can win clutch playoff games without LeBron.

Saturday May 14th

Montreal Impact vs Philadelphia Union – 2pm MLS.TV: These two are, surprisingly, neck-and-neck in the East.

New York Mets at Colorado Rockies – 5pm MLB.TV: The NL East leading Mets take on Nolan Arenado and the Rockies. Rockies pitching at home is terrible but they still have plenty of firepower in the lineup.

UFC 198 – 7pm PPV: Heavyweight title fight between Fabricio Werdum and Stipe Miocic in Brazil. Jacare vs Vitor Belfort and Shogun Rua vs up and comer Corey Anderson. Oh yeah, Cyborg makes her UFC debut against Leslie Smith. Demian Maia vs Matt Brown headlines the undercard.

Sunday May 15th

Miami Heat at Toronto Raptors – 12:30pm ABC: Game seven up north and the Air Canada Centre should be rocking.

Amgen Tour of California – 2pm NBCSN: Stage one of the biggest race in the USA. Peter Sagan returns to defend the race he won by a smidgen last year.

Portland Timbers vs NYCFC – 4:30pm FS1: Let’s see how Mix Diskerud and David Villa do in the toughest road environment in MLS where the forecast calls for rain. It’s the full Portland experience!

San Jose Sharks at St Louis Blues -5pm NBCSN: Game one of the Western Conference Final. Sharks might be the team to beat out of the remaining four.

St Louis Cardinals at Los Angeles Dodgers – 5pm ESPN: Sunday Night Baseball and two of the better franchises in baseball.