thread so its tight at the top of the velogames league
a lot of similar teams to it's going to be a close run thing.

Amy's team had a bad day yesterday with aru injuring and quintana fading.

with 3 stages left, today's sprint could decide it, a strong showing from sagan and a poor one from viviani could be one of the few things that shake up the order. the only other thing that would change the leader would be mollema beating de ghent and lopez failing.

AQ: guess the hospital!
permalink while we are on sport
the BBC has apparently solved the problems of sreaming being 45 seconds behind live TV with a technical solution involving smaller packets of streaming data....

I think we all know they have just delayed the TV by 45 seconds haven't they
permalink Obviously
They have. The easy option
permalink It amuses me on twitter
Seeing updates about cycling races in order:
1. Someone actually at the race, at the finish and/or tuned in to the actual race radio
2. Someone watching on broadcast Eurosport
3. The majority: watching Eurosport Player
4. People (including certain teams social media people) watching Eurosport Player over a VPN in the USA).

Can be several minutes difference
permalink If the broadcast people were willing to do that, it would have been done ages ago.
I've still got friends on the inside. It's obviously all still secret until the big announcement at the trade show, but it's really very clever.
permalink do they just make the matches start 45 seconds later
permalink iPlayer on my Virgin media box is still fucking shit
takes ages to boot up Do You Know.

permalink My official reponse to that is:
permalink Is it whinge to theDuke about iplayer o'clock?
I can't download cbeebies radio stuff to play offline.
permalink no that was about a fortnight ago i was there
it was actually a trick question as I was at Charing cross (not in charing cross) and then heading to the Royal Free (I saw no royalty but didn't pay)

permalink I'll update the checklist
permalink Exactly what you would expect from somewhere
proclaiming to be free of royals.
permalink ahhh
all becomes clear.

i had my MRI in the "Royal Free Private" hospital in barnet.. which is an interesting contradiction
permalink Not really. The cost could be free but it could have a selective intake.
Or vice versa.
permalink It was selective in that if you had insurance or £ then you were in
permalink Oh dear, I thought you'd be out by half nine.
All fine?
permalink Choosing Dan Martin
seems to have been a bit of an issue.
permalink Things to pay attention to when picking riders
The pregnancy status of their partners

Probably more of an issue at the Vuelta tbh
permalink I didn't pay attention to anything
except whether I'd vaguely heard of them and/or whether I could afford them.
permalink Dunno
Didn't seem to affect Alistair Cook much in the last test, did it?
permalink was his missus
about to pop? Amy's issue is that Martin, who could have done well in the sort of finishes on the final week, left the race at the second rest day to head home to be there for the birth of his kid.

Although the race will tomorrow almost certainly go past his home and the hospital as it'll use almost every road in Andorra.
permalink I have to figure out how to watch this afternoon, could be fun.
permalink Yes
His missus' due date was day 5
permalink dammmmmm
did she pop that day?
permalink also there's a difference to being in a
triumphal career curtain closer of a match and vaguely middling around the pack, maybe taking a speculative punt on a stage win but mainly making up the numbers
permalink I don't think she did, at least I assume TMS would have mentioned it
And thankfully, Chef did finish that way, but it was never a sure thing
permalink still
the absolute worst nickname ever conferred upon a sportsman
permalink Totally
But what can you do? It makes perfect sense
permalink "deeply dull but makes sense"
ah, Cricket
permalink That's fighting talk
Especially in a conversation involving road cycling!
permalink see
road cycling doesn't usually make sense
permalink It wasn't the making sense bit
I was disputing!
permalink I think if he'd been on any sort of form they'd have kept him in
but he didn't look great.
permalink AAQ
guess where some little scroat on a moped expertly snatched my phone from me.
permalink Scrote on a Moped
Is that on the new Sleaford Mods album?

But, more seriously, that's well shit
permalink well worse things have happened at sea
.. it's not like i'm stupid enough to spend £1k on a phone
permalink the fucker
damn...location tracking? if they leave it switched on for more than a moment.
permalink they switched it off straight away..
which is good i guess as it had a lot of personal info on there if they'd ben able to get to it.

permalink AAcookerQ
I'm at my tenant's flat waiting for a new cooker. I'm connected to the wifi, but there's no internet access. They've put in feckin timed access rules haven't they? Weirdos.

NB I have restarted
permalink i'll put some internet in some tupperware here and bring it round
permalink Just remember
To reheat it thoroughly in the microwave
permalink Makes sense if you're always out at set times.
permalink Don't need it if you're out.
The network's locked anyway.
permalink i think i'd feel a little violated if my landlord
used my wifi.. you cheeky monkey
permalink Would you?
I'm clearly wifi evil then