Day 235: Vuelta a Espana TV coverage

26 08 2010

I was looking forward to watching the upcoming Vuelta a España this weekend on TV but as it turns out, our local cable provider does not carry the station that covers the race (Universal Sports). Figures. From what I understand, Universal Sports is the only US station with broadcasting rights to the race. I guess I’ll just have to read about it online. It should be an exciting event: Frank and Andy Schleck,  Denis Menchov, Carlos Sastre, Mark Cavendish and Oscar Freire will all start the race. Alberto Contador, however will not be riding. One thing I didn’t realize was Team Radio Shack was not even invited to the race. The race director apparently has no regrets about his decision. With or without Team Radio Shack, I still wish I could watch the coverage. Why can’t Versus TV have broadcast rights to all the major cycling events?

Today’s food journal: Today was weigh-in day at Weight Watchers. I only lost .2 lbs, but I guess it’s still moving in the right direction. My goal for this week is to increase the number of days I exercise and stop drinking Diet Cokes all day long (extra sodium I really don’t need).

Breakfast:
— Whole wheat english muffin = 1 point
— 1 Tbsp peanut butter = 2 points

Lunch:
— Veggie chicken patty = 3 points
— Deli flat bread = 1 point
— 1 banana = 1 point
— Diet Coke = 0 points

Dinner:
— 3 slices of cheese pizza = 11.5 points
— Iced tea = 0 points

Snacks:
— 1 bite-size York peppermint patty = 1 point
— Fruit bar (frozen, no sugar added = 1 point

Life’s a journey. Enjoy the ride!

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27 08 2010
Tim

No Valverde, Contador, Sanchez, Basso, Evans (last year’s top 4). And no Contador, Leipheimer or Armstrong, The absence of so many top riders is a shame, but makes this year’s Vuelta much more open than the Tour, and probably more exciting as a result. Check out the profile of the final week (especially stages 14-16) – whoever wins this race will have deserved it!

I still suspect the exclusion of RadioShack was some kind of retribution for the Armstrong/Contador fall out at Astana last year. Or is that just me being cynical?

Fortunately in the UK we get daily live coverage and highlights on Eurosport. There’s nowhere near as much media interest as there is for the Tour, or even the Giro, but at least we’ll be able to watch it.

I’ll be blogging on the Vuelta maybe every other day, as I have a variety of other commitments over the next few weeks. Really looking forward to it, though!

http://thearmchairsportsfan.com/2010/08/26/vuelta-a-espana-preview-key-stages-and-contenders/

27 08 2010
Alice - cyclingproject365

Tim, I was surprised to hear of so many top names that will not be in this year’s race. But I agree – it may make for an even more exciting race than usual. Glad to hear you have good TV coverage where you are. I’ll be checking in on your blog for updates. Hope you’re doing well!

28 08 2010
Tim

All’s good here – looks like you’re doing well too. Like many of the cyclists, I think I only have one proper Grand Tour in me every year, so the Vuelta updates will be intermittent. Life keeps getting in the way! 🙂

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