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Chip Wiegand

I teach english as a foreign language in Barranquilla, Colombia. In my previous life, as I call it, I was an IT guy, systems administrator, computer tech, as well as a shipping/receiving guy and also worked as a merchandising guy for a year for a camping/RV accessories store.

Tour de France 2017

Saturday, July 16, 2017

This year's edition sees the 198 riders tackle a grueling 23-day, 21-stage, 3,540-kilometer route that takes in 23 mountain climbs and affords competitors just two rest days.

Here is a quote from the BBC website, "Nairo Quintana is one of the few who can ride away from Froome in the mountains and the paucity of time trialling this year race will also help the 27-year-old Colombian's cause - but he needs to be more aggressive.
It will be interesting to see if the Movistar rider, who has twice finished runner-up to Froome (2013 and 2015) is helped or hindered by competing in Italy's equivalent race, the Giro d'Italia, where he finished second in May."

Nobody in the news is talking about Rigoberto Uran, I think he is this years "sleeper" in the tour, I think he is the one to keep an eye on. At this time he is in 4th place and less than half a minute behind Froome. Cannondale-Drapac's Charly Wegelius said "There's no chance to rest up in the next few days from I can see on the map. There's no chance to sleep until Paris,", whose own Colombian contender, Rigoberto Uran is merely 29 seconds back in fourth place, and only 6 seconds from the 3rd podium position. "At the moment it's very close and it'll stay like that until some lands a knock out punch. There are some pretty big hills between now and the time trial, so plenty can happen. I think it's going to be a very interesting race right to the end, for everyone and especially for Rigoberto and us."

Nairo Quintana has some work ahead of him if he wants to win this year, he has to become much more aggressive. He has to take the leadership role that he is in and push ahead of Froome. He has to put the tours stupid tradition of waiting for a fallen yellow jersey, and ride on, leaving it behind. Nairo Quintana said "I'm back there with the top guys, I'm not losing confidence and I hope we can do like this for a couple of days, so we can go for it." Last Thursday Nairo appeared to give up, having fallen back more than 4 minutes behind theyellow jersey. Then on Friday he blasted back into contention with a second place finish, a fraction of a second behind Warren Barguil. Then Saturday he fell back again, not able to keep up with the other GC contenders. I think Nairo's mistake this year was trying to win both the Giro de Italia and the Tour de France. That is almost impossible, and the person who wants to win the Tour de France needs to focus his entire year on that one race. Another problem, in my opinion, is the tradition of the GC contenders waiting for a fallen yellow jersey rider. If the yellow jersey falls or stops, the other GC contenders have traditionally slowed and waited for him to catch back up with their group. That is what Quintana did on Thursday, and it appeared to be he downfall again Saturday when Froome stopped with a mechanical problem. The GC guys waited for him to catch up but he just took off ahead of them and Nairo couldn't keep up. That tradition needs to go away and be forgotten. Just because something is traditional doesn't mean it's good.

Chris Froome, who has won 3 previous Tours (2013, 2015, 2016), this year is appearing vulnerable. Could this be his age? He is 32, getting into the old years for a professional cyclist. Last Thursday was a hard day for him, and he showed it. Before the Tour Chris predicted this race would, "be the hardest ever Tour I've ever had to fight." Chris Froome still has the best chance of taking overall victory because he has the best team supporting him, and that means everything in the Tour de France.

This coming final week of the Tour has some mighty big mountain climbs, and many smaller climbs, all of which will test even the best riders and best teams. It's going to be an exciting final week for the Tour de France. If you're a fan of cycling you won't want to miss any of the action. Who's willing to predict the final winner?

As it stands right now there are 7 riders all within about 2 minutes of the yellow jersey, all with a chance of winning the Tour. This kind of a Tour hasn't been seen in many years.

Here are the Colombian riders in the 2017 Tour de France:

Position Name Birthdate Home Town Team Rider number in race
4th Rigoberto URAN 01/26/1987 Medellín, Antioquia CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM #188
11th Nairo QUINTANA 02/04/1990 Cómbita, Boyacá MOVISTAR TEAM #21 (Team #1 rider)
18th Carlos Alberto BETANCUR 10/13/1989 Ciudad Bolivar, Cundinamarca MOVISTAR TEAM #24
23rd Sergio Luis HENAO 12/10/1987 Rio Negro, Guainía TEAM SKY #2
33rd Jarlinson PANTANO 11/19/1988 Cali, Valle de Cauca TREK - SEGAFREDO #38
54th Johan Esteban CHAVES 01/17/1990 Bogotá, Cundinamarca ORICA - SCOTT #81 (Team #1 rider)
67th John Darwin ATAPUMA 01/15/1988 Tuquerres, Nariño TEAM EMIRATES #62

174 riders finished the race today. All the Colombianos are doing very well.

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Barranquilla Life

08/16/2017

R/C On Road Barranquilla, a local organization of RC racers, brings officially remote control car racing to the city by hosting the very first national tournament of the discipline this weekend. The event which has 22 confirmed drivers from Medellin, Bogota, and Miami, will kick off this Thursday and Friday with the free and timed

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06/28/2017

Six thousand million pesos (close to $2 million USD) were granted to thirty-nine sports leagues of the district, to be invested in preparatory events in local and national competitions. The resources and equipment were given to the 35 associations of various disciplines that make up the Association of Atlantic Sports Leagues, ALDA in Spanish, and

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05/18/2017

Winners of FICICA 2017 were announced this week. On Saturday, April 13th, the Cine de la Calle’s FICICA (International Short Film Fest) gave its last showcase of shorts in the acoustic conch of the Sagrado Corazón Park. During the six days, they had workshops, conferences, and of course short film presentations. This event brought together

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05/17/2017

To come up with a cool, innovative present for my mom each year is not an easy task for me. I mean, there is her birthday in February, Christmas in December and Mother’s Day in May… plus any old day, I-was-thinking-of-you present, but those are easy because they don’t require planning for a specific day.

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05/05/2017

It’s been a long year since I enjoyed a December-night of dancing to North and Latin American retro music with friends, who are now spread out across the globe. It was at the Oro Puro bar. I remember the lights around us; the menu full of cocktails and food; retro movie and series posters with

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05/03/2017

On Sunday, April 30th Children’s Day was celebrated on the streets Barrio Abajo with a series of ludic activities. Fabila Acosta and Faleimy Delgado from Fundación Casa de Hierro got together teachers who volunteered to give back some of their know-how to the children. The kids from the neighborhood had fun painting murals with artist

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05/03/2017

A cyclist controversy occurred last month. While the two biggest Colombian representatives of the sport that have given more glories to our country (Nairo Quintana and Mariana Pajon) heated the debate on the administration of the Colombian Cycling Federation, Sofia Arrieta and Gabriela Bolle stand out winning races at the United States Cycling Elite National

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05/02/2017

Outdated stereotypes and age-old mottos, unions and left-wing student movements amassed on the streets; a now established repertoire for international workers’ day demonstrators who are ironically there precisely to march against the establishment. Walking in complete calm and civility under the scorching sun and punished by the relentless heat, Barranquilla’s demonstrators completed the traditional march

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04/30/2017

DJs Mr. Bignayo and Hoyo Negro brought down the house at the presentation night of the 17th edition of FICICA, the City’s Short Film Festival. The event that took place last Friday night at the Alianza Francesa started with a press conference at the AF Library, lead by the director of FICICA, Harold Ospina, and

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