Monthly Archives: July 2019

Will Egan Bernal really make Colombia ‘one of the greatest cycling nations’?

Tour de France: Egan Bernal can make Colombia ‘one of the greatest cycling nations’

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Egan Bernal is the toast of his country after becoming the first man from a Latin American nation to win the Tour de France, and his team boss Dave Brailsford of the British Ineos monopoly is promoting that the young cyclist’s success could start something big in Colombia.

The 22-year-old ensured that victory would be his by riding stronger than his closest rivals on the Alpine stages, before safely negotiating the 21st stage into Paris on Sunday July 28 and finishing more than a minute ahead of team-mate Geraint Thomas.

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Russian beauty and Gaelic football

You might not know a thing about Gaelic football, a traditional Irish sport. But not only is it both fun and difficult, Russia now has its FIRST EVER female national GAA team! And today, it plays its first-ever game at the GAA World Games in Ireland.

Ahead of their departure to Dublin, Raw Take witnessed their final training session, took part in it, and learnt the traits of this unique sport!

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Infographic: The Amaury Group, organizers of the Tour de France


Infographie : le groupe Amaury


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Swimming Australia’s glass house comes crashing down with positive doping samples

Swimming Australia chief executive Leigh Russell speaks to the media in Melbourne after Shayna Jack’s positive doping samples | William West/AFP/Getty Images

(July 30) – If only the world championships ended as well as it started for the swimmers from Down Under.

The much-vaunted Australian squad had an impressive but controversial beginning on the opening day of the swimming program — an upset win by 18-year-old Ariarne Titmus over three-time 400-meter freestyle champion American Kate Ledecky. Continue reading

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The Calgary stadium swindle (II)

Exactly how bad is the new Calgary Flames arena deal? Neil deMause writes in the Field of Schemes website:

(July 26) – With all of four days of public comment period (expiring today at noon, July 26) allowed before the Calgary city council votes next week on its Flames arena plan, the media have been commenting like crazy on how it’s either terrific or godawful. Among the takes:

  • Toronto Star columnist  says it’s “a pleasant surprise that somebody had actually decided to do something in this gloomy town,” and that despite the fact that the city will get little in the way of ticket taxes and naming-rights money, and Flames owner Murray Edwards could get a huge gift in the form of development rights to public land, it’s a good “compromise” because Calgary “badly needed a win on something, anything, after the debacle that was the bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics.” (Ed. note: The “debacle” was that the Olympics bid didn’t happen because Calgary voters didn’t like it.)
  • Edmonton Journal columnist David Staples says the new deal “appears to be far more favourable to the Flames owners than the arena proposal that broke down in 2017 and also more favourable than the deal Oilers owner Daryl Katz got in Edmonton”: He says Edmonton paid 47% of the Oilers’ arena cost, Calgary would pay 50% of the Flames’, up from 33% in the proposal from two years ago. But he admits that the “details are murky,” and ends up noting that even pro-arena Edmonton officials say it ended up being good to have a lengthy public debate on that city’s plan, though of course their side still won in the end, so they would say that.
  • Calgary Herald columnist Don Braid says that the new arena is good because Taylor Swift and Paul McCartney will be more likely to play there.
  • Macleans writer Jason Markusoff writes that the Flames owners “sweetened the pot” by agreeing to pay a ticket tax, but mostly city officials wanted something they could “claim victory” on: “Nenshi and the council want to remember what victory tastes like and get the public excited about something, even at the risk of getting the public furious anew. After Monday’s presentation, Nenshi gathered King and other principal players in the talks for a handshake photo op, until an aide rushed over and reminded the mayor of the optics of shaking hands on a deal that was just opened to public feedback. Oopsie.
  • Small business owners are mostly mad because the local economy sucks and they’d rather see their own business taxes reduced.
  • Global News contributed a not-very-helpful listicle of costs of recent NHL arenas that didn’t include any details of how much the public paid for each, because that shit is too complicated for a listicle, man, do you know how many posts we have to write today?

So who’s right? (more)


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Cycling embraces risk, reward and the super tuck

The super tuck in 2017. It adds risk. But does it really save time?

The super tuck in 2017. It adds risk. But does it really save time? | Lionel Bonaventure/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images


ARREAU, France (July 23) — In this tiny commune in the Pyrenees, granite massifs and blue-green forests rise sheer, and we stand, myself and a crowd of several hundred, munching baguettes and sipping wine. We hear a great shout and then glance up the steep road to our east, where hurtling around the corner is …

… an aquamarine-clad human projectile. Continue reading

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From Tokyo 1964 to Tokyo 2020: Japan tightens it belt

THE International Olympic Committee (IOC) is not removed from the fluctuations in the global economy, experiencing its recessions and slowdowns, elements that affect the host cities of its quadrennial Games. Continue reading

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Kristof Milak breaks a record

Kristof Milak became the first man other than Michael Phelps to hold the 200-metre butterfly record since 2001 | Manan Vatsyayana/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

For much of his childhood, Kristof Milak studied low-quality videotapes of Michael Phelps’s races for tips on how to refine his butterfly technique. This week, the 19-year-old Hungarian shattered the world record in the 200-metre butterfly at the World Swimming Championships in South Korea, a mark Phelps had held for more than 18 years.

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Julia Hawkins: The 103-year-old runner

Brit Huckabay/National Senior Games Association, via Associated Press

Two years ago, at the age of 101, Julia Hawkins set a record. She ran the 100-meter dash in 39.62 seconds.

In June, at the age of 103, she returned to the track to run the 50- and 100-metre dash races in the National Senior Games in Albuquerque. She is believed to be the oldest woman to formally compete on an American track.

She didn’t get her start on the track until she was older. How old? “100.”

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Peter Sagan calls on riders’ association to take action over Tour de France heat

Peter Sagan on the 16th stage Nimes| Dion Kerckhoffs/CV/BettiniPhoto©2019

“I don’t know why we pay them when they don’t protect us” says green jersey

Stage 16 of the Tour de France was raced in searing heat in the southern city of Nimes, and Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) called for action from the CPA (Cyclistes Professionnels Associé), the riders’ association, with the European heatwave set to continue this week. Continue reading

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