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OUCH HOUSE April 30, 2008

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For the European cycling fans, I wasn’t sure if you’d understand the humor behind the title. Here in the US, we call outdoor, non-flushing commodes outhouses. On Friday, after barely making the Stage 5 start in Suwanee, Annie and I decided to go to the first KOM site.

I had really wanted to go to a feed zone to try to catch some “souvenirs” that the riders throw off but it was too hard to pinpoint its exact location so we headed for the KOM site. We didn’t exactly know where it was either but it looked easier to find and Gracie (my GPS) helped guide us. It just so happens that we literally ran right into a road block where the peloton would be turning to head up to the KOM.

There were very few people there and the peloton was about 20 minutes out. I HAD to use the bathroom and there were NO real ones to be found. Some guy says to me “There’s no modesty here, just find a tree”. OK, sure, that’s easy for you to say but I’m a girl!

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THANK YOU April 29, 2008

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I’ve loved the photos and blogs from Team Rubiera in Georgia, and on behalf of Rebecca and myself, thank you to everybody who has joined the fun. That includes Chechu, of course, without whom …

I’d also like to put a word in for my family, who traipsed the streets of Asturias after me in search of the flags. We finally found them in a shop in Plaza Mayor in Gijon. Thank you, T+ABK.

Nicky, Edinburgh

THE BEST PHOTO YET. WE LOVE IT! April 29, 2008

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From Joan,

“Chechu stopped and gave me a hug. The people around me were in awe. I mean mouth open, didn’t know what to think or do, in awe. After he left to go see Amy (the next corner down), they were asking if I knew him. Of course I said no more than he just appreciates his fans when he sees them. OK, so the flag was kind of a give away but way cool just the same.”

Look at the woman, pointing to Chechu and Joan in the foreground. This is so special.

And then, he was gone …

See Joan’s GALLERY.

Nicky, Edinburgh

A FOND FAREWELL April 28, 2008

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With the race over, there’s nothing else to do but put your feet up on the dash and hang out the window, chatting to amigos.

Thank you (again!) to Brenda for her photos from stage 7.

That’s Rebecca, flag in hand, with Cricket, Larry (hidden) and Amy. And lovely Jenny the dog.

There’s extra champagne for Chechu on the podium, to celebrate his last race in the US.

Nicky, Edinburgh

MORE FROM BRASSTOWN BALD April 28, 2008

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For Team Rubiera in Georgia, the fun continued on Brasstown Bald. Annie tells all,

We topped and tailed on Brasstown Bald.

This is a new phrase that Larry taught me. It means the first and last. We took the first shuttle up Brasstown Bald at about 8:45 am and then took the last one down sometime, maybe about 5 pm. We didn’t plan to be the last ones down, but that is the way it worked out. It was a wonderful day full of fun and great racing.

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TEAM RUBIERA ON BRASSTOWN BALD April 27, 2008

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We’re still waiting for news from Rebecca, I think they’re partying on the team bus! It was probably not champagne last night, but we know that the team are allowed a glass of wine with dinner. And after the climb, I think they deserve it.

Team Rubiera were on Brasstown Bald yesterday. Top photographer, Ken Conley spotted them and caught a flag on camera.

Photograph by Ken Conley

After manning the LAF stall all week, Angie and Jerry Kelly took a break to join TRub at the finish.

Photographs by Jerry Kelly

I’ve seen 1000s of photos of Chechu, many of them are after the race. He looks super tired. So Astana bosses – give the man a holiday!

Thank you everybody for the fab pics this week.

Nicky, Edinburgh

REBECCA IN GEORGIA! April 26, 2008

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So Rebecca has arrived in Georgia! Has she met Chechu yet? We’re waiting for news. Watch this space.

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MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!!!!! April 25, 2008

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I did it, with a little help from Cathy, but the deed is done. I have met Eki, I got my picture taken with him AND I got a smile out of him.

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MY CHECHU MAGNET April 25, 2008

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When Nicky sent me the Asturias flag she called it a Chechu magnet and today it truly was.

As I learned at the Tour of Missouri, a time trial stage is not a good stage to get autographs or to have access to the riders. On these stages, the guys are really focused and not as approachable, but we were able to talk to them a little.

After a warm-up ride on the track, the guys came back to the bus and signed a few autographs. Chechu was standing a few feet from me when I pulled out the flag.

As soon as he saw the flag, he started towards me but then realized there were still people waiting for his autograph. He signed a couple more items, then walked over, took a hold of the flag and kissed it. He then leaned toward me and did the European double cheek kiss. I do think we need to adopt this custom here in the States. We talked for a minute, but I don’t remember what was said; then I had him sign my Tour de Georgia t-shirt before he went back into the bus.

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TEAM TIME TRIAL April 25, 2008

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These girls are working hard for Chechu.

Thanks to Brenda for sending us this photo of Astana crossing the line. It’s better than most of pro shots I’ve seen this morning.

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