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Carlos Sastre Wins the Tour De France

And the Tour de France has a new champion… The professional cyclist Carlos Sastre became last Sunday the third Spaniard to win one of the crown jewels in cycling — the Tour de France. This also became another great sports achievement for his country during the present year.

Sastre managed to win the 95th edition of the most well known cycling race in the world after competing without problems next to his squad during the last phase of the race, which consisted in a 143 kilometers stage in
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Sastre’s victory continued the line of triumphs of his countrymen Oscar Pereiro in 2006 and Alberto Contador in the 2007. “It is a dream come true, I waited a lot of time before this,” expressed Sastre. The 33-years-old CSC racer obtained the yellow jersey after winning on Wednesday the 17th stage of the Tour, a section full of ascents in the Alps.

Astana team’s rider, Contador, was not able to participate in this year competition due to the doping scandals involving him as well as his team.

The Australian Cadel Evans ended second in the general classification, 58 seconds behind Sastre. Evans assured the victory on Saturday after resisting his pursuers against the clock, a very exciting last moment which paved the road to the Champs Elysee.

The Austrian Bernhard Kohl finished third,1:13 minutes behind the winner. He kept the white and red jersey along with the honors of being the best climber in the competition.

Close to the end of the last stage the Spaniard’s team began to fall behind while Sastre remained with the group of cyclist that were the closest to Evans and Kohl, suddenly Sastre began to gain a considerable advantage in general.

After the latest edition of the Tour de France, the incredible success of Spain during 2008 continues as another Spaniard Oscar Freire kept the green jersey, which is given to the racer of better action in sprints.

This Sunday’s victory is shared with the Danish Bjarne Riis, CSC general manager, who gave Sastre plenty of support and the leadership of the team instead of Frank and Andy Schleck. These two riders had to sacrifice their possibilities to help Sastre since he was the one with best chances to obtain the title. Anyhow, the Schleck brothers were given the white jersey which is an accomplishment to those young riders that excelled in the Tour.

Other cyclist, the Belgian Gert Steegmans of the Quick Step team, was the winner of the last race of the event in the final sprint, arriving before the Germans Gerald Ciolek and Freire. On the other hand, the Colombian Leonardo Duque closed his participation in Paris remaining in the last positions.

Additional matters regarding doping also struck this edition of Tour de France; the Spaniards Manuel Beltr?n and Moises Duenas Nevado as well as the Italian Riccardo Ricc?, tested positive for the prohibited substance EPO. The three riders withdrew from the competition as soon as they were advised of the latest results obtained from their blood samples. Likewise, the Kazakh Dmitriy Fofonov was the last of the cyclists in violating the anti-doping rules after testing positive right after the 18 stage of the Tour.

Cindy Ferguson is a high-ranking writer on the Tour de France for the sports betting industry. You can also find more of her work at Instant Action Sports UK. Feel free to reprint this article in its whole on your site, make sure to leave all links in place and do not modify any of the content.

postheadericon Finding the right paintball protective gear

Finding The Right Paintball Protective Gear

If you are going to play paintball you need to do it the right way and obtain the best paintball protective gear that you can find. Finding the right paintball protective gear could mean the difference between enjoying a victory with pain and enjoying a victory without pain.


What is the Best Paintball Protective Gear?

The best paintball protective gear can only be determined by the person who is buying it. Since everything today is being quantified by money it is probably best to say that the best paintball protective gear is the gear you can purchase and use for a period of time without it deteriorating and looking like rags.

Luckily, with all of the different ways to purchase paintball protective gear you have choices at your fingertips. The internet can provide a good source of supplies to purchase your paintball protective gear and some even use a pre packed version inside a paintball gear bag for easy shipping.

The gear can include so many things but the basics to paintball protective gear include a mask, gun with ammo, knee pads, elbow pads, and a chest protector. Some paintball protective gear can also come with different plastic visors for the mask, extra ammo, extra ammo clips, and even different variations of the pads. The variations will depend upon how much money the buyer is willing to spend.

When looking for the best gear you might want to use a consumer based website, such as Consumer Reports, on the internet that rates all of the gear. These sites normally have people use the product, in this case paintball protective gear, and then report back on its performance.

They can tell you how long it will last during normal wear and tear as well as how it reacts in the laundry and if it is flame resistant. These sites can be a great resource for those that enter tournaments and who need the best paintball protective gear at a reasonable cost.

The sites also list the various prices of the different gear at different web stores and even might include some brick and mortar stores if they have an online web presence.

Overall the consumer can pick the best paintball protective gear if they do a little research on their own and they can ask the employees that work in stores that sell the gear. The employees are normally users of the products and can tell you which ones work better.

postheadericon In order to become good at golf you need a good golf grip

In Order To Become Good At Golf You Need A Good Golf Grip

A good golf grip is essential to playing a good game of golf. If you are gripping the club incorrectly or too hard, you will end up with shots that go places you don’t want them to go. There is no one exact science to the golf grip, but there are three basic golf grips that golfers use today:

* The overlapping grip is the most common golf grip used. It is used mostly by male golfers and those with strong wrists and forearms. The little finger of the right hand lies on top of or overlaps the index finger on the left hand.

* The baseball grip is most commonly used by younger golfers, females, seniors, and those with weaker wrists and arms. The index finger of the left hand and the little finger of the right hand meet but do not overlap or interlock.

* An interlocking grip will be used by golfers with shorter hands and fingers, those with thicker or chunkier palms, and golfers who have difficulty with the overlapping grip. The index finger of the left hand and the little finger of the right hand overlap each other and interlock. Here is the basic way to grip a golf club no matter which grip you use. Start by holding the club directly in front of you with your right hand with the club head pointing away from you at about a 45 degree angle.

Next grip the club with your left hand. The club will be mainly in the palm across the pads at the base of the fingers. However, the club will lie across the first section of the index finger. The thumb will be positioned straight on top of the golf club shaft. Relative to the golf club, the thumb will be in the twelve o’clock position.

Now, with your right hand, grip the golf club just above your left hand with the fingers, not the palm, of your right hand. The thumb will be positioned slightly off to the left. Relative to the golf club, the thumb will be in an eleven o’clock position.

If you have gripped the golf club correctly, only the first two knuckles of your left hand will be visible. Also, your left thumb should be completely hidden under your right hand. The index finger position of your right hand will look and feel like a gun trigger finger. If your golf grip pressure is right, the club could almost be pulled out of your hands, but not quite. A correct golf grip will make you feel as if you are holding the club mostly in the palm and last three fingers of your left hand. Regardless, both hands should hold the club with equal pressure. A correct golf grip doesn’t guarantee a successful golf swing; however, a defective golf grip will almost always result in a failed golf swing.