Frenchwoman Jeanie Longo has won, at age 50, her ninth national time-trial championship (she also has several road national championships and Corum 922-201-20-0F02-BN12 Men's watch will try to defend last years title on Saturday). Longo also narrowly missed a medal at last years Summer Olympics, finishing the time trial in fourth place, less than two seconds from bronze. So, uhm, stop excuses and go ride.—John BradleyTwitter: johnwbradley
The Day-Date version measures a larger 43mm across. I personally like the cleaner dial and look of this Tachymetre version myself.Pusher and crown layout is identical to other Valjoux 7750-based movements with the chrono startstop at 2 Corum 922-201-20-0F02-BA12 Men's watch oclock and the chrono reset at 4 oclock. Crown is of the signed, screw-down variety and located at the usualy 3 oclock position. One small visual complaint I have is that the crown was a bit small and would have liked to see it stick out a bit more to compliment the pushers.Exhibition back shows off the nicely decorated Caliber 16 movement, which I have already mentioned is a based Valjoux 7750.
Team Astana announced its 2009 lineup for the Tour de France this morning with a slideshow on the team website (and some oddly dramatic backing music). As previously reported, seven-time winner Lance Armstrong and 2007 Tour champion Alberto Contador, of Spain, will co-captain the team, with support from 2007 third-place finisher Levi Corum 396-257-47-0F08-EB30R Watch Leipheimer and two-time runner up Andreas Kloden, of Germany. They will be joined by Portugals Sergio Paulinho, Ukranian Yaroslav Popovych, Switzerlands Gregory Rast, Spaniard Haimar Zubeldia, and DimitriyMuravyey, the sole rider from the teams sponsorship base of Kazakhstan.