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Wednesday, February 22, 2006

The Specialized Angel

For those of you who have been watching the Amgen Tour of California, you may have seen a heavenly sight: the Specialized Angel.

In his blog on the San Jose Mercury News' Web site, Sal Pizarro reports that the Specialized Angel -- 29-year-old San Jose model Jana Ireton -- is becoming quite the attraction at the event. Here's his take on the Angel:

"This is a take off of the Tour de France's devil -- a man named Didi Senft who shows up at many stages in a red devil costume -- but it seems fans and the riders are appreciating the appearance of the angel much more."

I definitely appreciate the appearance of the Angel, and so does the Velochimp blog. She's definitely much more attractive than the Tour de France devil.

You can see more of the Angel at Specilized's Web site. Just do a search for "Angel" and you will find more photographs of her. At the photo included here, she is blowing a kiss to cyclist Levi Leipheimer.

And you can see more of Jana without her wings at her personal page.

As for the ESPN2 coverage of the Tour of California, I've been disappointed with the camerawork. There are too many moments of "dead air," when you see the crowd, but no cyclists. I have a new appreciation for the French TV cameramen who provide such great images of the Tour de France.

As for commenting on the race itself, I've leave that up to the experts. You can find keep up with the race on the RSS feeds in the right column of this page.

The Cyclelicious blog has been reporting on the lack of news coverage of the Tour of California. I have to say my publication, the Belleville News-Democrat, has been guilty, too. On the other hand, it's hard to get the race in the paper when our wire services aren't providing the stories.

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Roger 2 comments links to this post 12:12 PM

I like the angel better than the devil as well.
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