Hunched over their featherweight 10-speeds, legs churning relentlessly and silver spokes glinting in the sun as they flash by, bicycle racers paint a breathtaking collage of grace, speed and color.
The two long-distance runners were alone together, climbing the steep hills of Montjuic, trying to finish up these Olympics on a cloudless Barcelona night. Neither one was supposed to win this marathon, but now one of them would.
Rogers, who rides for the Tinkoff-Saxo team, had argued that his positive sample had been the result of something he had eaten during the Tour of Beijing, a stage race just before the Japan Cup.
On Sunday morning, it was time to head out to sea not in search of lobsters but for a competition that has become one of the social events along the coast here, a Kentucky Derby for the trapping set.