The Vuelta started and I’m not very excited about it. Too much shit went down in professional cycling this last year, just too much. Maybe I’ll come around after a couple of stages and start to give a shit. But at the moment, I pretty much couldn’t care less.
Daniele Bennati (Lampre-Fondital) picked up where he left off, putting a nice bookend victory in Saturday’s 154.4km opener at the Vuelta a España to go along with his triumph in the final stage on the Champs Elysées at the Tour de France.
The brawny Italian hitched a ride on Milram’s setup train and out-kicked a superstar field to win for the eighth time this season ahead of three-time world champion Oscar Freire (Rabobank) and Alessandro Petacchi (Milram), who came through third.
How long till the drug scandals at this one splash across the web? Oh yeah, this race is in Spain. Nothing short of a rider being found dead on the roadside would bring the police into it. Or a gynecologist with 147 bags of blood in his fridge. Well, you know what they say, when in Rome…by