In Spanish, it means “Arrow”

“I knew that the form was good and that the team confided in me, but I would be lying if I thought at the start line I was going to win, even though I knew I could be at the front. . . In fact, during the team meeting, they asked what I thought the ideal situation would be. I responded that I didn’t know, that I preferred to improvise. And it was like that. I played by cards as it unfolded, without having a set plan.”

Look at Flecha. The cards are on the table. He knows this is the moment. He has just gotten rid of the baggage. There is nothing between him and the finish line. He reaches out with his right index finger to shift up another gear… (Full size version of pic here.)

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I believe that is Philippe Gilbert, of Omega Pharma Lotto, who just got his doors blown off. He’s no slouch, that one. He took Omloop Het Volk (as it was then called) twice in his career, in 2006 & 2008. Gilbert would finish the day in the second group, some :26 seconds back, soft pedaling to twenty six place.

There are eight million stories in the Naked City; this has been one of them…

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About big jonny

The man, the legend. The guy who started it all back in the Year of Our Lord Beer, 2000, with a couple of pages worth of idiotic ranting hardcoded on some random porn site that would host anything you uploaded, a book called HTML for Dummies (which was completely appropriate), a bad attitude (which hasn’t much changed), and a Dell desktop running Win95 with 64 mgs of ram and a six gig hard drive. Those were the days. Then he went to law school. Go figure. Flagstaff, Arizona, USA

6 thoughts on “In Spanish, it means “Arrow”

  1. Please, how many times do we have to go through this? Hincapie, now Flecha….. Jon they are washed up. Time is not on their side, the ship has sailed. Pick any of your cliche’s that would express your emotional feelings twards Flecha. Take your emotions out of the equation and lets get down to the dirt. Haussler. End of conversation.


  2. Except that Haussler didn’t win, Flecha did.

    “quod erat demonstrandum, baby” – Thomas Dolby

  3. Snake, it wouldn’t have mattered to me if Flecha, Haussler or even Gilert won it. I’d be talking about the achievement just the same. The pic is badass. That is the moment right there. Boom!

    Come April, you can scream Haussler’s name from the rooftops. In fact, I fully expect that you will. I expect Big Things from that kid.

  4. So now this place is about achievement? Alright. I can dig that. Flecha speaks of timing in that pic. Timing is one hell of a thing to master. That is achievement to me.