Imagine my surprise when pulling up Cyclingnews.com a short while ago, and seeing that Vino has won my second favorite classic (first fav = Flanders, I mean, is there any doubt about this call?). I guess, on one hand, it’s good to see that the race was an attack fest. Also, what I’m happy to see is Cadel riding in at 5th place, sure, he didn’t win, but he’s already having a better year this year than in any other years before. He’s sort of whiney, but for reasons unknown to me, I like him. I usually hate guys like that, but have always had a soft spot in my heart for Cadel Evans, maybe it was his former mountain biking past. I don’t know.
Looking at the write up, it looks like Gilbert, and A. Schleck threw it down, and were joined by Contador (good to see him throwing it down in the classics as well by the way). With those 3 a pretty big threat, that got knocked back, and another attack took off with Vino, in his general attacking attitude, and Kolobnev went with him, that was your 1-2 finish right there, with Vino pimpin’ him out with about 200m to go. Gilbert, Valverde, and Evans all took off in pursuit, but Gilbert would break the other 2, but could never catch the front 2. He rolled in 4th, after playing a little too much at the end, and getting schnookered by Valverde.
Going back, I think Evans should just give up his freakin’ grand tour hopes. Sure, he rides well, but he’s never going to win one. Stick to week long stage races, and plus the harder hillier classics (like LBL and Fleche), and I’m pretty sure his career will flourish even more. He doesn’t NEED grand tours. Sure, it would be nice to win one, but where have his biggest successes been? Not in grand tours.
Now, Vino, doper extraordinaire. Does anyone think he’s NOT on the juice still? Sure, I tend to forgive and forget, but he always impressed upon me that he’s a unrepentant doper, as in, he didn’t care that he did it, he cared that he got caught. I mean, for crying out loud, look at the size of his forehead (my wife and I have nicknamed him Forehead for easy identification)! Christ! It’s like an orange on a toothpick. They don’t grow that way normally (I’m looking at your Barry Bonds). So I was sad to see him win this race. He, in my opinion, doesn’t deserve it. But, maybe that’s just me. I don’t know.
Do you guys like Vino or hate Vino? I think there is a lot of hate out there for him, no doubt about it.
Anyway, been traveling for work, been moving from NC to Northern Virginia, and finally, it’s all done. There’s been 0 time for riding so far, so I have come up with the plan for myself. I am calling it Cross Project 2010. I can start training now for ‘cross season here in the mid-atlantic region of the US, and probably be somewhat fit by the time September/October rolls around. Also, it is a good excuse to get a new bike. Any recommendations out there? Anyone willing to throw me a good deal on a bike, or frame? Yeah, that’s right, I’m asking. I’ll blog about my cross prep through the rest of this summer and early fall.
Over and out.by