I tell you what, road racing is like eating a can of baked beans and washing it down with a pot of coffee because in both cases, there is a 100% chance of mad skid marks.
Take stage 3 of the Giro for example. Watching the stage this morning, you just knew shit was going to hit the fan. Speeds approaching 200 kilometers per hour, bunny hopping over 8 foot barriers, these boys brought out every trick in the book. It’s a shame it came down to the final meters of the sprint, and a bonehead move by a not so sporty Ferrari. I mean, you would expect this lack of control from a Volvo, or a Fiat perhaps, but a Ferrari? This is just staggering. Anyways, here’s the final 5 for those who haven’t seen:
As for Roberto Ferrari’s penalty:
Asked how he felt about being relegated to the last spot in the peloton for his manoeuvre, [as well as receiving a 200 Swiss Franc fine, a 30-second penalty and losing 25 points from his tally in the points competition] Ferrari responded “I have nothing to say about that.”
Savio himself argued that “Ferrari made a mistake, but” – unsurprisingly – “he didn’t want to make Cavendish fall.”
The organisers seem to have no doubt who was responsible for the pile-up. After Ferrari’s dodgy manoeuvre, the organisers decided that Sky are the leaders of the Fair Play competition with 0 points, (the lowest score being the best) whilst Androni-Venezuela are right at the bottom, with 180 points. That is 140 points less than second-last Rabobank, who have 40.
And for Boy Wonder? He continues to impress. Love him or hate him, he’s been dealt a couple bad cards the last two days and the kid still musters a smile, ohh and holds the pink jersey.
How long will it last for the young gun? Tomorrow is rest day, so I’m cooking beans.by