The Giro’s been glorious to watch this year, and I’m glad these guys have a rest day today because they are starting to look like god damn pygmy tarsiers.
Image source: http://www.steephill.tv/2012/giro-d-italia/photos/stage-15/
Bloodshot eyes, shattered faces…it’s like they came straight off the battlefield. Shell-shocked.
Stages 14 and 15 exhibited true grit and classic finishes. Andrey Amador, a name of Latin origin, means “one who loves.” In Andrey’s case, he’s full of love that’s for certain. The man’s in love with pain.
But it can’t go without honoring Barta for his impressive ride. DCer Mike says,
“Jan Barta gave his all too, watch from 4 mins in. The guy bridges then starts gasping, looked pretty fucking hard. Then he digs, again, for the line. Pretty stellar riding.”
I agree Mike, well played.
Yesterday Matteo Rabottini held on to what certainly seemed to be a stage victory for the Spaniard, Joaquin Rodriguez. DCer HUMPTY said it, and owns it,
“This ride makes him RABOTTINI A BALLER.”
Straight up Humpty.
REWIND: Stage 7. Paolo Tiralongo took it home, all the glory a man could ever want. A grand tour victory.
But then he died…
It was only temporary though. It took only a couple cheek kisses from the podium girls to erect Paolo’s limp body, resulting in one wide-eyed money shot.
Anyways, six more days, how’s it going to play out? I couldn’t tell you, but if it was 2006 and we were not in Italy, but Philadelphia, I’d put my money Chadwick…
A quote from Glen about this clip:
“I joked to Eric the night before about grabbing a beer out of the crowd up the wall and on the second last run up there in the break opportunity beckoned! Out from the crowd came this shiny freshly cracked icy cold can of beer and I grabbed that sucker, which obviously pleased the crowd, they couldn’t believe it. I necked half the can like in a commercial and launched the remains over the heads of some spectators further up who were equally surprised. It tasted great to be quite honest and refreshing to say the least! I didn’t realise at the time, but out team car was behind and saw me grab it also and gave ’em a good laugh. They reckon if it was on film that it should of gotten the play of the week on ESPN. That would be a classic!”
Epitome of a drunkcyclist. Take notes.
…if you’re gonna post the pictures, let’s get the man’s name up there & give him due props…ryder hesjedal…first canadian to ever wear the giro’s maglia rosa…kid originally raced mtb’s for my old pal g-fish & has been paying his dues in the pro ranks on the road for a while now…
…he’s held the jersey twice in this years race & while beatable by the pure climbers, ryder’s strengths still have him standing in good position for the overall…i think mr vaughters is quite happy to have signed him…
Between Cadel and Ryder, we’ve got old mtb’ers taking over the road scene. I like it.
Word. Great wrap up Ck.
Yep. Rabbotini. IS. A. BALLER.
I’d like to see Basso or Scarponi win it all, but right now it seems like it could be anyone’s (any real climber, anyways) game. Shit could get real if it turns out Rodriguez can climb as well as he has been for the 34km of Stelvio.
While we’re ballwashing old MTB’rs Evans and Hejesdal, throw some Peter Sagan’s way. Five f’n stage wins at ToC this year. 22 y.o….’nuff said.
…@ obie…absofuckinglutely…good point…
Holy fuck. I was wondering today if Cav is worried about Sagan. I didn’t follow the ATOC very closely, and I don’t know much about Sagan, so I don’t know if he is a true sprinter or if those stages just suited his style.
…@ rhys…he convincingly beat a guy named tom boonen, who was usually in the mix, over n’ over again…
…although he took a break after his winning classics season, tommeke had a week to warm up to the chore…
…sagan dominated every sprint…
…ahem…but no way is cav worried about a clean ‘one on one’ with anybody…literally…
@obie – so right. sagan love coming.
Frodo will stomp Sagan in bunch sprint.
It might sound ridiculous but my love for the big tours went out the window last year. I can’t even bring myself to watch them. Also I don’t get the giro on my tv package. But after last years race not lose battles there is no love in me for that stuff. I’ll watch MTB races and the one day classics, some BMX stuff but not the tours.