Monday, 22 August 2011

Those old familiar feelings...

Is anyone else starting this Vuelta with a slight feeling of deja vu? TTT on stage one, followed by a flat stage that everyone assumes will end in a bunch gallop. The sprinters teams keep the breaks under control, make the catch in the last 30k and wind up the pace ready for a sprint, only for the ‘slight rise’ mentioned in the roadbook to wipe the pace off so suddenly it looked like the entire bunch suffered simultaneous chain-suck and the race for the line degenerates into half a dozen brave, individual dashes. Didn’t see that coming.

On a side note, the winner of those individual dashes for the line was Sky’s C J Sutton, on the same day that his team-mate Edvald Boassen-Hagen won the Vattenfall Cyclassic. All this not 24 hours after I said hoped Sky’s luck would change for the better. Just in case lady luck is still on the line can I also say that I hope Ivan Basso finds the fountain of youth, that Bjarne Riis will announce that he in fact rode the 1996 Tour on nothing more than M&Ms and Top Deck Shandy, and that Bradley Wiggins can take three times as much time on stage 10 as I suspect he’ll lose on stage 15.

Anyway, on to stage 3...

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