A First Communion.
I missed Saturday and Sunday stages because I had to go out of town for my niece’s First Communion. I didn’t really mind. I knew they were going to be snoozers. And they were. To prove that point, I wrote the following recap of Saturday’s stage, on Friday night.
“Today’s stage was pretty straight forward. There was a breakaway that went early on containing riders of some of the smaller teams. Those guys fought over the points in the intermediate sprints and KOMs. However, the sprinters’ teams took over the peloton towards the end of the stage, caught the break and Marcel Kittel won the stage.”
Dead on, huh? Come to think of it, that would work for Sunday’s stage too.
As I was sitting in church waiting for a bunch of 7-year-olds go through a ritual they couldn’t possibly understand at this tender age, I thought about how bad Garmin-Sharp really have it now. Not only did they lose Daniel Martin for the GC, but they also lost Koldo Fernandez, the Spaniard who was going to be the main lead out for Tyler Farrar. If the American’s chance to win a stage with a full team were slim, his chances now are pretty much non-existent.
So, they found a bomb that may have been ready to detonate and disrupt the Giro celebrations in Dublin. And they were worried about a few Colombians, Venezuelan and Kazaks traveling into the Kingdom. Maybe keep an eye on your own?
Rain kills the party.
When I got back home I downloaded the stages. I knew they were going to be non-eventful at best, but I needed a little background noise while I caught up on some emails. I saw a lot of rain. I saw a lot of people out, but lots and lots of rain. I’ve never been to the island of Ireland, but my brand new wife lived there for a while and always told me that the stereotype of shitty weather was exaggerated and that they got plenty of nice days over there. We just got married last weekend, and I already think of her as a liar. Wonderful.
Anyway, Orica may be very happy to have had the Pink Jersey for 2 days in Ireland, but I think Tuft or Matthews have to be bummed that there will not be a lot of action shots of them wearing Pink for their mom’s scrap books. Instead, they’ll have plenty of shots of them wearing black rain capes.
Going for the GC.
Alessandro Petacchi is old. 40-years old. Let’s face it, he is not going to win a stage even if Kittel, Vivani and Bouhanni all retire en masse tomorrow. So, why would OPQS bring him to the Giro if they claim they are riding for the GC with Rigo Urán? The team says they brought him to help Urá.n in the flat stages. If these two road stages are any indication, that's exactly what Patrick Lefévère wants him to do. The old man has been riding in front of Urán a lot, protecting him and keeping him safe.
Two road stages, two Colombians on the break.
That makes me happy. It was especially nice to see Rubiano sporting the National Champion’s Jersey. Let’s hope we see a lot more of those black jerseys in the coming two weeks.