What a Giro it has been for the Aussies. From Mick Rogers' awesome win today, to Michael Matthews and Orica, to Cadel Evans in Pink and looking in really good form. I had said before that Colombian and Australian cycling were on a sort of teeter-totter. Australian cycling started to seriously bloom as Colombia's faded during the late 80s and early 90s. Obviously that doesn't seem to be the case nowadays, with both countries supplying the peloton with talent in great numbers.
Gluten-free vs. a street hotdog.
We recorded our podcast last night and talked quite a bit about the Giro, of course. One of the things I mentioned was that I didn't really like how 'clean' and 'sterile' the Tour has become. As opposed to the Giro that remains, relatively, 'dirty' and dangerous. Hence my comparison between a clean, vegetarian, orderly gluten-free restaurant (the Tour) and a hot dog purchased from a dingy attitude-ridden vendor in the street on New York City (the Giro). Even as a vegetarian, I'll take the hot dog. Gluten-free is just lame.
Kings of the Mountains.
Seeing Arredondo fight for the KoM points today gave me a great sense of satisfaction and pride. Colombians have a very special connection with the mountain classification in Grand Tours. Quintana won the Polka Dot Jersey in the Tour last year. Before thet, Mauricio Soler did it in '07, Santiago Botero in 2000 and Lucho Herrera in '87 and '85. In the Giro Fredy González did it in '01 and '03, Chepe González (no relation) in '97 and '99 and Herrera in '89... Not to mention the Vuelta... You get the point. Now that Arredondo is out of the running for a place in the GC, it's very nice to see him fighting for the Blue Jersey, which used to be green, which makes more sense to me, but whatever.
Speaking of mountains, how's this for a mistake? See above. Three GPMs marked on a stage with two? A mountain top finish? Didn't look like it to me. Tisk, tisk, Signor Proofreader.
Well, this is the last bit of my post today, so I guess ladies are last, in this case. But anyway, fellow Colombian cycling fan, Natalia Santamaría, wrote a great piece on Colombian women's cycling for La Ruta del Escarabajo. If you can read it in it original Spanish I encourage you to do so here. If you skipped to many Spanish classes in high school there's a less than adequate Bing Translate version here.
Tomorrow = Zzzz...