Uran Uran - I love that. Yes, he makes this wide sweep to the wrong-side of the road that forces Vino to take the lead-out position, but Vino - wisely - doesn’t even pretend to tail after him - he jumps entirely and by the time Uran looks up again (he’d dropped his head during that wide wrong-side-of-road plunge!), Vino’s got 20-30 yards on him AND speed AND is on the inside of the next curve!
I don’t know if Uran could have nicked him had he been more judicious but he very certainly gave up all of his chances while Vino merely took advantage of what was offered.
My contempt was really on display for that mass sprint for - oh, what? 36th Position?!! Sheesh. I’d have rather then rode across, arm in arm, looking like a bunch of lycra’d Rockettes or something. [I]Kick boom bah, kick boom bah… “Yippee!! I won 36th!!” [/I]
The Cancellara crash - blast. I’ve cheered him in the past, and would have again.
I have ambivalent to negative feelings toward Vino, with a few proviso’s - this has GOT to be near his last-ever year of racing. (I thought that 3 years ago, too, but is Jens throwing down the gauntlet?!!)
There’s also Vino’s better bike-handling in 2003 on the melted tarmac when 20 seconds later, poor Joseba Beloki lost it and we witnessed on of the most excruciating injuries in cycling history. Ugh. I still cross my legs…
We went up to the hospital that night to see him, and it was packed with most of the riders walking past, just waving and nodding, wishing best of luck. Except Vino wasn’t there. Don’t know why, but I was incredibly unhappy with him.
And then in 2004 (or was it '05?) when Vino is apparently feuding with Ullrich & Kloden, sprinting off and Kloden leads the peleton up to him. I would like to hear Vino’s side of that - was he just testing the opponents, all by himself? Playing some kind of “we hate each other” game like a chess gambit?