Now back to my sports ramblings… My man (and World Champion) Mark Cavendish won a fantastic sprint in stage 5 at the Giro today 🙂 So that makes me really really happy. There was a bad, completely uncalled for crash on Monday that caused Cav to have to WALK with his bike over his shoulder across the finish line, and American phenom Taylor Phinney went to hospital for a foot injury (but did NOT withdraw!). They were taken out by a sprinter (Ferrari) who, in blatant disregard for the rules, did not hold his line in the final sprint and literally swerved across the road and crashed those behind him. His only punishment was to be relegated that day… If that had been Cav with that move, he’d be at home!
We can safely say that this crash took the pink jersey off the back of Phinney.
But these boys are TOUGH – if you’re a sports fan and don’t watch any cycling, give it a look. They crash into barbed wire fences, get hit by cars, get taken out by other riders, and get back up to finish the race.
Except when they don’t. This week cycling fans have heavy hearts as we think about one of the young riders who did not get back up. Wouter Weylandt died one year ago, in stage 3 of this same race. WW#108 forever in our hearts. Proudly wearing my 108 shirt in remembrance this week.
Three weeks until the US National Championship (time trial and road race) in Greenville, SC (that city’s last year to host). I cannot wait to watch these guys at work. If you’re interested and have no plans Memorial Day weekend come join me!