I was late to my son training yesterday: Tour de Suisse stage final was too exciting to turn off and I was glued to the screan almost jumping on my bed: go Steve go!!
NOW, as a Schleck fan in general and an Andy Schleck fan in particular - and in spite Andy said no - there were a few reasons to panic or to be disappointed at least: Frank was a dull copy of the attacking brilliant climber he used to be, Andy.... EHM...
Just yesterday somebody asked me: but is there Andy in Tour de Suisse? OK: he is there. He had a 'bad day': normal people do. But still... Do you need Tour pressure to be in a top shape? honestly that's bullshit. What if every pro riders would say the same? "Sorry, I need Lombardia" or "I'm not doing great I know, but keep paying me and you'll see in Milano-Sanremo!" Which team could accept such a logic? I understand and respect the idea to have few goals in a season even if using serious races as a training looks somehow unrespective. But you can't focus just on one race. What if you loose it? What if you crash or get ill - no please! - or simply find a too strong opponent?
Fortunately Steven Kruijswijk thinks different: he tries and gets what he can. In the Giro he was an amazing White Jersey - better then the already-quite-old Roman Kreuziger who should have gone for something more - and kept attacking in every stages. After the Giro he didn't go in holyday. He had some rest, of course, but evidently is in Tour de Suisse to show his name and his jersey again. Yesterday he did it: tried and managed to go. He went to the line solo and his face looked so similar to Andy's face in Liège 2009: happy, amazed, incredulous but aware to be on the way for the glory.
A stage in Tour de Suisse isn't the same as a big classic, I know. Moreover Andy's victory there was a team builded one where Kruijswik won almost alone, supported by Rabobank but not as a leader: he played his cards in a very hard finish, was strong and smart. Andy there was perfect but perfectly delivered by Saxo Bank: he started to win. I don't think that Kruijswik had made the same that morning but for sure he had started to give all and do his best.
He made my day! I arrived to the training area telling everybody: - Kruijswick won! - Sympathetic but kinda perplexed Liv's team sport directors asked me: - Who? where? Ah...! and are you coming to Giro di Toscana? -
- Dunno... When is that? -
You see, each one lives in his/her own world. You can decide in which one you want to live, I think you can. Different worlds have differents qualities, good and bad. Giro di Toscana is very close to us, in my region. But Tour de Suisse is more interesting for me because... Andy is there. BDW: is he there? Sorry, I'm joking... Happy anyway to have not payed a tiket to Swizerland.