My last posts are quite hard. The reason could sound paradoxical: I really care about Andy and have high expectations. I still belive he is one of the best riders in the world and probably the best of his generation. I want him to achieve all the great results he can and deserves AND/OR to find his way in life to be happy and in peace again.
Blind supporters always saying GREAT! BRAVO! YEAH! don't help him too much and let me such an amazement that force me to think again about why I run this blog. First answer is to write stories, that's I love. Second one is: to share what I find about Andy, given that I 'update' myself first and it would be a waste to not. Third one is - as I often said - to give Andy a special gift, but probably it would be better to say: to be in touch with him in spite he's so busy and hardly answers mails.
So as a cycling - not blind - supporter I am disappointed and critical, can't avoid to be. But tonight I couldn't sleep and the idea came to my mind to be watching things by the wrong point of view.
Andy had a very bad end of season last year: TdF fail - it was a fail even if he's the moral winner of that race and a wonderful second and a fantastic White Jersey: he wasn't happy, we can't be as well - the mess with his team, the 'beer-gate' with all that shit they started writing around... In a certain way he spent the winter reconsidering his life - and that's good. We read he isn't happy with his level - of course - and fed up to be considered 'the little bro'.
He has a new team, builded around him, Frank and Fabian and managed by people who well know him and care. I'm sure their point of view is: what is more important now for Andy? If you think a bit it's easy to answer: to win Tour de France, to be sure to win it. You can't be 100% sure, but you can try to make it as sure as possible: focusing just on it, training for it, puting a very little pressure on your rider in all other races, rassuring him about his shape minimizing fails and exalting results always looking to that goal. Not a profesional goal: a personal one. Of course a victory in Tour de France would be great for LEOPARD TREK, but for Andy could be the turning point that allows finally to move on.
It could be sounds weird at the moment, but in my opinion Andy can win many Tour de France, many Giros, many Vuelta, many Classics too - Vlanderen included. The problem is just in his head. By that point of view all I wrote in the previous posts makes no sense: I simply watch the last vid I posted, see he's happy, his eyes smiling like in Liège, where he was 'only' 3th on the podium where he had been celebrated as the winner in 2009, but that's fine. Critics can make you reflect but love makes you go on and winn your challenge.
Tour de France in two weeks: your Tour again, go and take it.