This morning the pourring rain woke me up very early. After months it rains and it seems a miracle. The air is clearer and fresher, the sun is more gentle today. The summer is over even if it will be quite warm till the end of September. The night comes much earlier tought and I don't like it. I don't like almost anything at the moment and even cycling lets me cold. I turn on my lapton and wonder why in the earth should I care about it. Of course I remember how that started but maybe it came to a end. I feel like to ride my bike more than to write about others riding.
Nevertheless – how much I love this word! - and in spite of all yesterday finish in La Vuelta has been exciting. Purito Rodriguez smashed the field on a nasty short climb. He joined and passed the brave break-away – Cameron Meyer later tweeted: "Going to have a chat with Simon Clarke about how you win these Grand Tour stages. I seem to be missing out in the final few km. Damm" – Contador on his wheel and eventually solo. I have rarely seen such a determined man. In this Vuelta Rodriguez is showing an absolute selfconfidence.
In Milano there was that guy on my head, up the lamppost, with that big Purito's flag, red and blue. On the podium Purito was smiling to his children, wearing a jersey conquered for just one point after he lost the one he wanted the most at the true last second. Hejesdal was rising the Trofeo Senza Fine in the middle of the crowded square while Purito celebrated his bittersweet award on the stage. He wasn't happy and brought all his appetite to this Vuelta.
It's Spaniards matter: Rodriguez, Contador, Valverde (at 1' just because he crashed earlier in the race). In my opinion Froome is going to lose not to gain more seconds. A last word for Gesink: yesterday he was great. The final podium looks already full but the 4th spot could be still available.
I had 2012 pictures printed today: races and family stuff. Holydays, travels, tries to make images less banal. Last years I was focused on riders but now I'm more interested in situated pictures. I'm not a photographer. As a writer too I prefer now to watch a bit further from the main scene. When you are very engagged in something you forget that is nothing for the most of people and that a whole life goes on around it. Maybe I simply lost my true focus in cycling given that this year I have never seen Andy Schleck racing. I read he will back soon but where I am not sure yet so write nothing. I think it's going to rain again this afternoon. Lets watch la Vuelta and plann some bike rides.
|1||Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team||4:24:32|
|2||Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank||0:00:08|
|3||Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team||0:00:13|
|4||Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team||0:00:20|
|5||Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling||0:00:23|
|1||Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team||44:50:35|
|2||Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank||0:00:13|
|3||Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling||0:00:51|
|4||Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team||0:01:20|
|5||Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team||0:02:59|
|6||Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha Team||0:03:29|
|7||Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale||0:04:22|
|8||Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin - Sharp||0:05:17|
|9||Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team||0:05:18|
|10||Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team||0:06:01|