TDU 5: Ventoso on Willunga. And more.

At the end of last season I found that quote on a rider fb: "What the hell does have this Ventoso that everybody now want him?!" Now we know. Or maybe we don't . But you do must have 'something' to win the 'queen stage' of TDU, daring the already mythical climb of Willunga.

"Penso che ricorderò a lungo la salita di Willunga..." just wrote Alan Marangoni (Liquigas) "non per la sua durezza, ma per l'emozione che il pubblico ha trasmesso con il suo boato continuo. Stupendo!!!
" [ = "I think I will remember Willonga climb for a long time. Not coz of his hardness, but coz of the emotion the people gave us by teir continous roar. Amazing!!!"].

Cameron Meyer
thanked his team: he kept his jersey for just 8 seconds. But it could be enough. The last sprint will be a decisive one but if C.Meyer end in a decent position and some outsider goes fo the stage victory... Oh dudes, what a deliciously open final! Remark Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale: he's doing a great TDU. Bravo also Luke Roberts: he's leading the climbers classification and it seems he could go to Team Sax Bank if/when Contador will get a ban. Richie Porte is 3th in that list: not bad but honestly I expected more in his home country and in this stage specially. Stuart O'Grady is only 51, 42th in GC. Better Viganò (36th).

I don't give a shit - sorry - for that new Amstrong case. I was pissed about his coming back and am glad he finally goes home. If then he goes to prison too... well, I will not cry. Fortunately there are tons of young good clean riders looking for a team. And that's why I am also quite pissed about Di Luca coming back, with or without a salary.
Dopers deserves another chance, of course, but that should mean they can ride again in a continental team in less important races, end their carreer rinding. I loved VDB, you know, he was and will be forever one of my heroes. He couldn't live without racing, during his ban he used to race in amateurs races with a false document, he used to attack, to show all his class... and to go away by woods and fields before the finish. You can't say men like him "You aren't allowed to race anymore", you simply kill them. But he would have accepted with joy to ride for a small team.
A very young doper is another thing,
I agree. An that's why I can see R. Riccò in the next TdF without throwing up: that's his LAST chance to say something in pro-cycling.
Pic by Sirotti
1 Francisco Ventoso (Spa) Movistar Team 3:06:10
2 Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team

3 Matthew Goss (Aus) HTC-Highroad

4 Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team

5 Luke Roberts (Aus) UNI SA - Australia

6 Robbie Hunter (RSA) Team Radio Shack

7 Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale

8 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team

9 Ben Hermans (Bel) Team Radio Shack

10 Ben Swift (GBr) Sky Procycling

11 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team

12 Allan Davis (Aus) Astana

13 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo

14 Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team

15 Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi

16 Richie Porte (Aus) Saxo Bank Sungard 0:00:09
51 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Leopard Trek 0:01:48

1 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo 16:00:40
2 Matthew Goss (Aus) HTC-Highroad 0:00:08
3 Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:00:10
4 Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:00:12
5 Francisco Ventoso (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:17
6 Ben Swift (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:00:18
7 Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:26
8 André Greipel (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:00:27
9 Allan Davis (Aus) Astana 0:00:28
10 Luke Roberts (Aus) UNI SA - Australia

11 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team

12 Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi

13 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team

14 Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team

15 Ben Hermans (Bel) Team Radio Shack

16 Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - ISD 0:00:39
17 Jose Ivan Gutierrez (Spa) Movistar Team

18 Simone Ponzi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
32 Richie Porte (Aus) Saxo Bank Sungard 0:01:40
36 Davide Vigano (Ita) Leopard Trek 0:02:11
42 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Leopard Trek


Anonymous said...


I agree with you 100% about returning dopers. Why do they seem to think they have a right to a contract with a big team to ride the big races. Get a contract with any team that will take you, ride hard, and ride clean. Earn your way back onto the big teams.

As for Armstrong, I will be glad when he finally retires for the last time. I am sick of the melodrama surrounding him.


Ilaria said...

And that exactly what is doing Emanuele Sella. I'm translating something about him and think he's a good exaple of how a doper should come back.

Anonymous said...

I think the end of Armstrong will be good for cycling.