Love calls and more

I just got a phone call by a friend: we met today... 20 years ago. He fell in love, I didn't. That's life. But he kept calling now and then... for 20 years! I used to get annoyed when I was younger - I was at the college when we met - but now I see things in a different way: ok, I don't love him but respect his feelings for me and spend some time talking by phone. That's harmless and makes his day. 
In 20 years he had his life, you could say he was better to find another woman. I think he traied but it isn't so easy, you know... when you really love someone. You can't even look - or see - other girls or guys and when you finally have a flirt you feel unconfortable and guilty. 
I once had a date, some years ago: we were mates in a specialization course, we used to spend hours together everydays and something was growing without we decided anything. But I already was in love for... my love, I was trying to forget him because I knew it was really hard with him - bdw I achieved more than I expected but still it's hard - so made a true effort to go ahead with that guy. I liked him very much: he had a degree in philosophy like me, was a cyclist - also raced till junior - we shared many interests and...well...he was cute! He let me understand he also liked me and we dated for a while. Finally he told me: "I really like you but am not 100% persuaded and I never do anything if I am not". 
He was absolutely right. You could think he was too strict but he had just got the point: I was in love for somebodyelse, no matter how seriously I tried with him. That was in June. We met again in September for job and he glanced at me: he looked sorry, I had forgot about him in two days. I still found him cute and nice but I could live without.
When you are in love you can't. You can't live without seeing the person you love, without talking with him or her, without knowing where he/she is and if he/she's fine. People say time changes everything but something can't change in a whole life.
When my friend phones me I try to be nice but I usually have few time to talk. Today I spent almost one hour chatting because it was out anniversary and he cares about it. In add I sent my love an sms this morning, just to say Hi, because I miss him so much and he didn't reply yet. The last time it takes some days: I keep some hope. Anyway I wanted to be nice because I know what it means: you feel ridicolous but can't help it, must call or write or go to say hello and if you get an Hey back you are happy for days.
Demare wins GP Le Samyn Pic by The Inner Ring
Today there was  GP Le Samyn.  I watched just a part of it and I'm checking now the results. Three names I note : Demare, Nizzolo, Trentin. Three guys who are doing well.
1 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat
2 Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil - DCM
3 Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis
4 Anthony Ravard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
5 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) RadioShack-Nissan
6 Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Katusha Team
7 Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil - DCM
8 Alexey Tsatevich (Rus) Katusha Team
9 Jean-Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne-Schuller
10 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma-QuickStep
Strade Bianche is on Saturday. It will be strange without Andy Schleck...strange for me I mean, because it has never been an important race for him. The start list is a stars list too, have a look:
BMC Racing Team

1 Philippe Gilbert (Bel)
2 Cadel Evans (Aus)
3 Alessandro Ballan (Ita)
4 Adam Blythe (GBr)
5 George Hincapie (USA)
6 Martin Kohler (Swi)
7 Marco Pinotti (Ita)
8 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel)
Acqua & Sapone

11 Paolo Ciavatta (Ita)
12 Claudio Corioni (Ita)
13 Massimo Codol (Ita)
14 Francesco Di Paolo (Ita)
15 Alessandro Donati (Ita)
16 Francesco Ginanni (Ita)
17 Simone Masciarelli (Ita)
18 Francesco Reda (Ita)
Astana Pro Team

21 Roman Kreuziger (Cze)
22 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz)
23 Borut Bozic (Slv)
24 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita)
25 Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe)
26 Yevgeniy Nepomnyachshi (Kaz)
27 Simone Ponzi (Ita)
28 Sergey Renev (Kaz)
Colnago - CSF Inox

31 Sacha Modolo (Ita)
32 Enrico Battaglin (Ita)
33 Sonny Colbrelli (Ita)
34 Andrea Pasqualon (Ita)
35 Angelo Pagani (Ita)
36 Andrea Piechele (Ita)
37 Marco Coledan (Ita)
38 Gianluca Brambilla (Ita)
Colombia - Coldeportes

41 Jhon Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Col)
42 Robinson Eduardo Chalapud Gomez (Col)
43 Johan Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col)
44 Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col)
45 Juan Pablo Forero Carreno (Col)
46 Javier Gonzalez Barrera (Col)
47 Luis Felipe Laverde Jimenez (Col)
48 Victor Hugo Pena Grisales (Col)
Farnese Vini - Selle Italia

51 Filippo Pozzato (Ita)
52 Oscar Gatto (Ita)
53 Francesco Failli (Ita)
54 Diego Caccia (Ita)
55 Luca Mazzanti (Ita)
56 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel)
57 Elia Favilli (Ita)
58 Luca Ascani (Ita)
Garmin - Barracuda

61 Johan Van Summeren (Bel)
63 Ryder Hesjedal (Can)
64 Martyn Maaskant (Ned)
65 Daniel Martin (Ire)
66 Peter Stetina (USA)
67 Christian Vandevelde (USA)
68 Fabian Wegmann (Ger)
Lampre - ISD

71 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita)
72 Vitaliy Buts (Ukr)
73 Massimo Graziato (Ita)
74 Denys Kostyuk (Ukr)
75 Manuele Mori (Ita)
76 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol)
77 Simone Stortoni (Ita)
78 Davide Vigano (Ita)
Liquigas - Cannondale

81 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita)
82 Peter Sagan (Svk)
83 Federico Canuti (Ita)
84 Mauro Da Dalto (Ita)
85 Kristjan Koren (Slv)
86 Alan Marangoni (Ita)
87 Moreno Moser (Ita)
88 Daniel Oss (Ita)

91 Giovanni Visconti (Ita)
92 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa)
93 Andrey Amador Bikkazakova (CRi)
94 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por)
95 José Herrada Lopez (Spa)
96 Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa)
97 Ángel Madrazo (Spa)
98 Branislau Samoilau (Blr)
Project 1T4i

101 Ronan Van Zandbeek (Ned)
102 Tom Stamsnijder (Ned)
103 Albert Timmer (Ned)
104 Bert De Backer (Bel)
105 Cheng Ji (Chn)
106 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned)
107 Tom Dumoulin (Ned)
108 Domenik Klemme (Ger)
RadioShack - Nissan

111 Fabian Cancellara (Swi)
112 Daniele Bennati (Ita)
113 Tony Gallopin (Fra)
114 Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa)
115 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr)
116 Joost Posthuma (Ned)
117 Grégory Rast (Swi)
118 Ben Hermans (Bel)
Team Type 1 - Sanofi

121 Rubens Bertogliati (Swi)
122 Daniele Colli (Ita)
123 Rémi Cusin (Fra)
124 Julien El Fares (Fra)
125 Jure Kocjan (Slv)
126 Georg Preidler (Aut)
127 Kiel Reijnen (USA)
128 Martijn Verschoor (Ned)
Utensilnord Named

131 Paolo Bailetti (Ita)
132 Gabriele Bosisio (Ita)
133 Matteo Fedi (Ita)
134 Edoardo Girardi (Ita)
135 Frederico Rocchetti (Ita)
136 Francisco Javier Vila Errandonea (Spa)
137 Oleg Berdos (Mda)
138 Stiven Fanelli (Ita)


Yes we like... Giorgio Brambilla

He was in Calpe, then he got a 4th in GP Costa degli Etruschi. I already presented you Eugenio Alafaci and here you meet the other Italian rider from Leopard Trek. 
Hi Giorgio, introduce yourself: When were you born? and where?
Lecco, 19/09/88
Your height and weight?
187Cm, 80kg
When did you start cycling?
A started in
1997 when I was 9 yo.
For wich teams did you race till now? and wich is your actual team?
U.C. Costamasnaga fino al 2004
U.S. Biassono fino al 2006
U.C. Bergamasca 1902 fino al 2009
De Rosa - stac plastic nel 2010
De Rosa flaminia nel 2011
Leopard Trek
Wich were your best results and the more important races you took part in? 
I took part in Paris-Roubaix three times: finished 5th in my second year as a Junior, 2nd in my second year as an U23 and 3th the next one.
So Eugenio, how are you?
It's a positive period, even not talking about my result in GP Etruschi (4th) and considering I arrived there without pedaling on the roaf for almost two weeks because of the snow!
Tell us about your new team: you are all very young and from different countries....
I feel really good in the team. I immediately got in tune with Adriano Baffi and my new mates. Nine of them just became pros and I have to be the 'old one' of the group even if I'm only 23.
First race, great result: how did it go in that GP Costa dei Pinguini (of Penguins)... ehm! degli Etruschi?
GP dei Pinguini went all right also because of the work of my team that protected me from the wind and kept me in the first positions till the last km: from there I sorted it out by myself.
Does it make sense to race in such conditions? How do you face a race with the snow beside the road?
I don't like those conditions but they don't stop me. I noticed many collegues suffer much more then me because of them so cold weather is welcome! In low temperatures and rain I almost always did good performances. It makes sense to race in those conditions because we do a strong men sport and we must be so.
Season 2011: are you happy with your results?
No given I constantly had healty problems: I just raced 25 days.
Which was your best day in 2011?
I don't know ... They have been so few...
...and the worst?
When I crashed in Tour of San Luis.
Which are your goals for the next season?
To win, it doesn't matter where and how.
In Italy guys become profesional riders later then in other countries. That aims to protect the development of youths avoiding to 'burn' them in too hard experiences. In that way thought Italian young talents are often late with regard to peers and often lost their way. What's your opinion?
The problem in Italy is that we have some strong amateurs teams and no young riders continental teams so it's impossible to gain experience amongh the pros apart that as a stagiaire. That's a big limit our Federation puts forcing continental teams to pay minimum wage salaries like profesional teams. That only happens in Italy.
Back to you: which is your best quality?
...and the worst?
The appetite.
And which is your dream race?
Which is the racer you like more in the history of cycling? And now?
Gino Bartali and now Boonen
How did you start racing?
Because of my grandfather Arcangelo and my first team: UC Costamasnaga.
Family and friends are important for you?
Which studies did you do or are doing?
Liceo scientifico (Scientific college) and I'm going to get soon a degree in e mi laurerò in scienze motorie e dello sport (university school of motor sciences and sport).
Ok. We want know you better! what do you like to do in your spare time?
I read, elaborate at my pc and spend time with my friends.
What is your favourite music?
Almost all, it depends on the moment of the day. When I'm on my bike Minimal and Trance.
And your favourite movie?
"Forrest Gump"
.. favourite book?
"Ecce Homo": how we become what we are. By F. Nietzsche.
Wow good! I'm a philosopher so apreciate it a lot! :) Your favourite country?
Your favourite food?
Linguine allo scoglio (It's pasta with seafood)
Finally: this blog is especially dedicated to Andy Schleck. You trained together and shared the team camp: tell us your impressions.
I didn't talk that much with the First Team "bigs", I didn't want to be annoying. Anyway Andy looks an easygoing guy and I'd like to know him better.
Thank you very much, Giorgio. Good luck and see you soon on the road!
La foto ufficiale sul sito della LT

Era a Calpe, ha ottenuto un bel 4°  al GP Costa degli Etruschi.Vi ho già presentato Eugenio Alafaci, adesso facciamo conoscenza con l'altro Italiano della Leopard Trek.
Ciao Giorgio, presentati:
Quando sei nato? E dove?
Nato a Lecco il 19/09/88
Altezza e peso
alto 187cm per 80kg
Quando hai cominciato a correre in bici?
Ho iniziato a correre nel 1997 all'età di 9 anni
Per quali squadre hai corso fin'ora e qual'è la tua squadra attuale?
U.C. Costamasnaga fino al 2004
U.S. Biassono fino al 2006
U.C. Bergamasca 1902 fino al 2009
De Rosa - stac plastic nel 2010
De Rosa flaminia nel 2011
Leopard Trek
Quali sono i tuoi risultati migliori e le corse più importanti cui hai partecipato?
Un 5°, 2° e 3° alla Paris-Roubaix rispettivamente da secondo anno jun da secondo under e da terzo under su 3 partecipazioni totali.
Allora Giorgio, come stai?
Quello attuale è un periodo positivo al di la del risultato al GP Etruschi anche se sono arrivato all'appuntamento senza pedalare su strada praticamente per due settimane causa influenza e neve!  
Raccontaci qualcosa della tua nuova squadra: siete tutti molto giovani e di tanti paesi diversi....
Nella squadra mi trovo davvero molto bene. Sono entrato subito in sintonia con Adriano Baffi e con i miei nuovi compagni. 9 di loro sono neoprofessionisti e io all'età di 23 anni sono chiamato ad essere il "vecchio" della situazione.
Prima corsa, ottimo risultato: come e` andata a questo GP Costa dei Pinguini... ehm! degli Etruschi?
Al GP dei Pinguini è andata bene grazie anche al lavoro della squadra che mi ha tenuto al riparo dal vento e mi ha tenuto nelle prime posizioni fino all'ultimo km. da li me la ono sbrigata da solo.
Ha senso correre in queste condizioni? Come si affronta una corsa con la neve a bordo strada?
Queste condizioni non mi piacciono molto ma neanche mi frenano particolarmente. Ho notato che molti miei colleghi le soffrono molto più di me quindi ben venga il freddo! in effetti con le basse temperature e la pioggia sono quasi sempre riuscito ad ottenere buone performance. Ha senso correre in queste condizioni perchè facciamo uno sport da duri e quindi siamo tenuti ad esserlo.
Stagione 2011: sei soddisfatto dei tuoi risultati?
Poco visti i continui problemi fisici (ho preso parte solo a 25 giorni di corsa).
Qual è stato il tuo giorno migliore nel 2011?
Non saprei... ce ne sono stati pochi
 ...e il peggiore?
Quando sono caduto al giro di San Luis a Gennaio.
Quali sono i tuoi obiettivi per la stagione 2012?
Vincere, non importa dove e come.
In Italia si passa professionisti più tardi che in molti altri paesi. L'idea è di tutelare lo sviluppo dell'adolescente e non bruciarlo in esperienze troppo impegnative, così però i giovani talenti italiani arrivano spesso in ritardo rispetto ai coetanei e spesso si perdono per strada. Che ne pensi?
Il problema italiano è che abbiamo delle forti squadre dilettantistiche e nessuna continental giovanile quindi diventa impossibile poter fare delle esperienze tra i pro tranne che come stagisti. questo è un grosso limite imposto dalla nostra federazione che obbliga a dare degli stipendi minimi da professional anche nelle continental (succede solo in Italia).
Torniamo a te: quanl'è la tua qualità migliore?
 ...e la peggiore?
Qual'è la corsa dei tuoi sogni?
Qual è il corridore che ti piace di più nella storia del ciclismo? E adesso?
Gino Bartali ed ora Boonen
Come hai cominciato a correre?
Grazie a mio nonno Arcangelo e alla mia prima squadra: l'UC Costamasnaga.
La famiglia e gli amici sono importanti per te?
Che studi hai fatto o stai facendo?
Liceo scientifico e mi laurerò in Scienze Motorie e dello Sport a breve.
Ok. Vogliamo conoscerti meglio! Cosa fai nel tempo libero?
Leggo, elaboro computer e sto con gli amici
Qual'è la tua musica preferita?
Quasi tutta, dipende dal momento della giornata. In bici Minimal e Trance.
Film preferito?
"Forrest Gump"
Libro preferito?
"Ecce Homo" Come si diventa ciò che si è di F.Nietzsche
Wow! bello! Io sono una filosofa quindi apprezzo molto! :) Paese preferito?
Cibo preferito?
Linguine allo scoglio
Infine: questo blog è dedicato in particolare a Andy Schleck. Vi siete allenati insieme e avete condiviso il ritiro: raccontaci le tue impressioni.
Non ho parlato molto con i "big" della prima squadra, non volevo dare fastidio comunque Andy mi sembra un ragazzo alla mano e mi piacerebbe conoscerlo meglio.
Grazie Giorgio. Buona fortuna e ci vediamo alle corse!


Sky vidogame in Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne

TTT, team pursuit, team work. 
Mark Cavendish: "1st win in Europe this year. Absolutely buzzing. @TeamSky controlled it like a video game. Looks like the train is on track. So proud. #KBK"
Renaat Schotte: "I just asked Greipel: looking forward to #gw ? He said: now I fly home.. #kbk"
What happened today looks incredible: a team took the lead with MANY kms to go and kept it till the finish. At "New break. Sky TTT to catch it #KBK"  At
Van Avermaet, Baugnies, Barbé, Devillers, Eeckhout Van Hoecke and Fouchard. Lotto Belisol and OPQS worked a lot in the first part of the race but when the break was caught, around 60 km to go, a new one came out from the mess: Kuchynski, Chavanel, Eeckhout, Engoulvent, Mol and Delfosse. Sky moved to the front, Cavendish on the wheels...and remained there. 
"Honestly Cav doesnt look well... " I tweeted "Just an impression... Maybe I make him lucky with that ;) " His face emerging behinde his mates strong bodies looked green. I got the impression he couldn't breath.. As a matter of fact he survived the hills, his shape is great and we know from Quatar, he probably suffered but had the way to recover siting at the end of a luxury train. When his moment came... he did his job. Pure sprinters are like that. BDW like Guardini in Malaysia: second victory today. 
Hutarovich FOLLOWED Cavendish, you can't say he SPRINTED. But he was the only one following because the 3th on the line, Van Humme, was droped, behind, even cut in the photofinish shot.  Reno @renovandael reports "Greipel: ready to sprint to win until 300m, but got boxed in by Hummel and Sutton. Disappointed, waited one sec to long."
On his way to the podium Cavendish stoped signing papers for fans at the barriers. He changed. He's going to become a dad and is living an important relationship. Settled, serene, strong.
(Other) Races and (other) winners of today: Michael Matthews (Rabobank) in the Clasica de Almeria, Eros Capecchi (Liquigas-Cannondale) in GP Lugano, Remi Pauriol  (FDJ) in Boucles du Sud-Ardeche. Guardini in Tour de Langkawi, as I said.


Omloop Het Nieuwsblad... in that order!

Because I tweeted it at Podium: Vanmarcke, Boonen, Flecha Not in that order...well we still don't know ;) "
The early break includng  Boucher, A. Cappelle, Ricci Bitti, Vachon, Vandousselaere and Westra was over.  Many crashes had put feet down many riders, amongh the others Boom. Gilbert, one of the favourites for the people on the road, one of the most expected had been already droped because of a bad timed mechanic problem. In front Boonen was making selection imposing an hard pace. There were also Matti Brechel and Thor Hushovd.
He was looking well Tomeke, in a splendid shape and made strong by his victories in San Luis and Qatar. Neverthless not him made the decisive move but Sep Vanmarcke, attacking 20 kms to go. An authoritative progression, a nasty spurt. Only Boonen could follow. And his shadow: Flecha. How many times did we see  those two dancing the same steps? the are amongh the best dancer in the peloton, the best ones on those Belgian narrow streets bordering fields and crossing villages pavé. The last time it was the desert. Here it's Gent.
They went away: Vanmarcke, Boonen, Flecha. I copied and pasted the first name because it was the most difficult to write, the less known too. Then I put Boonen because I thought he won. Then Flecha... as usual! That was the podium for sure. Miracles excluded - Cancellara wasn't there: "We want 2 manage our group for the classics carefully and not expose them 2 many risks, since we have a group of only 9..." Johan Bruyneel had said. But NOT IN THAT ORDER! I wrote it. I read it. I thought: "Why not?" 
The finish was amazing. "A track sprint" they said on Sportza. That was, exactly. Boonen and Flecha were looking each others in a thrilling surplace brocken by Flecha attacks and Boonen replies. Now they were flying in a line:  last km, flamme roughe. Boonen in the midle controlling behinde and in front. He must respond all so decided to attack first. Too early. Vanmarcke passed him by the left and won. Easily. 
Boonen lost but made the race. He raced as a master. He underrated the new opponent maybe, all focused on the old one. Boonen and Flecha here looked a bit like Andy Schleck and Alberto Contador in last Tour de France - mutates mutandis. But Sep isn't Cadel.
After the finish, before the podium, he couldn't believe it was true. He kept crying and smiling at once, gave himself two slaps in front of the camera as to say: "Wake up stupid! must be a dream!" Not so. On the podium probably he realized it's a real, beautiful, well deserved victory in a race that's already a classic and a great show.

Liege 2011: I found a picture...

...of Andy Schleck just after the finish. He is near the podium, waiting for the awarding cerimony: Gilbert won, Andy was 3th behinde his brother Frank. There is a touching video of Andy consoled by Leea: he won here in 2009 and always gets emotional after the finish. He was disappointed probably and very tired for sure. 
In this picture Johnny Schleck goes talking to his son. I didn't post it because it was very very dark, you could hardly see anything and Andy is completely covered by that man. Lately I worked on it. It isn't a good picture, I know. But you can see Andy's face, his expression, and I cut it making dad Schleck the center of the scene.
I like it. It makes me remember a beautiful day in spite the victory we wanted and din't get. I will not go to the Classics this year. Just Paris-Nice and Tour de France.


Where is my home?

RSNT best team in Ruta del Sol - Pic by RSNT
There where my love lives. You know? I never felt really away from home because never felt at home here. I am a kind of Gypsy, my home is nowhere, is where I am or where I'd like to be. 
I like traveling and am not bored to spend two hours a day on a train to go to and come back from work: trains are such interesting places! people and landscapes, you have all in front of you, to watch and admire. 
But sure you must have a home: it comes a day you decide to set your place and to become an adult. Many riders went early to live on their own, often abroad, but that's like to be away to study at the University: your home is still... at home! by mom and dad.
When you buy your home, furnish it and finally move there with all your stuff... it's different: a new live starts. Very often you really decide for it when you really fall in love and go to stay with somebody, not exactly 'on your own'. But still you are on your own now: you must take your responsabilities and that's even truer when you go to live with your love. It could be frustrating, scaring - How do I manage THAT? mom used to O.O - but it's also exciting: I'm grew up! I live my life! - That's a great step and when you do it usually you feel satisfied, settled, ready to focus on your goals in life.
Andy Schleck did it last winter: didn't go so far away but demonstrated soon to be somehow changed. It takes a while, then it's a natural process: you are no more a kid when you have to do things you don't like to do and there is nobody else to do them for you. Later you became the one who does things for somebody else... teaching him/her - hopefully - how to do them by him/her self. I don't know at which point of the process Andy is. His brother Frank is ahead on that way. 
The last one in the list anyway is Vincenzo Nibali: he left his home long time ago, came from Sicily to Tuskany like Jakob Fuglsang came to Italy from Denmark, to attend his "University of cycling". But now he's going to set his home in Lugano with his love. I read it on my train on today Gazzetta and wasn't surprised. In the article he's also told on the way to change team, probably going to Astana. I heard something already about it and was honestly sorry because Liquigas is one of the best team in Italy and Nibali works there with Paolo Slong who is one of the best coach in cycling. I think Nibali learnt a lot by him. He's now a mature athlete and sets his home to set his goals.
There is something moving in seeing kids becoming men. You want they change but you hope they don't: you hope they can become adults staying faithfull to their dreams. Probably they are the only 'home' we really have.
Ruta del Sol is over. You know the winner. And I have two of my favourites on the podium: Taaramae and Coppel. Frank Schleck is 7th. RSNT won AGAIN the team classification :)
Stage 3
1 Óscar Freire (Spa) Katusha Team 3:41:55
2 Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team NetApp
3 Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team
4 Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
5 Simon Geschke (Ger) Project 1t4i
6 Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
7 Stephane Poulhies (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
8 Daniele Bennati (Ita) RadioShack-Nissan
9 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
10 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team

Stage 4
1 Dani Moreno (Katusha)
2 Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team)
3 Samuel Sánchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi)
4 Sergey Lagutin (Vacansoleil)
5 Jelle Vanendert (Lotto-Belisol)
6 Robert Gesink (Rabobank)
7 Denis Menchov (Katusha)
8 Bauke Mollema (Rabobank)
9 Igor Antón (Euskaltel-Euskadi)
10 Rein Taaramae (Cofidis)
11 Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
12 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Radioshack-Nissan
13 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Radioshack-Nissan
14 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Project 1T4I
15 David Lelay (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
16 Frank Schleck (Lux) Radioshack-Nissan
17 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
18 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
Final GC
1 Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team)
2 Rein Taaramae (Cofidis)
3 Jerome Coppel (Saur Sojasun)
4 Denis Menchov (Katusha)
5 Sergey Lagutin (Vacansoleil)
6 Tom Dumoulin (Project 1T4I)
7 Frank Schleck (RadioShack-Nissan)
8 Haimar Zubeldia (RadioShack-Nissan)
9 Maxime Monfort (RadioShack-Nissan)
10 Wilco Kelderman (Rabobank)


Unseen insights

Pic by RSNT
Some birds were doing a lot of noise this morning, before dawn. They were upon the trees, the maritime pines standing just outside the central rail station of Florence, that takes its name by the beautiful church in front: Santa Maria Novella. They are built by the same stone, have the same color, the same concept: linear, rational, simple and perfect. Many centuries separe them but the style has not changed. Those birds thought were much more awake than me. I couldn't see them and still was sure they were very active inside that foliage! 
Daily races are at little like that for me in this period: I am at school in the morning and have often to sleep in the afternoon because I woke up too early. I am not sure this job is good for my anemy by the way... I feel very tired. I have to prepare lessons and tests too of course. Time left for cycling... is very few.
I check races results in the evening and am glad to find some rider I like did well but isn't the same as following them. On my train to work I read the Gazzetta: often there is nothing special, sometimes it is interesting. Pastonesi's article about the Moser family after Moreno victory in Laigueglia was good. I like that guy who started as a child and stoped not because he didn't get results but because didn't feel for cycling the same passion than before. And after a wise pause he came back to honour his family tradition.
I saw in Andalusia a breaker went to the finish and that's always cool. Moreover here because Ramirez is l'enfant du pays. Fränk Schleck 4th in today stage is great. Ok Schleck(s) are just building their shape... but to see them in front it's always nice. To see Valverde won another race stage... well... I'd have prefered many others...Taaramae for example, who finished 3th. Second is Menchov: I used to like him but... It is a too long subject, I'll come back on it.
Fränk Schleck is satisfied: “Valverde was the man to beat on this stage. Everybody knew it.  He attacked, took some seconds and we were unable to bring him back.  But I’m happy with my stage.  This is good for my morale to perform well on the first uphill stage of my season.” Team director Kim Andersen assessed the performance by Schleck: “Fränk was good and he was motivated as well.  It was unfortunate that the 5k climb wasn’t as hard as we’d expected.  Only the final 500 meters were steep.  Valverde is tough to beat on such a course.” 
Copppel 3th in GC is also a nice news like Julien El Fares 2nd in the final GC of Haut Var. Jonathan Tiernan-Lock won it too. What a start of season for him and his team Endura racing! somebody even protested it shouldn't be there...
The peloton looks - or sounds! - like a birds flock that I hear but can't see. It cheers me up... but I miss something. 
Ruta del Sol
Stage 1
1 Javier Ramírez (Spa) Andalucia
Stage 2
1 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 4:02:37  
2 Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha Team 0:00:10  
3 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
4 Frank Schleck (Lux) RadioShack-Nissan
1 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 9:11:58  
2 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 0:00:03  
3 Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 0:00:08  
4 Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha Team 0:00:14  
5 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:00:15  
6 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Project 1t4i 0:00:18  
7 Samuel Sánchez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:00:21  
8 Frank Schleck (Lux) RadioShack-Nissan 0:00:22  
9 Matthias Brandle (Aut) Team NetApp 0:00:23  
10 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) RadioShack-Nissan 0:00:26  
Haut Var
Stage 1
1 Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller 4:47:10  
2 Clément Koretzky (Fra) La Pomme Marseille    
3 Jonathan Tiernan-Lock (GBr) Endura Racing 0:00:06  
Stage 2
1 Jonathan Tiernan-Lock (GBr) Endura Racing 5:23:13  
2 Julien El Fares (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi 0:00:01  
3 Julien Simon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 0:00:04
13 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin - Barracuda 0:00:32  
16 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team    
17 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Greenedge Cycling Team 0:00:37  
1 Jonathan Tiernan-Lock (GBr) Endura Racing 10:10:29  
2 Julien El Fares (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi 0:00:06  
3 Julien Simon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 0:00:09  
4 Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller 0:00:13  
5 Simon Clarke (Aus) Greenedge Cycling Team 0:00:18  
6 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 0:00:20  
7 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Garmin - Barracuda 0:00:24  
8 Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:28  
9 Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana Pro Team    
10 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat


1 Moser Moreno (Ita) Liquigas - Cannondale 4:58:15  
2 Rubiano Chavez Miguel Angel (Col) Androni Giocattoli    
3 Montaguti Matteo (Ita) AG2R - La Mondiale


Fighting against the time

It's late. In a few minutes I must run to pick up my son from school, then we go to a big library in the center of Florence, then wecome back and clean the B&B room because tomorrow our guest arrive, then I cook, then mz son must have a good bath...  I wasn't late at school today, I made it in time. I woke up earlier, woke up my son and sent him to my parents for break-fast, then jumped on my bus, got my train, walked my streat. Finish! I could read my time on the badge: quite a good one. 
Against the time we fight everyday: somebody find it stimulating like a challenge, someboy else find it just stressing. To make a good TT you must love it. You must accept it at least to make a decent time. The bigest resistence isn't your body but your mind. TT specialists can be in that infinity seconds by seconds, completely focused, enjoying the pain, the silence, the perfect cadence of their pedaling. Trying a route an trying it again. Remembering each corner, each climb. Seeing nothing like in a trance.
Wiggins won in the final TT in Algarve, in front of the World Champion Tony Martin (OP-QS) and Richie Porte, who won the Volta, his first Grand Tour. He wore the Pink Jersey yet and won the Giro White one. Ad majora! good climber, strong cronoman, able to sprint in a small group he has got the right cards to achieve great results. 
Jessy Sergent was 5th in the final TT . In Spain but Andalusia RSNT put four men in the top 15 in the TT prologue of Ruta del Sol. Not Frank Schleck, ok. But the least you can say is that team is strong against the time! Even without Cancellara. A very good signal waiting for July. Meanwhile Irizar is second also in GC: What a pity! - he said - It was my son's birthday! - Congrats anyway and he can be proud of his dad: when I was in Calpe for the team training camp, he was still suffering the consequences of a very bad crash. But I see he's back!!
Cyclocross season is over. The time won its battle: against it sometimes you can just give up! ;)
Volta ao Algarve
1 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:32:48
2 Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-QuickStep
3 Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling 0:00:13
4 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:00:14
5 Jesse Sergent (NZl) RadioShack-Nissan
1 Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling 19:02:43
2 Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-QuickStep 0:00:37
3 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:00:44
4 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:00:50
5 Rui Costa (Por) Movistar Team 0:00:58
6 Tiago Machado (Por) RadioShack-Nissan 0:01:02
7 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:01:13
8 Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Barracuda 0:01:14
9 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM 0:01:33
10 Gianni Meersman (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:01:39
1 Raul Alarcon (Spa) Efapel-Glassdrive
1 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling 41  pts
2 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Omega Pharma-QuickStep 41  
3 Matti Breschel (Den) Rabobank 29
1 Sérgio Sousa (Por) Efapel-Glassdrive 12  pts
2 José Gonçalves (Por) Onda 10  
3 Tomás Swift-Metcalfe (GBr) Carmim-Prio 10  
4 Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling 9  
5 Tiago Machado (Por) RadioShack-Nissan 7  
6 Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan 5  
Best Team
1 Sky Procycling
Ruta del Sol
1 Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Project 1T4I 0:06:49  
2 Markel Irizar (Spa) Radioshack-Nissan 0:00:02  
3 Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 0:00:03  
4 Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:00:06  
5 Goikan Bille (Bel) Lotto - Belisol Team 0:00:08  
6 Matthias Brandle (Aut) Team Netapp 0:00:10  
7 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Radioshack-Nissan    
8 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:00:11  
9 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Project 1T4I    
10 José Iván Gutiérrez (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:12  
11 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Radioshack-Nissan    
12 Jens Voigt (Ger) Radioshack-Nissan    
13 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
14 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Radioshack-Nissan 0:00:15  
15 Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Movistar Team
 41 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
59 Frank Schleck (Lux) Radioshack-Nissan