2.23.2012

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.
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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 :)
RESULTS
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)

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