Multitasking is hard and I am a multistasking specialist, just like many women who have got a family and some jobs. I say 'some' because one job isn't enough to make a living and hardly is the job you really want to do. My job isn't an exception: I don't like it. I like to help young people to learn but don't like to do it in school. I don't feel it as my job. My job is writing and I'm ready to face sacrifices for it. Not for that. In fact I'm exploding in these days, forced to work in a school so far away, wasting time on the train to and from, losing important chances to be at races and watch and live stories to tell. That's what I like to do. That's what I'm going to do anyway. It's hard, believe me but I don't want to regret anything.
So I was sick today: I didn't went to school but worked at home almost all day preparing stuff for next lessons. Meanwhile I watched Paris-Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico, then I ran to my doctor for my certificate and back home to my son. I will be busy cooking in a few. After dinner I still have to print some papers for school. But next week I'm going to go to Milan to the BMC press conference, just after the work. I must because I want. For an anemic person that's a lot. Let me say I'm exhausted. Moreover I'm stressed and even sad.
But today I was perfectly happy watching Paris-Nice. I was breathing Tour de France air. That stunning mountain landscape, that long nasty climbs, that racing, hard and brave... How beautiful! how engaging! there was a break away and it took a large advantage but on the first serious climb things became serious and toward the finish it was a massacre. Many suffered today. I'd say all if I didn't see Richie Porte working for Wiggins fresh like a rose in front at the disrupted peloton. He set an impossible pace, made every attack vain. Only few riders could only stay BEHINDE them. Nobody in front for more then ten seconds. When Porte stoped Wiggins kept on. It wasn't the same thought. Westra excaped in a desperate attack and it worked. On the last climb you could see the fatigue on faces and bodies, the pure resistence of gravity to the animal effort to go on pedaling.
So slow it was that finish, so fast in Tirreno-Adriatico! Indicatore, Arezzo. I was there last year and it was a special day for me. Bennati was at home and wanted to do well. He couldn't. A crash 3 kms to go wasted RSNT planns. “We had a tactic for Bennati" Cancellara said "to do his sprint at the end, by setting a
tough pace on the climb, but with the crash and all those fresh legs it
was difficult to get organized. Everyone made the effort to give him a
good result near his home but we couldn’t make it happen. Chapeau to
Mr. Horner. He did an amazing job. I’ve known Chris a long time and
today on the front he showed us he has good form. Everyone else on the
team too – everyone is giving his best,” concluded Fabian. Also giving a go was Yaroslav Popovych. With 9km to go Popo attacked
off the front only to be brought back before trying again later in the
stage. “Today the race was pretty good,” said team director Luca Guercilena.
“The pace was quite slow so we couldn’t really stretch out the peloton
the way we wanted to. In the end the crash split things up which left
Daniele in the wind and we weren’t able to do what we wanted. We’ll try
They are right to keep their optimism but objectively it WASN'T a good day. The stage was very long, the break got till 8 minutes, sprinters relaxed and saved their strenght for the finish. The crash didn't help. Anyway Mark Cavendish won, second was Freire.
So lets check the results: tomorrow I'm at school again and no Nice for me - nor for Andy Schleck. Today in Mende I missed him really, I was almost waiting to see him attacking from behinde by one of those irresistible exploits. Not so sadly. The small residual RSNT squad could only resist and Monfort lost his spot in the top 5 GC. “I managed to not blow up my motor today,” said best-placed team
rider Maxime Monfort. “I was feeling really good and was only dropped
in the last 500 meters. It was just bad luck that some others were
better. I’m not happy about this at all. I did such a good climb but
instead of gaining positions I lost some.” Monfort’s GC position
slipped from 5th to seventh after today’s stage. “But I won’t give up!
On Saturday and Sunday it can all change again.” Team general manager Johan Bruyneel agreed: “Everything is still
possible in this race. Who had expected Lieuwe Westra to win today?
Now he is THE favorite for the overall victory. We also saw a strong
Brad Wiggins and his team controlling. Our team was collectively good. The whole team stayed in the front
with 3k to go. Maxime did what he had to do. He had to defend his
position. Of course this was not the ideal climb for him but he did his
best. This race is not over yet.” Indead!