Ciao, Giro; forza, Dogs

The Giro d’Italia is finally in the record books, and now we have a month of relatively light lifting before the Tour de France kicks off in Rotterdam.

The finale, a 15km time trial in Verona, was something of a snoozer, since Ivan Basso could have pretty much run the course with his bike slung over one shoulder and still won the overall. But I got paid for watching it and posting news and information about it, so I have nothing to complain about.

Meanwhile, this just in from the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic: Bill “McBeef” Baughman finished 41st in Geezers 55-64 with a time of 3:03:45, trailed by Michael “Dr. Schenkenstein” Schenk, who crossed 63rd in 3:22:39. The Bride of Dr. Schenkenstein, Susan, took 24th in Geezerettes 45-54, finishing in 3:40:30.

Chapeau to all the Mad Dogs who made it to Silverton. I didn’t even make it out of the yard yesterday.

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2 Responses to “Ciao, Giro; forza, Dogs”

  1. Boz Says:

    Have a great Memorial Day, Patrick. Get some rest before the big show in July. It’s going to be fun watching the primadonnas battle on the cobbles.

  2. Larry T. Says:

    The finale in Verona certainly failed to live up to many of our hopes though I bet if you were there in the arena it was pretty cool besides fact that you’d be in Italy! It was the same last year in Rome but we were there in-person. Cadel Evans is the moral victor to me, he tried every day, showed some real grit and skill, even riding with a high fever a few days while Ivan Basso droned along, even more boring than Miguel Indurain used to be. The guy can’t really be called skillful on the bike once you watch him descend, poor Vincenzo Nibali waiting for him like his granddad or something and tactically he does whatever the radio in his ear tells him. Add in that he’s (as far as I recall) never really admitted anything more than thinking about doping and his win has all the panache and excitement of…well his 2006 win…which was not so exciting. A great Giro overall, I just wish it would have ended with a more exciting victor. I believe if Cadel had been on Liquigas and Basso on BMC, Evans would have been in pink in Verona. Shame on BMC for putting such a poor support team behind their world champion! Time for us to produce some bike tours, CIAO!

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