Phinney tests positive for grass

I filled in for the lawyerin’ Charles Pelkey this morning at Live Update Guy, doing my usual half-assed imitation of the master.

While I was juggling video, comments, stats and what have you I nearly missed maglia rosa Taylor Phinney riding straight off the road and into the grass at high speed. This would be hairy enough on the average pro road bike, but this being the team time trial Phinney was on his TT bike — and he managed to keep it upright and get back on the road (though he would have less luck holding onto his leader’s jersey).

So, chapeau to young Mr. Phinney. Nobody will ever know whether he could have stayed in pink had not Roberto Ferrari taken him down with that stupid sprint of his. But I think we can all agree that he certainly would have had an easier time of it today.

Chapeau, too, to Garmin-Barracuda and Ramunas Navardauskas for winning the stage and taking the overall lead.

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10 Responses to “Phinney tests positive for grass”

  1. Larry T. Says:

    I too was amazed that Taylor didn’t end up down in the vineyard! The poor kid just can’t buy any good luck these days – it was sad to see him at the end when he knew he’d lost the jersey. We’re off to Tuscany tomorrow and might even scheme up a way to see the stage finish in Montecatini if our group is interested. It’s not far from our Tuscan HQ. I plan to be on the climb to Cervinia as well later in the race.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Hey, Larry … if you have a moment to kick my man Charles any info for his live updates, feel free. We’re running something of a pirate ship here, but we’re a wee bit short of crew.

      Too bad for young Mr. Phinney. The good news? He’s young. I’d like to see him win the big-boy Roubaix some day.

  2. Libby Says:

    You are the headline writer without peer!
    One after another. Ever think about doing that for a living?
    How goes it today in the DogHaus?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Thanks, Libby. In my previous life as a newspaperman I wrote a ton of headlines, starting in 1974 or thereabouts and ending in 1991. I even won a couple of awards.

      Headline writing, to me, is not unlike reducing a sauce with a bunch of help in the kitchen. You have an event, “news.” Someone covers it, boils what may be someone’s life story down to a couple hundred words. A series of editors distills it further. And finally some rim rat on the copy desk simmers it down to a handful of words.

      Things have changed in the digital age. It’s all about search engines now. But I still like writing headlines the old-fashioned way.

  3. High Plains Drifters Says:

    That’s more than one Giro TTT for Vaughters and Co, isn’t it? Shoulda put five quid on it this year.

  4. High Plains Drifters Says:

    http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2011/08/18/cookie-monster-tom-waits-mashup/

  5. weaksides (@weaksides) Says:

    Pretty quiet around here Herr O’Grady…how about Roberto Ferrari now?

    (yes, that was a stupid move on stage 3. I’m just commenting on the ironic reality of today now.)

  6. khal spencer Says:

    Good grief, Patrick sure is quiet. Did he join the GOP and run off to South America on the taxpayer’s dime with a floozy?

  7. larryatcycleitalia Says:

    Sig. Ferrari made a liar out of me…I said he’d fade away into obscurity….what do I know? We were there in Montecatini but winding up our Tuscany tour and getting up to Monferrato took up all my time, I’ll get a blog post about it up soon at the CycleItalia blog…perhaps we’ll just have to entertain ourselves until OG gets back at the keyboard…I hope he’s been spending way too much time RIDING his bicycle instead of writing about them or other folks riding theirs.

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