All I have to say about that is …

… you have got to be fucking kidding me. Alexandre Vinokourov wins the Olympic men’s road race? Puh-leeze.

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18 Responses to “All I have to say about that is …”

  1. thejerseyproject Says:

    And who would you preferred as the winner?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I would have preferred someone who wasn’t an unrepentant blood doper accused of buying his 2010 win at Li├Ęge. I’m funny that way.

      • High Plains Drifters Says:

        The break must have been butt tired, because everyone waved buh-bye when ‘Berto jumped.

        And then the coup de grace: tapping Rigo on his right shoulder, and when he turns to say “huh?” jumping on his left.

        I think every time I’ve ever seen Vino win, it was 90% because everyone was looking at each other when he jumped.

        What was the Tour stage where the first 25 crashed at the 1km mark, and Vino was the 26th man?

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        Word. Uran said he was cooked, but shit, he could at least pay attention while getting his ass handed to him. I wouldn’t take my eyes off Vino’ unless he were on the deck with a broken leg, and even then I’d keep one eye on him.

      • Libby Says:

        Patrick, when Uran looked around I realized he almost seemed dazed and I wondered if the effort plus the realization that his trade team might immediately be behind him was caused his distracted air. Like the thought that he would be ‘punished’ for pipping Cav or Wiggo and never again ride a GT for Sky. After all, Eisel rode for Sky and in the TdF, Sky gifted Millar the stage win by not chasing and let Millar go in another break that stayed away for a long time…It was good to later read Uran say that the Colombians had come to win gold today.

  2. md anderson Says:

    Major cock-up all around.

  3. john Says:

    I’m kind of amazed that the sprinters’ teams couldn’t close the deal. Maybe because everyone realized that doing so would give it to Cav … ?

    Now it’s time to wait for the REAL contest, which will occur in the laboratories. In a few months, we’ll know if Vino actually won or not.

  4. Boz Says:

    I’m sure all of the other teams would have preferred not to tow Cav to the gold. Most are probably sick of the Wiggo/Cav show after the tour, but to let Vino take it. Something is rotten in Denmark, or London – what ever!!

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Yeah, this isn’t the first time that Cav’ has complained about other teams declining to tow him around like a Burley until the final 500 meters. I’m not much on one-trick ponies, no matter how fast they can run.

  5. GJ John Says:

    I’m hard pressed to come up with anyone in the peleton less deserving of wearing the gold. Supposedly he’ll be retiring at the end of the season and be off to coach all the little Astanas on how not to do what he did…get caught. The sooner he’s gone the better, and he won’t be missed.

  6. Dennis Says:

    Yup, Vinny is a doper, like the majority of the peleton. This was a race of tactics and the best and smartest tactics won. Interesting to watch the Brits knee deep in the big muddy with no race radios to save them, so they just push on. Sure, I would have liked to see a number of other riders win, but instead I got to watch an honest to God bike race, one that, I might add, was a good deal more exciting than the TDF.

  7. Larry T. Says:

    Which ex-doper would you have preferred to see win? If the race was limited to those with reputations as pure as the driven snow regarding banned substances or practices, the field would have been pretty small. I’m no fan of Vino the unrepentant cheater, but I AM a fan of the guy’s attacking style. Hard to say he didn’t deserve the win after jumping onto Uran’s wheel and getting him to work to get the gap. It was his race to lose once it was clear they were going to stay away, Uran had no chance and he knew he was racing for siliver. I was happy that NBC chose to broadcast the thing at all, though the inane commentary and lack of information on who was in the break, etc. was annoying.
    Cavendish proved to be the guy I rooted against with his whinging (gotta use that British word) afterwards about how none of the other teams wanted to play into the UK team’s plans to take it to a final sprint so Cav could dust ’em. Just because they don’t wanna play it your way doesn’t make it negative racing, Mr. Rainbow Jersey! I really hope someone more deserving ends up wearing those colors in a couple of months

  8. High Plains Drifters Says:

    Only thing worse than watching Vino when the gold is watching any of those new Mac commercials

    http://www.apple.com/mac/videos/#tv-ads-basically

  9. sherkat Says:

    Well, nonetheless, young mister Phinney might have been better served covering the move by Uran rather than sitting up and looking around. It would have been Cancellara making that move were it not for his complete brain fart. You know the dude’s doped up, so you gotta think he can still stick it….and he did…..

    • Larry T. Says:

      Still trying to understand that “Cat 5” move by Spartacus. Was his view of the corner blocked by the camera moto? I watched as he hit the corner thinking, “geez, he’s not going through there with any kind of smooth arc, these beat ’em to the apex moves rarely work” but before I could complete the thought he was locking up the rear wheel, then the front, finally losing the whole works and crashing into the barriers.Unless he’s going to blame the moto for blocking his view it seemed to be a pretty stupid move, especially for a guy who’s been at it as long as he has.

  10. Dale Says:

    Patrick,

    Yes, Vino is an unrepentant doper (and kinda slimy). But he and Uran had the balls to race out of a group of twenty something (tests will determine if the balls were real). The peloton should have bought tickets to water polo or what ever was hot at the time. I think lack of radio played a role as well. Who the hell races not to lose?

  11. Neal Says:

    Vino was caught doping and paid his time for it. I’m sure there are riders doping who have not been caught nor paid time for it. I think it’s great he won and beat the British and German teams who thought they had it all under control.

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