And it’s 1, 2, 3, what are we riding for?

“Pamplona” is the sound of three Garmin-Sharp guys hitting the deck in the team time trial at the Vuelta a España.

Sport director Allan Peiper said Koldo Fernandez laid it down in a corner in the short, technical TTT and took Michel Kreder and Thomas Dekker with him. Ouch. Nothing like shredding the old skinsuit — and the old skin, too — on stage one of what will be a very long Vuelta.

“It’s a little mistake that makes a bigger damage,” Peiper said. “It’s a pity because we had started well.”

Charles Pelkey and I had a similarly rough start to providing live coverage of the stage over at Red Kite Prayer. Time trials are always a pain in the ass to cover live, especially short ones, and extra especially short ones in which the folks on the ground keep changing the times and standings on you in some foreign lingo. It was like herding kittens, to be precise.

But we got ‘er done, and Sunday brings an actual road stage, one for the sprinters. So y’all come. Coverage should commence five-ish Mountain time and end around 9:40 a.m.

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4 Responses to “And it’s 1, 2, 3, what are we riding for?”

  1. Larry T. Says:

    5ish? As in the AM? Guess I’ll catch the last few kms before whipping up some pancakes tomorrow morning – have fun ya’ll!

  2. veloben Says:

    Wait, I have to do math that involves the GMT offset, not accounting for daylight savings time, to listen in? Patrick, you set high standards for your audience!

  3. Steve O Says:

    Hope to check in from time to time, but time management ain’t my strong suit right now. Our 93 year old grandma had a stroke, and we have a brand new baby girl, so we have both ends of the chronological spectrum covered.

    Maybe if you could hook up a start time to coincide with a 2 a.m. feeding?

  4. Steve O Says:

    Pretty good day for Garmin. Caught the last 45 minutes on the iPad app. Better than nothing, I guess

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