¡Ay, Chihuahua!


I thought Super Spaniard had this one in the bag. He was flat railing those downhill corners. Bobsledders, skydivers and fighter pilots were getting motion sickness just watching him.

And then Zoom-Zoom ambles on in after an ill-timed bike swap in the rain and croaks him by nine seconds.

You could read Super Spaniard’s face like a marked deck: “Hijo de la gran puta.” He shook his head ruefully and smiled with the lower half of his face, the way one does upon being cheated at five-card stud in a strange town while unarmed.

I don’t know what to think, myself. I’m deeply suspicious of this sort of dominance — call me irresponsible — and I don’t like it one bit that Zoom-Zoom is already trying to play the patrón without even having won the fucking race yet.

Bjarne Riis called him a pussy, but he sure doesn’t ride like one. In fact, I’m starting to think Zoom-Zoom can take Mr. 60% in a straight-up Huffy toss.

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11 Responses to “¡Ay, Chihuahua!”

  1. Libby Says:

    Usually, it’s David Millar I don’t want to hear from but Riis!!! Uggh! He should keep away and let his DS speak even if he feeds him the lines!

  2. Steve O Says:

    It’s pouring tomorrow. Cats and dogs, sleeping together. First time up Alpe d’Huez, none of the breaks have stuck and no attacks result in daylight. So on the way down, Z-Squared goes to the front and puts a hand up, asking everyone to follow his lead as he pussyfoots it down.

    What does Contador do?

  3. Stan Thomas Says:

    I’m in the “bike racing is an outdoor sport so, wet or dry, we race up and we race down” camp. And Bertie’s not interested in 2nd so it’s shit or bust time. I have the afternoon off to watch this one live.

  4. Larry T. Says:

    Agree with Stan, though I think I’ll enjoy riding my own bike a bit and read about the goings on later online – I’ve wasted too much time in front of a TV on Le Beeg Shew this time round…for very little entertainment value. If anything good actually happens I’m sure there will be a zillion places to watch the replay? Since going down the other side of climbs is my favorite part of cycling, it would be wonderful to see the Tour won by some daring descending rather than some boring uphill watt-fest, which describes this skeleton-like fellow perfectly. I thought Wiggo was boring…but this guy’s worse!

  5. Patrick O'Brien Says:

    One thing is for sure. ASO won’t get any of my money again.

  6. Libby Says:

    So, aside from Riis, I have enjoyed watching this edition of the Tour. I liked the start in Corsica which made for a more iinteresting parcours and a break from all the usual flat stages and the TTT on the Cote d’Azure. Watched the Alpe d’Huez stage and want to read some rider reactions. Won’t say more – “spoilers, sweetie”.

  7. Larry T. Says:

    From VN.com

    Sky sport director Nicolas Portal brought Froome’s bike to the UCI’s tent, accompanied by a UCI commissaire. He was nonplussed by the checks, despite the late notice.

    “Normally, they say nothing; it’s a surprise. They just say, ‘Ok, your bike, your bike, your bike,’ at the finish. It’s a gamble, just like anti-doping,” he said, adding that between his road and time trial bikes, Froome has had his equipment checked nearly 20 times this season.

    A gamble? Just like anti-doping? Does anyone else find this an odd statement?

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      Mr. McQuaide just making sure things are on the up and up. Can’t have a bike one ounce too light. That would be unsafe!

    • Patrick O'Brien Says:

      Sorry Larry, didn’t answer your question. It was an odd, but probably true, statement. It is certainly not a statement a DS should be making.

  8. khal spencer Says:

    I forgot all about that Huffy Toss.

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