Speed bump

I was never a sprinter, for a variety of reasons, the foremost of which we saw today in stage 1 of the Tour de France.

Thundering into a gap that didn’t exist, Mark Cavendish lost his chance to win one in front of the home folks and don the yellow jersey to boot. He tangled with Simon Gerrans, both men went down (as did others), and it was just a helluva mess, a really bad way to end what otherwise had been a fine start to the Tour.

To his credit, Cav’ took the rap, saying via press release: “It was my fault. I’ll personally apologize to Simon Gerrans as soon as I get the chance. In reality, I tried to find a gap that wasn’t really there.” Gerrans, for his part, was circumspect, declining to assign blame as he limped off with his kit in tatters. And Marcel Kittel was grinning from ear to ear, because he finished with the rubber side down and took the first stage win and yellow jersey.

Charles Pelkey and I called the race as per usual over at Live Update Guy, and it was big fun until suddenly it wasn’t. It seemed most of the regulars were on hand, and we engaged in the usual digressions — doggerel, cat photos, Monty Python, literature, cartoons, rock ‘n’ roll, beggary, history, pix from the Man On the Scene (MOTS), medium-heavy libel, you name it.

We’ll be doing it again tomorrow. Y’all come.


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6 Responses to “Speed bump”

  1. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Cav tried a dirty Robbie trick, coming out of nowhere, and just couldn’t stick it. Shame. What pissed me off was that Jens didn’t get his jersey from the Dutchess. He was the man of the day in my book. But, I always favor the older guys for some reason.

  2. Chris Says:

    The best thing to do when it’s clear you can’t win is to just finish, and live to fight another day. Cavendish proves once again that, despite all that talent, he primarily is just a dick.

    • Steve O Says:

      But while he said he was “devastated” to be out of the Tour, he said some perspective was needed.

      “It could be worse, I’ve got friends like Taylor Phinney who’s out for the rest of the season (with a broken leg),” added the Manxman.”I’ve got friends who’ve come back from Afghanistan with the Armed Forces. I think you saw my ‘Help for Heroes’ helmet yesterday and my friend Josh was messaging me yesterday, he’s a double amputee on his legs and amputee on his arm as well. He sent me a message yesterday joking ‘I’ve got a spare arm for you’.

      “Things could be worse, I’ve got everything. It was my fault at the end of the day.”

  3. Larry T. Says:

    Gotta wonder about the modern money-making machine that is the Manx Missile these days. Did the pressure cause him to try to force his way through to hit the jackpot for the Big-S among others? Missed the TV coverage of Le Beeg Shew as we finished up our Grandi Alpi tour – next up is Legendary Climbs of the Giro.

    • Libby Says:

      Cav’s mother is from the finishing town and evidently Mark lived there with her before moving to the Isleof Man, according to the tv coverage. Extra motivation. The peloton split long before the end of the stage. After / during a climb that stretched out the peloton winds played havoc. Petacchi, his teammate, was in that group that never caught back on. That must have added some anxiety to the finale.
      Have a great time with your next tour, Larry!

  4. Steve O Says:

    Peter Sagan: “It depends on how you crash, you know?”

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