No cobbles, it's true. Also no 50-mph crosswinds and impromptu visits to the water-filled ditches.

No cobbles, it’s true. Also no 50-mph crosswinds and impromptu visits to the water-filled ditches.

Well, it wasn’t exactly Gent-Wevelgem, and I ain’t exactly Luca Paolini, but it suited me just fine, even if allergies had me feeling distinctly Phlegmish.

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13 Responses to “Gunk-Wobblegums”

  1. larryatcycleitalia Says:

    Boy, that was one helluva race! I’m thinking Spartacus might have been glad he was at home on the couch for that one. I gave Paolini up for dead when he failed to get back into the lead group on the descent after being gapped (like Oss) but the old man surprised me by refusing to give up and wait for the chasers. Another surprise when he up and left, hanging on for the win while the others looked at each other. Etixx is starting to look as clueless as Stinkoff, but at least Stinkoff has an excuse with MegaOLEVomaniac giving Mr. 60%, the brains of the operation the boot?
    Meanwhile, our Sunday was much more tame, unless you count some sharp elbows in food lines!

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Paolini has been a hammer this season. I’d credit the beard, but Wiggo’ is sporting some facial foliage too and he dropped out before the echoes of the starter’s pistol had faded.

      I love watching a freshly attacked lead group do the “You chase … no, YOU chase” bit. Bernard Hinault throws a shoe at the TV and pours another Pernod after seeing that shit.

    • Libby Says:

      Saw the race on BEin Sport TV tape delayed. The wind was so strong it prevented echelons and there was rain. Rik Verbrugge,now a DS, asked for the race to be neutralized due to the dangerous conditions. I didn’t realize Paolini was on his third bike at the finish. He pointed to his head and his team name/heart as he crossed the line.
      Larry, I read this story by Daniel Freibe in CN that chronicled the deteriorating relationship of Riis and Tinkoff. Also, a new-to-me story about the 2010 (?) Tour de Suisse is included. Riis was wearing headphones and watching The West Wing on his laptop in the team car when a rider went back to the car during the race. Tinkoff arrived at last month’s Tirreno – Adriatico race in the evening to find that Riis was not dining with the team. A disengaged team manager with a huge reputation could certainly be a negative with an underperforming team.

      • larryatcycleitalia Says:

        I read that too. Now we’ll see what happens without the team mastermind. I guess Oleg could bribe enough guys to let one of his win if they can’t beat ’em any other way? Mr 60%’s disengagement can easily be factored in as a result of working for a megalomaniac, as this soap opera started awhile back. Tinkoff should provide the sponsorship funding, enjoy riding with the boys (aka chamois-sniffing) and leave the racing decisions to pros..but I have a tough time believing it will happen, as megalomaniacs are….well….you know. Only time will tell.

  2. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Why is it that people plant shit like ash, olive, and mulberry trees in the damn desert? Turned allergy heaven into allergy hell. Anyway, good you got a ride in. A little “hair of the dog” after the birthday ride, huh? Or was it a spot of work?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      No idee, Pat. Cedar, poplar, elms and junipers here. Blaugh. Snurk. Foonk.

      Yeah, I had to spin out the legs for a couple days after my off-the-couch age ride. It also helps flush out the skull after a few hours of editing, which is a chore I’m starting to despise, having done it for about 35 years now. Familiarity breeds contempt. But one must keep the lights on.

    • Libby Says:

      I remember when people relocated to the Southwest, because they had allergies or asthma. the sunshine and dry air is now accompanied by those non-native plants and trees.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        Well, asking this old question made me feel better Libby. But you are right. Tucson used to be one of the best places to live if you had seasonal allergies. Decade later, today, it is the worst place in the country for allergies. Like you say, bring in the offending plants and mix with single didgit humidity and winds, and we get red noses or worse. I do have a bitch with people in our town who ignore the city ordinance against mulberry trees and plant them anyway. I get secret pleasure from telling neighbors who complain about allergies to me that the mulberry in their yard, in all varieties, are severe allergens.

      • JD Dallager Says:

        Libby and Pat: We lived there (Tucson) briefly in the early 70’s, early and mid-80’s, and have visited sporadically since then. People were saying the same thing in the early 70’s et al/ad infinitum.

        As they say, “You can never go home”; but that doesn’t stop us from bringing “home” to wherever we live…….with both its positive and negative impacts.

        I’m all for change…….YOU go first! 🙂

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        Hey there JD. I live about 70 miles SE of Tucson and about 2000 feet higher in elevation in a much smaller town. We think of Tucson as the “big city” now. You are sure right about bringing “home” with you. Screwed up a perfectly beautiful desert! You want trees? Live next to an arroyo.

    • larryatcycleitalia Says:

      I remember reading years ago about people with allergies told to move to the desert by their docs…where they installed swimming pools and planted all kinds of non-native vegetation..eventually creating the same environment they fled from. Same as the folks in LA who move to places like St. George, UT to escape from the non-white population….who are then followed by folks who cut their grass, clean their pools and wash their cars…who tend to be….non-whites. Kind of like the woman I met the other day who told me she hated living in LA…going on to explain the reason was it was full of….people just like her…though of course she didn’t describe them in so-many-words, but it was pretty clear nonetheless.

  3. Dale Says:

    All that pollen is an East Coast conspiracy to bring the Southwest to it’s knees, while snorking into tissues. It must be working.

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