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Friday, May 26, 2006

le ouch

anybody remember a stage in year's back TourdeFrance annals when a domestique was up the road on a hilltop finish after sitting on the break all day?

From this year's Giro (via

18:00 CEST The crowd is amazing up here. Cunego still chases Basso and Simoni solo. Garate still leads up front. 400m to go after 224 km of racing. Garate goes ahead. Voigt doesn't contest the sprint. Garate takes the win and rides across the road and points back at Voigt thanking him.

Turned out a wee bit different then, didn't it.

but ... the Tour isn't the Giro.

Then again, class is class.


Dan Cleary said...

True dat! Jens is the baddest of mofos

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

apparently, when Jens was over here doin' the TofCali ~ he was shocked by all the signs and yahoos for him over here.

he didn't realize how popular he is over here.

hope he has more of an idea now.

Velo Bella said...


Kevin said...

So... Next time I get into a break with a Safeway guy... All I need to do is take more pulls and he'll let me win?



The cynical side of me thinks that maybe it had more to do with favors promised or something like that. These guys get paid to win and you don't give away something like a Giro stage win because you're a nice guy.

Olaf Vanderhoot said...


Don't think there's much Garate could offer CSC or Jensy.

shawndoggy said...

Olaf sez: "never get dropped from the break. Ever."

Why you gotta sweat George for doing what he was supposed to do? If he's the weaker rider, but he still wins, he's doing something right, no? A big ol' dude like that winning a mountain stage... heck yeah he's going to be doing as little as he can!

Contrast with Hincapie teammate Hoste, getting a gap, then giving the world champ some big assed pulls at Flanders. Were I Hoste, the lil' Olaf on my shoulder woulda been saying "you've got a gap, now sit on him and make him keep it."

Yeah, yeah, a GT stage and a classic are different beasts, so back to the Q at hand, I guess I don't see why one non-GC contender ought to give a stage away to another. I mean, I guess it's cool if he does, but if he doesn't, well that's cool too.

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

So... Next time I get into a break with a Safeway guy... All I need to do is take more pulls and he'll let me win?

hey ~ you got all the rope at Berkeley you should ever be allowed.

took all 12 cyclinders for DanO to reel your ass in.

besides, i've haven't seen you sit-on a move ... ever. I think it would violate your genetic make-up.

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

S-DOG ~ remember, Jensy AND Georgie had both been sitting on their respective breaks for very LONG days.

Hilltop finish for a bigman, or no ... sitting on a break is saving a damn ton of energy.

You're in the break and able to sit on because of your teammie's yellow jersey. Let the other teams get their gold, too ... that's my motto.

share, honor, suffering.

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

as for Hoste ... he's just an idiot.

Hick said...

Whats sitting on and how do I learn such a tactic?

Kirkpatrick MacMillan said...

I don't know OV, I was shocked and disappointed when Jens let him go. Mercks says never give anything away right? And that's just part of racing if you have benefit of sitting in. Jens is on the team supporting Basso no? So he helped earn and create the situation that allowed him to sit in all day. He still had to do the work to stay with the climbers at the end. He should have contested the win. I'm disappointed he didn't win.

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

as i've heard said, the world is round, and it all comes around.

i suppose it's about the cost of victory, you dig?

i like winning, i wanna win ... but there are somethings more beautiful than the win.

what jens did today was beautiful. and though he did not get the glories of the blue ribbon, he will be rewarded.

Garate drove that break all day, then drove the approach to the climb something fierce. if i'd a been in Jens' shoes, i'da tipped my hat to him, too.


Olaf Vanderhoot said...

mcSassy only sits in when the vino's flowin'.

he lets others do all the pourin' they want.

Hick said...

That I can do.

I'm thinking beer run after Hamli'ton I'll buy.

Garate will pay Jens back when he can, bank on it.

I know I would.


Velo Bella said...

no beer run, just pedal your asses back to C-alitos quick like.

Double E
Double R


Velo Bella said...

oh, and you gotta leave a message on the home phone.

We were sitting right by the phone, eating and bloggin. But we don't pick up unless we know who you are.

Had no clue where 559 was.

Ippoc Amic said...

I thought you were talking about a skinny Bruneel back in the early 90s? Patting Miguel's butt and pushing him ahead...sorry I can't help since JaJa's our main man.

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

oooohhh, i remember that ... '95 TdF?

boy oh boy, was Mig pissed when Bruynee sprinted him after sitting on for all those K's.

but, it was in front of the King of Belgium, and all. Cost/benefit analysis, eh?

Velo Bella said...


Olaf Vanderhoot said...


instant Book of Cool.


Hick said...


So If I start talkin on the machina you'll pick up and I can sell you magaizes?

Sweet tip.


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