If you are not familiar with Argentin, he is an Italian retired pro with an impressive list of palmares including stage wins in the Tour de France, Giro, Tour de Suisse, victories at Liege-Bastogne-Liege, La Fleche Wallone, Ronde van Vlaanderen and the Grio di Lombardia, not to mention multiple Italian national championships and one World championship in 1986.
(He was also born without an upper lip which means that his moustache, unfortunately, will grow directly into his mouth)
At any rate, this is what Argentin had to say about Contador and the peloton:
"Contador is a carefully calculated racing machine, made in a laboratory for one race: the Tour. It doesn't seem to matter if he's got personality or not. He and Schleck are the same. You know how they're going to race: you know where to wait for them to do something. They haven't got any originality........Now, the riders are all robots....with radios the riders seem to be controlled by a joystick. The whole sport is in a mess."
Speaking of joysticks, it was Mr. Joystick himself, Mario Cippolini, who also struck out against Contador and the peloton exactly one week ago....
And with that - on to a few letters!
Where the hell have you been, man? I mean - seriously? I know you weren't sleeping for 79 days!
About 79 days ago, my significant other gave me two gifts that greatly affected my life and forced me to take some time off from blogging (and no - they weren't the clap and the Baywatch DVD box set). They were, however: #1) a bedazzler and...#2) dance lessons.
Christmas is just around the corner and I need a gift for my boyfriend. He is a roadie...and his favorite cyclist is Contador. Do you have any ideas? THANKS!
You might consider a cycling related graphic T-shirt. They are all the rage these days.
(here's one I picked out for your boyfriend. He can buy it here)
I'm a Cat 5 and raced a lot this past year. I saved up all my race numbers from the entire season but don't know what to do with them all. I was thinking about assembling them in a large collage and having it framed for my house - because each one rekindles a special set of memories for me. Or maybe I could put them on my bike one at a time while I'm on the trainer this winter to help encourage me to keep riding. Do you have any other suggestions?
Unless you are a Pro1/2 and just won any race that didn't take place in a shopping mall parking lot, there's a certain etiquette with respect to race numbers. You must remove the number from your bike as soon as you can following the race and certainly BEFORE you put the bike on your car rack to drive it home....Imagine it as a turd in your chamois....you have to disclaim ownership to it as quickly as you can. Anything else makes you look like a Posie McDouche and will prompt heckles from all of the real cyclists who drop you on the weekend rides like you are the turd in their chamois. However, if you want to show a little individuality, you could have one of these made from your race numbers... cause this isn't douchie at all....
(here's the link, Sammy!)
Thanks for reading everyone....it's good to be back. Safe riding this weekend.