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La Vuelta a Espana 2010: Stage 7 #lavuelta #vuelta : Txema González

Posted by bikezilla on September 3, 2010

Cycling News

— At age 36 is Lampre’s Alessandro Petacchi one of the three best sprinters in the world? Five best? Ten?

I have trouble buying it, though I want to. I WANT to believe that this miraculous resurgence is the result of years of training, physical talent, determination and an ability to endure suffering that the word “high” cannot adequately describe.

So today I will.

Mark Cavendish (HTC) seemed to have trouble breaking into the open as he fought to come around Petacchi in the final meters, but today he didn’t quit. He was in it and fighting even after Petacchi raised his arms in victory.

Tyler Farrar (Garmin) managed 5th but never really seemed to be in it.

— Most people are pretty clueless about what it is exactly that makes the world go ’round. It isn’t the douche in the Mercedes with his manicure, his $1,000+ suits and his complete lack of familiarity with manual labor.

It’s the kid who gathers carts and stocks the shelves at your local supermarket, it’s the rodman who pounds grade stakes through compacted limestone during road construction, it’s the women who cleans up the disgusting mess you leave behind when you check out of a hotel, it’s guys like Txema Gonzalez who see to every little need of a team’s cyclists from the moment they wake up until the moment they go to bed.

It’s a shame that we don’t know more about these guys, or even give a shit about them until one of them dies mid-race.


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