Sunday, May 31, 2009

MVP

Congratulations to Denis Menchov for winning the most exciting grand tour I ever remember watching. I thought he was done when he went down on the final km of the time trial. I even sort of thought it was just since Di Luca rode such an aggressive race and stuck his neck out on every single stage.



But Vincent Hendriks, the mechanic in the team car who threw the door open at 30 mph, jumped out, grabbed a bike off the roof, and had it in Menchov's hands by the time he got to his feet, is the MVP of the tour. And then to give Denis the push of his life to get back going. Wow.

Menchov is a complete and total badass, not just for racing the way he raced and covering every single attack pretty much single-handedly, but also for jumping right up and losing all of ten seconds in a significant crash. If he ever races like that again, he'll be as much of a badass as his mechanic.

8 comments:

  1. wait, what did he fall on? did he get shot or something?

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  2. He just slipped on wet cobbles. It was weird. He was just riding along, and his bike just started leaning, and then it was out from under him. He slid a good 20 feet. But I guess you saw that part.

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  3. I agree, the Giro has been very fun.

    I let out an audible gasp when Menchov fell. So out of the blue. Yes, the quick-acting mechanic was awesome. As much as I admired Di Luca's earlier performance, I have to congratulate Menchov for a hard-fought and well-earned victory.

    Has anyone else lost interested in the overblown/hyped Tour de France? Perhaps when the Tour nears I'll get onboard, but right now the sweetness of the Giro has satisfied me.

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  4. I agree. Great stuff. Some are even whispering "best Giro ever"...

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  5. Kris, if anything, my interest in the tour has been heightened by this race. What kind of form will Menchov have? Sastre? Who will contend? Armstrong and Basso both got stronger as the Giro went on. Will they duke it out at the tour or be also-rans? What of Contador? Will he race for Astana or jump ship? If Contador is with Astana, what will Armstrong do? Will he ride as a domestique, or will we have a vintage T-mobile intra-squad rivalry such as was had with Ulrich, Kloden, and Vinokourov? I personally can't wait and am going to try and ignore my PED suspicions just as I did in the Giro.

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  6. Looks like I missed a doozy. That mechanic truly is a badass. I want to know where my Racer's Cycle Service team mechanic has been after my last few race crashes. I'm kind of a big deal, you know.

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  7. Earlier in the day on Sunday my daughter was playing with her little brother and trying to teach him to scream in that high pitched ear cracking scream that little girls are famous for. She asked me why her brother couldn't do it and I told her that boy can't scream like that, only girls. I lied, when Menchov went down I let out an audible scream that my daughter would have been proud of.

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