So excited is Al Hinds, he could barely host this week’s Cycling Central podcast without bursting into tears of anxiety.
So excited are Phil Gomes and Anthony Tan, they could barely say anything to each other except, ‘How excited are you about Milan-San Remo?’
Thanks to their unbridled professionalism, the trio slowly, but surely, got going.
Paris-Nice hailed the arrival of Carlos Betancur, however the lion’s share of the talk came from Milan-San Remo, er, we mean Tirreno-Adriatico, which signalled the return of Alberto Contador and those poor souls he left in his wake, from one side of the sea to the next.
Thankfully, Bertie isn’t riding the Giro, though that’s cold comfort to Cadel, whose auspicious start to Season 2014 has been doored, most probably by the God of Time.
Speaking of doorings, commuters and recreational cyclists have been copping it thick, hard and fast of late – Al’s been spooked, Gomesy’s peeved, and Tanny’s taken to the home trainer whilst watching the ’92 Milan-San Remo… It’s not looking good as they work themselves into a veritable lather, frothing like a cappuccino steamer at Bar Coluzzi.
Of course, the pod would not be replete without talking about Milan-San Remo, which for most of us Australians, begins in the wee hours Monday morning March 24 and will be broadcast live on SBS ONE.
La Pompeiana’s gone but the big names remain: Cavendish, Degenkolb, Sagan, Cancellara, Boasson Hagen, van Avermaet, Greipel…
As the sultry Carolyn Polhemus (played by Greta Scacchi) said to ‘Rusty’ Sabich (Harrison Ford) in the movie Presumed Innocent before she proceeded to make love to him on the boardroom table, ‘It’s going to be so good...’
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