Thursday, March 5, 2009
Monte Paschi Eroica
The only thing better than having three brothers on one team would be if they are triplets. Well Aqua Sapone at least have the brothers thing with the flying Masciarelli brother. All three will be contesting the Montepashci Eroica this weekend. I guess the DS hasn't seen Saving Private Ryan-can he really risk all three brothers on the same day?
I guess the biggest question is will Cancellara appear or not?
Some odd team selections. Rogers and Shleck for example-seems like they should be at Murcia or P/N. Maybe they will race Tirreno after this?
Canada gets heavily represented wiht both Rollin, Hesjedal and Tuft-when were there that many Canadians racing in Italy? I guess they couldn't spare Micheal Barry . But three Canadians? Reminds me of Venom's classic Canadian Assualt live lp. Hopefully they make some noise. Hesjedal was 10th last year. Outside of maybe Barry and Steve Bauer what other Canadians have raced at the pro-level in Italy?
Ballan, Pozzatto, and Visconti are the Italian heavy hitters. Pozzatto has been close but no cigar a lot and running his mouth too-so maybe he needs to put up here so McEwen and Steegmans stop making fun of him. The #3 and 4 riders from last year are both here again. Gerdemann and Masskant. So all the fixings for a good race are ready.
For some reason, I like Gadret as a long shot. Cervelo have been flying and maybe with no Thor, Hammond can get some podium time-Klier was up there at Het Volk though. The Russian element has had some success here, but with no Kolobnev, it's up to Pavell Brutt to pick up the flag and run.
So that would be my long shot podium Gadret, Hammond, and Hesjedal. Most likely Ballan, Pozzatto, and Klier.
Either way can't wait. Hopefully they can get this race on TV or video soon.