July 07, 2005
DailyPeloton's Jambon Report for Stage 6
One of the best daily wrap-ups of Tour action on the web is dailypeloton.com's Jambon Report, where Locutus picks out his Golden Hams and Ham-Gazers for each day.
Today is probably my favorite of the Tour so far:
Lorenzo Bernucci (Fassa Bortolo). ... His teammate, former Yellow Jersey wearer Fabian Cancellara, went down in the crash, but immediately popped up and saw the gap Bernucci had. He got onto his radio microphone and screamed, "Vai! Vai! Vai Lorenzo!," and man did Lorenzo vai (by the way, I think that's Italian for, "Lorenzo! The lycra on your buttocks, it is on fire! Ride quickly and perhaps you shall extinguish it!") Bernucci had put himself in position to win, and when luck fell his way he drove it home to the finish to claim his first professional victory. This was an outstanding victory for Bernucci and his Petacchi-less Fassa team, a product of hard work, talent, and taking the risks necessary to win.
More good stuff on Vinokourov, Hushovd, Voeckler, and Zabriskie.
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All joking aside, it's nice to see someone give Bernucci props for doing exactly what he should have been doing: he put himself in a position up front well before everything went down, then pulled out a win with superior bike handling skills. The lackluster reception the Italian has been receiving seems petty.
Posted by: Scout at Jul 8, 2005 2:21:11 PM