Milan-San Remo Previews, Other Bits of News

Mar 15 2006

So it occurred to me this morning, as sheets of snow and driving wind swirled about my window, that it’s only Wednesday, and that I still might get some racing in this weekend. This came as something of a surprise, for the way the cycling media’s gone MSR craaazy, you’d think it was the night before the race. Pez has both a full-length preview, in which he attempts to defuse the Boonen/Bettini conflict (though by his logic, the Petacchi/Bettini combo at Worlds should have worked out, too), and a heart-rending memoir from Max Sciandri, the former Motorola rider who almost-but-never-quite won San Remo. BiciRace has a preview as well, while VeloNews chips in with a start list. Pretty much all I’ve learned from all this discussion, though, is that, despite what rumor and Wikipedia may have told you, this map at Cyclingnews is correct; the Pompeiana has not been included, and the last 30k of the race remain unchanged.

Well, I’ve overstated the dominance of MSR news just a bit. There are other stories out there, like Chris Horner officially being selected for the Davitamon TdF team (followed immediately by no fewer than two MSR stories), plus a look ahead at the Commmonwealth Games, which I know nothing about because I am an insular, Coors-swilling American who doesn’t really care about countries that were too chicken to secure their independence from England through violence. There was some Belgian race that Bert Roesems won, and a feature on Allen Davis that I somehow missed earlier in the week when talking about the Erik Zabel Kiss of Death. Velochimp talks about how young TDek’s win at T-A is just another step in a recent Rabobank Revival, and Pez has a review of a bike you’ve never heard of.

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