--It's that time of year again, time for la Vuelta a España! This time last year I was living the good life in Gent and took a trip up to see the start in Holland. That trip up to Holland was the best trip I've ever taken. Here are the posts from it (1, 2, 3, 4, and 5).
Ah the nostalgia, anyways, now I'm in SF living the good life and it's time for Vuelta predictions.
First off, there's been a lot about Moncoutie wining his third consecutive king of the mountains this year. I remember him winning the KOM in 2008 and have been a fan since (that was the first year I got into cycling). I still like the would-be post man a lot and hope he wins a third.
Second, Cav is going to be there. I think he'll probably do the typical sprinter Worlds prep by dropping out midway through. This year the sprint stages are pretty evenly distributed (unlike the Tour where they're typically front-loaded). I saw the parcours the other day and these guys are doing a ton of climbing. Looks like it will be tough for him to make it to Madrid.
Cav's going to win a few stages, Moncoutie will win at least one, and Menchov will fight with some wild card, for the overall. That's all I've got. It's not the post-Tour slump, it's just I haven't had the time to really look at the teams.
I will, however, be up every morning watching the Vuelta on Universal Sports. Btw, big ups to Universal Sports (@universalsports) for their coverage of cycling. The other day they even had an hour of track on TV. They've also got a model where you can either watch it on TV or pay $1.99, for example, to watch it online. As people get more and more fed up with every aspect of cable (the cable guy, the high prices, the lack of ability to watch what you want...out of 1000 channels) I think TV will become more of an iTunes model. Buy what you want, period. I digest.
--Okay I'm sure you've all seen this by now but here's the video of the really cool NYC messenger who has problems, with logic...
--Haussler thought he'd pull a fast one on the German Cycling Federation by switching his citizenship to Australia. Well now it looks like it has cost him a trip to Worlds.
What a waste of a season. Think I have to give this guy the Boonen prediction. Once they start boozing it's all downhill. This guy got a DUI while recovering from the Tour of California. Not exactly a sign of a focused athlete.
The good news is maybe J-Bone (@jwbender) and I will catch him at Interbike this year!
--Speaking of Haussler, he and Hushovd might be heading to Garmin next year. Not sure what this means for Farrar but I guess now he'll have two other guys fighting with him for second...
It'd be cool to see all three of them sprinting in races. I mean, three Garmin sprinters, at least then they'd have some killer odds. They could even pull a flying V!
--Taylor Phinney had a cool kit in the Tour of Utah.
--I guess Petachhi--remember, the guy who won the green jersey--has decided to talk to CONI (Italian anti-doping authority). No comment.
--In other news, went to open one of my Jarbars and there was mold on it. This leads me to believe the baking process needs to be a bit longer. Really need to dry them out and then put them in the freezer.
Luckily, my mom (@diehardokie) is on the case and has promised some homemade bars this weekend. She's going to use a peanut butter recipe she got from Giada. I'll post the recipe after I try one.
For those of you wanting some less sweet riding food, here's another video with the master chef of cycling, Dr. Allen lim:
--Lastly, in case you were wondering what to do when you don't have a bike rack...