Saturday, March 12, 2011
Paris Nice: Steely Nerves.
Looking more like a classic race or boxing on wheels, today's stage 7 of Paris-Nice was more than epic.
Those haunting images in ugly conditions complete with crashes of all sorts could only favor the brave. Rémy Di Gregorio deserves high praise for winning a dramatic and at sometimes scary to watch stage. He switched to Astana from his under achieving time at FDJ and even thought about changing careers. Well, this win is amazing for the 26 year old Frenchman and I hope he doesn't even think of quitting cycling.
Because of the apocalyptic conditions, many had to quit. Frank Schleck & Peter Sagan abandoned. Classic specialist, Martijn Maaskant (Garmin-Cervelo) fell and broke seven ribs and his dream for possible classic fame disappeared. His teammate, Heinrich Haussler crashed into a cement wall but finished the stage. Robert Kiserlovski slid under a parked truck and you can hear his bone chilling screams. Xavier Tondo slid before the finish line and ended up walking over it. Rémy Di Gregorio almost wiped out over the ice rink road, but today he owned the wet roads ...with steely nerves!