Go Vino GO!

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by Byron on Jul 29, 2012 at 6:34 AM

Vino

Vino Wins!

Photo: Graham Watson

Vino’s fists punctuate his win and our point this year about professional bike racing. No race radios messes up strategy, especially with teams that are scripted. Used to a director GPS, live TV, and a spreadsheet with the gaps yelling in their ear, they paused, sat up, didn’t work together and Vino just went. That win is what Vino lives for and letting him go was a huge mistake. NBC’s coverage is being criticized again and confusing with an hour delay. Also there were no time splits being reported. It was a chaotic to watch, follow, and report.

Best race we’ve seen all year! The Vancouver Sun interviewed Ryder Hesjedal after the race. His quotes indicate what it was like out on the road, after Team GB set a blistering pace

It’s not like a video game — you don’t just push a button and say I want to go in the front more

and with large, yelling crowds

This race is so different, guys can get away, camouflaged by how many people there are,” Fraser said. There’s sensory overload.

With their sensors overloaded, confused and not knowing what’s going on, Vino just went.

That’s what he does and now has a gold medal around his neck. The bike he’s on is a Tarmac SL4 – rode one of those a couple weeks ago at the Specialized Global Product Launch. Got going pretty good on the descent and grinded back up the climb.

fast

51.5 like a boss

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Comments: 4

I realize many pro cyclists dope.  Vino was caught and banned for a year.  I have a hard time being genuinely happy when the spectre of doping is in the back of my mind.  He’s a beast, no doubt.  But was he doping again?  No one but Vino knows for sure.  I think being caught doping should be the end of your pro career in any sport.  Its a stain on cycling in particular.

Todd,

Updated your profle to remove the 1. Renamed your previous one Todd Morris Old. On that topic, I’ve never been a big fan of Millar for that reason, but ok with redemption in the sport and in this case, the sport needs Vino. I don’t know if the other pros are getting the memo about fans being unhappy and Jens in particular may need to check with his Eagle spirit guides to get the memo about it.

The sport needs Vino like a hole in the head.

He was booed off the podium at the 2010 LBL.  I don’t get how the IOC even let him race.

Vino never copped to his drug use like Millar did, so its hardly a redemption story.

The only good thing Vino ever did for cycling was to get the kleptocrats that run the Kazakh economy to spend their stolen oil money on a cycling team, which I guess is better than yachts and cocaine.

@david, fixed the 1 in your screenname too and thanks for commenting. I hear that too.

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