Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Giro Stage 16: Tifosi

Once Fabio Aru (Astana) knew that the big gamble attack didn't succeed, I think his heart's ability to suffer went away from him like the fleeing Alberto Contador (Tinkoff Saxo).  He knew that his teammate, Mikel Landa, had been sitting in trying to help him.  Once he folded, he told Landa to go with Contador since Aru could not.  Andrey Amador (Movistar) joined the fading Aru and the pair did the best they could sloughing up the sometimes 18% climb and fighting their way through the over zealous fans.

Many cycling fans will spend the night to ensure a great position on the monumental climbs of the Grand Tours.  Unfortunately, there isn't much to do while they wait but drink.  So when the struggling racers arrive, the tifosi can be more of a hindrance than an encouragement as they run alongside in oft bizarre costumes, screaming in the ears of those on the limit of their abilities.  Other fans more interested in the photo op than the racers' being able to have a clear path, will jump into the road after the escorting motorcycles pass and snap pictures and selfies.  It may be a souvenir of the race, but it can also be a souvenir of their own arrogance or stupidity.

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