Pre-race, Luca Paolini gets my vote for top helmet design.
Milan San Remo was an amazing foul weather spectacle, once again, with a surprise and worthy winner in Alexander Kristoff. The Norwegian was eighth last year and thanks his teammates especially to Luca Paolini...
Luca Paolini helped me enormously in the finale, but I really didn't think more than a top ten finish was possible.
- Alexander Kristoff
It was a bitter test as many of the sprint teams started to lose their effective members due to the cold and wet conditions slogging through 299 kms. It's all about suffering. Luca Paolini had tea time and poured hot tea over his gloved hands to warm up. And, the handy ass savers was widely used by many.
Paolini Tea Time
Ass saver to the rescue
Along with a very small trophy, Kristoff wins $ big time...
Flandrien Cycling Cap
photo Red Dots Cycling
Svein Tuft, at MSR, gets my the nod for Flandrien.
via Orica Green Edge Cycling
My own sufferfest...
On my 53km ride, my luck ran out and I rear punctured early, repaired it, and rode the majority of the ride, assuming everything was ok. It's almost two years since I rear punctured believing my luck will continue. I arrived home to do a run through of my bike and found a huge gash on the tire. I was lucky to ride on it, and thank the cycling gods, I didn't puncture again. Amazing how I ever missed it. Made even more dramatic without a spare tube, in which, I never have. And, to think of how to get home or to the nearest bike shop in the middle of nowhere - I dare and mock danger by usually riding with only one spare tube. That's my cavalier attitude.
Well, no more, I learn my lesson, I'm packing two tubes now. In fact, I bought a new tire (Continental Ultra Sport 25mm) and keeping in the family, Conti tubes. With the upcoming, April 6, Pacific Populaire 100km ride - I'll be ready.
Extremely lucky not to re-puncture.
photo Cycling Art