The Supporting Cast: la Primavera

Making it count, on the descent of the Poggio...
Spartacus leads Goss, Offredo & Nibali. 2011 MSR

Disappointing news, one of my favorites for this Saturday's Milan-San Remo - Thor Hushovd is out with fever.

For the God of Thunder will have to wait until 2013 to throw his lightning bolts on la Primavera. His history with this great race was good and looking better; podium during the 2005 and 2009 editions. Now, the gauntlet is thrown down to his BMC teammates; Gilbert (who doesn't look on form, yet), Van Avermaet (sore heel) and possible winner Allesandro Ballan, fourth in the Strade Bianche.

One factor, if it's true, the riders must contend with is the forecast for rain. The race could end with a solo victory, an advantage for the likes of Vincenzo Nibali. The Shark (winner of Tirreno-Adriatico) would do well.

I think of the support riders, had not for them, their stars wouldn't have a hope in winning. If everything goes right for SKY, Boasson Hagen and Eisel will lead out Cavendish. If it goes the other way, SKY has another card to play, Boasson Hagen is good enough to win.

Svein Tuft is a support rider with a huge motor. Showing his strength on stage 2 Tirreno-Adriatico riding out front for 200km! Tuft will be a welcome GreenEDGE dragster to aid Goss. Heinrich Haussler will have the services of his Garmin-Barracuda blue machine; Le Mevel, Fischer, Millar and Farrar.

I know I've left out many riders that gets my nod and appreciation for supporting cast (the full list)... la Primavera cannot start early enough!

The God of Thunder will be back!