Via Roma…

To be honest, while I appreciate the history of this race, it’s never really sparked my passion. For me, it just seems a bit too predictable. Don’t get me wrong, Cancellara’s attack last year was terrific; I love to see the sprinters team’s foiled on the Via Roma. What about the distance? Yes, 294 km is a lot, but I was there in 2001 and I can honestly say that for most riders the first 200 km of the race is nothing more than a stiff-tempo’ed training ride. (Not you, Will Frischkorn!)

That said, my riders for Saturday are (in no particular order): Petacchi, Hushvod, Haussler, Hincapie, and Rebellin.

No disrespect to La Classicisma, that’s just my two cents. Please share your opinions with the rest of us!

About Whit

My experiences might easily fit many cycling fans' definitions of “living the dream.” Since getting hooked on the sport watching Lance Armstrong win the 1993 U.S. Pro Championship, I've raced as an amateur on Belgian cobbles, traveled Europe to help build a European pro team, and piloted that team from Malaysia to Mont Ventoux. As a former assistant director sportif with Mercury-Viatel, I've also seen the less dreamy side of the sport – the side rife with broken contracts, infighting, and positive dope tests. These days, I live with my lovely wife in Pennsylvania and share my experiences and views on the sport at Bicycling Magazine, the Embrocation Cycling Journal, and at my own site, Pavé.
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