Giro d'Italia Drama

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05/7/2012| 0 comments
by Neil Browne
The first grand tour of the season has started and that can only mean one thing: doping accusations.
The first grand tour of the season has started and that can only mean one thing: doping accusations.

Giro d'Italia Drama

The first grand tour of the season has started and that can only mean one thing: doping accusations.

as a wearer of the maglia rosa. He will never have to buy his own drink in a cafe in Italy. Ever.

And as you probably watched today, Phinney went down in the last 100 meters of stage 3. It would have been easy for him to be angry and lash out at Robert Ferrari who brought down Mark Cavendish, which then set off the usual domino effect of crashing riders. Instead he stayed calm, just like he did in stage 2 when he had the mechanical.

For a while I think we all held our breaths to see if Mini-Phinney would get off the ground. Thankfully he did and kept his composure - true class. As we say in the South, "That boy was raised right!"

However, Ferrari's actions are quite the opposite. The rider needs to rethink his post-race comments as he's been reported to have said that he didn't see Cavendish and wasn't concerned about what goes on behind him. What?!? Was he completely asleep during the team's media training? Being a complete "tool" is not the way to act when you are faced with a chartered flight back to Italy.

I'm guessing no one wants to sit next to the Androni-Venezuela sprinter on the flight for fear of guilt by association. My advice to Ferrari is to not use the restroom as I can see him being barracked inside and left behind after the plane lands on "accident."

While Ferrari gets the award for dumb move of the day, his team manager Gianni Savio has tried to grab the joystick of this quickly diving public relations plane and pull it out of the nosedive. He told Cyclingnews that he intends to apologize to Cav on behalf of the team. Now if he can get his rider to do the same...

I have a gut feeling that there will be a détente during the rest day and it will be settled because this is a close traveling group. They'll be together for three weeks, so it's best make peace.

But in all the crash drama, let's not forget about the great win by Matt Goss of Orca-GreenEdge. Looking at the video of the last kilometer numerous times it looked to me that Cav had positioned himself badly and Goss was going to win regardless. This is going to make the battle for the red points jersey interesting as we now have two powerful sprinters dueling for supremacy.

I'm not sure if Cavendish will finish the Giro d'Italia, but this battle will continue into the Tour de France for sure.

So as doping makes another grab at the headlines, I continue to believe that we've made some strides in the right direction with anti-doping. But if this Rabobank story doesn't completely whet your doping scandal appetite the Clemens trial is in full swing and the analogy between the baseball players and their alleged doping practice is entertaining. The players turn on each other to save their skins and tearing into each other's personal lives. Is this possibly a foreshadowing of

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