Carlos Versus the Volcano


What a crazy, up-and-down couple of weeks it has been for you, Carlos Sastre.

Despite being diagnosed with an incurable “brain cloud” by Dr. Ellison and having 5 months to live, you’ve finally found the huevos to quit that terrible bank job and ask Meg Ryan out.  You even won a big Stage 16 in the Giro d’Italia, kicking Ivan Basso’s ass up the side of Monte Petrano and launching yourself into a possible GC spot after weeks of anonymous safety in the peloton. Things were finally starting to look up.

But now you’ve really gone and done it, Carlos. You’ve pissed off the volcanic gods with your incredible win on Stage 19’s climb up the side of Mount Vesuvius, a dormant monster that buried Pompeii in 79 AD. They were totally pulling for Danilo Di Luca, and now you’re a marked man for making the Italian look like a fool trying to outrun Denis Menchov as you raced ahead.

So what now? Well, Lloyd Bridges wants to pay you to jump into the heart of the volcano inhabiting his island (Waponi Woo) for untold riches, while the natives want to throw you in for free. Meg Ryan is already screentesting for her next romantic comedy, and to top it off, you’re still not looking at a GC finish unless the top 3 eat pavement on the final time trial in the streets of Rome. What’s a Spaniard to do??

Perhaps at this point, it’s best to just remember the good times. While you’re deciding on whether to jump, we’ll be watching Beyond the Peloton, an incredibly well-produced HD documentary about the very first racing season of Cervélo TestTeam. And missing your smile, of course.

[Volcanic Victory for Sastre at the Giro – VeloNews]


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