Industrialized Cyclist Notepad


Gino Bartali

He didn’t go on Twitter about it.

After the war Bartali never spoke of his underground work during the German occupation. Hence many of his courageous endeavors remain unknown. Sara Corcos, who worked for the CDEC Centro di Documentazione Ebraica Contemporanea in Milan, told her niece, Shoshan Evron, the daughter of Rabbi Nathan Cassuto, that she had met Gino Bartali after the war. He emphatically refused to be interviewed, and said that he had been motivated by his conscience and therefore did not want to have his activity documented. Only when Corcos told him that she was related to the family of Rabbi Cassuto, a deeply moved Bartali agreed to speak, on condition that she would not record him. In the conversation that followed, Bartali told Corcos about the forged documents and about his role in distributing them.

via Gino Bartali | The Game of Their Lives – The Stories of Righteous Among the Nations Who Devoted Their Lives to Sport | Yad Vashem.



VeloNews hails Di Luca defeat as good for cycling

This strikes me as hypocritical and simple-minded stuff from Neal Rogers, cheering Di Luca’s getting caught by young unknown riders who have yet to be caught in any doping dragnets.

Garmin is packed full of “riders with controversial pasts.” Let’s see if he has the same venom for them as they defend their Giro title.

While his move was bold, that Di Luca was unable to hold his attack on Tuesday is encouraging.

The day when the pro peloton is clear of suspicion will likely never materialize. However, the day when the peloton is clear of riders with controversial pasts may be only a few years away.

via Commentary: Why Battaglin’s Giro stage win matters.

Translation: Di Luca’s defeat helps us pretend that they’re not all still doping.



Ischia-Forio TTT

Stage two looks pretty cool. Short. Little island.

ischia

via http://www.cyclingnews.com/giro-ditalia/stage-2



Bike of the Day: Hesjedal’s Cervelo TT bike

An attack on the air.

via http://velonews.competitor.com/2012/05/video/pro-bike-video-hesjedals-cervelo-p5-in-milan_221888



Hesjedal Wins Giro

Vaughters said:

“His biggest strength is his ability to do a gut check and dig deep when there’s no hope,” Vaughters said. “He’s also a little bit stubborn, which can be frustrating at times.”

No hope, he says, after the guy wins the Giro. I hope Hesjedal steps up his frustration of Vaughters.

via Former Mountain Biker From Canada Wins Giro – NYTimes.com.

The sports guys are impressed that a “former mountain biker” won the Giro. Seem to have momentarily forgotten about Cadel Evans, also an xc world champ. The novelty of mountain bikers winning major road races wore off long ago among those involved in the actual races.




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