Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The 1949 Giro - Stage 23

Stage 23, the decisive day of the '49 Giro - a lesson in Greek Mythology and Cycling Mythology - riding with the Gods.

If they ever write music for Lance Armstrong I doubt it will be as classy as this. For pure romance, it's tough to beat a song sung in a language you don't really understand and pictures in black and white.

Coppi steals 12 minutes out of Bartali's life. Do you realize how much time 12 minutes is on a lone breakaway by the leader, in a sport measured in seconds? Dino Buzzati was wrong. He attributed the loss to Bartali's age. Wrong. Zeus himself could not have ridden with Fausto on that day. 12 minutes!

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