Bingen Fernandezís Giro díitalia Journal - Stage 10
Bullets, firing cannons and speed: "In the climb it wasnít just my bullets that
I found were in short supply - it seems that my canons were running low as well
and some serious attacking had begun."
After the transition of yesterday the majority of the peloton had fusillade
full of ammo ready to use. There was not one second of todayís stage that we
stopped for a breatherómoving along at 50 and 60 kilometers an hour.
From the start I tried to put myself into as many breakaways as possible - I
am feeling back in it mentally and physically. But with the speed that we were
moving at it was impossible to form a breakaway that lasted. At the foot of the
first climb I realized that I had used up most of my bullets, more than I had
intended. My legs were aching like crazy.
In the climb it wasnít just my bullets that I found were in short supply - it
seems that my canons were running low as well and some serious attacking had
begun. And with the bad luck of Hincapie being in our group who was only laying
3 minutes back from the leader. We could not let the escape group stay away. The
rear had to pedal the same speed as those pulling in the front and there where
many times that we had to put the sign "Occupied Please Donít Disturb" out.
We continued on in this manner through to the last climb where the peloton
had been divided up and everyone was in their respected groups either by ability
or desire. I am fairly sure that most of us used up our ammo during todayís
stage - you only had to look into the faces of the riders after the stage to see
It is true what they say, "The bullets donít kill, it is the speed that they
travel at that kill" and with the speed of the stage todayÖI think it is true.
Bingen Fernandez is a member of the Cofidis
Team recently finished the Giro d'Italia and in 29th position on the General
Photo c. Bart Hazen
Co-owner & Guide of Gruppetto Tours
Bingen is co-owner and president of Gruppetto Tours. Bingen has been a
professional cyclist since 1996. Bingen guides and helps coordinate every trip
ensuring that each guest has the pro-like experience. He will be riding his 12th
season for the French team Cofidis.
Gruppetto Tours can boast the same care in their
tours and training camps that professional riders experience complete with
current and former professional riders as the guides; Jo Planckaert, Igor
Flores, and current pro rider Nikane Xuen Mallea - Co-owner, Coordinator &
Guide. The soigneur and mechanic have equal professional team backgrounds and
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