Bingen Fernandez Vuelta Journal - Theory of
Bingen's Vuelta a España Journal stage 3. "For me it was a relatively easy day,
and I tell you this because the sprinters and those who were tested by the Law
of Gravity were certainly not thinking the same. I am however in agreement with
Theory of Relativity
Stage 3 03/09 Viveiro - Luarca -
The beginning of today’s stage had one climb of 2km followed by a great
descent. We were prepared mentally for a very fast race start until the team
director gave us the good news. The stage start had been neutralized up until
the top of the climb.
I was glad because at least that taste of blood in my throat that would
always come in the first fires of the stage starts. Rubiera was riding next to
me asking why he had not been given the same news from his team, and then
further questioning why I was so happy with the new. "Bingen that does not make
me happy at all because I was planning to attack on the climb," said a Saunier
rider over to my side laughing. The truth was that he was not the only one
planning to attack on the climb and it would have been a good plan.
A few seconds later the rider closed in on the unhappy Triki, "Pero Triki si
nos van ha hacer sufrir menos," he said. Triki turned to me and said, "That is relative. I prefer to climb fast and
make an attack climbing because if the attack is not made on the climb I’ll get
played with on the decent."
Meanwhile the race director did not give us the go ahead to begin the race
and we were getting ready to descend when news came through the radio that they
were starting the race at the bottom of the descent because there was some
construction. After only a few short kilometers, and a handful of attacks there
formed a group of three riders. The leader’s team started work at the front to
ward off any more attacks. The escape group of the day had been formed and we
settled into a comfortable rhythm where we could still talk with our cohorts.
Normally we line-up parallel two by two but I seem to be all alone. I glanced
around to see who I might be able to pair up with and noticed that Petacchi was
also alone so I let up a bit and floated back to him to make small talk. "Ciao,
hoy es ritmo mas despacio que ayer, perfecto, no?" He gave me a half-glance,
reached down for a drink of water nodded, and accelerated a bit to be alone
again. Maybe I wasn’t classy enough for him. Sastre and Landaluze rode up to me
just then. Luckily I had some good people who I could chat and pass the time
Nothing special happened in the race. Lampre worked at the front and the
kilometers without much excitement when the other law took affect. The Law of
Gravity. My teammate Minard hit a pothole with his front tire, and his hands
slipped from his handlebars. Four riders went down in a fairly bad crash. One
hit hard and it was thought that he broke his collarbone, but luckily enough he
escaped with a lot of road rash instead.
In the final kilometers the Theory of Relativity returned. What would be an
easy stage and stress free finish for many would be a relatively difficult and
complicated finish for the sprinters and those that played in the final victory.
There was a slight air in the peloton that it would be a complicated finish and
people weaved in and out. The peloton was alive with motion - more than normal -
to the right, to the left, breaking….a crash.
Almost all the peloton was blocked by the crash and we were all nervous at
the possibility of losing time until one rider screamed, "It is ok, we passed
the 3km mark". We would get the same time so little by little the rest of us
made our way to the finish line.
For me it was a relatively easy day, and I tell you this because the
sprinters and those who were tested by the Law of Gravity were certainly not
thinking the same. I am however in agreement with Triki Beltran in his Theory of
Relativity; everything is relatively easy or difficult depending on who the
Bingen Bustinza Fernandez is a member of the Cofidis
Team currently racing in the Vuelta with team mates: Stéphane Auge, Sylvain
Chavanel Sylvain, Leonardo Duque, Maryan Hary ,Gorffrey Lequatre, Sébastien
Minard, Maxime Monfort and Damien Monier.
Currently the team has two riders in the top 15
Maxime Monfort in 12th and Sylvain Chavanel in 14th. Leonardo Duque and
Bingen are currently in 61rst and 62nd after ten stages. Leonardo has had
3 top ten finishes in the first week and a podium appearance after stage 2
where he was third after Freire and Bettini. Chavanel and Monfort for
their effort counted three top ten performances in the first week a good start
for the Cofidis team in the Vuelta.
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 is 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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We will be catching up with Bingen's Journals in the next few days as they
were overlooked in the first week.