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Bingen Fernandez Stage 16: Caradura. Shameless.
 
By Staff
Date: 9/23/2003
Bingen Fernandez Stage 16: Caradura. Shameless.
 


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A normal stage with a normal start. After yesterday’s rest day a lot of riders were feeling good but there were times that some of us were wondering if people would ever let up, even a bit. After all the suffering that we athletes put our bodies through. I can’t help but to wonder if all this is rationally worth cutting my life shorter by years.

Aside from a few occasions, we rode in file, all strung out, from the start until Pradollano. At the foot of the hill there was lots of movement as most riders removed their helmets, which was quickly followed up by some serious attacks that immediately led to the grupetto. At first, those of us in the grupetto went super fast because some were under the impression that we would actually catch the break group with the leader and all the favorites. It was only after many yells, whistling and screaming that we all broke up and found our own small grupetto.

After arriving I saw the classifications and then I heard the stories of today’s stage. I hate to realize sometimes that there are riders who do not have team allegiance. There are some riders who are so shameless that even if they see that their team leader needs help, they think of themselves first. There are some riders who are so shameless that even when their leader is struggling to maintain the wheel in front of them they still lead an attack, thinking of only themselves. This has happened on two recent occasions with two different teams. The day before yesterday and today, and both on the final climb to the finish. On both occasions riders have attacked from the leader’s group, causing upset, and their leader to struggle off the back of the group or be unable to make it in the break.


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Cycling is not an individual sport and the teams that do well are the teams that work well together. No one forgets a rider who rides shamelessly for his own glory. If you never help then it is tough to ask for help. Good fortune and glory comes from having good friends in the peloton.

Bingen Fernandez Bustinza
Cofidis
Yellow Jersey Tours
www.yellowjerseytours.com


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