Horrifically late, again. The Cycleboredom offices were in a state of disarray the past week(s) as we moved things around. Yet, seeing as I made the effort to capture these screenshots, I figured I’d take this attack to the finish regardless if I’m a week or so beyond the time limit. As for the race, it didn’t unfold in the fashion I envisioned, but it was exciting regardless.

Things Happening Before the Race Was Won™

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: Montepaschi Strade Bianchi - The GilberttoAhh, Philippe. At first the joke was gonna be, “They spelled grupetto wrong.” Then, sadly, it devolved simply into “The Gilbertto.”

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: Montepaschi Strade Bianchi - Oss FaceDaniel showing you his Oss-Face. He’s being a very useful engine indeed.

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: Montepaschi Strade Bianchi - Club Rider On CourseBriefly, a club rider found his way onto the parcours. He looked pretty swift.

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: Montepaschi Strade Bianchi - Just BennatiIn Italy Daniele is simply known as Bennati. He is also Fabs’ doppelgänger (@NYVelocity). Note the mention of “The Gilbertto.”

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: Montepaschi Strade Bianchi - GVA Likes To Move It, Move ItGreg Van Avermaet likes to move it, move it.

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: Montepaschi Strade Bianchi - Ballan Pushes The PaceMontova or not, I still gots some love for A-Ball. Here he (briefly) looks like his “old self.”

How the Race Was Won™

No secret here. Greg Van Avermaet attacks on Segmento 8, and Fabian Cancellara counters—destroying the field.

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: Montepaschi Strade Bianche - Van Avermaet AttackFor a fleeting moment everything was epic. Greg Van Avermaet in full flight.

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: Montepaschi Strade Bianche - Van Avermaet AttackInstant race detritus as GVA makes for the attacking.

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: Montepaschi Strade Bianche - Fabs AttackFabs pops out from the back of a red-lining GVA and begins his crushing.

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: Montepaschi Strade Bianchi - Fabs AttackGreg is clearly doomed here. The Fabs makes ground quickly.

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: Montepaschi Strade Bianchi - Fabs AttackFabs checks what gear GVA’s in, then asks him if he needs a planket.

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: Montepaschi Strade Bianchi - Fabs AttackFabs continues the passing as Van Avermaet gets out of the saddle, signaling the engine room for emergency power.

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: Montepaschi Strade Bianchi - Fabs AttackBut, alas, there is no more power. Fabs motors by GVA with ease.

Things Happening After The Race Was Won™

Once Fabian crushed GVA it turned into a descending and TT #FabsClinic—lucky for the Frändy Twinz Mr. Fabs is on their team. Some additional things transpired during the #FabsClinic. I have interspersed them with images of the #FabsClinic.

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: Montepaschi Strade Bianchi - The Retina KillersMY EYES!! THEY BURRRRRRRN!!

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: Montepaschi Strade Bianchi - Van Summeren Antipasto(One of) My pre-race pick(s), Van Summeren, deep in the antipasto.

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: Montepaschi Strade Bianchi - Fabs MotorpacingFabs motorpacing. #FabsClinic

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: Montepaschi Strade Bianchi - Fabs ClimbFabs briefly quits #FabsClinic to grind climb into the piazza. He climbs as well as Frändy descends.

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: Montepaschi Strade Bianchi - This GuyThis guy was apparently vehement about something.

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: Montepaschi Strade Bianchi - Fabs Sees ShoesFabs restarts the #FabsClinic, immediately spying a fetching pair of podium loafers.

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: Montepaschi Strade Bianchi - Fabs Weening#FabsClinic concludes with traditional #weening ceremony.

I applaud any of you who’ve made it this far. I lost interest in this years ago.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/MJ2TDIP27ICSAPRCXTRSNRXPKU Bike

    Brilliant! Fabs is boss! Looking forward to your MSR recap.

  • Idle Eric

    A bit of white, a bit rough then cream to finish first