Spanish oil. Riders pitted against slippery roads in Vuelta.

Offending Spanish olives.

What’s the the oil on the roads in Spain?

Is there an epidemic of olive oil and oil delivery trucks dumping thousands of gallons of the slippery liquid all over Spain.

Just asking. It’s a slippery slope, you know.

First, Christian Vande Velde of Garmin Big Transitions hits the deck on stage three of the Vuelta. The crash occurred not because some rider in front of him slammed on the brakes but because there was olive oil on the road. Exact variety unknown but down Christian went with his already fragile ribs and collarbone.

Now, the latest news is that three time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador injured his knee in a training ride crash near his home in Pinto, Spain. The offending agent, the tell-tale cause, the viscous nuisance? Oil on the road. What gives?

Sure, it’s damn hot in Spain in late August and really, it could be worse. There could be peanut butter and banana peels and what, sun tan lotion all over the road.

Next thing you know some BP oil refinery in Spain will blow and there will be oil everywhere and half the peloton will be wearing a full body cast. Keep your fingers crossed.

Venga, venga, venga … but very carefully.

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  • jorge

    I was expecting a conspiracy that would include Lance, the Schleck brothers and Johan Bruyneel driving the getaway olive oil truck.

    Keep up the great writing!!!

    • You’re wise to spot the Radio Shack revenge angle and I’m ticked off I didn’t figure that out. Nice work. Matt.