Zevon and Vuelta!
Too bad late 70’s singer-songwriter-crazy Warren Zevon wasn’t around to watch the fireworks at the 2015 Vuelta a Espana.
Specifically stage 20, where Fabio Aru of Astana, trailing Uber-surprise Tom Dumoulin by six seconds and down to his last mountain stage, destroyed the Belgian to win the overall tomorrow in Madrid.
Zevon would have called Astana team dictator Alexander Vinokourov and proposed to fly out immediately with guitar to sing his special song for the Italian as he sprays Spanish cava from the podium.
Ahh yes, Zevon’s hit song from 1978 has the perfect chorus howl for Fabio: Arruuuuuu! Werewolves of London! Arruuuu!
Now, the wolf cry fits Aru’s name perfectly and if we substitute Madrid for London, we have ourselves the perfect anthem for Aru. Maybe for always and really, the Italian should download the greatest hits from Zevon.
Aru and his strong Astana squad put the hammer down hard and early and broke Dumoulin and it was an exciting and sad thing to watch. First 10 seconds, then 30, then a minute, then disaster and podium gone.
Speaking of Dumoulin and Zevon, what could be a more appropriate song then this one, as things started to go South, backwards, full death spiral. “Now I’m hiding in Honduras. I’m a desperate man. Send lawyers, guns and money. The shit has hit the fan.”
No question that was the case on stage 20 of this thriller on the slopes of the Morcuera. That’s why we call the Spanish Grand Tour the Helta Skelta Vuelta. You can’t control it, you can only watch the pinãta smash and see who grabs the candy.
We can picture Vinokourov taking a sloppy chug from a magnum of cava and howling with triumph. Arruuuuuu! Werewolf of Morcuera, werewolf of Madrid. Arruuuu!!!!!