We find ourselves back in the desert, in the Land of Q, the Arabian hotbed of cycling and the Belgium of the sand dunes. Italian fast man Francesco Chicchi (Liquigas-Doimo) won the sprint into Al Khor Corniche, blowing past Heinrich Haussler (Cervélo TestTeam) and Juan Jose Haedo (Saxo Bank). Qatar sits on one of the largest oil and gas reserves in the world, so the Liquigas boys obviously felt at home.
But Twisted Spoke is mostly astounded by Tyler Farrar’s flat-tire-athon in the final 20 kilometers of the race. Four, count ’em, four punctures that put him a collective four minutes behind Chicchi.
“Four flats in 20km is ridiculous. What can you do when that happens?” Farrar said after crazy day. “It was a nice finish and I think it was a good finish for me today. I was motivated but it all went wrong.”
So we dedicate this odd and sophomoric video to Tyler and his unlucky Garmin teammates. The unforgettable Bicycle Pump Dance. It must be extremely popular in Qatar these days.