Kool Moe has this Giro down. The influential rapper from the late 70’s and 80’s has not studied this year’s route but he knows what this bidness is all about: work. And there ain’t no pink to be had unless you’ve got serious domestiques ready to give blood.
At Saxo Bank, young Aussie Richie Porte will do his best to help his Spanish teammate win his sixth grand tour in seven tries. Last year, Porte was the revelation of the Giro had three grand days in pink and finished 7th overall. This time around, he’s working for El Pistolero.
Danilo di Luca has told his priest and the school children that he will ride in support of Joaquin Rodriguez at Katusha, the Russian Global Cycling Shindig! He says he’s at 80% compared to his doping days but will serve as both road captain and right hand man for Rodriguez. As as we all know, he’s working for free.
Little Carlos Sastre has promised to ride for the Silent Assassin, Denis Menchov as Geox attempts to win the Giro since they were left out of the Tour de France. Carlos has pronounced himself ready for this monster mountain edition of the Giro and has every intention of seeing Menchov take the Pink to Milan.
The Shark, Vincenzo Nibali will have seven italian teammates at Liquigas turning themselves inside out for him but perhaps it’s Sylvester Szmyd of Poland who will prove most useful. Actually, Ivan Basso would have been handy but he’s training for France.
We’ll make the bold prediction that Roman Kreuziger will receive more team support from his Astana teammates than Allan Davis got from them in the recent Tour of Turkey. Young Tiago Machado of Portugal — Johan Bruyneel’s best hope for grand tour glory — will have the experienced Yaroslav Popovych at his side unless Armstrong investigator Novizky has a few follow-up questions.
This Giro is scary hard and everybody from Alberto Contador on down is worried. But if you’ve got strong workers, you might make it to Milan wearing the maglia rosa and singing Kool Moe Dee’s other big hit: How You Like Me Now?