Yes, Michele Scarponi of the Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni took a well deserved stage six win after a long breakaway. Props to him. Italy rejoices. There will be a bottle of Rosso di Corinaldo Rozzano at the table tonight.
But the real news is that Lance is winning big in the Giro. Yes, he’s getting his wish even sooner than he thought: his own team. While the other riders are getting leg massages and shoving buckets of pasta in their mouths, Lance is building a team from the ashes of Astana. He’s finding sponsors, lining up deals, assessing the team roster and working out a budget all while riding the Giro. The man can multi-task. The Kazak klowns are out and Lance is in.
Already rumors are circulating about the new team and a possible new team kit being unveiled within the next few days. Yes, it’s really true. The black and yellow of Team Livestrong? A “hook ’em horns” steer jersey sponsored by the Texas Beef Council? The Baja Fresh boys resplendent in their silver foil jerseys and special burrito saddle bags? The speculation is rampant. It’s out with the old Astana and in with the … uhh, we’ll know soon.
And looking ahead to the Tour de France, we imagine Lance’s first act as boss. “Alberto, I don’t want there to be any confusion about who’s the team leader, so uhh, you’re off the tour roster. But you can ride the Vuelta.”