NO POPE FOR LANCE
?Lance, niente Papa?. That was the headline in Italian newspaper Tuttosport on Thursday morning after Lance Armstrong lost almost three minutes on the mountain finish to Alpe di Siusi.
Tuttosport journalist Paolo Viberto predicts that Lance won?t make it to the finish of the Giro in Rome, home to the Vatican and the Pope.
The paper ?the big rival to Gazzetta dello Sport that is owned by the race organisers, suggested that the bets about when Armstrong will climb and head home have begun.
They reckon he will quit the Giro after stage 16 to Monte Petrano. By then, they predict he will have raced enough to get fit but without causing any damage and helped set up team mate Levi Leipheimer for overall victory.
Tuttosport also reckon Armstrong will head back to the USA to be with his girlfriend Anna Hansen who is due to give birth to their first child in the first week of June.
Lance Armstrong likes to twitter because it allows him to talk directly to his thousands of fans without the opinions of the media getting in the way.
Cycling Weekly spotted this sticker on his special Trek decorated by Obama poster designer Shepard Fairey.
Is he telling us to obey HIS Twitter propaganda?
CUNEGO CLEANS HIS CONSCIENCE
Damiano Cunego (Lampre) struggled and lost three minutes on the tough mountain finish to Alpe di Siusi and his chances of winning the Giro are virtually over yet again.
Cunego won the 2004 Giro when he was just 24 but has never performed at that level in the Giro or Tour de France ever since.
After losing time on Wednesday, Cunego asked questions about his own performance but also ruffled a few feathers at the Giro by questioning other people?s performances.
After so many doping scandals in Italy in the last 20 years it was good to hear him clean his conscience.
?I?m doing what I can. And I accept the results, even the negative ones,? Cunego told Gazzetta dello Sport.
?People have physical limits. My idea is this: Do want you can, as well as you can with a clear conscience. Whatever happens, people know you, understand you, appreciate you and respect you.?
?There?s a stage result that has punished me sometimes and then there?s a stage result, let?s say, in life, where everyone has to look at themselves in the mirror. I?m not the only who does the right thing but I do it. We?ve already seen some result rewritten when races have been archived and that hurts.?
?After the stage to Alpe di Siusi, my chances in the Giro have been compromised but I?ve got to come up with something. I?m going to try.?
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