Una normale, straordinaria giornata al Lido; ivan ritorna e mark in rosa

DSCF1609_ivan4-58-_particolareUna giornata tranquilla al Lido
Con l’emozione unica di Ivan che ritorna 3 anni dopo, e l’inatteso regalo di Mark rosa

A photo-diary of today

Saturday May 11, 2009. Except this cut on the left, every quoted picture is published @ http://twitpic.com/photos/nonnoenzo

I spent  the afternoon at Lido di Venezia, watching the Giro and all the human world turning around this sport event and mediatic circus. In the morning, it was Nathalie that, with a facebook reply to a twitter message of mines, signalled that there was nothing normal today, everything was gonna out of the ordinary (time is out of joint– Hamlet, and http://books.google.it/books?id=sEENbAP5FZsC&printsec=frontcover&dq=derrida&hl=en&source=gbs_book_other_versions_r&cad=1_2#PPA3,M1). That was an important message for me, since it prepared my mind to the  special events of the day.
Let us say that the cyclists I most  like after Ivan & the Pirate, are the two new generation ones, that stimulate father sentiments in me since when I first saw them in action, years ago: Andy Schleck and Mark Cavendish. Last of my thoughta was that the latter would have been, at end of the day,  the first to wear legitimately (as a cadeau, the Sindaco, my friend  Massimo Cacciari had already got one) Dolce & Gabbana’s pink jersey.

I come down from the vaporetto at Lido, just in time for a lucky first shot (photo: GIRO 1; 3:55 pm – http://twitpic.com/4vmzi ) of Mark and the Columbia boyz marching to their triumph, almost no one had betted upon. A couple of minutes before their arrival. Then I met Ivan twice, at very short distance:
– in the middle of a bit of crowd, just before departure (photos – GIRO 6 to 12, 4:25 to 4:30 – twitpic);
– 2nd time, more intimate  – GIRO 19; 4:58, http://twitpic.com/4vu0v/full see also a reproduction below  – in a narrow street, almost the two of us and no one else, when from the arrival he was getting to Liquigas meeting place, at trattoria Favorita, via Duodo 33. I knew in advance it was him (no adivination, except being there at the right time right place, walking through streets I’d never been before; but all the Liquigas team had passed by, so last he came  – no surprise; his nice wool hat was a further, unnecessary  element), but the shot came too much at a distance, no good. Finally he might have been in one of the Liquigas cars leaving  the Lido’s trattoria Favorita for  the special ferryboat (reserved to il Giro) to Punta Sabbioni on the way to Jesolo, but can’t tell (see: GIRO 23 & 24).

e per finire …

GIRO (photos no. 28 to 35). Nice dinner at the Gran Via Restaurant, Great Street (Gran Via itself), Lido. The owners showed me proofs that at lunch Moser, Fondriest and Motta had been there: GIRO 32 = http://twitpic.com/4w1fg

http://beta.velonews.com/article/91849/tech-feature—time-trial-technology-at-the-giro explains the technology implications (and constraints) of today’s Lido-TTT  (team time trial).

AFTER THE  TT TRIAL, THE CALM RETURNED UPON HIM. BUT HE’S ALWAYS ISOLATED in his own world, in a bubble: “Per tutta la corsa, vivo come in una bolla di vetro” (Today’s Gazzetta, p. 5: “Meglio di così non posso stare”)



bigger version – http://twitpic.com/4vu0v/full

JUST BEFORE THE TTT: like a lion in the cage, tension is electric at 1000W – http://twitpic.com/4vps8/full



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