mariposa wrote:Hard to believe it has been that long. Good to see Movistar still remembering him publically. It still brings tears to my eyes to think of what he never got to do and how he died.
It was a long hard fight for him to eventually make it to the top of the sport, and yet he only got to burn brightly for the briefest time before it was all taken away. One of my favourite riders and a guy I always had a lot of time and respect for. He had a great background story and was plagued by bad luck and timing, but he never stopped loving being a cyclist, and the accident that took his life is the kind of think that is just a complete one-off, a total freak occurrence, it's still kind of unbelievable. I've had that Paris-Nice video in my signature I think ever since then, because it just epitomised his career; after losing the good GC position he went stage hunting, he attacked from far, enlivened the race, and when the move seemed doomed he just refused to give up, and was absolutely delighted by his win even as he only just scraped home for it.