Length: 117.5km KOMs: Balneario el Rincón, Cat 3 (104.4km), Mirador del Sol, Cat 1 (110.0km), Filo Sierras Comechingones, Cat 1 (117.5km) Sprints: Villa Larca (70.5km), Merlo (100.2km) Weather: What do you think?, it was hot again. Accommodations: Hotel Huarpes Rooms 128 & 132 Objectives: Figure out this race, and maybe Argentina.
Quote of the Day: “They’ve got good looking hammocks here.”—Keiran Best, Villa Larca
Today’s Letter to Editor: “#dearspeed @manualforspeed how does Emiliano keep his t shirts so white asking for @NatalieTapias” Great question! The answer is, he buys them in bulk and never wears one twice. They’re disposable! That way he stays looking sharp AND gives back to the community at the same time! #executive
Today’s Mark Cavendish Update: Manual for Speed had a moment yesterday to speak with Mark Cavendish about two things, one of which was related to the Time Trial. The first thing, the unrelated thing, was a simple locker room misunderstanding, #boyswillbeboys. Anyway, regarding the Time Trial, the answer is: NEITHER! He says he was waving “HELLO!”, but to some niños standing behind us, not us. Thank you for all of your votes!!!! Here are two of our favorite comments: A.) “def a hello hand. let’s be honest… he’s riding a road bike with tt bars screwed on. Plus, methinks he needs all the publicity he can get from down there. #sobering” B.) “My vote is it’s the don’t take my photo hand, since my sons asked Cav to sign their MashSF caps at the Amgen Tour of CA last May and he basically treated them like he treated that journalist the other day in Argentina. Also, in doing family history work I have found that I am directly related to the Manx Cavendish family, so we are cousins of some sort.”
Today’s Spectator Trick Tip: Find a hill, a long one, and stand on it. Otherwise you’re going to stand around on the side of a featureless freeway for three hours, in the hot sun, waving at mostly unrelated vehicles in a prolonged state of anticipation, for a 45 second reward (?), followed by an aggravated traffic situation. Then again if you’re a Picnic Pirate, and chances are that you are if you’re in Argentina, then #whatevs, it’s a nice day to watch the road, any road.
Today’s High-Point: “Riding Joe Dombrowski’s OFFICIAL RACE bike around the finish area.”—Emiliano Granado #peacocking