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La Classica delle Foglie Morte

October 15, 2011

Today’s Ride: 24km—Bayfront, Old Guelph Road

Weather: Wind, rain

Today marks the end of the pro racing season. Di Lombardia, the final of the fall classics, and one of the big five, was raced today, unfortunately under clear skies. Not necessarily a bad thing, really, and I’m sure the riders were happier this way, but there’s something about a race in the rain that adds to the appeal. Witness Gilbert from last year:

This looks oh so pro!

At any rate, the Classic of the Falling Leaves was a thriller and I’d wager nobody, but nobody, would have tipped Oliver Zaugg to come out the winner. Sure, in retrospect, he seemed to be peaking at the right time and the parcours suited him well. But this was his first win as a pro.

By my count, that makes four of the five Classics that have ended with what has to be classified as a rank outsider bringing home the honors. Only Gilbert at Liège-Bastogne-Liège really constitutes a favorite being a favorite.

My weather was better for a good ride. Wind howling and late departure, I waited until after Zaugg made his brilliant move on the final climb before setting out, by which time the wind had picked up and the rain was coming down. Just a quick ride out along the bayfront and a bit of climbing on the way home. A longer ride might have been in order if I’d actually got out earlier, but who wants to miss the final bike race of the year?

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