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this girl's nominee for Rider I Most Want as a Fridge Magnetlonefrontranger
Jul 8, 2003 9:12 PM
I really, really admire Tyler for his grit; I've raced on a CB I broke 28 days prior and thought I'd die- you can forget about getting back in the next day. Guarantee that boy's gonna feel every frigging pot hole from here to wherever he decides to throw it in.

However I can't help but notice this Petacchi guy. Not only is he fast and good-looking, he's quite humble and frank about his abilities. I read several articles about this guy in the Giro and now the Tour, as well as an "in his own words" diary.

The thing I really admire about this guy is how he's apparently managed to work through a lot of fear and confidence problems. In fact, he echoes some of the same issues I've been struggling with and working through with my own coach this year. He crashed badly some years ago in a field sprint and says he's "absolutely terrified" on the run-ins as a result. He claims he doesn't have real speed, and doesn't think he's that great a sprinter. He said one of the reasons he goes so long is he gets freaked out by the scrum and just wants to get the hell out of Dodge. Hey, if it works, whatever! On Sunday before his win, he said he had extreme heebie-jeebies AND "bad legs" with 20k to go, and even called back to the DS, begging him to call off the leadout, because he didn't want the guys to kill themselves when he felt so bad -- if winning the stage is feeling bad, I'd hate to see what he can do when he's feeling good! Today he had his hopes "at shoe lace level" worrying about his form because he was getting dropped on every little speed bump in Monday's stage. Fortunately the DS is used to dealing with him being a nut, and knows how to tell him to get his $hi# together and race the bike - as my own coach does.

It's inspiring for me to see a UCI Divison 1 pro who struggles with and has conquered the same neuroses I do, and be so open and earnest about them in the press. Contrasted with someone like Millar or McEwen who are quick to whine and cast blame at everyone but themselves when things don't go their way, and that egotistical overly-blow-dried cheeze-fest that is Super Mario - well, I guess I'm fast becoming a Petacchi fan.

Not to mention the fact he's definite cabana boy material.
Agreed on Millar and McEwen, but...seyboro
Jul 9, 2003 3:05 AM
...eeeaaaasy now, Ninja!! No need to hate on ol' Re Leone. The man is, well, the man. Take the other stuff as part of the show.
As for Petacchi, my wife's a fan as well. Something about the dark hair, blue eyes, great smile, not to mention the Campagnolo-equipped Pinarellos (quote: "Oh my!! He's purdy. And look at the nice bike, too...")
Jul 9, 2003 5:25 AM
I'd go so far as to say that Pettachi has already taken the sprinter's throne away from an aging Cipollini. This guy is probably the most underrated, unknown guy in cycling for the last several years and this seems to be his breakout year. He looks to be far stronger then some of the more well known sprinters such as Zabel and McEwen.

Besides... He's helping me kick ass in my Tour fantasy league ;-)
Sheesh- you and my wife!MXL02
Jul 9, 2003 7:34 AM
I think the only reason she lets me ride is because she is hoping and praying that one day I will come home with blond hair and blue eyes and start speaking Italian to her. ;-)

Despite him being a "hottie" (her term, not mine), his riding abilities are definitely impressive, and, as you point out, his post race demeanor very professional.
Got'cher Fridge Magnet right here!theBreeze
Jul 9, 2003 7:57 AM
Print, laminate and glue to a magnet.

Jul 9, 2003 11:56 AM
After reading the initial post, Petacchi doesn't come as advertised. He looks like the guy who plays Ray Romano's brother on TV. Well, to each her own :)
I'll take an Eric Zabel-David Millar sandwich! nmCritLover
Jul 10, 2003 8:32 PM