Why does Europcar’s rider Giovanni Bernaudeau have an Italian first name?
In 1980 Frenchman Jean-René Bernaudeau won a stage of the Giro d’Italia and finished the race fifth overall, and he won the best young rider competition. The race was won by Giovanni Battaglin who left an impression because a little later Bernaudeau named his son Giovanni.
Bernaudeau has said he named Giovanni after Battaglin. Father and son are today united on the same team with Bernaudeau senior as the team owner and Giovanni as a rider.
“The showers are the only strategic place to get hold of a Paris-Roubaix rider. They all go there. And they dream of the place like a dog dreams of a bone. With time the communal showers have become a legend, as much as the cobbles. They are the wall of tears, the place where riders grimace, lament, compare injuries, describe their crashes… it’s the place where they wash dust, wounds and fatigue.”—http://inrng.com/2011/04/showers-for-roubaix/
It’s 7.22pm on the eve of Milan-Sanremo. Earlier today I was listening to a podcast radio show during which someone explained they asked aloud “for a sign” that a relative of theirs was safe. She explained when she did this suddenly a dog would bark or something else would happen and she’d take comfort from these “signs”.
My mind wandered and I thought OK and asked aloud for a sign as to who would win Milan-Sanremo. No dog barked but within about 20 seconds a van overtook me with “Mondory” written on the side.
Ag2r’s Lloyd Mondory starts Milan-Sanremo tomorrow with the number 25 on his back.
This is such a coincidence that if by some freak event Mondory were to win tomorrow nobody would be believe the tale. So here is the timestamp just in case.