It feels as though Classics season’s only just passed, gone like a one-night stand ghosts in the morning. But out of sight, out of mind, and like the rest of the world, we at BDIPC have Grand Tour season firmly fixed in our sights. And as we’ve become accustomed to fitting it in every morning–the Giro, loves–we’ve been going deep. Italy’s ever-wet weather has put us in the mood, you know? We’ve been reflecting on the astounding depth and breadth–girth, perhaps–of a Grand Tour Dude’s…character. Let’s talk bonifications, shall we?
Like many of the Dudes on our have-done list, Mark Cavendish’s love affair with cycling came early in life and on a mountain bike. Dominant from the very start, he turned pro in 2005. His first major wins came during his breakthrough road season in 2007. Then, in 2008, Wiggins launched him Madison-style into the big leagues. But unlike Wiggins, who cannot go down to save his life, Cav has shown us that he can both go down and hammer it out. He took his first Grand Tour stages in the 2008 season riding for HTC, and he’s been fine-tuning his post-ups ever since. Cav started his 2013 off with a bang, winning the Tour of Qatar decisively. He followed it up with a mediocre Classics season, but we had faith that once the Giro arrived, we’d see the dominant & confident Cav we know & love. He did not disappoint: In typical fashion, he took stage one of the Giro to become the first in the pink this season. And he has continued to assert that dominance–yesterday, he took his 100th career win in a very wet, very fast finish; today, his 101st.
It’s true that it took us almost two years to come around about Cav. When BDIPC began, we’d all but written him off as a cocky, self-absorbed ass. But it takes one to know one, and as we sang Sagan’s praises earlier this season, we realized the massive miss we’d made on the Manx Missile. Without him, we cannot imagine flamboyant post-ups, post-race interview tantrums, or a single glamour girl giving a spandex-suited Dude so much as a second glance. And speaking of: Even if you can’t get behind Cav, you can’t argue with Peta’s…abundant finish-line enthusiasms. Enthusiasm. Singular. Her support is truly second-to-none. She’s BDIPC’s favorite WAG by a looong shot, and it is our opinion that she’s the best evidence of Cav’s most Bangable quality. Keeping a lady of that magnitude around is proof of some massive…skills, and when it comes right down to it, it’s the skills that pay the bills. So bring the pain, Cav. Make. It. Rain.
The ink is dry, we’ve got it on lock, and we can’t wait to tell you…but we must. Five months on, every day’s been worth the wait. Soon.