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Trainer Wisdom

You can learn a lot watching old cycling videos on the trainer. Today's lesson: professional cycling, the Danilo DiLuca way.

Stage 3 of the 2005 Giro d'Italia took the peloton up its first undulating course, in the hills of Calabria, with an uphill drag to the line that is sure to please the classics climbers. Sure enough, DiLuca's Liquigas outfit puts him on the front with 1km to go, but Paolo Bettini is glued to his wheel. His teammates have melted away, so it's left to DiLuca to finish on his own. Being a professional, he has zero interest in towing Bettini up to a win, but instead of giving up, DiLuca seizes his chance. Bettini is coming around on the right left just as they hit a sweeping right hand turn. DiLuca, ahead by half a bike, conveniently decides to use the entire road, easing ever so gently to the left until he's at the barriers. Never so much as grazes Bettini, but Bettini refused to come around when he should have, and now it's checkmate. Frickin brilliant.

I know I should be more pious about guys with DiLuca's doping problems, but I just can't. There is nobody I enjoy watching more than il Killer di Spoltore.

Update? Oh, and I just watched the next stage, where Bettini puts Baden Cooke into the barriers. What would a how-to lesson be without a how-not-to?