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Zabriskie’s Point: A tough bastard

Okay, done with Stage 2. It didn't start out too fast so that was good, the field is really big here207 riders. The first climb was very hard but it broke up the field a littlebit. I went up the hill with Cipo's team knowing that they would ride sometempo to bring him back to the group for the sprint. After that hill therace went very fast, and on the last hill I was at my limit and the groupwas descending super fast too. My roommate, housemate, and dear friend Antonio Cruz hit the pavement hardtoday. I didn't know this until after the race and he walked into the roomreally bloody and in

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Okay, done with Stage 2.

It didn’t start out too fast so that was good, the field is really big here207 riders. The first climb was very hard but it broke up the field a littlebit. I went up the hill with Cipo’s team knowing that they would ride sometempo to bring him back to the group for the sprint. After that hill therace went very fast, and on the last hill I was at my limit and the groupwas descending super fast too.

My roommate, housemate, and dear friend Antonio Cruz hit the pavement hardtoday. I didn’t know this until after the race and he walked into the roomreally bloody and in pain. He was descending super fast trying to catch backonto the group after the first climb and his front wheel slid out, he saidhe would have been okay but his bike was sliding in front of him and wasstopped by the guard rail and then he slammed into his bike.

I watched the doctor give Tony stitches in the his right knee, he didn’tgive him anything to kill the pain, Tony had few choice words to expressthe pain he was experiencing. He is a tough bastard, there was a lot of racingleft to do after the crash and he almost passed out.

For now, though, he is resting peacefully in bed talking to Victor aboutcrashing in Spanish. I hope that he is able to continue and finish the race.I know that he is not a quitter and it’s going to take a lot for this raceto get the better of him.

Okay that’s about it… gotta go eat.

-Dave Z.