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By Dave Zabriskie, U.S. Postal Service cycling team
The last two days have been pretty flat and not too hard… that is untilthe sprinters’ teams start winding it up for the finishes.Riding through one of the towns today we spotted a guy riding next tous on a side road. He was going pretty fast and not really watching wherehe was going. I said to Christian “he’s going to go down.” I guess he didn’tsee the wall that suddenly stopped him. It looked painful but the bunchcouldn’t help but laugh about it.On one of the downhills all I could see was the ocean down below I thinkit was a pretty steep cliff, it made me feel like I was in a video gamefor a second. Speaking of downhills, there was a big crash on a descentyesterday. As I was steering around it, a front wheel came rolling acrossthe road. After his crash on Sunday, Tony has taken the last two days aseasy as he could, and honestly he looks pretty good, I think he is goingto be fine.The only comment from the mechanics about Tony’s crash was that it was“an expensive one.” I don’t know if the mechanics pay for the parts themselvesbut they sure freak out when things need to be replaced.We are staying at another nice hotel on the coast it’s really beautiful.We have a chef traveling with the team. Chef Willy is the best. He makesgreat food every night and he mixes it up a lot so it’s not just the sameold thing every night, like some of the other teams. We had a birthdayparty for Freddy, the head massage therapist, last night.I think today was going to be one of the last easy days for a while.Tomorrow is Sierra Nevada and for sure it won’t be easy, but the team looksgood and we all fully believe in Roberto, and we are ready to work evenmore for him in the upcoming stages.Thanks for reading,