Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Lucky number eight

Samu Sánchez won the Olympic road race with bib number eight on his back on the eighth day in the eighth month of the year 2008. No prices for guessing what back-number he'll wear in the Tour of Beijing commencing tomorrow then. Yes, he'll wear the number eight. Speaking to Cyclingnews, Samu revealed he was appropriately offered the number one bib by the organizers, but opted to turn the offer down as he was more keen on the number eight.

"The Chinese fans would have wanted me to wear the same bib number", he said. "And that's what I wanted to do as well."

Samu added that he's aiming for a top result on the five-day race's stage three on Friday, but that the race overall isn't particularly suited to his characteristics. Igor Antón will get the honour of starting the inaugural event with the number one on his back.


azanca02 said...

I am really excited about this race starting. This is a pretty "all star" team they have lined up. If Samu can even get close to Martin's TT time than he should have a shot to the over all if he can attack on the last climb on stage three and use the descent to get more time.

Magnus said...

Yeah, why not? In contrast to popular opinion, I reckon Samu is quite an all-rounder, not just a climber.I feel he's able to hold his own on the flats, in small bunch sprints, on the climbs obviously and in the time trials, so he's definitely got options in this race!


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