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Giro d’Italia 2012 – Stage 2: Herning 206km. Cav is King!


The Giro d’Italia 2012 – Stage 2 and Cav is King. If these were Medieval times I’d have to throw myself on his mercy. Prostrate myself at the foot of the steps to the Sky bus, next Monday in Frosinone. Trust that in the joy of his re-confirmation as King of Denmark he’d be merciful.

How could I doubt him? The Primavera?  Gent-Wevelgem?  Mere abberations. QuickStep, desperate Italians, gravity, devious Belgians – purge all that from your memory.

Give him a flat parcours, wind from the North Sea? – that doesn’t matter;  breakaways? – that’s what Big Stannard and the boys are for; tight packed peloton on tricky roads?  – a mere bagatelle.

Last kilometre madness? Step forward King Mark of Cav. Cav is King!

Cav is King
“King Mark of Cav”. Photo©Team Sky.

He ducked the last bend crashes and as tireless Thomas finally ran out of gas, the king calmly skeked over his left shoulder to see where the next human wave of swerving madness was coming from.

Left turn, hop aboard, kick – and everyone, and I do mean everyone, looks pedestrian.

I can’t accept any criticism; he’s the king, cool as a cucumber, brutally powerful, supremely confident – how can you slag him ?

How could I doubt him ?

Cav is King
To be fair, Cav did tell us last year he fancied his chances on this stage. Cav is King.

Tyler Farrar, Matt Goss, Thor Hushovd made to look like third cats – there’s nothing else to say.

And as for the up and coming young Italians…

Vik, I know he was overweight and doesn’t have Super Mario’s patter.

And as for that nonsense about him losing his nerve now that the bairn is here…

Dave, I know that’s all he can do – and will ever do.

Ivan, I know there are definite Chav tendencies and the media is obsessed with him.

But join me, bow your heads and accept it.

When it’s a flat parcours with a demented finalé;  “Cav is King!”


Ed Hood
Ed's been involved in cycling for over 45 years. In that time he's been a successful time triallist, team manager, and sponsor of several teams and clubs. He's also a respected and successful coach, and during the winter months can often be found working in the cabins at the Six Days. Ed remains a massive fan of the sport and couples his extensive contacts with an inexhaustable enthusiasm for the minutiae and the history of our sport.

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