Because a certain pandemic has rearranged everyone’s schedule we had overlapping Grand Tours. The Giro d’Italia finished yesterday. The 7th stage of the Vuelta a Espana goes off tonight Australian time.
The last stage of the Giro was a 15.7km time trial with the leaders, Jai Hindley and Tao Geoghegan Hart separated by just hundredths of a second. It was hard to decide who I should barrack for. Jai Hindley is an Australian like me. Tao Geoghegan Hart is a pom, like me.
When it come to the cricket I go for Australia over the poms but Tao is a Hackney boy as am I. Apparently he played soccer on Hackney Marshes as did I … and my father and my grandfather. On the other hand Jai is from Perth, WA. Although I affirmed my allegiance to Australia the Covid virus has clearly demonstrated that I am a Victorian not an Australian. State borders are closed to Victorians, indeed the WA state border is closed to everyone.
Both lads have done remarkably well. Both started the race as domestiques not anointed GC riders. Rather than get out the voodoo doll I decided that I would be happy whoever won.
Congratulations to the Hackney boy! When are you migrating to Victoria?