Unfortunately, during Mongo's absence, there were some strong races contested that were bereft of my daily prose. Instead of recapping what you already know, I'll toss in a few observations and give my "Stone-Cold-Lead-Pipe" locks for the podium at Milan-San Remo.
First of all, how about my boy, AK47, coming in second at Paris-Nice. And...winning a stage along the way. This bodes well for the "Bruyneel Triangle" come Tour time. With Machado, Brajkovic, and the "Li'l Bronze Medalist" all riding well, don't count out RadioShack in the big races.
Then there's Cadel "The Face Spinnaker" Evans winning Tirreno-Adriatico against a very strong field after seemingly just getting off his couch for the first time this year. If he found a new Vegemite supplement over the holidays, expect to see more of "The Crying Game" this season.
Write this down!...1st: Heinrich Haussler 2nd: Edvald Boasson Hagen 3rd: Phillipe Gilbert