His dominant victory may be déjà vu for “Le Grand Hippy” Jean-Pierre Dick, but amazingly Loic Peyron just won a round-the-world race for the first time in his long and distinguished career. The duo arrived in Barcelona this morning, as shown here by Nico Martinez’s lens.
Iker and Xabi aren’t too far behind, and will no doubt get a heroes’ welcome by their countrymen, and we’re going to do our best to welcome in our American friend Ryan Breymaier on Neutrogena in a few days. It’s been a hell of a race to watch and the organizers have done a nearly flawless job of engaging us; the fans, though we have to say we remain a bit unsettled by the multi-stop strategy that led to the overall victory.
It’s not that a circumnavigation with stops is a bad thing – it’s that every single one of the thousands of marketing assaults that the BWR made on the public said “NONSTOP” on it. As shown by both Dick/Peyron and Desjoyeaux/Gabard before they broke, in some cases a stop was just plain faster – even with a penalty.
As they’ve done all along, we suppose the organizers will get out in front of this issue for the next installment in a few years, and we’ll find out what they all think of it when we see them in BCN. Follow along in the thread.