Team Vitesse has gathered equipment and riders in Venice to prepare for the Team Time Trial on Saturday. Preparations are going well and any problems with the Prosperous Contented Obstruction Blocking are being hammered out. Each day the Sublime Motion Enhanced Velocity Enlightenment Computation (SMEVEC 88) is calibrated to Venitian mean time. The Team Time Trial will be the first true test of Happy Lucky 88's plywood engineering revolution.
Team members stay in what locals are calling "il Citi di Plywoodi". Each evening Team Vitesse "circles" the ferrings on Piazza San Marco to relax, recuperate, reduce, reuse, recapitulate, recalibrate and recline in their Plycra jerseys. Compared to the conditions in the wilds of Mesopotamia earlier this year, team members find the ground of the piazza quite comfortable. The team feels safe because rabid dogs and devious swamp lizards have yet to penetrate downtown Venice.
Rumours swirl around Venice concerning Astana's financial crisis. Apparently many Kazakh sponsors are refusing to honour their commitments. Could this mean that Lance and Levi might have to camp out under the plywood like regular bike racers?
Vitesse riders can rest assured that Happy Lucky 88 Manufactory and its secretive partners are backing them all the way to the finish line in Rome on May 31.