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Off the Hook

Updated: April 3, 2013, 7:15 PM ET
By Jeff MacGregor | ESPN.com

The Italian came in from the dark bleeding and swearing. This was right at the end. Down his left leg ran a fishnet of bright red blood. Same at the elbow and at the hand. Like lace. He stepped off his bike and threw it against the fence. A carbon fiber Pinarello Xtrack as fast as it is exquisite. Museum of Modern Art by way of the Jet Propulsion Lab. He looked down at it in disgust. Then he picked it up and threw it against the fence again. The winner was already on his way to ...

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