Attribution, amulets and sausage (both proverbial and literal)

Photo: Sky Sports

Photo: Sky Sports

There's a bike race going on, and at said bike race, Fabian Cancellara crashed and had to abandon while wearing the yellow jersey. It's awful when anyone crashes while riding a bike, and it's really awful when everyone crashes while riding a bike, as was the case yesterday. But as I was watching the aftermath of the crashes at the Tour, I had to wonder: was Cancellara wearing his €870 amulet/talisman during this ordeal?

"What amulet is this guy talking about?"

I hear all six of you wonder. I'm talking about this piece of bedazzled magic:

"After now 10 successful and nice years we like to present a fantastic and high-quality product. In homage to Fabian Cancellara all the real Fans and great victories in his carrier so far! Fabian is racing on his bike stem with this talisman/ amulet: What this means? A play card with cobblestones in the background. 7 spears ( his team members) Him like a king Lillie in the centre and under two dices total number 7." (Photo: cancellara-store.com)

"After now 10 successful and nice years we like to present a fantastic and high-quality product. In homage to Fabian Cancellara all the real Fans and great victories in his carrier so far! Fabian is racing on his bike stem with this talisman/ amulet: What this means? A play card with cobblestones in the background. 7 spears ( his team members) Him like a king Lillie in the centre and under two dices total number 7." (Photo: cancellara-store.com)

Apparently, all the good luck in this amulet/talisman comes from the copious amounts of duct tape applied to the handle of the angle grinder used by the bare chested man who makes them. Or maybe it's the fact that this man looks surprisingly like black metal musician and convicted killer Varg Vikernes.

Then again, maybe everyone looks like Varg Vikernes, much in the same way that everyone looks like Kenny Rogers. Oh, by the way, thanks to  Chris DiStefano for making me aware of Cancellara's amulet. And that bit of attribution, in turn, reminds me of this: a surprising number of articles in big press outlets have surfaced as of late, as a result of the interest in Quintana possibly winning the Tour this year. At least couple of them use an odd number of facts, anecdotes and overall arcs that were taken from this blog. In some cases there was a bit attribution, but more often than not, there wasn't. It's not the end of the world, but it's not a great feeling to have someone that gets paid (even if it's not much) take content from a site like this, which sells soap to pay for hosting.

Honestly, I'm not surprised, I guess that's how the sausage is made...and as it turns out, every time I find out how any kind of sausage is made (be it literal or proverbial) I end up taking a step back from it. Such is the case with the ongoing ordeal that Juan Pablo Villegas is going through. Seeing the reality of what happens in such scenarios is simply crushing. Stay tuned for details in an upcoming post...but again, seeing how something is made is the fastest way to cure you of your love for it. At least that's often the case for me.

So stay safe out there, and make sure you are wearing your amulets.