Friday, July 21, 2006

Le Tour

This years Tour de France has been one of the most exciting for many years. The TV highlights have been compelling viewing, and it is clear that despite professional cycling having its reputation dragged through the mud, spectators and viewers are tuning in and watching this most physically demanding sporting events. For those who want to follow the tour without Eurosport, I use the CSC tracker.
While Armstrong dominated the race in the last few years, we spent our time wondering when he was going to take the yellow jersey, and then keep hold of it until the finish in Paris. This year, with many of the favourites fighting to clear their names from drugs charges, there has been no dominant rider or team. In fact I can't remember when the maillot jaune changed hands so many times.
Now that the peloton is out of the final set of mountains, my money is on Landis to finally come through on Saturday's timetrial to take the overall lead into the streets of Paris on Sunday. But if its still close to call it could come down to someone winning the time bonus on the finish line to take the race!


At 11:16 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check out the piece on Landis in today's Indy. The guy is incredible given his hip problem.

At 12:21 pm, Blogger Stephen Glenn said...

Certainly this looks like history will remember this as a classic Tour for the pendulum swings in the maillot jaune rather than the difficulties before it got underway.

At 3:33 pm, Blogger Radders said...

Yes, I think this will now go down as a classic Tour.
Its also good to see 2 Brits got through to the finish line in Paris. I'm glad that Millar has now refound a purpose to life and isn't destroying himself.

At 3:35 pm, Blogger Kaz said...

This years tour has been interesting but not necessarily an all time classic. The problem is that after so many years of predictable tours (c/o Mr Armstrong) we are all excited by the uncertainty this tour has brought especially with some of the main contenders being expelled pre tour. This is one of the reasons why I am glad that Lance has retired.

I have followed the tour for over 20 years, the use of technology has taken some of the excitement out of the tour. It is funny that motorbikes still give time gaps on the chalkboard, I'm sure everyone has access to these details on the road.

Landis is good but riding with a injury is not unusal just ask Tyler Hamilton!

At 8:44 am, Blogger Kaz said...

Forgot to add link Tyler Hamilton
At least Landis said he wasn't in any pain when he was riding his bike.

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