Archive for July, 2012
Well, a good tour, but a wipeout, as far as the GC is concerned. I really liked the route though. Sunday we crown the new champ, and sk9 got a great photo of Wiggo at the ITT in Bordeaux in 2010.
Sky shows they have the best dope this year in a big way. Sunday is one of my favorites, the final stage of the Tour down the Champs-Elysees, a feast for the eyes. I need to not only do this stage, but go to it to watch the Tour someday – it is about as close as track racing as we can get. Which brings up an interesting subject – the Tour used to finish all of their stages on tracks/velodromes. They need to bring that back – hopefully we will see some of that next year in the 100th Tour as a nod to the past.
For the stage, Sk8 has Cav with the incredible Team Sky, and I will take the Gorilla Greipel. I figure Sagan will also have a go at it but we will see as this is a true sprinter stage.
There are exactly two stages left where the field can make time on Bradley Wiggins, Wednesday and Thursday. They are bruisers, and I have done both of them and know the roads well. The Thursday stage is literally insane. Col De Mente is very tough for a cat 1, and they have to also do the totally nuts Port de Bales (HC) and Peyresourde on the way to Peyragudes. Ouchie. I had to stop a couple of times on Bales, it is a beyotch.
I don’t think with the team help that Wiggins has that anyone will do anything against him and then get totally wiped out in the ITT. I will add that when I saw the WHOLE Team Sky up there riding with Wiggins in the front along with a few stragglers from other teams that it reminded me of the good ‘ol US Postal days when the riders were all up there leading Lance around with a few hapless members of other teams trying to keep up. In other words, Team Sky has the best dope this year.
Meanwhile, Frank Schleck failed his dope test. Isn’t that lovely.
The sport is a joke but I still love watching it just as much as the football dopers.
When I was in France I was talking to a guy at the end of my race. I asked him why do the people there cheer and clap and yell for racers like me and others who finish literally hours behind the pros and elite amateurs? He said that it is because all the people on their stoops and in their windows understand that the pro tour and the elites are a sideshow. Entertainment. Fake. They know that you are the real deal. I had to pick up my jaw from the ground but then said, “thanks” and had a moment of clarity. It made me proud to be able to compete the best I could without dope. And fuck the cheaters. They will get what they deserve someday.