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TDF Stage 7 Tournous – Stn des Rousses 1st mountain climb

This has been referred to the “medium mountains” stage, the entry into the mountains with 3 Cat 2, 2 Cat 3 and 1 Cat 4 climb, plus a couple of sprint opportunities. Paul Sherwin comments that “the boys” will take it relatively easy on the Alpine climbs and ease into the more challenging Pyrenees – where the true battles will be waged.

Cancellara is in the lead pack of riders going into the Cote de Grange and Cat 4 climb. Meanwhile, have you noticed that no doping allegations have surfaced this Tour? Perhaps the Armstrong lawyers have flexed their muscles and told the press to back off, focus on Landis. Lance has the backing.

Speaking of whom, he has not lost any time off Cancellara, nor has he gained any. We’ll just see what happens today.

Sidebar: Cavendish is the only 25 yo rider in the Tour with an autobiography, Boy Racer: My Journey to Tour de France Record-Breaker

UPDATE: Cancellara being dropped by the peloton! Lance stays calm and collected. Cancellara has lost the yellow jersey on the last uphill climb of the day; it remains to be seen who takes it. Lance is still sitting in the group with Contador.

Congrats to Sylvain Chavanel, stage and yellow jersey win!

Landis loses and so does pro cycling

By now, you’ve heard the news: Floyd Landis has been banned from the Tour de France for 2 years and stripped of his yellow jersey. Regardless the unhappy outcome, I still believe Floyd Landis was the victim of unfair and corrupt laboratory results and judgement. I believe that any substances that would have been found in his blood tests would have been as a result of medications he may have been taking for his hip.

Landis loses the yellow jersey and what should have been his legacy. Sadly, pro cycling also loses. I don’t disagree with banning those who really are guilty of deliberate doping. I do disagree with the vengeance that the Tour organizations seem to have waged against Floyd. He was on Armstrong’s winning team, after all. Are we really supposed to believe that Bruyneel and Armstrong would put up with doping with all they had at stake?

Judging by the depth of doping allegations that have proven true among the cyclists, it’s evident that they’re really not much different from our own pro athletes who have been accused or convicted of drug abuse, or worse. However, it seems just a little too apparent that the organizations involved with the TDF just can’t stand the fact that the Tour winners haven’t been French.

Of course, it doesn’t matter what I believe; what matters is what Floyd knows to be true. Here’s what he had to say last month.

I know, I’m a little late in saying anything. Sorry, been busy with other stuff and not taking care of my own stuff.