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TDF 2009 Mount Ventoux takes no prisoners on Stage 20

So, the order remains the same:

  • Contador retains and wins the Tour overall (unofficially)
  • Andy Schleck earns 2nd spot on the podium
  • Armstrong keeps his 3rd place on the podium

Well, at least he’s up there, and I have a feeling that, after the TT, just keeping a spot on the podium is all he would hope for. He remains among the GC contenders and other riders who have yet to conquer old “Baldy.”

One can’t blame him for holding his tongue. It was obvious from the start that Contador was going to play his own game. While we can’t blame him for vindicating himself for not being able to defend his jersey last year, we still have to question his sense of teamwork. I think he probably lost a lot of allies – even though he gained a couple in the Schleck brothers – in the peloton.

Well, give the talented youngster his due respect and accolades. Then, see what he’ll be able to achieve without Bruyneel, next year.

Undeniably, that Armstrong could come back this strongly after 4 years out of the game is more than remarkable, it’s astounding. I can’t wait until July 2010!

Meanwhile, there’s the ceremonial ride into Paris tomorrow and anticipation of what Cav from Man will do.

TDF 2009 Stage 20 Day on Bald Mountain

Nicknamed “Bald Mountain,” or “Baldy,” Mount Ventoux is not a particularly high mountain, belying it’s other nickname, “the Giant of Provence.” But it is arid, its limestone slopes devoid of trees and vegetation, mean, and can be seen from just about all parts of the Provence.

It has gained notoriety for stage finishes in the Tour de France, and this year of the “epic Tour,” it will most likely be where the final stamp on the maillot jaune will be hammered.

It should be an exciting day. I’ll be back…

TDF 2009 Go tell it on the mountain Ventoux

Stage 18 is done. Lance is back in a potential podium finish. Nearly 4 minutes are tough to make up in a TT, but he did extraordinary work, as usual.

Peeps are grumbling about Contador’s rather immature move yesterday, isolating himself from Kloden (it probably didn’t matter to him that he also isolated himself from Lance). Talent, sure; brains, apparently not. Well, he’s still young and wild.

We’re looking toward Ventoux. Lance gave one stage win to Pantani on that mountain. He knows that mountain. So far, Contador has demonstrated wings on the climbs. Lance had those wings, once, too. Maybe he’ll shake them out.

Or, maybe he’ll just laugh at this Tour as being just a training run for 2010!

Tomorrow, Stage 19. This should be interesting. 🙂