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TDF 2009 Stage 21 The end and the beginning

Let’s celebrate the end of a good Tour. Was it predictable? Perhaps. Was it disappointing? Maybe. Nonetheless, hats off to Contador for his magnificent defense of his 2007 yellow jersey, and to Lance Armstrong for his extraordinary comeback. Congratulations to Johan Bruyneel and Team Astana for making this Tour as exciting for us as for them. The Schleck brothers are equally deserving of their dedication to each other’s successes. But, while I admire Cavendish for his sprint skills, in my book, he doesn’t hold a candle to Thor Hushovd in the class department.

Trivia Remember in the beginning of the Tour when I mentioned there are two Japanese riders in the Tour? And, so they do. Here’s a video on Yukiya Arashiro (BB-B Telecom) from July 18, and some shots taken around Fumiyuki Beppu (Skil-Shimano). Both ride into Paris today making history as the first from their country to actually finish.

So, today we say au revoir as the Tour ends, then look forward to 2010 with another return, the next time with his new Team Radio Shack, his loyal director Johan Bruyneel, and his new resolve without the distractions of dealing with an upstart competitor. We’ll have to wait a year to see if Lance can make another record win with a third American team.

Notes of a consummate tourist Last night, my sister and I were talking about Paris, as she has been there most recently than I and said that the city was in preparation for this final stage when she left. Some day, I would love to be on the Champs-Elysee to watch the final stage, as once I was in Grenoble to witness the Tour for my first time back in the heyday of Eddie Merckx.

TDF 2009 Stage 19 Wasn’t that special (not)

No change in the GC standings, and Lance remarks again about his new forthcoming pro cycling Team Radio Shack.

The news of the day, though, is Cavendish streaking ahead of Hushovd at the finish line, as if to stick it to him that HE’s the faster sprinter. Well, Cav, who’s still wearing green, while your green is only envy?! If you hadn’t been such a buttface to Thor, perhaps things would have turned out differently for you. Meanwhile, grow up!

TDF 2009 Stage 17 What a difference a day makes

I really miss being able to report up to the minute on the Tour and having to come in with hindsight.

Has Armstrong ever been 3 minutes behind the lead in a Tour? I can’t find the stats, but I think he has and made up the time. This year is another story. However, he did say he’ll be back in 2010, and THAT will be another story. If Lance does join another American-based team, will Bruyneel follow or stay with Astana and Contador? Frankly, can Contador win without Bruyneel?

It sounds like Cavendish was behaving rudely and rather childishly toward Hushovd, and Thor proved he deserves to be wearing the green. Well wishes to Jens Voight for a speedy recovery from his nasty crash. Poor Denis Menchov just can’t stay on his bike. What a day!

Tomorrow will be the individual time trials, an opportunity for Lance to demonstrate his legendary skill. Let’s wish them dry roads (remember Jan Ulrich’s horrible crash into the barriers?).

1- Contador
2-3 The Schlecks
4 – Armstrong

Looks weird, doesn’t it!

TDF 2009 Stage 6 Mighty Thor

When we were kids, my uncle and I used to pretend we were cartoon heroes. I was Super Girl and he was Mighty Thor.

Well, today was Mighty Thor Hoshovd’s day to win a stage before the Pyrenees start shaking out the rest of the field. It would have been mighty nice to have had a Spaniard win in Barcelona, but, the Kings of Castile just wouldn’t be appeased today.

Notes of a consummate tourist
A colleague recently returned from his one-man mountain bike tour of Spain that began in Barcelona. My grandfather said that our family lineage travels back to Barcelona, on some circuitous route or another, and he spoke Catalan. Incidentally, this is the home of that unusual bullet-shaped building, the Torre Agbar, you might have seen in travelogues, and of the 1992 Summer Olympics. That’s another story.