- A Cubs fan
- A Phillies fan
- A French cycling fan
I think we should start a support group for the beleaguered French cycling fan. You hold the worlds biggest sporting event in your backyard and you can’t even challenge for the win. Since Bernard Hinault was removed from the top step of the podium by American teammate Greg LeMond, the French have not seen that step since. Their prospects in recent years have been extremely rare.
Most French fans settle for the odd stage win and hope that stage win happens on Bastille Day. Even more embarrassing is the speculation that the French can’t produce a winner since they are so used to losing that they have learned to love the losers.
Well, yesterday, they got their stage win. Cédric Vasseur emerged from an eleven man break to give France it’s first stage win at this year’s tour. In the GC race, Christoph Moreau was a plausible contender for the yellow jersey. Showing good form and sitting in 7th overall, it was good to be a French fan.
Like all dreams, the alarm went off and it was time to wake up. Today, that wake up call came when Moreau crashed drifted back for medical attention at the unlucky moment when the wind (and the Astana team) split the peloton. He lost over three minutes and any chance of a Frenchman on the podium.
C’est la vie