It was the best of times, it was the worst of times

  1. A Cubs fan
  2. A Phillies fan
  3. 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


3 Responses to It was the best of times, it was the worst of times

  1. ed says:

    That France year in and year out fails to put a home-town guy in serious GC contention, in the biggest bike race in the world which it hosts, remains one of sports’ biggest curiosities to me.

    On another note, after hearing George’s interview last night, it looks like Discovery is once again perfectly poised to take their shot. The amazing thing about Johan Bruyneel’s teams is they, more than any other team, exhibit a hive-mind-like thinking about “team success” in the GC, where every rider is a team player and there seem to be little or no egos or individual ambition. I thought that was only true when Lance was the undisputed race patron for 7 years but I see that same oneness-of-goal in this year’s team.

    All hail Johan (then chanting) We’re not worthy….we’re not worthy

  2. Great observation, great site. Thanks so much for all of this.

  3. pelotonjim says:

    Thanks for dropping by.

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