Three riders pull back a little respectability for Tour

July 28, 2007

This morning, three riders laid everything on the line to take the yellow jersey. Levi Leiphiemer pushed himself to the limit to catch the man in front of him, Cadel Evans. Actually, he pushed himself beyond the limit as he began to crack in the final 5 kilometers thus stopping his ability to take time on the Austrailian.

Cadel was forced to fight a war on two fronts. First, he set his sight on taking back 1:50 on the Climber Alberto Contador. Having to fight Contodor on the young Spaniard’s terrain all week, he must have felt good to turn the tables on Alberto and fight the final battle on vans home turf. The problem was, he didn’t count on the assault from third place Leipheimer. Stalking your prey while being stalked is not my idea of fun. In the end, Cadel used his last bit of energy to evade capture by Leipheimer by 9 seconds.

Then there was Contador. Riding out of his element, he had 1:50 to give away. On the plus side, he lost only 1:04 to Evans in the first time trial. On the down side, this was relatively flat and played more to Evan’s advantage. Contador gave away time at every check point to Evans but was able to avoid riding beyond his limit, cracking mentally then physically. He gave time then defended a scant lead in the final few kilometers in what turned out to be a very exciting finale.

While Alberto Contador will be given the honor of wearing the yellow jersey on the podium tomorrow evening, I do believe each of these men deserved to win the Tour. Currently the top three are only separated by approximately half a minute after three weeks of riding.

The last day is just ceremonial right? They don’t actually race. Or do they?


Demonstration Planned

July 28, 2007

Riders are apparently planning a demonstration on Sunday before entering the city of Paris.   The twist is they are demonstrating against other riders.

In 1998 when the Festina scandal hit. Riders protested as well.  Then they protested against the police who conducted the raids.  This time, the protest is against those who cheat and are threatening to destroy their livelihood.  Another sign that the tide is turning.

Now I know how my wife feels.

July 28, 2007

I missed my anniversary. Thursday marked one year on the blog. I was worried if I would have enough to talk about. Within two days, that would no longer be an issue.