I may not remember to pick up milk on my way home from work but I am the partner of choice in Trivia games. And cycling trivia is my favorite category. So, when looking at today’s stage finish in St. Etienne, I flashed back to the Time Trial in St. Etienne back in 2005. I remember that vividly since my wife and I were in Paris on that day and we watched the time trial with a small group that included Dave Zabriskie. Remember, Dave Z. crashed out of that tour on the Team Time Trial.
My first memory was the horrific time trial ridden by Mickel Rasmussen that year. It was like seeing a bad accident on the side of the road. I was hard to watch but even harder to not watch.
Then I thought about Saturday’s TT. How did our protagonists do that day. Take a look.
1 Lance Armstrong (USA) Discovery Channel (46.4 km/h) 1.11.46 2 Jan Ullrich (Ger) T-Mobile Team 0.23 3 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) T-Mobile Team 1.16 4 Bobby Julich (USA) Team CSC 1.33 5 Ivan Basso (Ita) Team CSC 1.54 6 Floyd Landis (USA) Phonak Hearing Systems 2.02 7 Cadel Evans (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto 2.06 8 George Hincapie (USA) Discovery Channel 2.25 9 Francisco Mancebo (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne 2.51 10 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne 3.05 11 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Discovery Channel 3.09 12 Carlos Sastre (Spa) Team CSC 3.10
It seems that Cadel finished 1 minute 4 seconds ahead of Sastre. Given that he is currently 1 minute 34 behind, what does that say.
I know, the profile is completely different the 2005 course was much hillier thus playing to Sastre’s strengths.
Compared to 2008.
For you Evans fans, there are a hundred reasons why this means nothing. For Sastre fans, there are probably a hundred reasons this means everything. For me, this means one thing. It’s going to be fun to watch.