I thought the team time trial was tomorrow, not today? Nobody told that to Team Columbia. What happened in today’s Tour results is going to reverberate throughout the peloton, and give the GC hopefuls plenty to think about as they try to sleep tonight. It’s really no surprise that Mark Cavendish rocked to a 2nd consecutive stage win, he’s clearly the fastest guy in the sprints. Unlike the final 3k leadout his team has perfected to deliver him to the line, today’s win was based largely on the fact that his entire team forced a split in the peloton about 25k out, and left a lot of favorites for the overall losing time today. The entire fricking Columbia team was up front drilling it in the split. Shades of U.S. Postal from the Vuelta years ago, when Bruyneel had the team drilling it in the crosswinds, leaving the hopes of a few GC contenders smashed before they even hit the mountains. Guess who was also in the front group of 29? Yup. Lance and Popo. In terms of the Astana team pecking order: advantage back to Armstrong. It will all get sorted out in tomorrow’s critical team time trial, but Contador is going to have a hard time getting to sleep tonight. Lance is his boogey man.
After Dave sought and attained the necessary approval to proceed with his plan to acquire a dualsport motorcycle (for tips on how to do this, read How To Convince Your Wife To Let You Get A Motorcycle), we planned a half day ride for Father’s Day to get Dave out on a test ride of another friend’s Kawasaki KLR. It’s a tangled web. This video pretty much tells the story:
Check out Chris Horner’s latest blog post with his account of “getting that call” informing him he wouldn’t be riding this year’s Tour. I think they should rename this team ASStana. The Kazakh sponsors don’t pay the team riders’ salaries while they are competing in the Giro, but then they pay up and mandate that a Kazakhi rider makes the Tour Team. Then they let Contador have some cronies, because he is a basket case and too worried the Yanks will gang up on him from within the team to support Lance. All of the sudden, there’s no room for Horner. I think the race just got less interesting with that one decision.
Deal O’ The Day
Words I’ve Heard
"I'm not a businessman. I'm a business, man." --Jay-Z
"The only thing keeping us from going is leaving." --Ewan Mcgregor
"Adventures suck, when you're having them." -- Anonymous Rally Car Driver
"It is, absolutely, without question, unequivocally, about the bike. Anyone who says otherwise is obviously a twatwaffle."--RULE #4, Velominati.com
"Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite and furthermore always carry a small snake."--W.C. Fields