I know, it’s not that cool to write about le Tour, but I have to after yesterday’s stage. Let’s just say, Cancellara, freakin’ ride of the day folks. Ride. Of. The. Fucking. Day. As we have all come to expect out of Mr. Motor Legs, he drilled it on the pave, and decimated, dare I say, ripped the field into complete and utter shreds. That little gasp you heard? That was Armstrong waving goodbye to his 8th Tour title. After getting pummeled yesterday, I don’t think we’ll see him giving anyone “the look” this year in the mountains. Hell, the man will be lucky to hang with the top contenders in ‘ze mountains.
Second best ride of the day yesterday? One Andy Schleck. He hung on Spartacus’ wheel as he laid down the dope track, and probably rode himself into contention. Every little second counts out there, and he picked up a few against Contador, Armstrong, and the others. Too bad his brother took a tumble and is out of the Tour now. Although, my wife keeps saying she finds the Brothers Schleck creepy. I don’t see it, but she is smarter than me, so I’ll go with it for now.
Third best ride? Gots to be Contador. Seriously. For the Lilliputian Spaniard, he rode the cobbles extremely well. He kept himself close to the front group, and gained lots of time on Armstrong. He almost looked, dare I say, comfortable out there yesterday. Maybe there is a future for Contador in the Classics? I don’t know for sure, but again, he looked like he was doing alright out there on the farm tracks of Northern France. Hinnault did it. Lemond rode them. Merckx definitely did it. What’s to stop Contador from maybe doing the same thing? He could bring back The Classics to Tour riders. Not that this would be a bad thing, because, really, I’m partial to the Spring Classics, which is why I loved the race yesterday.
And I really and truly think something has to be said about Thor’s little victory salute. Why? It was fucking stupid. Good for him. He won a stage. There was really no way he should have LOST that stage yesterday. The chest pound? Really? It’s not as if you did a ton of work on the way in. Yes, you had to hold Cancellara’s wheel, and no doubt, that was hard, but outsprinting that group at the end was like being the smartest kid in special ed class. It was too easy. If he had LOST that stage, I would still be laughing my ass off. Well, he didn’t, and he’s back in the Green jersey. After today’s stage, chances are pretty good, Cavendish will take a stage, maybe, but he ain’t gonna win the jersey this year. No chance. No how. Is Cavendish a one or two year wonder? He’s not winning this year like he did last year. On another note, I am happy to see Ale-Jet winning stages. The first one, he got lucky. Today, he just straight up won. Good for him. He’s had a rough go of it the last few years, and to see him taking down wins again, does a heart good. Then again, have always liked the sprinters. Now now, I know, some, or most, are gonna disagree with me, calling them wheelsucking opportunists, and you would be correct. But, and this has always been my assertion about sprinters. You KNOW what they’re good at. You KNOW what they’re all about. You KNOW they’re just hanging there until the finish. It is YOUR job to drop said sprinter before the finish line, because if you don’t, he’s going to light your ass up, and take the win. It’s really, that fucking simple. Of course, they’ll suffer through the mountains, or just quit. If Cavendish doesn’t get some points here soon, expect him to abandon on the first day the roads go upwards for long periods of time, or maybe get a mysterious “stomach virus” which causes him to, well, go home to lick his wounds, and try again next year.
I was psyched for Farrar to be really close, and in a good spot to take a win, until that French bastard slammed his bike into the back of his. That sucked, and I actually felt bad for Farrar. Perfect chance to take a win at le Tour, and someone has to go and screw him out of it. Not to mention, the busted wrist (hairline fracture still = broken. That can’t be comfortable). I’m thinking he can’t really sprint on it now. Vande Velde, busted ribs? Seriously? If that guy doesn’t have the worst luck, I don’t know who does. Thing about CVV, he’s a genuinely nice guy, as far as I can tell. Raced next to him a few times, talked to him a bunch, he’s approachable, and, well, nice. I wanted him to do well. There is always next year I suppose. It blows. Maybe he can bring the noise in the Vuelta?
One last note, and then I’ll stop. Look. Vaughters. Back 10 years ago, the sideburns, they were cool then. Now, it’s just weird. Get rid of those things, you look like an idiot. Seriously. Shave those fuzzy handles off man. They don’t make you look smarter or anything, they make you look like a douche.
Alright, ‘nuff from me.by