I was very impressed this morning. Cadel Evans is a worthy winner of the 2011 Tour de France. He earned this. Andy Schleck left nothing on the road. He attacked with panache, he rode for the win, and he did all that he could.
“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”
“Citizenship in a Republic,”
Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910
This pic says it all.
Now go eat a sandwich before you blow away in the wind.
There is too much more to write, I’m afraid, and too little time. Voeckler, Rolland, Contador, Danielson, Sanchez. It’s a long list. Great race. Incredible. Thanks, boys. You have helped keep me sane these last few weeks.by