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Random thoughts on the 99th Tour De France!

First of all congratulations and jubilations to Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome, Mark Cavendish and Great Britain as a whole. It was a long time coming; the boys did a great job. They were fearless and efficient, didn't put a step wrong.

Also massive amounts of love to Peter Sagan and Thomas Voeckler. The sprinting and the mountain stages were incredible.

I can't help feeling bad for Cadel Evans. I know it's truly amazing to win once and the fact that there are streaks like Lance, Bernard Hinault and the great Eddy Merckx doesn't mean that everyone who wins is going to do so more than once. It's just that it always felt like something was wrong this year. Maybe the expectations were too much or maybe he had something going on that we'll never know about. However, I don't think he was getting the support he could have.

Tejay van Garderen came across as smug, arrogant, smarmy and just a bit Eve Harrington-ish. He was supposed to be taking care of Cadel and there were at least two occasions where he didn't and tried to play it off like he didn't know something had happened. One was the day with the flat tires due to the tacks. There was one other...one of the crash days maybe? I can't remember, but something happened and he just took off. Maybe in the mountains...anyway, I got the feeling he really sees himself as the future and just didn't give a damn about doing his job for Cadel.

I don't know what to say about the Frank Schleck situation. I reallyreallyreally hope it's not true, but I think once the accusation is out there, it's already too late.

The crashes this year were INSANE! Fucking insane. There was even another "into the barbed wire" although not as bad as the one last year with Johnny Hoogerland .

Whoever threw those tacks onto the road in the Pyrenees should be strung up by his gonads.

I did love seeing Jens Voigt, George Hincapie and the others in those Road ID ads. Bobke gets on my nerves but it was nice seeing the guys having some fun. Jens' "American" accent was a hoot.

Hincapie has never been one of my favorites because I associate him so much with Lance, but he deserved to lead the Peloton on to the Champs-Élysées, and it was a great finish.

Next year is going to the 100th! Can you imagine how crazy THAT'S gonna be?



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Jul. 24th, 2012 07:41 pm (UTC)


I hope all goes well. The spirit is strong and willing, I hope all will be fulfilled.
Jul. 24th, 2012 07:42 pm (UTC)
Jul. 24th, 2012 08:46 pm (UTC)
After someone described the Olympic logo as Lisa Simpson performing an unspeakable act on Bart I can no longer look at it with a straight face.
Jul. 24th, 2012 10:42 pm (UTC)
Oh see I love Tejay but someone else on gruppetto was saying the same as you about him and Cadel... personally I think the tack thing was a genunine mistake on his part (and he said as much) and then later I'm pretty sure the team told him to go and defend his white jersey over looking after Cadel but then I loved him before going into the Tour so my bias is clear.

All the said I was sad for Cadel and I wish he'd been more of a contender this year. Obviously I'm thrilled for Bradley but it's not as if he had a lot of competition :-/

(tiny note- Great Britain not England! Particularly given none of our stage winners were actually born in England (Belgium, Kenya, Malta and the Isle of Man!)
Jul. 24th, 2012 10:49 pm (UTC)
Sorry. I thought about phrasing on that and still came up wrong. Will correct. Wasn't sure which one was applicable.

So right about Cadel...I mean 7th? I don't know if that's worse or better than going from winning to maybe just a podium finish. I just felt bad for him from the first stage when it clearly wasn't happening.
Jul. 24th, 2012 10:58 pm (UTC)
Easy mistake to make *g*

I think weirdly 7th is better than 4th? Like at least he didn't only just miss out, there was clearly a real problem, but it's sad all the same.

Next year is going to be really interesting because (for good or ill) Andy & Contador will probably be back, Cadel should be back on form and Bradley, Chris & Nibali should still be going well but I predict a route with a lot more mountains/mountain finishes because it's the 100th edition.
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