Dave's Dogmatic Dribbles
Tour de France - Stage 9.
Tour de France - Stage 9
Holy muscles on fire Batman! What a finish! <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /?>
I decided to skip all the in-between crap and go straight to the good part. First, there was the excitement of the break Landaluze and Simeoni being caught within seconds of the finish. They attacked 38 km into the stage and maxed out their lead at <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /?>. The typical routine of the peloton reeling them in began. It seemed one of them might actually win the stage even though the peloton was breathing down their necks. Then it happened, the big guns blasted to the line in typical sprinter fashion! I didn?t know who won and didn?t care because I appreciated the drama of the finish. Although it wasn?t the most suspense filled stage, it was the most exciting. Oh yeah, McEwen nips Thor at the line.
Here are a few other tidbits. Virenque must be getting jealous of Voeckler as Mr. Polka Dot was out in front getting some climber?s points. Mr. Attack (Jakob Piil) decides to sit in. Maybe he?s finally getting tired! Kirsipuu withdraws. Ullrich leisurely stops to fix his seatpost and saddle. Kroon gets stuck in no man?s land while trying to bridge to the leaders.
There was only one crash today with about 10 km to go. It appears CSC rider Kurt-Asle Arvesen takes the worse of it. The report was someone ran into a sign in the median of the road. Using my spy satellite, the sign actually read, ?Attention cyclists, beware of this sign in the middle of the road!?
Phonak team doctor Thomas Klimaschka even mentioned that
I think the real Tour has begun. Tomorrow should contain suspense and excitement. It?s Independence Day in
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