Dave's Dogmatic Dribbles
2005 Tour de France - Stage 12.
2005 Tour de France - Stage 12
This was supposed to be a boring stage (being Bastille Day and all). Is it just a coincidence that the French and US flags are red, white, and blue? Refresh my memory, is Bastille Day when the US freed France from the German occupation!?!? <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /?>
Boonen withdraws being unable to continue due to his injuries. Brad McGee can barley wait to attack. He?s anxious to get the green jersey and might be a bit peeved when they just handed it to Thor Hushovd.
Not only does Boonen leave but Manuel Beltran has to quit. He crashed hard and looked hurt. He tries to continue but the doctor says he?s done. Discovery Channel no longer has a full team and Lance looses his climbing partner.
Not surprisingly, Frenchmen are out in front. Moncoutie seems to be the main leader and Casar tags along. Others try to chase but there is no organization among seven including Merckx. I think Axel is a little angry over the single-mindedness of the others.
In the end, Moncoutie wins and Casar spurts across for second. Congratulations to these Frenchmen to achieve glory in honor of their country. Nothing else seems to matter as far as the peloton is concerned.
Tomorrow should be easier than today. Look for more of a fight for the green jersey. After Stage 13, all hell is going to break loose through stage 16. After that, we will know who the overall winner will be.