Thursday, July 20, 2006

Best tour ever

Yesterday I was convinced that it would be impossible for Landis to finish in yellow.

No GC potential gets away from a charging peloton to put 6 minutes on his closest chasers. That just does not happen in modern TdF racing.

But this has been no ordinary tour.

Each day gets better than the next. I don't think I can take a moment more of this drama.

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In the end, there were no tactics today. TMobile had 5 guys at the bottom of the last climb...and nothing happened. This was just straight up brutal racing. It was just every man for himself. Landis'antics stripped this race down to its most primal elements. I think I can watch that last climb, and all of its drama, over and over again.



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Landis' face, after he finished and rolled off to his soigneur, was priceless. He was still pumped and wide eyed with whatever boiling adrenalin and fury that had kept him going. There was a bunch of "fuck yeah" in that face.

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Pereiro continues to impress. He led the scrambled charge up the mountain. Keeping his composure even after Kloden or Zubeldia wouldn't or couldn't work. And then sincerely congratulating Floyd. Good stuff.

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Moreau stood in sharp contrast to all of this heroism. He left behind Dessel, who was in 4th place. For what? So that he could be the highest place Frenchman? I have never been a fan of his and now I remember why.

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Rasmussen. I can't look at him.


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Where's Discovery?

35 Comments:

At 10:55 AM, July 20, 2006, Blogger Velo Bella said...

From today's results:

Most combative

1 Floyd Landis (USA) Phonak


You think?

 
At 11:08 AM, July 20, 2006, Blogger Olaf Vanderhoot said...

classic

 
At 11:17 AM, July 20, 2006, Blogger velogirl said...

all out war

 
At 11:23 AM, July 20, 2006, Blogger Olaf Vanderhoot said...

more schtuff:

Dessel lost 90 seconds to Moreau in the first TT. Bummer. I would have loved to see him stay in front of that wanker. We'll see.

White Jersey ~ Cunego lost what ... 4 or 5 minutes to Fothen in the first TT?

I don't mind Fothen keeping the jersey, he's worked hard to stay up there ... but, seeing Levi get dropped to 18th was tough to look at (and not only because of those dorkball sunglasses).

Periero does honor to the race. dig it.

 
At 11:29 AM, July 20, 2006, Blogger Wild Dingo said...

I was pretty much freaking this morning too. i had to watch it before work. yesterday, something in the back of my head said "Flandis is pissed off. Pissed off works well in racing." and that it wasn't over. things happen. mechanicals, crashes, bonks. who knows. you don't. This year's tour is the best reality show on tv.

 
At 11:29 AM, July 20, 2006, Blogger marscat said...

better and better...

 
At 11:30 AM, July 20, 2006, Blogger Wild Dingo said...

Periero is cute too...

 
At 12:02 PM, July 20, 2006, Blogger X Bunny said...

thank goodness armstrong retired

 
At 12:12 PM, July 20, 2006, Blogger Olaf Vanderhoot said...

"At T-Mobile, we had no tactics today," Rogers continued. "We just tried to hang on as long as possible. We thought the last climb would be the decisive one. Klöden had problems from the start; me too. We both struggled today. We never expected Landis to do so well today."

 
At 12:43 PM, July 20, 2006, Blogger Jed said: said...

Although not a good TdF, I don't think the "where's discovery" comment is very fair....

A stage win and a bunch of other palamares this season lance-less make up for it.

 
At 12:58 PM, July 20, 2006, Blogger Velo Bella said...

Except for Poppy's win they have been entirely absent from this tour.

Their season preceding this has nothing to do with this. This is the Tour.

But my comment was directed at this stage in particular.

For a team who lost nothing to the drug scandal and came with their full team intact, they have come up exceptionally short handed.

So, tell me what was not fair about that statement? That was nice even.

~~~

Bruyneel looks like he's been partying in Paris discos all night.

 
At 1:01 PM, July 20, 2006, Blogger Velo Bella said...

Oh, never mind, I found them, hanging out with Jens and Vandevelde(who did a shitload of work today but we won't rub that in or anything):

31 Egoi Martinez (Spa) Discovery Channel 21.23
32 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Discovery Channel
33 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC
34 José Azevedo (Por) Discovery Channel
35 Christian Vandevelde (USA) Team CSC
36 George Hincapie (USA) Discovery Channel

 
At 1:33 PM, July 20, 2006, Blogger Lilly Bella said...

I agree with VB re: Discovery. Where was their fight? I bet they've trained harder than they've raced these last few weeks. All other teams have always been Lanceless, most of them also had to use their next strongest domestiques as their team leader. Pretty even playing field I say.

CSC lost Badasso, but they just went on and won 3 more stages. T-Mobile lost Jan but they had 3 or 4 guys daily up front, tactics or no tactics. Even Robabank showed their house of pain daily. Riis just says now we have Carlos. Even the bitty teams fought for something daily. It seems Discovery just gave it up when they weren't in control of the race. Well welcome to real life, sometimes its chaotic but you still fight and do your best. Maybe their Prolife under the Lance era of control left little flexibility to adapt to new situations. Who knows, they just seemed defeated after Georgie lost so much time the first week. Every team, even the weaker ones always had one or two guys in the front. Jose Assyvedo was pretty much the only consistent guy in the group. Hopefully they'll figure it out and move on. They'll probably have to contract a leader and I predict it will be Floyd. At least I hope they select an Americano.

Floyd was Phloydnomenal today...and I have mucho respect for Oscar.

Did you see all those man panties in the sidelines? I renaming that mountain, Col de da man pantie

 
At 2:16 PM, July 20, 2006, Blogger Velo Bella said...

that picture of Rasmussen is going to give me nightmares

 
At 2:29 PM, July 20, 2006, Blogger Miss Mary said...

that pic of Rasmussen looks like horns are about to pop out the top of his head and his eyes are about to shoot fire...

 
At 2:39 PM, July 20, 2006, Blogger velogirl said...

man panties?

 
At 2:46 PM, July 20, 2006, Blogger Olaf Vanderhoot said...

mmm ... man panties.

these aren't your grandfather's speedos.

 
At 2:49 PM, July 20, 2006, Blogger Lilly Bella said...

After yesterday's descent Rasmussen's new name is Spasmussen. Maybe he's still thinking about those descents.

Col de Joux Plane-Col de Joux Plane Man Pantie...watch for them tonight.

 
At 3:01 PM, July 20, 2006, Blogger Velo Bella said...

this guy forgot his

 
At 3:12 PM, July 20, 2006, Blogger Olaf Vanderhoot said...

Spasmussen ... [snort]

 
At 4:37 PM, July 20, 2006, Blogger Jed said: said...

George (quoting someone close to him) "needs a bacon cheeseburger or two" and came in malnourished and underweight. Popo has always kinda been uninspring (i know he's got young talent, but there's a lot younger and better talent!) to me.....

Martinez who? Ekibadassoldguythough? Padrinotwannaclimb?

I admit, they came in ill prepared and without horsepower.

But you still can't root against them. there's too much bella love going on there. Circle of friends and all that.

And if I hear one bad word during the vuelta about a certain bella's hubby....well, i dunno....

 
At 4:45 PM, July 20, 2006, Blogger Velo Bella said...

I just call em like I see em

But don't worry. I'm sure they'll still let you sit at the kid's table.

 
At 8:02 PM, July 20, 2006, Blogger Wild Dingo said...

ok, am i the only one who heard Bobkee swear when the AG2R guy went down? he said "god damn!" i actually think they went to commercial or something because they said some freaky things during the "descent" post floyd finish...

 
At 8:22 PM, July 20, 2006, Blogger Benjaminiac said...

Jed, drop the Rah Rah and save it for those who deserve it. it's big growing pains time for the disco crew, we'll see how they pull through it next year: do they learn from their mistakes, or do they field the same guys who have never really raced for themselves ever on this team and hope they'll miraculously learn how?

in the mean time, i'm watching the AG2R infighting. stupid frenchies.

 
At 8:43 PM, July 20, 2006, Blogger Velo Bella said...

WD - Michael just heard that and was cracking up.

Now we have to watch again so I can hear it too.

 
At 8:44 PM, July 20, 2006, Blogger Velo Bella said...

BJM -I met your baby sitter at my chiro office

we talked about how damn cute Chase is.


crazy small world it is.

 
At 8:54 PM, July 20, 2006, Blogger Wild Dingo said...

come to think of it, the a.m. version there WAS a commercial there because i remember when it came back, they had to replay the crash... and here, well they just showed the full crash...

 
At 8:55 PM, July 20, 2006, Blogger Olaf Vanderhoot said...

gawdamn, we missed da'BJM

... and hell yeah, luv'd that crazy crash commentary. look forward to hearing it again.

 
At 8:55 PM, July 20, 2006, Blogger Wild Dingo said...

and now the drama of tour goes beyond the riders. first Landis gets called Leipheimer like 15 thousand times when he's dropped, and now bobke swearing... these guys are so pro. you gotta luv 'em tho!

 
At 10:47 PM, July 20, 2006, Blogger Jed said: said...

Rah rah? hardly. Read my post, I think I bag on every one of them.

Kid's table? Always. It's WAY more fun over there.

 
At 6:40 AM, July 21, 2006, Blogger marscat said...

Linda and I heard the "God Damn!" too and
also Al and Bob all giggly then putting
on their serious announcer voices when they
*thought* they were back on air.

Priceless

 
At 7:58 AM, July 21, 2006, Blogger Flandria said...

marscat...that was really funny...

 
At 3:22 PM, July 21, 2006, Blogger Brennabella said...

Oh, Im always late for your blogs...but I only have one question for ya all... What did Floyd do overnight to go from a total bonk to total superstar? Is anyone else wondering about this? Does anyone know?

 
At 3:47 PM, July 21, 2006, Blogger Velo Bella said...

My question was more of

What did he do to go from total superstar to total bonk?

 
At 4:04 PM, July 21, 2006, Blogger Wild Dingo said...

I can't imagine them not testing him post finish...

 

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