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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

The Tour de France

Finally the Tour is over and Floyd Landis emerged as the next wearer of the yellow jersey after Armstrong's seven-year reign.

With the wake of Operacion Puerto, the Tour started without any clear favorite. Last year's top five in the overall classification weren't there. And so for the first time, the Tour is wide open for anyone willing to suffer and ride in the Champs Elysse with the yellow jersey.

We've been following the Tour almost everyday. Because of the lack of coverage, we were left to do our own night outs World Cup-style. We would go to a resto, order food and drinks there, and follow the live coverage via wap. Yes, you read that right - wap.

After a couple of bottomless chips downed with bottomless iced tea at Chilli's, Floyd Landis emerged as the winner of this year's tour. He got the jersey in the Alpe D' Huez only to lose it the following day and getting it back after an all-out breakaway effort in the final mountain stage and a third place in the last time trial. Add to that his "amazing" story of his degrading hip.

I'm glad that it's all over. After three weeks of intense racing that hasn't been seen in a long time, the memories of Operacion Puerto were all but forgotten. However, there is still no patron in the peloton. Landis didn't command that much respect that the likes of Merckx and Indurain has. I guess only time will tell if his colleagues will consider as that.

Vive Le Tour!

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