Sunday, July 27, 2008

Looking forward to next year's Tour de France

The 19th stage of this year's tour ended with Carlos Sastre losing only a few seconds of his lead to Cadel Evans, taking with him the yellow jersey. As Ligget and Sherwen said, Sastre rode the time trial of his life and managed to hold off Evans from dislodging him from the top place of the podium. On the other hand, the Australian's performance was so-so at best. His form simply wasn't there and one can see this with how he rode the whole time trial course.

To CSC-Saxo Bank, congratulations. It was a great performance by the whole team. When they were up in front doing the pacemaking, it reminded me of the blue train during Armstrong's era. They were that dominant. It's a also great that they managed to have Sastre sneak past the leaders during the Alpe d' Huez climb or it would've been a disaster if Schleck was their jersey holder going into the time trials.

With all due respects, I honestly do not think Sastre can do a repeat. He was just lucky this year. It would take a tremendous amount of focus and training if he wants to win that Maillot Jaune again. Next year, he'll be a marked man and would have a much harder time doing an escape.

So now that it's over, I'm excited for next year's tour.

Friday, July 25, 2008

A ho-hum Tour

It's the Tour de France, the biggest bicycle race on the planet. Usually I would be blogging about the major events that happened during the tour but somehow I don't feel the urge this year. I don't know. To me, it just doesn't seem that exciting.

Yeah, so the top four riders are just a few seconds apart with Sastre doing a courageous breakaway at the Alpe d' Huez to take away the Maillot Jaune from teammate Frånk Schleck. Meanwhile, Cadel Evans managed to limit his losses and stands a few seconds behind Schleck.

OK. Now what?

I think I'm biased. And yes, I think I'm bitter that the Amaury Sport Organization didn't invite last year's winner, Alberto Contador, to defend his title. And so whoever wins this year's tour will always have an asterisk after his name in my book.

I'm sorry, Tour de France, but this year's Giro d' Italia is more exciting.
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