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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.

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