Friday, July 1, 2011
Le Tour de France
Speaking of EPO, I heard that 3-time TDF champ Alberto Dopeador, I mean Contador, was booed and jeered by fans yesterday at the team presentation. Contador, who failed a dope test for banned drug clenbuterol in last year's Tour before being cleared by his federation, is taking part in this years race pending a final decision on the case by the Court of Arbitration in Sport.
Apart from the local riders, the French seem to be rooting for Andy Schleck at this years TDF- as well as I am.
But for me, despite all the doping talk, the Tour always has some funny moments, that keeps me watching EVERY stage, like Stage 6 of last years race when Carlos Barredo and Rui Costa went at it after the race. Barredo actually took his front wheel off the bike and used it as a weapon to swing at Costa. Barredo said that Costa elbowed him in the gut during the Stage almost knocking him off the bike. What a pussy! Taking a wheel off a bike and using it as a weapon? What happened to your fists Carlos? Here's a video clip: http://nos.nl/video/170885-tour-vechtpartij-na-de-finish.html
What would the Tour be without crashes? I hate to say it, but that's the reason why some people (not me) watch races (particularly NASCAR) and that's to see the wrecks/crashes. If you're into that kind of thing..you'll love this video clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4UrLQaeFgs&feature=fvst
What I truly love about the Tour is the gathering of the Worlds Best cyclists..the creme de le creme of cycling. If you win a Stage of the TDF you know you've beat the best in the World unlike other Tour's including the ToC- sorry Chris (Horner). You gotta love the "bad boy" of racing too- sprinter Racer Boy Mark Cavendish. He hasn't done much thus far, this year, (including the Giro) but you can be sure he'll be in form for this years TDF. He's won so many final sprints by large margins at the TDF of past he makes it look so easy. And, as much as I'm NOT enamored with the French people..you can't dispute the beauty of their countryside. Notice I said countryside..I think Paris is a sh$thole having been there a few times. Always good to see Bobke in the booth too and his ever popular antics and pronunciation of the "Tour dee France" which probably pisses the French people off...ha.
So, tune-in to Versus starting tomorrow morning, where coverage begins at 8am for the greatest race in cycling.
Power ON! Coach Rob
Posted by Rob Muller at 8:21 AM