Saturday, July 29, 2006


I really hope you get proven innocent.

Friday, July 21, 2006


Floyd Landis put in one of the most memorable comebacks in sports history yesterday. After getting destroyed and losing the Tour De France on Wednesday after he bonked and lost 10 minutes on the final mountain climb he had the guts, fortitude, and quite frankly the balls and insanity to try a solo 150km breakaway yesterday over four mountains in stifling heat. That does not work for someone that close to the lead of a race. To paraphrase Mr. Spock, in cycling, the legs of the many always beat the legs of the one --if the many care and Sastre, Evans, Kloden, Pereiro, Leipheimer, Menchov --- they cared, or should have.

Simply outstanding. If Landis wins (and even if he does not), his ride will be part of Tour lore forever.

Great summary here

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Le Tour 2006

On the eve of the second rest day this year's Tour de France continues to deliver surprises. Of course nothing matches the Day O bombshell about potential doping and the suspension of Ullrich and Basso. Two weeks into the race, Le Tour is on pace to set a record for the number of different yellow jersey holders. Discovery Channel has not had much success either especially Hincapie (after his second in the prologue I had high hopes). On a high note for America, Landis and Hincapie become only the fourth and fifth Americans to ever wear Yellow. However, none of the race favorites seems confident they can hold the jersey (See Floyd Landis letting a guy 29 minutes back take Yellow from him).

I can't decide if this uncertainty makes for better theater than Armstrong's domination but the last week is totally up for grabs in my view. Landis and his hip could easily have a bad day in the Alps, as could Menchov. Frankly anyone within 5-7 minutes could be said to have a decent chance. Funny things happen in the last week of the Tour. Guys with so so form to start ride into shape and guys with great starting form start to fade. Alpe d'Huez will be monumental as always stay tuned.