Count ’em: the Euro 2008 Soccer Championship, Wimbledon, Giro de Italia and now the Tour de France. You could say fans are delirious. As my buddy William pointed out, it’s been a great year for Spain.
It’ll be interesting to see if it carries the momentum into the Olympics.
While this year’s Tour de France was the least predictable in, say, the past nine years (seven different riders wore the yellow jersey), two outta three names i listed for possible podium spots were top finishers. Second place overall in 2007, Australian Cadel Evans had to settle for second yet again while Spaniard Carlos Sastre, with his dominant CSC team, was Da Man.
A couple Parting Notes on the Tour de France:
I wasn’t kidding about Bob Roll. In case you missed it, one morning during the Tour he said that cycling provides
a very potent allegory and when you get left by the Tribe, you have almost no chance of survival. That’s why bike racing reminds us of the primordial ooze that we crawled out of many, many years ago, from the cave to the modern era. It’s bike racing that reminds us what it means to be alive.
I’m gonna need a stiff shot or three to belly-crawl my mind through that one.
Why, you ask, is the Lanterne Rouge significant in the Tour de France? Isn’t it all about the Maillot jaune? Yes and no. As the website points out, you still “couldn’t hang on his wheel for 30 seconds.”
You see the LR is the tactical wizard who finishes the race dead last. No easy feat, you can be sure. While on the same team as Evans, Wim Vansevenant managed nothing if not consistency, crossing the line last overall for the third year in a row.
On to the Olympics (see Phelps portrait all mixed in there with the Dalai Lama)!
Alas, the US Men’s Field Hockey team did not qualify for these Olympic Games.
Go Cheri Blauwet! Go World!