SAINT MAURICE, France -- Okay, people, you've had a couple days to come to terms with the cycling's New World Order. How's the grieving process going? Coping okay? Did we have a bit of a sulk on Sunday? For a lot of yellow-braceleted faithful, that day marked the death of illusions and wishful thinking; the moment
While most of the podium threats in Tuesday's Stage 16 finished in a solid bunch, 59 seconds behind stage winner
Not so for Armstrong, who was initially dropped by Schleck's attack, but who fell a half minute behind before putting on the kind of show that used to come so often that it spoiled us: standing in the saddle, he attacked his group of hurting chasers, powerfully and dramatically bridging back up to Schleck & Co. By doing so, he preserved his second place in the overall classification, 97 seconds behind Contador, but just nine seconds ahead of the most improbable resident of the top 10: Garmin-Slipstream's
If Armstrong wants to stand on the podium with Contador, he'll need to chase down more attacks tomorrow.
What happens now? Will stateside viewers tune out by the tens of thousands because an American isn't going to win the race? No way, right? We're not that narrow, that myopic, that incurious. Are we? Herewith, four reasons to keep tuning into Versus to hear honey-tongued
Better still, I'm seeing fewer Enzyte commercials this year. I get tired of my son asking, "What's that stuff FOR, anyway?"
All that discussion of the Spaniard's alleged treachery, combined with LA's explanation that as a loyal teammate, he
That contretemps has been eclipsed by the blatant ill will between Garmin and Columbia High Road, whose
Instead, Garmen got on the front and not only drove a relentless pace, but, according to one Columbia team member, recruited other teams to help them work. Hincapie, one of the most selfless, popular guys in the bunch, missed out on yellow by five seconds, and was visibly crushed. One of the first guys I saw when I got here was Garmin GM
Wiggo may crater tomorrow, but he was one of the strongest guys in the mountains today. Don't forget, Thursday's stage is a flat-as-Olive-Oyl, 40-km time trial around Lake Annecy. If Armstrong can stay ahead of Wiggo tomorrow, he may be leapfrogged by the Englishman in the TT, which should reshuffle the standings, but not as much as Saturday on ...