Dave's Dogmatic Dribbles
Tour de France - Stage 8.
2005 Tour de France - Stage 8
Why is cycling a great sport? Today?s stage presented a menu for all of us to enjoy. There was too much going on everywhere to write about. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /?>
What an omen it was for Weening to go out early in a seemingly meaningless lead. Who would have thought we would see his name at the end.
A couple less riders started today with ?crash? Calzati unable to continue after his series of crashes early in the Tour. Unfortunately, Zabriskie may not be around much longer as he?s already about 30 minutes behind...and counting...
I wonder why Hincapie is out there with a lead group. It doesn?t seem like there is anyone with him important enough to cover. I guess it?s ok as long as team Discovery is shadowing T-Mobile. Later on, the story was told. Lance gets caught out all by himself and maybe feeling a bit nervous having to cover both Vinokourov and Ullrich. It seems the Discovery boys are nowhere to be seen. Weening?s attack at the start of the last climb stirs things up and Kl?den makes it a pair at the front. It comes down to a ?sprint? between the two and even with the slow motion reply I still can?t tell who wins. What I can say is for someone to get Weening a towel! Actually, his ?perspiration? just goes to show the effort and focus involved when racing. I have a feeling his legs were a bit rubbery when he got off the bike.
All in all, no serious damage was done but Lance was not a happy camper. He said there will be a bit of discussion tonight with the team and I have a feeling he will be doing all the ?talking?! The Discovery Team better get there act together for tomorrow and I have a feeling they will ;-)
How about some applause to Chris Horner as he had a good showing and high finish today.