Dave's Dogmatic Dribbles

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07/21/2005| 0 comments
by Dave Osborne
Armstrong shoots Thor Hushovd and Sheryl Crow after Hushovd signed a green jersey for Sheryl. "To you from a true champion." Photo copyright Tommy Murphy/Roadcycling.com.
Armstrong shoots Thor Hushovd and Sheryl Crow after Hushovd signed a green jersey for Sheryl. "To you from a true champion." Photo copyright Tommy Murphy/Roadcycling.com.

Dave's Dogmatic Dribbles

2005 Tour de France - Stage 18.

2005 Tour de France - Stage 18


I wonder if the focus and concentration is at the level it needs to be. Today?s stage terrain requires attention and there is still a battle for the green jersey. Let?s hope we don?t get bored or worse yet, the TV commentators interview Sheryl (Don?t tell Danish television?s and famous cycling filmmaker Jorgen Leth).

 

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Hey, Vino attacks. Have I said that lately? He?s really trying to impress his new French team isn?t he? He will be kept close to the peloton this time. Eventually, 10 racers establish a break. The famous name in the lead group today is Merckx. Let the guessing game begin. Lance is interviewed and he thinks Axel will be the man. Don?t count out baby face Voeckler. Discovery maintains control of the peloton.


Da Cruz makes the first move and gaps the leaders. Only problem is, he hits the climb and he?s not a climber. Mr. Gravity swoops down on him. Combine that along with the others getting their act together, and Da Cruz is history. With 5 km to go, its Voeckler, Merckx, Vasseur, Serrano, Zandio, and Pellizotti. Merckx attacks and golden boy Voeckler poops out. The win will go to Serrano, Merckx, or Vasseur. As I speak, Serrano leads them out with about 2 km to go. He maintains the gap and wins. Vasseur sneaks by Axel to steal 2 nd. Was it a cheap shot move? Axel doesn?t complain about it openly. At least Serrano doesn?t say the ?D? word.

 

 

Oh yeah, here comes the peloton. There goes Basso and he is shadowed by the big boys. Vino and Rasmussen are behind. Lance takes charge and Jan looks hurt. He drops and comes back. Lance is cranking on it. Evans is there also and Cadel is the man! Good job Cadel as he gains some time back. This finish was fun to watch. It was good to see Evans up front. Jan isn?t acting like someone who wants to get 3 rd place. Where is T-Mobile?

 

I think the podium is set. It should all be downhill from here. Maybe some more dreams will come true.

 

Stay tuned to Roadcycling.com to find out!

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