Dave's Dogmatic Dribbles
2005 Tour de France - Stage 9.
2005 Tour de France - Stage 9
It?s sad to see Zabriskie leave. It was only a matter of time after his bizarre crash in the TTT. He was never a contender to win overall but you could sense his desire and heart towards the sport. Athletes with genuine personalities are seemingly rare but Mr. David Zabriskie is a genuine person. Let?s wish him a speedy recovery. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /?>
Another rider leaving today is Jaan Kirsipuu. I?m not sure, but I think he is trying to break the record held by Cipollini for the most quits in the Tour de France. Can?t blame the guy, ?hill? is a four letter word.
There are a few bumps in the road again today. The racers will be on a roller coaster climbing four Cat 3?s in addition to a Cat 1 and 2 climb. The cat 1 is saved for last just in case their legs weren?t already on fire.
There?s an early crash and I don?t know what happened. Eisel ?the diesel? is one of them going down. I don?t know if Ullrich was trying to find a tree or something but he goes down - only this time it was while ascending. Maybe there are musette bags flying around. Of course, some teammates hold up and help their valuable domestique rejoin the peloton.
Off goes Jens Voigt. He is a notable guy but really can?t do any harm in the big scheme of things. He gets some help by other riders while Team Discovery is a freight train with all nine teammembers together. They must have done some male bonding last night. At any rate, it?s impressive to see a full team psyching out everybody.
I?m not sure how this happened but my editor has made arrangements for his fellow countryman Michael to win today?s stage! Hmmm, is Michael an advertiser on Roadcycling.com? Actually, he is a former world MTB bike champion. I?m sure the cheers from roadcycling?s editor Thomas helped out! A good stage win for Rasmussen. Congrats to Rabobank and <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /?>
Jens gets to put on the yellow shirt and Lance is in third. It didn?t seem like there was any extreme drama today probably due to Discovery?s tactical control. It was almost like an early rest day (except for those darn hills).
So, we say goodbye to some racers and congrats to some newcomer winners. Enjoy your rest guys.