Dave's Dogmatic Dribbles
2005 Tour de France - Stage 11.
2005 Tour de France - Stage 11
So, Vino thinks he has something going? We?ll see in a couple more days. I think today was interesting and everytime I think I have Discovery Channel?s strategy figured out I look like an idiot! C?mon Johan, throw me a bone! <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /?>
I guess stranger things have happened. Boonen kisses the pavement 5 km into the race. What kind of move was that? Did he run into the back of a team car? Oh well, he?s safely back in the peloton. As usual, there are a handful of racers who hammer down during the less challenging horizontal sections.
The real action starts when, stick a fork in em, they?re done, T-Mobile tries to look good for their sponsors by attacking. Discovery Channel keeps them in their sights and it doesn?t look too serious. Hmmm, maybe it is serious as Vino and Botero edge out a little over 3 minutes. Look at them fly in the decent! Vino could have had serious problems when his transmitter starts flapping against his wheel. That could have been disastrous.
Discovery almost closes the gap and there is a slow motion battle between Vino and Botero for the stage win. Botero just doesn?t have it and has to settle for 2 nd place.
It was a deserving win for Vino. He worked hard. I think him and Botero where better in the descents as the two of them didn?t have to worry about banging wheels as the peloton would have. I?m a little troubled by his comments when he said "Let me tell you something, this Tour is definitely not over. I'm still up there, and so is the team (T-Mobile). We're not as bad as people have been saying." Hey, who said T-Mobile was bad? Oh, I think I said that. At least he?s reading my column.
Here?s why I?m troubled. The guy isn?t even in the top ten. He was 6:32 back yesterday and is still 4:47 back today. Where was his team today when he got his stage win? Yeah, he got some time back but what will happen in two days?
Enjoy it while you can Alexandre, it may not last long.