Dave's Dogmatic Dribbles: The Finale
While I sit in my hot stuffy room typing away, my boss is standing along Champs-Elysees watching the first ever 7 time consecutive Tour de France winner.
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While I sit in my hot stuffy room typing away, my boss is standing along Champs-Elysees watching the first ever 7 time consecutive Tour de France winner. Hmmm, wonder if I?ll get a T-shirt?
Anyway, the mist has added to the thrills and the cobblestones are like ice. There are 155 racers tip toeing on the slick surface. You would think they could fix that old road or at least change the name. I can never spell it or pronounce it. I think the guys who enunciate all those fancy French words are the same guys who go to the opera just to look good. All they end up doing is falling asleep! So, I hereby declare the Champs-Elysees with a new name. It will now be called, ? big ass Main Street ?.
The race director has declared all final times will be taken on the first lap. So, the ride around big ass Main Street will truly be a parade. Someone still gets to claim the stage win. There?s an interesting little break with Bram Tankink and Chris Horner. I hope everyone can get through today without broken bones. Here come the sprinters and way to go Vino as he gets the stage win! Look at all the sprinters in the top ten.
Now, there?s some confusion as to whether or not Vino gets a time bonus for the stage win. It was earlier announced there would not be any bonuses. They give him the stage win bonus so, Vino bumps Leipheimer form 5 th to 6 th. Jeesh, only in France.
The final GC podium is representative of outstanding dedication and effort. Lance, Ivan, and Jan deserve to be there. For the 1 st time, the winner takes a microphone and compliments his foes and speaks of the greatest and most difficult sport there is. There are rivalries and words exchanged in the heat of battle, but afterwards, there is respect and a family bond. All the starters of the Tour are winners. Some just get fancy colored jerseys and get to stand on top of a box. Thanks everyone for the passion.
Finally, thanks to Jean Marie LeBlanc for his many, many years of service. I wish he would have waited to coincide his retirement with Lance. But then, cycling would have lost two great individuals at the same time. Ride on.