Dave's Dogmatic Dribbles - Tour de France - Stage 6
Boonen wins - How's Leipheimer doing?
Yesterday?s carnage may not have been as spectacular as a field pile up, but it could have serious implications in the days to come. What we didn?t see was another racer crashing into the rear window of a team car. Benjamin Noval suffered cuts to his face and arms. Johan stated it was a French driver talking to a reporter inside the car. What Johan didn?t say was the French driver wasn?t paying attention to what he was doing. Racers rely on vehicles to hold their line and not make abrupt changes in their position. Sometimes I think team car drivers act like they are in a demolition derby.
Comments from team Astana say Vino just has road rash and Kl?den has ?a fissure of the coccyx?. I don?t know what that is, but it?s gotta hurt. Now, another rider has gone down after taking a mussette in the feed zone. He is out of the race. My goodness, call security, someone must be handing out exploding mussette bags!
Bradley Wiggins is the first to attack at 2km into the race. There?s no interest in him from the peloton. Like the Energizer bunny, he keeps going and going until his maximum advantage is 17:30. Until 7km to go, he was still riding solo. Even though he was all alone for 190km, my thoughts were with him. Like Wiggins, I know exactly what it?s like to be alone for mile and mile. Oh, wait a minute, he?s in the lead. My lonely position is usually on the opposite end of the peloton.
It would be a good day for Zabel to win to give some respect to the green he?s wearing. You can?t say the guy hasn?t been trying. He?s been near the finish stripe most of the time. Milram seems to have more of a presence as we are under 2km. Zabel is trying but Boonen has too much power and takes another stage. About four or five other guys take second. Poor Wiggins was shelled out the back. He got no respect from the peloton after all his work. The riding-wounded finish but how long will they stay in? I wonder how Levi is feeling.