The First Shall be Last: Reflections on the 2006 Tour de France

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09/29/2006| 0 comments
by Paul Rogen
Ferdinand the Bull's family grazing in the wild flowers. Picture by Thomson Bike Tours.
Ferdinand the Bull's family grazing in the wild flowers. Picture by Thomson Bike Tours.

The First Shall be Last: Reflections on the 2006 Tour de France

The French kept saying during the Tour that it was fou, crazy.

Jimmy Casper to anticipate what he might do in next year?s Tour de France.   In the late summer of 2006 after this crazy Tour it is better to listen to the ramblings of the tail end of things than to listen to the wails coming from the front of the peloton.

 

 

My thoughts finally come to rest on the 2006 Tour de France somewhere between the Bible and Ferdinand the Bull.    The last shall be first and the first, last.   We better look carefully at our hero worshipping.   Landis will have his hip operation.   The doping investigations revelations will continue.   Maybe the Tour de France will be shortened.   A lot of maybes.   We are left to ride and look around ourselves.   Something has gone horribly wrong with cycling and maybe all big time sports.   I do not have the answer but I will be looking for Jimmy Casper and thinking about Ferdinand the Bull.   I will ride on and keep an eye and nose out for all the colorful wildflowers.   Already we are into a grand
New England riding season replete with reds and gold?s.  It seems much more promising than looking at the crazy, mixed up state of current pro cycling.

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