After seeing what he went through yesterday and how he responded to it - Hoogerland is my favourite rider. Absolute hero of a man.
Le Tour Rest Day thread
Meanwhile in other rest day news...
First positive doping test.
Not Cancellara, he was a bit snide last year and is he even a big player in the Tour?
Evans has gone up in my estimation since the World Champs and seems to be the only GC contender racing, the plucky Ozzies always there. And he gained some nail award points last year climbing with only one good arm. Plus he has and will be up there all race long, and you can't say that about Cancellara.
He just needs to kick that ****ing stupid little mutt off a mountain and buy a Rotwieler and wear some looser pants and his the man.
We were talking a bit about this earlier today, and there just aren't the aggressive riders like Merckx, Hainault and Armstrong anymore. Evans is the closest we have.
Dont mention the wire after yesterday
I'm just surprised it took this long for one of the cars to knock out a competitor - if anyone has had the misfortune of being on the road between the stage finish and the location of the hotels in recent years they would know what I mean.
The drivers of the cars in the caravan get so hyped up by being in convoy and having the roads closed for them that they go absolutely mental. I've seen the convoy screaming along an alpine road after the race has finished at about 70mph when thousands of people/families etc are squeezed up against the barriers trying not to get wiped out as they walk back to their cars.
It was so bad coming back from Alpe d'Huez a couple of years ago that I smashed a rear quarterlight with my umbrella as one went past. It felt good.
Miller might be as good as any. He does have a little of that "Elder Statesman" about him..
Do we really want someone like Lance running things again? I've been reading some books recently about his control of the peloton and it really does seem like his influence wasn't that positive and was more about him and his team controlling the race for themselves than managing the race as per the "unwritten rules".
I also don't buy the thing about it being just money that's making a difference. Baseball has a LOT of money in it but the rules are still fairly ruthlessly enforced and players are often thrown out of games for settling scores etc. Looks more like the riders don't really give a shit any more.
The politics of the peleton must be extremely complex is all I can say so from the outside looking in picking a patron isn't mch more than a matter of guesswork..
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