Wednesday, July 30, 2008

It's over.

The Tour de France has finished, and another glorious July of cycle racing is over.

This year's tour was fantastic, the yellow jersey was swopped about 6 times or more, and you didn't know who was going to win until the last two days.

Highlights of the tour were:
Valverde's early win and lead, promising so much after his perfomance in the Dauphine Liberé.
Mark Cavendish's four sprint wins, even if he did drop out at the Alps. he's no climber and there was no point killing himself weeks before the Olympics.
Successful anti-doping controls. The italian Ricco was on the latest generation EPO and still got caught.
Cadel Evans fighting off the CSC team in the Alps, strung out to dry by his team Silence-Lotto
Some spectacular crashes on the hair-raising descents
Some excellent young riders showing promice for the future.
French riders in most of the breakaways and some french stage wins.

A great champion in Carlos Sastre. he took the risks when he had to, on the stage when he had to, and was supported by some brilliant team riding by CSC.
Sastre has a fan club in Aalter, a town near Gent, that has now grown to nearly 450 members. This fan club raises money for a children's cancer charity. Whatever money they raised, Sastre would match it. He's not even belgian, and the kids probably don't even know who he is. (That's about to change)

Check out his website. He seems like a nice guy.

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At 6:02 pm, Blogger aims said...

Not surprised you are so in to the Tour de France.

I missed it all but it sounds exciting!

One year I was totally into it...might have been one of Lance's I do basketball.

Yay Celtics!

At 11:36 am, Blogger Blognor Regis said...

Great Tour wasn't it? One of the best since '89.

There's a TV report of Sastre's visit to his fan club and Gent cancer unti here.

You're right about him be a bit different. When he wrote a monthly column for ProCycling magazine it was very philisophical.

At 9:25 am, Blogger travelling, but not in love said...

I seem to have missed most of the tour this year stew.

How was the annual drugs controversy? I guess if I didn't hear much about it, they're maybe getting it under control?

At 9:26 am, Blogger travelling, but not in love said...

p.s. loved the fact that the aussie fell down drunk in a paris nightclub and hurt his leg!

You can take the boy out of australia and all that....


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