Sunday, July 05, 2009
They're Off And Running
Get used to the scene above. It is Mark Cavendish crossing the finish line in today's second stage of the Tour de France. If all goes well the scene could be repeated 5, 6 or more times over the next three weeks. The tour is off to a great start. That Fabian Cancellara won the opening time trial yesterday was no surprise. Alberto Contador was right behind him and therefore in better shape than anyone for the eventual victory. But the time gaps were not great and it is very early. The fact that Levi Leipheimer was in 6th place was a bit further back than I would have predicted, but not bad. And of course, Lance Armstrong in 10th place puts him close enough to be considered very much still in the mix. Much will change over the next week or two before the real leaders emerge. It looks like it is going to be fun.
Watching the riders was about as close to a bike as I got this weekend. Too bad - beautiful weather and all, but we were hosting our granddaughter for the weekend. We had a great time, but man is that hard work! Hopefully we'll get to sleep early tonight and back into the routine tomorrow.