We have a fantasy tour de france thread but not one relating to the race itself. Things need to change!
The Team Time Trial starts in less than a week, the teams are announced and the last prelim races have been run, so time to get in the mood for le tour.
I am pumped because I will be there (and will post pics) but I am also excited for this one because I think anyone could win. Contador got beaten twice at the Spanish nationals and there are a host of others who could perform. Thoughts and comments?
Also, really stoked to see Gossy starting for HTC, given that he is probably leaving at the end of the year I was impressed that he was in the team - probably because they need as many wins as they can get for sponsorship.
I don’t think fingerbang will be able to back up the Giro win with a win at the tour. I haven’t been impressed with Schleck’s lead-up to the race either. I get the feeling that something big will go down this year as well, like a massive drug bust, or some other kind of controversy.
And Schlek has that anger in his belly, remember?! He’s been hardly sighted all year, so I’m guessing he’s been pretty focussed on this one race. Contador could be tired from the Giro, and still has the tainted meat distraction.
Actually I’m impressed at Contador’s mental strength, and his ability to block out all the clenbutorol distractions and still win the Giro (comfortably). I’m assuming of course that there’s a drug that helps him with this.
Sweet. Kiwicyclist will be there also. For those that will be around, I am staying in Valloire (between the Telegraphe and Galibier) and will be riding every morning before the stages, so feel free to jump on board! Would be sweet to get some foa crew together for a stage or some food/drinks afterwards. For the Alpe d’huez stage I will be maybe 2/3 up the galibier, it will be less packed than d’huez once the autobus rolls through you can ride down the hill to find a bar in Valloire to watch the peloton climb up d’huez tv.