06 July 2009

Tour de France: Stage Three Update

At the end of the day all is well that ends well, right? Even with a nineteenth place finish for the third stage of Tour de France, Armstrong manages to come in third place forty seconds over the leader. Second place overall goes to Tony Martin thirty-three seconds behind the first place of Fabian Cancellara.

If you didn't manage to catch the Tour live today, you really do owe it to yourself to check the replay tonight on Versus. Columbia had a couple great breaks, and Cavendish had an amazing finish. There were a couple sketchy crashes this morning, but nothing too serious.

On a slightly more off color note; we are now in stage three and no one has been called out for doping yet. Hmmmm, I wonder how far we'll get into the Tour this year before they start to fall like flies.

Last but not least, a question. This is mainly geared at the interview after the third stage where he was complaining that "no teams wanted to race", but is it just me, or does George Hincapie seem like a whiney doofus? Seriously? I wish I had the direct quote, was watching it live and didn't write it down, and if I get it I'll post it. He just came across like a baby to me. Ehh, oh well. Until tomorrow.


td said...

he said that no teams wanted to work because no other teams wanted to work. whether he sounded whiney or not, it was true. it is also the reason they decided to drop the hammer into the headwind which effectively dropped the entire field. though it could be argued that the responsibility is on columbia to do most of the chasing because they have cavendish for the sprint, it doesn't mean they should have to do all the work. the responsibility of the chase in some stages can be a lot more complicated than it seems.

Cycling Phun said...

Touché Thom, Touché!