July 25, 2009

Tour de France: Stage 19 and Stage 20

Sorry for slacking on yesterday’s stage.  Here are my feelings on both stages: Cavendish is awesome, Contador is unbeatable, and Andy Schleck is the most exciting rider in the field.

I’m sure the Tour organizers hoped that the ride up Mont Ventoux would decide the yellow jersey, but unfortunately Alberto Contador ended that suspense a few weeks ago. 

Andy Schleck attacked time after time, but couldn’t put Contador into any kind of difficulty.  Frank Schleck looked much more distressed, which caused Andy to back off just a little bit.  Lance Armstrong held on and did what he needed to do to hold onto his podium finish. 

Tomorrow is nothing but ceremony, with the easy ride into Paris and then possibly some drama about the green jersey (but not likely).  It’s been an exciting Tour, but in hindsight it was all but over after Contador showed what he could do on the ride up to Verbiers.  We’ll have a recap of the entire Tour tomorrow.

Rider of the Days

I love watching Andy Schleck because he doesn’t make it look easy.  He’s clearly giving all he has to try and beat Contador, but at this point he’s looking like the Phil Mickelson of cycling.

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marisfinley said...

I know it's somewhat anti-climactic since we knew the winner before the last stage ended, but where's the recap for Stage 21?

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