And so ends another edition of the Tour de France. This was the most thrilling one I’ve watched, and I’m sad to see it go. A few final thoughts:
- Stages that weren’t supposed to be exciting turned out to be. Tuesday and Wednesday featured attacks that GC riders had to respond to, on days when they weren’t supposed to come. And just when I thought Thor Hushovd couldn’t do anything more amazing, he gave us a repeat performance of his breakaway stage win. I was happy to see Edvald Boasson Hagen take the next stage, because with both Thor and Ryder Hesjedal there at the Tuesday’s finish, there was no way he was winning that one.
- Thomas Voeckler is made of courage. Enough said.
- Andy Schleck’s attack on the slopes of the Col d’Izoard was the sort of things that legends are made of. That just doesn’t happen in modern cycling; it harkened back to attacks by the big men of the 60s and 70s. And Cadel Evens’ response, when he took control of the chase on the Col du Lautaret on the way up to the Galibier, was the defining moment of the Tour for me.
- Bernand Hinault has one of the coolest jobs in the world.
- Watching the live coverage of Thursday and Friday’s stages cemented in my mind how ridiculous and epic the Tour really is. I was exhausted by the end of those stage, and the only thing I’d been riding was my couch.
- Hats off to Pierre Roland for attacking at just the right time on Alpe d’Huez. I felt a bit bad for Sammy Sanchez, but I was glad to see France get a stage win.
- I’m really happy to see Cadel finally get the win. Next year, I’ll be pulling for Andy to do the same.
And now I finally get my evenings back. Vive Le Tour!
Fitness: Biked 13 miles
Sun, Moon, and Stars: 376 words, 314 seven-day average, 264 average, 30566 total, 566 over the goal for the week