Tuesday, July 10, 2012

TdF First Rest Day

Since the boys have a day off, I thought I'd post a few brief reflections on the first 9 days of racing:

1. Cancellara and Sagan dominated first week.

2. Someone other than Cavendish - Greipel - has dominated the sprints.

3. Anyone who still doesn't realize what tough athletes bike racers are should watch the finale to Stage 6, where Greipel contended the sprint and came in second, with a dislocated shoulder. And that's not to mention several guys who've been riding almost from day one with fractured wrists.

4. Wiggins has yellow and plans to defend it for final 15 stages of Tour. Team Sky look strong enough to do it. Indeed, Cadel Evans aside, Wiggins' greatest threat might be from his own teammate Chris Froome. But the toughest mountain stages all lie ahead, and all it takes is one bad day in the saddle for an entire year's preparation to go poof! Anyone who thinks the outcome of the TdF is already determined could be in for a shock.

5. Lots of stupid crashes, including mid-race on straight, wide-open roads. Too many riders out of the Tour and in the hospital; the back of the peloton looks like the walking wounded.

6. Helmets without holes look like head-ovens to me.

7. AG2R still have ugliest team kits by some margin.

8. Riders I expect to see on the attack in the next week of racing (until the next rest day): Hoogerland, Van Den Broeck, Roy, Pinot, and Schleck. I also expect Evans to take every convenient opportunity to take seconds out of Wiggins, but I would not expect him to be overly aggressive about it.

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