Sunday, July 29, 2007

The Tour is over.

Nothing happened- doping wise.

Contador won.

Evans was second.

Leipheimer was third.

Boonen took the green jersey.

Bennati won the final stage in Paris and took his second win of the Tour.

All in all, a good finish... let's just hope it all stays that way.

I wrote a bit more bike industry specific post over here- read it if you wish.

Long live the Tour. Seriously, my love for the race is still strong, I'm just burned out this year. Too many heartbreaks. I'll be back for it next year- as always- but I can honestly say that I am simply glad it's over this year. Sad, I know.

Tim

9 comments:

Paterfamilias said...

Tim, the worst part for us as cycling fans and Masi Guy fans, is that this year, you started off so much better. Your posts were great, and you made no promises to post after every stage, but you were doing a great job at it... Any who, back to riding my bike rather than watching those guys...

Ardi XIV said...

When we look at the sport just for the winning and losing, we can only be dissapointed. I think that passionates are looking further than just the 'blingbling' of the winner. There is the hard work, the passion, the suffer to finish in Paris. As amateurs we can identify ourselves with those guys who, undoubtly, are working hard to reach their goals. Sport is so much more than just being the first or ending as red lantern.

Bill Shearer said...

Levi saved the Tour for me. I went from dejected and moping, to standing on my couch screaming "Go Levi Go!" However, it was his attitude after the time trial that helped the most. He didn't seem the least bit disappointed that he didn't win the Yellow. He had the look of some one who he had just ridden his heart out and did something special on the bike. He looked satisfied. He was happy.

Isn't that why we all get on the bike? To do something special? Go faster. Go farther. Climb higher. See something new. Go to our favorite spot. Or just hang out with good friends.

It was reassuring to see a professional experience the same emotions that I do after I have a really good ride. The satisfaction that you and your bike did something you had never done before. It made me forget the ugliness of the previous week, and reminded me of everything good about two wheels and a road.

I guess I'm perfectly set up to be kicked in balls if Levi is found to be doping, but I'm holding on to this hope as long as I can.

Aki said...

Aye caramba, no more Live Updates for a while (I don't have TV).

Today the first news flash on cyclingnews? Mayo.

Aye caramaba.

Anonymous said...

the Lacrosse finals are next month. Can't wait

Chad said...

The only tour left watching ... the Tour de Homo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqWL2VGypZs

CK said...

How sad you sound. Sorry, pal.

Bernie said...

I hate to say it, but we're not out of the woods yet. Mayo probably won't be the last rider from this year's tour to be linked to doping...

And it continues to bug me: If a talented climber like Mayo can only finish 15th while doping...

Crowlie said...

I felt the same way for a few days, before I remembered it's just one big soap opera. Vive le Tour!