Day 189: Poor Lance

11 07 2010

Earlier today we watched the 8th stage of the Tour. It was very disappointing to see Lance Armstrong have such a day of bad luck. After starting the day already beyond 10th place overall, he experienced not one but three crashes today in the 189-km stage from Station des Rousses to Morzine-Avoriaz. It was nice though, to see Andy Schleck do an incredible job flying up the mountain in the last few kilometers to win the stage. And Alberto Contador seemed out of energy, not following Schleck’s attack. Cadel Evans was awarded the yellow jersey today. He’s had a great run in recent races, winning the World Championship last fall, the 2009 Vuelta de España and this year’s Giro d’Italia.

With Lance more than 13 minutes behind the leader in the Tour, his chance of getting to the podium is over, but hopefully he will still enjoy the next two weeks and can help Levi Leipheimer (who sits in 8th place overall) move closer to the podium. With the podium out of reach for Lance, I’m having a hard time deciding who to root for now. Evans? Contador? Schleck? Leiphimer? Cavendish? Cancellara? I like them all. But some are better sprinters; some are better climbers. As always, it’s never a dull moment in the Tour.

Carrick and I rode a short 10-mile ride through a nearby neighborhood this morning and practiced some hills. Of course what seems to my overweight-out-of-shape-41-year-old body to be a rather good sized hill is nothing compared to what the guys in the Tour can do. Someday I hope to make it to the top of one of the steep long hills in the area without gasping for breath. That really puts into perspective what kind of shape those guys are in.

Today’s food journal:

— Chocolate mint Builder Bar = 270 cal.
— 1 small banana = 105

— Organic LF vanilla yogurt with granola = 450

— 3 pieces pepperoni pizza = 1015
— Iced tea = 0

— Skinny Cow ice cream cup (2) = 240

— 60 minute bike ride (12 mph average) = 500 calories burned

Life’s a journey. Enjoy the ride!

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3 responses

12 07 2010

It was a terribly sad way for Lance to bow out of contention. It was like he suddenly had a decade’s worth of bad luck all in one day. (Or maybe he has unwittingly inherited Christian Vande Velde’s mantle?)

One small point: Cadel did not win the Vuelta and Giro, but he did lead during both, joining a fairly select band of riders who have at some point held the race lead in all three Grand Tours. I’m still not sure he can win it – his team is too weak – but I think he’s still a strong bet for a podium.

12 07 2010

Thanks Tim, for the correction. I’d mistakenly thought Evans won the Giro. Oops. 😉 I agree that while he is good, I don’t think he’ll win the Tour. As for overall team strength, I think Astana is looking great, but I have to say I’m probably rooting for Levi to win overall. It’s going to be interesting to see how it all plays out over the next two weeks.

12 07 2010

I have to admit, I almost hope Lance decides not to retire this year after all. No one likes to leave with a loss. I wanted to see him kick some ass just one more time.

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