off to the mountains.
best part of the race. where the magic happens.
I love the mountain stages too.
Painting the old timer's names on the road, sprinting alongside the riders waving your flag, a wall of people 10 deep on either side, parting like the red sea as the rider's ride up. All good stuff.
For me one of the best sight's in sport, is when there's a break away group of about five riders, high in the GC; it's a baking hot day, and you can see the sweat dripping off the rider's chins, almost a heat haze, you can read the pain on their faces. Suddenly a rider jumps off the back and zig zags up the road and opens up a gap, the other riders look up after him for a few moments, think about chasing him, then sit back in the saddle ... because they're broken.
It looks to be a wide open tour, should be fun. Astana could have a situation like Mclaren in F1, when they had Hamilton and Alonso.
I have to give respect to cycling. They've decided they don't want drugs in the sport, so they're going to do thorough testing, even if they get a lot of positive tests and bad publicity. The NFL and MLB do in-house testing. That's a joke; if Jeter or either of the Manning's test positive, (unlike Manny, boy scout face-of-the-league type stars), will they come out with it or have a quiet word in the player's ear and sweep it under the carpet. I don't get worked up about PEDs, but why put on a charade.
I don't follow cycling closely; do any of the cyclists test positive when they compete at the olypmics?