Completion of the Tour of Italy…and Lance at the Tour de France
I am back in action, having spent a great week in California hiking, and doing some of my beloved rides with cycling buddies in the Santa Cruz Mountains and on the roads of Palo Alto. It was one of those perfect weather weeks in Northern California, unless you go in to freezer of SF itself. If you want some great routes to try yourself, go over to the Stanford University cycling team’s “unofficial” site, with its excellent list of rides. It’s a great site.
Lots of news to catch up on. The Giro was a particularly good one this year, with the Russian rider Denis Menchov holding on strongly to the end to take the 100th edition. The last stage, unusually, was a Time Trial finishing in Rome, to honor the 100th anniversary of the race. Menchov finished 10th on the day, but it was enough to win by 41 seconds over the Italian Danilo di Luca.
Watch his Rabobank team mates watch Menchov’s crash in the TT:
Levi Leipheimmer, looking primed for the Tour de France next month, finished in 6th, while Lance Armstrong took an impressive 12th place. He called it a “promising” result in a post race interview. Wo. He could be poised to surprise, and may have that vicious stage finishing on the horrible Mont Ventoux that only a mountaineer could like. That will be Stage 20, July 25th. It’s the day before the final stage to Paris, AND it’s the stage Lance once gifted to Marco Pantani. Remember Bernard Hinault’s words: “There are no gifts in cycling.”Gotta believe that’s on Lance’s mind. Once again…it’s about a mountain 🙂
Pantani v. Armstrong here (I am still amazed at Lance’s rpm’s-compare it to Pantani here-incredible):
It’s going to be a great July
Lots of previews on the Tour’s site.