I start out today with an apology - two actually. First of all, we published
an article yesterday comparing the ONCE and Postal teams. The article was
not kindly to George Hincapie (because, perhaps unfortunately, the author,
Podofdonny, would want him to be training for the Autumn Classics rather
than riding in France).
However, George has been extremely gracious to the Daily Peloton these
past months, providing multiple terrific interviews for which we are very
grateful, and therefore Podofdonny wishes to publicly apologize to him
by posting here a note that will be also sent via email.
The second apology is mine, for not keeping portions of the site updated
this last week, particularly the Tour
Main page and the new content I promised you last
week, such as the final chapter of The Spokes of Nationalism and the
great photos that are queued up. Alas, my trusty computer punctured
and it took some time to get it road-worthy again. I will make good on
my promises as fast as I can. I hope you will bear with me!
Please do not take this assessment too seriously - it was meant to be
a fun sort of article which I mainly wrote to introduce our largely US
readership to the depth of the ONCE squad and to encourage debate on the
merits of the two teams...
I have always considered you to be one of the best classic riders of
your generation and have a pet hate of the true Classic men in the tours
- hence your low mark - Museeuw would have got a similar mark had he been
riding for the Domo squad.
Thank you so much for reading the article - and thank you for your contributions
to our little site in the past, and, er, hopefully in the future.
Wishing you and the team best of luck for the rest of the Tour - and
if you are still reading next year my Postal versus Domo team for the Paris
Roubaix, I can assure you that Mr Hincapie will be a 9.5!
Thanks again and sorry if I caused any offence.
Best regards, and see you in Paris.
Well, we've seen some terrific stage results so far - a terrific triple
win yesterday with Karsten Kroon so very thrilled (story here),
wins by Zabel
in Stage 6, Bradley
McGee in Stage 7, Botero winning the ITT
today (whose win was also correctly predicted in our Tour
Notes), and Galdeano in the maillot jaune yet another day. By the way,
on the Tour
Main Page you can now find a link to the official Tour results.
Tomorrow is a rest day, and after Wednesday the riders hit the Pyrenees
(originally known as The Circle of Death) hard and fast - though
I am not sure the winner predictions for Stage
11 will hold true. As Lance Armstrong warned,
the Tour would not be boring, and "the mountains will be decisive." We
A testament to the interesting little towns detailed in some of our
Stage previews are the Forges
les Eaux stage notes by Peter Cossins at the end of last week - the
start village press area was the local livestock market!
We will continue to bring you live reports by our great "tickerers"
Jaime Nichols, Anita van Crey, Podofdonny and Locutus. We also have results
of each day's stage (often included in the live reports), followed by notes
on the Tour and the daily Jambon Awards (here's today's).
Fantasy Game and the Directeur
Sportif game are rolling right along. I hope you are playing one or
both, and doing better than me...
Russia's Svetlana Boubnenkova won the Ladies
Giro that concluded this weekend, while Adam Homolka won the Austrian
Classic. We also info on the Fastest
Man on Wheels, diaries from Mtn biker Kashi
Leuchs at the Cross Country World Cup and Suze
Woods about the Cascade Classic in Oregon. 7Up's Chuck Coyle tell us
his Firecracker 50 mountain bike story here
- What? Chuck on a mtn bike?
Our host will be performing scheduled maintenance this Wednesday, 17
July, between 09:30 and 14:00 British Standard Time (which is pretty much
the middle of the night if you are in the US). Hope there is no inconvenience
to any of you.
Site tip: If you are looking for an article by a particular author or
from a certain day, the best place to check is the News
Archives. It lists each article by title, date and author.
That's it for now. Please email
me with any comments or suggestions. Have a great week and a great