Some random thoughts on the Tour and its riders..
What a heartbreaking picture Tuesday, as Dave Zabriskie rode slowly towards
the finish line, alone, shorts torn open, blood dripping down his leg, which was
hanging down and not pedalling - and followed by what seemed like hundreds of
autos, motorcycles and photographers, all wanting to get a picture of the
I'm surely not the only one who exclaimed out loud when Zabriskie went down. It seems like every year a relative unknown like Zabriskie or Voeckler manages
to take hold of the yellow jersey and our hearts with their fresh faces,
energies and promise for the future. That they won't arrive in Paris in yellow
- not yet! - is clear, but it always hurts a little to see them have to give
it up. And it surely hurts Dave Zabariskie a lot right now. Fortunately he
seems to have the teammates and SD who will help him at least emotionally
Team Gerolsteiner has a lot of good riders and good management - but somehow
they just don't seem to have any luck at the Tour. Their fifth place in the team
was not bad - could have been better - but what possessed them to forget three
riders and leave them at the hotel? Fortunately it all worked out and they
drove themselves in the team car to the start. Someone is going to take a while
to live that one down!
Germany's BILD magazine - a tabloid, like they sell at the grocery store
check-out counters in the US - seems to be obsessed with the sex lives (or
lack thereof) of the TdF riders. "No Tour Sex for Lance!" is the headline
today. Even though girlfriend Sheryl Crowe is traveling with the team! And
they both have single rooms! So that she could sneak into his room at night for
a little cuddle! But Lance says that the SDs don't want you to have any sex
during the Tour. And Jan Ullrich (whose girlfriend is NOT accompanying the
team) says no to sex during the Tour, too, he needs all his strength and
concentration for the race.
Oh, well, everyone has his own problems.....