Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Stages 16 and 17

From 2008. (Andy Sheck, getting white jersey. I think that's for "Best New Rider," or "Best Young Rider." I can't remember.) Just an example showing how classy all the ceremonies are.

Cookin' with Lance, late in Stage 17 (Wednesday the 22nd). He's doing well, for a 37year old. He seems to really come alive on long, hard, uphills. As I'm only five years older than him, I feel like a slob. Heck, there's a 40 year-old in the race, and a couple of 39 and 38 year-olds.

Early leader in Stage 17, Thor Hushovd, of Norway, for Team Cervelo. Interesting, how some riders ride out way in front at certain times, in order to win points and jerseys. (Green jersey has to do with best sprinter, polka dot jersey is for "King of the Mountain", etc.) He got something out of his run in front, but I don't know exactly what it was. I was amazed though, at how the front-runners for the tour zipped by him later. He must have been leading for a good two hours, then the last three hours you didn't even see him he was so far back.

Jens Voigt, GER, crashing on a descent in Stage 16 (Tues the 21st). He didn't even seem to hit anything. He just went BAM! He landed on his face, breaking a cheekbone. He was even knocked unconscious for a few moments. And his bike even kicked up sparks as he slid!

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