Originally Posted by Piobaire
Don't let Jokerman troll the thread off. He clearly knows nothing about cycling, given his lack of knowledge on the substance issue, and makes zero sense on how/why Lance was spilled twice today.
Well, as we knew, the Tour started today. It's a shame Lance crashed twice as now we'll never know if he had what it takes to contend again. His tour is over. The finish was incredible. A two man sprint on a Cat 1 mountain? Fantastic. Sans Lance, but this Tour is shaping up to be a good one.
I wonder how much having a rest day in between mountain stages affects the strategy? I would imagine it makes attacks less likely in that with the rest day in between no one would really be able to lay some multi-day fatigue on the opponents. To clarify, I would think that almost all of the GC riders would be able to fend off attacks from each other on one particular day, and with a rest day in between its not like the really elite guys would be able to capitalize on their superior recovery and conditioning on the following day.
With Lance out of the tour I would say that I'm rooting for anybody but contador at this point, but really I'm just hoping for some inspired performances and exciting racing!