And now for something completely different

Ho, hum. Another break, another chase, another catch, another sprint. Cha-ching. Pay the little man with the big mouth and even bigger legs, please.

The same ol’, same ol’, will not apply beyond Sunday, however. The Tour is headed for the Alps, and while the conventional wisdom is that the race will not be won there, it certainly may be lost there.

VeloNews editor at large John Wilcockson, who has covered some eleventy-seven Tours, has tagged Big Tex as the man to watch, writing, “Everyone here is saying that the Texan is looking much stronger than last year. …”

As for Tex his own bad self, he says coyly, “I would look for more animation in my tactics.”

Well, yeah. If I were 50 seconds behind Alberto Contador going into the mountains I’d want to pump it up a notch or two or three. Maybe have Janez Brajkovic park himself on El Pistolero’s wheel and chatter away breezily in Slovenian. “Jebo te bog! Zdaj se boš pa še opravičeval!” (“God will fuck you! Now you’ll really be sorry!”)

Of course, eventually you have to catch and pass those two 20-something hill-climbing sonsabitches. But that’s another story, one yet to be written.

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2 Responses to “And now for something completely different”

  1. Jeff in PetroMetro Says:

    I still think it’s Contador’s Tour, but he’s got to have Vino’. TCWSNBN has two legitimate 2nd tier GC guys in Kloden and Leipheimer who don’t breathe or fart without TCWSNBN’s permission. They could deliver TCWSNBN to the finish of any climbing stage this year. Contador could have an awesome lieutenant in Vino’ if Vino’ doesn’t decide to ride off in search of his own glory.

  2. Larry T. Says:

    I’d like to see Cadel Evans do well. THAT won’t revive the US bike industry as JW hopes continued success from BigTex will…but from a pure sporting perspective, a guy widely assumed to be clean winning the race will do far more in the long-run. We’ll try to be out there in the Alps seeing first-hand if the old-man can stay up with his younger rivals and if the reports of BigTex being jeered by roadside fans are true.

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