It was so much fun to watch the prologue of the Tour of California yesterday. I still wish they carried Versus up here so that I could get comfy on my couch and really enjoy it, but even sitting at my desk it was still a thrill.
Watching Basso, Floyd, Lance and Tyler Hamilton come out of that starting house I felt at times like I was watching old cycling clips on You Tube, it was sort of surreal - but so much fun. And how thrilled was I to see Canadian Svein Tuft place one spot ahead of Lance in the top ten? Although someone really needs to teach Phil and Paul how to properly pronounce his name.
Was anyone else watching the first half hour or so of the video coverage on the Amgen Tour of California site? They had started out having audio problems so you could see the race, but couldn't hear anything. Then they got the audio feed going but no one told Phil and Paul so they were just shooting shit with each other and we could hear everything. I was so worried for them that they'd say something totally inappropriate and it would be on the web forever. It was very amusing.
As you guys know, I'm doing race reports over at US Cycling Report so stay tuned over there for the highlights and some great interviews and photos that Cathy's running.
I have to say that I'm still a little confused as to what Lance hopes to get out of all this. You win seven back-to-back Tours de France and then come back to place 10th in the prologue at the Tour of California? Behind the Canadian dude?
I've never truly bought the "bring awareness to the fight against cancer" thing. I don't think that Lance Armstrong - mega super star celebrity - needs professional cycling to help him bring awareness to anything. I get that cycling is in his blood and that he loves to compete, but this just all seems a little sad to me. Like watching Michael Jordan come back and finish halfway up the pack in the college basketball standings.