Happy for Thor, but boy was I pulling for Millar in those last 15 km. I wouldn't say that Millar's ever been my favorite rider in the peloton but I do feel like he works really hard and always seems to be plagued by bad luck, never quite achieving the success he strives for. I really wanted him to have that stage win today but it wasn't meant to be.
Sorry to see Mick Rogers go down so hard. I was sure he was out for good but I saw on Velonews that Columbia HTC says nothing's broken and he'll start tomorrow morning.
I didn't see George Hincapie go down but on Twitter he says he did, "Flated with 25k
to go, came back to group moved to front then crashed with 20k to go.
Never been so scared on the bike as I was today. Ps , I'm fine very little road rash. But mic went down with me And he was alot worse...hope he's ok."
I saw that Boonen managed to get back on his bike and finish although he looked as though he was limping pretty badly after he hit the deck in those last few kms.
Astana did a great job protecting Lance as though he was already in yellow. And I think I've got it figured out. Tell me what you think of my theory. There are two Lance Armstrongs. One is the gentle, thoughtful, crusader. He wears a suit. He meets with international heads of state and world renowned doctors and leads the search for a cure for cancer. He listens. He encourages. He cares. The other Lance is the one who strikes fear in the hearts of men who ride bikes down mountains at 100km/hr for a living. He shows no emotion. He's guarded and determined and he'll do whatever it takes to win once he's challenged - whatever it takes. He does not lose.
I think that as each day of this race goes by and the smell of a potential victory begins to fill the air, one Lance is retreating further into the background and the other is pushing to the forefront.
As we get deeper into this race I think that everyone had better hold onto their hats.