I'm not sure how much more I can stand.
First it's Levi out of the race with a broken wrist - devastating. Then it's George having what was probably his last chance to wear the yellow jersey in arguably one of the most respected and selfless careers in the sport of cycling taken away from him for no good reason - demoralizing. Today it was watching both Lance and Christian admit that their chances of winning the 2009 Tour probably evaporated today - heart-wrenching.
The Tour has always been heavy with drama but I don't remember ever being this close to tears so many times and we've only touched the toes of the Alps.
That all being said, Levi will live to race another day, George is a big boy who has built a career that has taught and inspired countless other riders. And at the end of the day George knows that, even though it's the Tour de France, it's still just a bike race and there are more important things in life. Christian seemed utterly genuine in his determination to use his skill on the bike to ride for Wiggins now. And, I think Lance put it best when he said that Contador showed that he's the strongest rider in the pack today and that if the team rides into Paris with the yellow jersey he'll be happy and he has seven of them of his own at home so he's just fine. I was rooting for Lance but there's no denying now that Alberto deserves to win the 2009 Tour and, barring anything crazy happening, win it he will.
I got home on Friday but it's taken me until tonight to watch all of the stages that I'd taped in my absence. I was not in prison or in rehab, I really was out of town at a lovely cottage watching my kids catch fish, play in the sand and eat their weight in ice cream.
Darren, JoeB, great to hear from you guys again. JeffK - welcome!!