ToF Stage 2

What a race!  After the demolition derby finish to stage 1, stage 2 proved to be another wreck-fest for the riders. Unlike years past when he could miraculously avoid crashes, this year has not favored Lance Armstrong.  After crashing out of the Tour of California, the 2010 Tour of France, his last, is not playing favorites.  As you can see from this photo, Lance was pretty torn up after the huge crash near the end of stage 2.  Everyone was going 60kph downhill when they came upon a downed rider and a camera motorcycle that fell and left oil and gas on the road.

At 39, Lance is not a young man.  He soldered on in today’s stage 3, but has lost a minute  or so to his main rivals for the overall win.  Whether he takes first place this year or not, he and the other riders are all winners in my book.  The Tour is not merely a test of the body; it is a test of that which drives the body.

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2 responses to “ToF Stage 2

  1. Tim

    “The Tour is not merely a test of the body; it is a test of that which drives the body.” Spot on!

    Lance may have lost some physical capacity, but mentally he remains the toughest there is. The overall win is probably beyond him, but I loved the gracious way he conducted his interview yesterday when he could easily have just bemoaned his bad luck.

    I am doing daily updates from the Tour – here is yesterday’s round-up. Please feel free to read & comment!

    http://thearmchairsportsfan.wordpress.com/2010/07/06/schleck-wrecked-as-cobbles-give-peloton-a-bumpy-ride/

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