Thursday, July 21, 2011

no whining

I'm probably one of the biggest whiner's in the group of runners that I run with regularly. But, Andy Schleck was really called out for his comment following stage 17 of the Tour de France. I can't find the particular quote, but something about the steepness of the descent. He doesn't appear to be as good of a descender as some of the other riders, maybe that's his concern?

Only 3 more stages left in this years Tour de France. Today’s stage was epic. It really made me a believer in Andy Schleck. I’d discounted him heavily in the last couple of days because of his comments about stage 17. Plus, I’d been swayed by comments on some of the forums about how much he complains. His response last year was that he still “had the fire in his belly”. He showed it today. WOW!

Tomorrow’s stage is the last day in the Alps with a climb of the Alp d’Huez. Voeckler was able to stay in the yellow jersey and should be able to keep it at least one more day. Saturday’s time trial will determine the winner of the overall race more than likely. Cadel Evans may not be able to best Voeckler and Andy Schleck. Should be another great stage. Sunday’s stage is primarily just a parade to Paris. It’ll have a sprint finish for the Green Jersey on the Champs Elysee's.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Great strategy today - Monfort waiting at the top for A. Schleck, then giving him a line to follow on the descent so he didn't have to be tentative. Work with what you've got. Escort down the slope gained him more time instead of the likely alternative of him giving up time due to his nerves.