Saturday, July 01, 2006

Tour de France 2006 Prologue

The big news of this years tour is the “sending away” of nine riders on the day before the tour was scheduled to start. While this would be big news for any sport, the fact that 4 or 5 of these riders were expected to be main competitors for a podium finish in Paris.

I have always liked watching Jan Ulrich ride so I was a little upset to see him gone. I have never warmed up to Ivan Basso. Lance Armstrong seemed to like and respect him but I never really cared one way or the other. So Basso being gone doesn’t really matter to me. Well, actually it does. With Ulrich and Basso gone the riders that I have decided to cheer for this year have a better chance of winning.

I’m afraid that I am going to be pretty nationalistic this year. I’m cheering for the Americans - Hincapie, Julich, Landis, Leipheimer, Zabriskie, Horner, Rodriguez and Vandevelde. I’m going to put Hincapie first because he is riding for the American Team of Discovery Channel. Realistically Landis and Leipheimer are the only other two that have a shot at the podium in Paris. But I’ll pull for them all anyway.

The top results for the day are:

Pos. No. Name Nat. Team Time
1 118 HUSHOVD, Thor NOR C.A 00:08:17.000
2 003 HINCAPIE, George USA DSC 00:08:17.000
3 018 ZABRISKIE, David USA CSC 00:08:21.000
4 044 LANG, Sebastian GER GST 00:08:21.000
5 091 VALVERDE, Alejandro ESP CEI 00:08:21.000
6 013 O'GRADY, Stuart AUS CSC 00:08:21.000
7 026 ROGERS, Michael AUS TMO 00:08:23.000
8 009 SAVOLDELLI, Paolo ITA DSC 00:08:25.000
9 071 LANDIS, Floyd USA PHO 00:08:26.000
10 096 KARPETS, Vladimir RUS CEI 00:08:27.000

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