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TDF stage 20 / parade + sprint / Cavendish unstoppable again, Contador crowned, Petacchi keeps green

Sunday,  07/25/10  07:27 PM

Team Astana lead victorious Alberto Contador into ParisThe final stage of the 2010 Tour de France was a parade, as usual, followed by a bunch sprint, as usual, which Mark Cavendish won going away - as usual!  Man he is just so much faster than everyone else, it is scary.  Thor Hushovd got a great leadout and the camera was following him from the side as he cranked up his sprint, and suddenly Cavendish entered the frame from behind him and blew through, a yellow flash.  Wow!  Alessandro Petacchi finished a distant second to claim the green jersey; congratulations to him...

Team Radio Shack show off their spiffy "28" jerseys while being presented as the top team in the 2010 TourThe main excitement of the day occured before the start; Team Radio Shack unveiled their cool new "28" jerseys, all black (memo to self: get one!) only to be informed that they would be disqualified if they didn't switch back.  Boo.  So we were treated to the sight of nine riders sitting by the side of the road, pinning their numbers onto new jerseys, while the peloton soft pedaled through the neutral zone.  Pretty funny.  Later the team showed off their new jerseys while being presented as the top team in the 2010 Tour (pic at right).  It is fitting that Lance Armstrong's team won, in his final Tour; he has always been about the team, and he came back to cycling to promote Livestrong, his "team" to fight cancer.  Chapeau, Lance!

Tour de France 2010 podium: Andy Schleck, Alberto Contador, Denis MenchovThe final podium featured Alberto Contador winning his third tour, Andy Schleck with his second consecutive second, and Denis Menchov, who has won the Vuelta twice and the Giro, and has now been on the podium of the Tour.

It was a great Tour - the best really since I began paying attention, in terms of the competition and the route and all the side stories - and I'm sad it is over.  More perspective in a future post, but au reviour Le Tour for now.

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sailing Sunday

Sunday,  07/25/10  07:35 PM

A great Sunday; we watched the final stage of le Tour, and then I went sailing with Meg on Westlake.  Somewhere in there we had a marvelous late lunch, sitting lakeside and enjoying the day of the world.  I have quoted Wind in the Willows many times: "there is nothing half so much worth doing as messing about in boats", and so it was today.

Is anybody out there?  The Times of India reports 140 'earths' found... out of 700 new planets.  All by NASA's Kepler space probe.  I wonder how many of those 140 'earths' have intelligent life, and have launched space probes?

Team Radio Shack swap their special "28" jerseys before the start of today's Tour de France stageI found this rather amusing; for the past two weeks (since the end of the World Cup) the biggest sporting event going has been the Tour de France, but CNN only ran an article about it today, because of the Team Radio Shack special jersey story.  I guess cycling really hasn't made it as a mainstream sport in the U.S. yet :)

I *must* get one of those jerseys; instant classic!

Mini Cooper!Alexis and I have been exploring Mini Coopers!  How fun is that... they seem to be Alex' hearts' desire, and I must admit, they are really cute.  Not to mention they're safe - well built, with lots of good features - and economical.  Pretty fun to drive, too; with that little engine, they zip around like a go cart.  Quite a practical little car for a teen.  Anyway who knows but the exploration has been fun... 

(In answer to your next question: Charcoal with black trim :)

And so ends another great weekend.  Onward!

 
 

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