The Tour started this Saturday with a time trial out of Monaco. Although in my last post I noted that road is not my most favouritest thing, the soap opera that is the Tour de France is definitely excellent TV drama.
This year, seven time Tour champion Lance Armstrong is back from retirement, making bold claims that he's there to win. The only problem is that he's supposed to be there working for 2007 tour winner Alberto Contador, the 26 year old phenom who never got the chance to defend his title in 2008. That year's tour went to Carlos Sastre, a very nice Spaniard who's time had finally come after spending years working for other team leaders.
Today marks stage 3 of a 21 stage race run clockwise around France. Fabian Cancellara grabbed the yellow jersey on day one and he's got a good grip on it -- commentators say they expect him to keep it until at least stage 7. But it's the Green jersey that is the race to watch in these early days before the big mountain stages; right now, that belongs to Mark Cavendish.
For all the info on the race, standings and its rich history, check out the Tour's home on the web. My other source for tour coverage is http://www.velonews.com/ so be sure to stop there too. Live updates are provided at both sites so even if you don't have cable (like me), you can read the tour as it happens.
See you at the pub for the 8pm repeat coverage on OLN!
Cavendish takes Stage 2