Friday, July 07, 2006

Re: Cycling

I'm totally stoked about sports. Not baseball (the Royals extinguished that fire long ago) and certainly not World Cup Yawner (er, Soccer).

Nope. It's finally Tour De France time. This year's edition of the Tour was wide open even before it started with living legend Lance Armstrong finally out to pasture in his retirement. My Supermodel Wife and I were looking forward to seeing a big race among the previous years' also rans, including contenders Jan Ullrich, Ivan Basso and Joseba Beloki.

But the day before the race kicked off, a Spanish doping probe (heh) named those two as well as several other riders. They were summarily kicked out of the race, leaving the race for anyone to win, even another American.

And through the first week, the race hasn't disappointed. As of today, Aussie Robbie McEwen has won three of the first six stages. Yet he still can't get past Belgium's Tom Boonen.

And thanks to the new DVR, I don't have to miss a minute of the Tour coverage, which is aired locally at an inconvenient 8:30 a.m.

I have only two beefs with the coverage this year. First is that it's not in high-definition, and second is, what's with that gap-toothed bonehead Bob Roll. Is he the token American? Get someone whose more telegenic.

Anyway, tomorrow is the big individual time trial. It could have a major impact on the rest of the race so don't miss it. Or if you do, make sure to DVR it.

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