Running In Circles
Sunday, July 17th
Resting Pulse: Not Recorded
Weight: Not Recorded
Other Exercises: None
Comments: Planned rest day—no workout.
Angie finished Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince last night, and I started in on it this afternoon. We'll see how much sleep I get tonight.
I expected Armstrong to dominate and destroy the field in today's stage, the toughest one of this year's Tour de France. With the exception of Basso, he did, at least as far as the major GC contenders go. The early breakaway, however, stayed clear all day, and Hincapie pulled clear of it for the stage win.
While I like Hincapie and am glad he won—especially as he was a teammate of Fabio Casartelli, who died ten years ago to the day—I wish the win could have been a little cleaner. Hincapie did no work on the long breakaway and was, therefore, clearly the freshest rider on the final climb. Since he was on the same team as the Mailot Jaune, it was his right to play the part of the "ticket collector," but, in my opinion, it cheapened his win a little bit.
WARR: T-minus 62 Days