Last years Aussie victor has made it a bit like the new movie that everyone raves on about.
Very easy to go into it with high expectations and end up disappointed,
We still love the tour.......to quote matt gosses comments in the paper this morning 'my favority part the other day was seeing two people making love on the side of the road', i guess they tried to liven it up!
What's dull is that Sky are using F-1 tactics....Wiggins is going to be one of the few riders to win a Tour but not be the fastest rider in the peleton. Chris Froome could have won the stage and gotten close to taking the jersey last night. It was very sad TV watching the strongest rider of the day sitting up and waving Wiggo through like a ride marshall at a D-grade road race. Luckily Anker Sorenson slowly bleeding to death on the road, Tommy "the tongue" Voeckler, and Phil and Paul's constant gaffes made it interesting.
+1 DD. was amazing to see Froome glance back at Wiggins at least twice telling him to speed up. it must be so hard for froome knowing he could absolutely blow wiggo away but "team orders" restrict him from doing so.
+ 1 for froome glancing back at wiggins, was i the only one that that heard wiggins yell out WAIT!!!!!!! to froome as they were climbing that mountain? could another team approach froome before the tour ends and make him an offer of GC with more money? i wonder if froome would hold back then or would he blow wiggins a raspberry as he steals the yellow jersey
+1 that is hard to watch. Very similar to when Ulrich had to wait for Riis.
The tour has been a bit more boring this year - mainly due so many flat stages, no TTT, three TT's, the power of the Sky Train - all which means there has been no decent attacks or attempts to steal Yellow - was waiting for some decent attacks over the last two nights - and it hasn't really happened.
That been said, it has been fun and inspiring watching Voeckler, Sagan, Voight, Froome and Van Garderen.
Last year we watched as Cadel slowly gained time and worked tactically to gain Yellow at the right time - the year before was watching the Schelcks and Contador fight it out and challenge each other (with Cadel in the background marking them)- have not seen any of these type of epic battles this year.
That been said, well done Sky for forming a great team that is disciplined and strong - makes for some boring cycling, but they have there eyes on the prize and will deliver it.
It makes you wonder if Cadel had a team like this on previous years, how many TDF's he would have won.
My interest started around the time 'Big Mig' started winning. While his wins were based on his TT dominance, from memory he was still doing the climbs without much help from teammates. The mountain stages in his last couple of years were enlivened by Marco Pantani - watching him climb through the field was awesome. Lots of worthwhile things as already mentioned this year, including spotting potential up and comers. As for the yellow jersey, what's worse than watching a one-horse race is a two-horse race where one is 'nobbled'. The team aspect of this would be more enthralling if there was another team who could compete with Sky. The pinnacle of any professional sport often suffers by being smothered by that professionalism.
Big Mig resplendent in the Giro http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpKYmvsqe8E
He launched an amazing chase of Chiappucci in the 91 tour stage to Sestriere - one of the greatest solo mountain break aways of all time.