So yeah...the Tour went all sorts of sideways today.
The race was blown apart from jump. Groups everywhere. Rain. Horror movie fog...and this...
Bert went OTB, and hit the ground at speeds high enough to tear flesh from bone...and unfortunately, that's what happened.
Contador remounted, and attempted to fight on, but had to abandon 10km later. Shortly thereafter, news broke that he'd broken his tibia in the crash. Not a big fan of old Bertie, but that's a tough sonabitch!
Now, let's examine...
Which makes/made more sense? Making the effort on Stage 5, and NOT losing the 3 minutes on the cobbles, or risking everything on a rainy decent @ 75kmh?
Look, I'm no DS, and I'm rarely accused of being smart, but my innate horse sense tells me that going harder on the cobbles was the plan of action. Just sayin'...
And after Gallopin grabbed yellow yesterday, Ridley worked all night, and hand delivered this to Lotto Belisol's mechanics @ 0430 this morning.
OK...enough Tour...I won't post any more spoilers....
Big bike fun this weekend.
Easy CX ride on Saturday to get the legs going around. 2 hours. Nothing but looking at the sights.
I got back to Service Course to meet my family, all in their swimwear. Seems they were headed to the pool w/o me. Thanks guys. Love you too.
I got on the ladder, scraped paint, and caulked all of the new moulding on the house. Big fun. GD ladder makes my feet hurt.
Sunday met the group with a BEAUTIFUL morning. And we had a big, jovial group. Instead of Lex/Cal, we decided to roll into Lower Richland.
We introduced a few in the group to some roads they've never seen, which is always cool.
And the colors out in the country were pretty brilliant...
You should have been there.
Big fun was had by all. It was more than likely the best Sunday ride we've had in a long while.
My Ridley is a mess...and I'm going to get cracked and stretched shortly.
Hope everyone's Monday is going swimmingly...