Le Tour 2006

Lance Armstrong isn’t riding this year, and my cable provider decided that OLN was a premium channel. Between not being able to watch for a twelve-peat or whatever and it being damn inconvienent to go to the pub at 9am, I’ve not watched any of the race this year, and that’s a damn shame, as it’s shaping up to be on of the most interesting yet.

In the 16th stage, top American rider and general classification leader Floyd Landis cracked and dropped to over eight minutes behind the leader. Now, 8:08. That’s a lot of time. One minute is considered a comfortable lead between top riders in this race. With only four racing days to go, Landis considered himself pretty much out of the race.

Out of the race didn’t even last a day, as Landis went on to beat the entire field by over five minutes. Now only 30 seconds behind the GC leader with three stages — one of which is a time trial, and Landis is the best time trialer of the race leaders — remaining.

So anyway, yeah. Good race this year. I recommend it.

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5 responses to “Le Tour 2006”

  1. Christopher Smith
    Christopher Smith
    July 23, 2006 at 4:45 pm |

    Looks like he won. Geez, seems like Americans have been dominating the tour for the last couple of decades.

  2. Corey
    July 23, 2006 at 10:23 pm |

    Well, to be fair, Basso, Ullrich and several other very solid riders were dropped from the tour the day before it started because of a doping scandal. Things likely would have been very different if that didn’t happen.

    Still, to drop 8:00 in one day and make it all back the very next day is insane. I can’t see how any other sporting event this year could even pretend to equal it.

  3. Corey
    July 23, 2006 at 10:25 pm |

    Another fun fact (thanks, SportsCenter): every American win in the tour has come within the last 20 years. The US is #3 in terms of total wins behind France and Belgium.

  4. Christopher Smith
    Christopher Smith
    July 25, 2006 at 3:22 pm |

    So, what you’re saying is the Americans can only win if doping regs are enforced? I can live with that. ;-)

    As impressive as that comeback was, I suspect it will be dwarfed by “the head butt”. Also, as a Canadian I have to say that almost any hockey game, even a pick up street hockey game, is of course more exciting than all other sports.

  5. Corey
    July 25, 2006 at 11:18 pm |

    Pretty much, yeah. If Ullrich or Basso were allowed in this year’s tour, I definitely would have bet on one of them.

    The tradesports graph for Landis is great, btw. It goes from 80 before the 16th stage to almost zero after and then back to the 80’s after the 17th stage.

    The head butt is bigger the way that McDonalds serves more burgers. Sure, people may remember it, but who cares?

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