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.