Schmalz in a jealous rage over a fellow graphic designer’s success.
‘It should’ve been me!’ screams Dan ‘Chikin Phat’ 2000, as he fires his publicist.
July 20, Claire is sleeping pretty well through the night, from 11 or so until 5 am, so itâ€™s pretty easy so far â€“ thatâ€™s quality parenting!
Hereâ€™s a little gem from Sean Kelly talking about Domina being last in the prize in this yearâ€™s Tour:
"Domina Vacanze will have to be careful they don’t pick up too many penalties before the finish in Paris," said Eurosport co-commentator Sean Kelly.
"They could end up owing money back to the race."
Rafael Nuritdinov better get on the ball and start earning.
The war or words between Lance and Floyd is a tempest in a tea cup, no big deal at all. Floyd said that Lance ran the team like a boss and sometimes people donâ€™t like their bosses. Whoa! News flash! He also mentioned people from Wisconsin like beer, and that getting kicked in the crotch feels â€œbad.â€
Hereâ€™s Philippe Gilbert getting pissy about Cadel Evans:
â€œEveryone in the group asked him several times to ease up so that he didnâ€™t not ruin the breakâ€™s chances of making it to the finish, but he didnâ€™t want to know anything about it. But then, as we persisted, he promised that if the peloton didnâ€™t allow us six or seven minutesâ€™ advantage he would drop back. But he never did it. In addition, from the bottom of the Aubisque he set a pace that most of us struggled to follow. Order was restoredâ€¦ but a kilometre from the summit he really took off and left two-thirds of us behind.
â€œFor me, a promise is a promise. He took us for idiots. I guarantee that one day I will have him. And when I do it I will make sure I take advantage of the work he has done. Iâ€™ve already let him know how I feel but Iâ€™m happy to let him know.â€
Waaah! Cadel dropped us! He tried to win! Youâ€™d think Philippe was French or Spanish instead of Belgian.
Big news of the day is that Vino is going to leave T-Mobile, I couldâ€™ve told you that days ago. Perhaps on the mountain stage when Kloeden and Ullrich chased down his attack? Rumors have him going to Disco or CA. I donâ€™t think he would fit in well at Disco; I am prayin g for him to go to CA, so I can watch the look on Moreauâ€™s face when heâ€™s forced to ride for Vino.
Todayâ€™s stage will most likely be a sprint and thank God! The mountains were duller than dry cleaning this year (with the exception of Georgeâ€™s win). All we saw was Lance and his lieutenants Ivan and Jan riding tempo.
The break has 12 minutes on the peloton, the action wonâ€™t start for 60 more kilos.
You can tell when Lance thinks he has the Tour wrapped up because he brings out the fancy â€œTour-onlyâ€ stuff. Today he has a big star on his helmet. For tomorrow he has special shorts from Nike that have a photo of his hand flipping the bird on the back. Heâ€™s going to ride in front of Floyd all day.
The only race left is for the green jersey, Iâ€™m hoping my boy Thor can pull it off. THOR WILL SMASH! I was thinking that Thor and Stuey would try to get into a move and get away from Robbie, but they probably got marked pretty well. I wonder if Cadel will have to chase for Robbie today. Sure, Cadel, youâ€™re our team leader; could you wait for Robbie while he takes a dump?
Hereâ€™s a shot of Lance chewing his lunch.
Hereâ€™s a shot of Lance chewing his lunch in slow motion.
Padrnos and Popovych have stretched a hammock between their bikes and are carrying Lance to the finish.
Thereâ€™s still sprint points left if the break makes it, so maybe Thor can get some points. THOR WILL SMASH! Itâ€™ll be rough for him to take points from Robbie in a bunch sprint.
Nice shot of Salvatore Commesso at the very back of the race working on his tan with his sleeves rolled up. I guess since Flecha didnâ€™t make the break, he has the day off. But heâ€™s only 2 hours 33 minutes behind, why doesnâ€™t he attack to move up to 110th on the GC? Go Sal, go!
France television has named Carlos Da Cruz as being the rider that is â€œMost Frenchâ€ â€“ cursing him forever into second place finishes.
CA is chasing to preserve Moreauâ€™s 10th place? Or perhaps for Thor? LET THOR SMASH!
Dekker attacks the break, did anyone not see this coming?
The break gets spread all over the road like Basque spectators before the Davitamon directorâ€™s car.
Now 8 guys at the front, Dekker attacks to get to the front group, sensing there are too many French riders near him.
Lance moment #26: the painful-to-look-at photo of him as a teenage tri-athlete in that awful Speedo.
Do you think weâ€™ll be able to purchase Nikeâ€™s Lance stickers? Iâ€™d say the chances are â€œinevitable.â€
Just having just been named the â€œMost Frenchâ€ rider, Da Cruz misses the move.
It looks like one of these eight riders at the front will win, and that win will become a trivia question answer. Much like the answer: Frederic Guesdon. Can you name the question?
The race is now to see whether any team cars get t-boned at the train crossing.
Because there are 2 Discos in the front, T-Mobile now has to ride to save their lead in the team competition, as if we care. Angered at having to do so much math, Godefroot fires Steinhauser and calls Schreck a poodle-walker.
Hinault (no relation) attacks on the hill and Savoldelli gets up to him, we will see if on the descent â€œIl Falcoâ€ can live up to his nick name. Der Kommissar is in town, indeed.
On the flat, the four are about to get together, but Savoldelli jumps at 2k and nothing happens.
Kurt-Asle Arvesen jumps and gets a gap. Savoldelli is chasing with a lot of dead French weight on his wheel. He looks at Hinault to see if he can pull through and Hinault replies, â€œIâ€™m French – what do you think?â€
Savoldelli drops Hinault and comes around KAA for the win like a mother-animal.
We now have to wade through 15-20 minutes of promos for BBQ before the sprint.
Savoldelli will be the second Disco in history to shower before Lance; with the time gap he may even get a nice haircut.
Iâ€™m hoping THOR WILL GET A CHANCE TO SMASH in the finish.
Floyd forgets heâ€™s in a bike race and misses the move at the front.
Vino is hunting for time and attacks the lead group. He then gets off the front and attacks the lead motorcycle.
Evans, Moreau and Floyd may each lose their places. Moreau will be able to explain to the other two exactly how this feels.
Thor is sitting on Stuey in case they catch. THOR WILL SMASH!
Vino hastens Cadel Evansâ€™ drop down the GC by a day.
Savoldelli calls from Italy to congratulate his teammates on their sprint finish.