When the Tour de France has days like today with great weather conditions, a great course, massive crowds on the road and on TV, Im in love with it! What a day!
I would agree to a certain extent that the beginning of the stage wasnt super exciting to watch but with the hell of a finish we had today, you have to recognize that we are having a great show for almost a week now.
Cancellara has literally exploded in the first climb of this Tour and has lost his yellow jersey. It was maybe the only fact that we could have forecast for today.
Then, its not Contador nor Lance, as I thought, who got the yellow jersey, its the Italian, Nocentini, who is the new leader by only 6 seconds! No doubt that Contador will claim his due tomorrow and that we will have a new yellow jersey! And watch out for Lance who is just around the corner just two seconds behind!
Isnt that great? Isnt what we want?
So please join me in congratulating Lance for his awesome start on this Tour. Its incredible to do what he is doing with so little time to train. He is already racing for the win. I would like to meet anyone who could have predicted that a couple months ago. I mean, the guy retired for 3 years, had a great time and comes back to one of the most difficult sports where you have to be ready to hurt yourself everyday. Its such a great achievement to be here and be among the best already.
I heard today, in the backstage, that its almost guaranteed that Lance will be riding next year for his own team called Livestrong. Nike will be the main partner and they will be riding Trek bikes, of course. I talked with some friends who ensured me that this will happen. What a great news! Im so stoked about that. We will get to see the legend again in France!
This news makes me realize how lucky we are to be part of that and be able to enjoy these great moments of sports. What else can bring you such excitement?
You never know what can happen in sports. Look at todays race: a French man who just turned pro in September won the stage!
There is magic in sports and I hope you are seeing as much as I am.
Enjoy the Tour, enjoy the sports, its all good!
Ronan Pensec participated eight times in the Tour de France and wore the yellow jersey in 1990 while racing for Greg Lemond's Z team. He now operates Ronan Pensec Travel, an official Tour de France operator hosting VIP cycling tours for recreational cycling enthusiasts.