Today was the boring day I was afraid to have, but it did happen.
Not much action to look at in the end, it's very sad. It's very sad because you are in the Pyrénées and especially today, you have the Tourmalet.
But even a top mountain like this one didn't foster the riders enough to see some action. I'm not blaming them but it takes me back to what we discussed yesterday.
Why do we have stages like that? We have to go to the Pyrénées and we know that but; you can't just soften them so much otherwise you don't get fun anymore.
Today, I can hear two versions of why we are having some days like today.
The first one is because of doping. We are now always expecting to hear about a doping case so the Tour de France race director has setup some stages like that, that are tough, but not supposed to get you into doping. I have some doubts about that but why not...it's a fair try.
The second version is to make sure that the Tour de France is not already over. With a strong Contador this year, we all know that he has a 99 percent chance to win the Tour but if you make him win before the end of the first week, you start losing business. I can handle this explanation, it makes a bit of sense but in the end, but I think it's regrettable that we get stages like that at all.
We know Contador is going to make it and he had such a strong team that I doubt he will lose the Tour this year.
But another question remains? What the hell are the team managers doing? Once again, today was a good opportunity to try something. Do they lack creativity? Is there too much money involved?
I mean when you have the Tourmalet in a stage, you have a very nice "tool" to play with. Why aren't they using that?
I will be glad to read what your thoughts are about all that and what you would like to see in the future (if things could be changed).
Please free to send me all your questions and I will take a couple everyday to answer them.
I look forward to reading from you tomorrow.
Yours in Sport,
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.