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What A Day!

Posted by Ronan Pensec on Jul 18, 2009 10:19:48 AM

I would like to thank you for your comments yesterday. It’s with great interest that I read your comments and I totally understand your point of view.


The only thing that I would add is that I used to race for many years as a pro rider and, even if I retired years ago I will always look at a race from a professional standpoint. There is nothing I can do about it and I was a pro rider because I was looking at a stage as a pro rider. Let me tell you that during this second week, most riders didn’t have fun. Most of them are just waiting...


Now, look at today. What a day we have got! You have to recognize that it was a day of sports with tears, deceptions, but also joy and suspense!


The big deception will be for the Columbia team that lost BIG today with the yellow jersey that could/should have gone to George Hincapie and the green jersey that will not be for Cavendish in Paris.


It must be very tough for Columbia because they had to make a choice today and they decided to support Cavendish’s sprint instead of Hincapie’s run for the yellow jersey.


It must have been hard to choose but I think I would have gone for Hincapie as I think he deserved a run with the yellow jersey at least...and in the meantime, Cavendish could lose this stage and still win the green jersey in Paris.


So, in the end, we have had a great day of cycling, with lots of attacks and an unexpected finish.


This is what sports is all about and I’m a firm believer that you can create a fertile ground to moments like that and I don’t think that the second week had much to do with it.


Tomorrow riders will start climbing and I’m very excited about it...and now you know why.


Enjoy the Tour de France!



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.

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