...there was a rivalry between him and Ullrich, aka, the "Bad Guy"
...the leaders looked behind them with dirty looks then hit the gas
...doping was rampant (hahahahahahhahahahahahaha!!!!)
...nobody wore helmets
...there was OLN!!!!
...Cavendish wasn't such a fucking princess
...I looked up to Tyler Hamilton cuz he seemed like such a good guy
...Mario Cippolini was racing. He truly was a styling man!
...there was a pirate racing. RIP Pantani!!!
...Richard Virenque owned the mountains year after year
...they did prologues through strange futuristic theme parks
...the still fastest prologue ever was ridden on a Cervelo P3
...there was a guy nicknamed "The Cannibal" who raced like one
...his name was Eddy Merxx, and he raced to put food on the table
...a guy named "The Badger"! (he won it 5 times as well)
...a guy died climbing Mont Ventoux (I have seen his monument) (he was stoned and drinking liquor that day)
...a young American beat a cocky Frenchman by 8 seconds on the last day!!!
...another American got busted with an 11:1 ratio of testosterone in his system!
...some unknown dude put 30+ mins into the field on a breakaway, and wound up winning the tour! (after that american was DQ-ed)
...stages were so long, that the riders would finish before the race officials
...riders had to fill up their own water bottles
Sadly this year, I have NOT been following the tour. I just don't have that fire anymore. We don't have anymore "came back from cancer to win it 7 times in a row" stories or "good vs evil" (Ullrich vs Lance) stories.
Its most likey a change in interests. I saw 3 stages of the tour in 2003, including L'Alpe D'Huez and the Champs Elysees. Now that triathlon has taken over my life, I get more jazzed about the Ironman World Championships than the tour.
Maybe the Tour should be shortened, or, just turned into one gigantic continuous stage where the riders ride all 21 stages in succession with fricking chainsaws on the the handlebars.
|Thanks Kevin for sharing!|