Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Alpe d'Huez

After 16 days and 2,451 km (more than 1,500 miles) of racing, the Tour de France climbs l'Alpe d'Huez today. At the end of today's 187 km ride, and two other mountains, the cyclists will tackle 21 switchbacks and an estimated 500,000 rabid fans, who love to get in their faces, as with Jan Ullrich in this picture from 2003.
It's a spectacle unlike any other in sports.
Photo: www.carbonsports.de


Blogger Dave said...

I'm kind of waiting for your analysis of the race. Do you think Phonak has enough to keep it going? A lot of teams were ticked off that they didn't try harder to keep the yellow when they had it last week, so they're not getting any help, but it looks really good for Floyd.

10:57 AM, July 19, 2006  
Blogger Tom Noyes said...

Not so much. Floyd bonked today. This thing is wide open.

One thing is clear: The peleton has no clear patron, or boss, to impose order on the race. Maybe there's a metaphor for the current state of the world...

12:08 PM, July 19, 2006  

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