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Bidding Au Revoir to This Year’s Tour de France

As the 2011 Tour de France rolls into Paris this morning, I’m sad to see it go.  It was one of the best tours I can remember in recent history, and even though there was a lot of negative energy surrounding it in the blogosphere, with lots of people making fun of people who like the tour, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I love all the color in the peloton!

So far, there haven’t been any big doping or failed drug test aligations, and I’ve also noticed that the riders seemed to care more this year.  I don’t really know how to describe that, but they did.  For example, Tommy Voeckler, a Frenchman and rider for EuropeCar, held onto his yellow jersey for 10 stages.  He held onto it through the mountain stages…the hardest of them all!

“The yellow jersey makes you ride with the strength of ten men.”

-Phil Liggett

Alas, Tommy finally lost the mayo jean on the last day in the mountains.  He just couldn’t keep up with the attacks from Alberto Contador and the Schleck brothers who kept increasing the pace.  Andy Schleck took the lead in the race, and I was very happy.  With only two days left in le Tour, it looked like Andy’s first TdF victory was possible.

However, during yesterday’s time trial, Australia’s Cadel Evans had a much better ride than Andy and powered through the time difference.  Cadel ended the stage in yellow, and I’m none too happy about it.  Don’t get me wrong, Cadel is a good rider.  I’ve just never been a fan.  Kind of like I’ve never liked the Yankees.  Anyway, because Cadel took the mayo jean away from Andy at the time trial, he’ll be riding it onto Paris this morning, drinking champagne on the Champs de Elysee because he is the winner of this year’s Tour de France.

So, even though I don’t like you very much, fèlicitations, Cadel…better you than Contador.

Did you watch any of this year’s tour?  What did you think?

xoxo, Karoline

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