Thursday, July 26, 2007

No More Bets

I guess I'm going to have to stop doing my daily (at least for the past week) over/under bet on the doping stories going on in le Tour, since virtually every story that has been coming out recently has related to that subject. I saw the news yesterday regarding the yellow jersey about 3:00 pm, and frankly, it just made me sad. I love cycling and have spent the last ten years trying to race at a high level. Stories like this really just about make me want to quit the sport. It is just sad these days when almost every headline related to cycling, and pro sports in general, leaves the reader with a bad taste in their mouth. Go to any major sports page, all one reads about anymore is dogfighting, steroids, gambling, doping, cheating, money, strippers, and, oh yeah, maybe an occasional score thrown in just to satisfy the people who seem to care. I guess this is why we see so many bitter old men. Adios.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Why?

I was going to write about my over/under being up one with three the final tally from yesterdays velonews.com. I was even going to make fun of that a little bit, and then comment on a helluva tour stage yesterday and a great comeback from Vinoukurov for the win. I was going to comment on Cadel losing more time but still being able to make the final podium on Sunday. But then I saw this report and just decided that the best comment would be a simple question...why? Adios.

The Revised Top Ten as of this Morning:

1. Michael Rasmussen (Dk), RABOBANK, 69:52:14
2. Alberto Contador (Sp), DISCOVERY CHANNEL TEAM, 2:23
3. Cadel Evans (Aus), PREDICTOR - LOTTO, 4:00
4. Levi Leipheimer (USA), DISCOVERY CHANNEL TEAM, 5:25
6. Carlos Sastre (Sp), TEAM CSC, 6:46
7. Haimar Zubeldia (Sp), EUSKALTEL - EUSKADI, 7:27
9. Kim Kirchen (Lux), T-MOBILE TEAM, 8:24
10. Mikel Astarloza (Sp), EUSKALTEL - EUSKADI, 9:21
11. Alejandro Valverde (Sp), CAISSE D'EPARGNE, 10:41
12. Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr), DISCOVERY CHANNEL TEAM, 12:29


Sunday, July 22, 2007

Evans has Cracked

So I was watching the tour this morning and found myself shouting encouragement at the tv as Cadel was in the process of cracking on the final climb with about 5 or 6 km's to go. He's still holding onto 3rd, but barely at this point, one more bad day there and the lights are going to go out for him. Bummer. One can now only hope that Rasmussen somehow cracks a bit, but I don't see that as being to likely.

I guess I should have posted a number with my over/under from yesterday, but here is the latest dope from velonews.com today. The over/under for tomorrow is going to be set at 2, after all it is a mountain stage. Adios.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Go Cadel

Cadel Evens did my pre-race prediction well today with a strong second place in the 54km TT, moving up to 2nd on GC in the process. No, I do not think that he will be able to gain any time in the next three mountain stages, but if he is able to hold his position and not lose time to Vino or Kloden, then he may be able to make up his one minute deficit to Rasmooooosen in the next time trial one week from now.

There was one doping story on velonews.com today, what is the over/under for tomorrow? Any bets on when the next day with zero doping stories will occur? One can only wonder. Adios.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Tour de Dope

So Rasmussen has been booted from the Danish national team and now this just came through velonews.com this afternoon. Sweet. Shouldn't matter in the end 'cause Cadel is still going to take the yellow into Paris next weekend.

I doped this morning with three cups of coffee and then rode extra fast on my hour recovery ride on the bike path. Even passed a family of 4 in the dirt at 13.5 mph! Take that! Might have to dope some more tonight with an espresso so I can make it through work this evening. Man I'm evil these days! Whatever. ;)

On a side note I'm on the cusp of shooting in the 40's for nine holes, last two rounds have been 50 and 51. Adios.