Why, that’s my boy winning Stage 15 yesterday. He pulled on the yellow jersey (his 61st!) at the end of this stage. Today, it’s the uphill time trial. I’m listening right now.
I do have to say how sorry I am for Thomas Voeckler. The guy has worn the maillot jaune for the last 10 days. He’s been a lot of fun to watch. I’m going out on a limb here to say that we’ll be seeing a lot of him in the years to come. He’s made his mark this year, but he has a lot of years left. Allez Thomas!!
Also, I want to extend sympathy to everyone who was hoping Tyler Hamilton would win the Tour this year. It was a sad moment on Saturday when OLN showed him riding up the row of team cars and waving to each one. I couldn’t believe he was abandoning. He finished the Tour fourth last year (one place off the podium) with a broken collarbone. Now, that’s worth repeating – he finished fourth with a broken bone!! Here’s a picture of his back after the race on Saturday:
Now, it may look like just a couple of bruises, but read his entry on his website to find out what was really going on. He took a big fall in Stage 6 and landed on his lower back. Basically, he had no power in those muscles and with no power in your lower back, you can’t climb the mountains. I have no doubt that he’ll be back next year. Heal well Ty, we’ll see you next year!