Tuesday, August 4, 2009

The Tour de France 2009 - a look back

More than one week has passed since the end of this year’s Tour de France. Time for me to look back and name some of the tops and flops of the race (as seen by me and in no particular order).

Kenny van Hummel – for not stopping until a crash forced him to abandon
Armstrong – for a great comeback and third place
Heinrich Haussler – for his stage win in the rain
Andy Schleck – for his strength and maturity despite his young age
Wiggins – for finishing fourth overall and suddenly being a GC contender
Cavendish – for incredible 6 stage wins
Nocentini – for several days in yellow
Contador – for his second TDF win
B. Feillu, Le Mevel and the French riders in general – is it just me or are they getting better again?
Tony Martin – for his superb ride on the Ventoux stage

Astarloza – for failing a drug test, even if it wasn’t during the tour
Evans – what has happened to him? Not sure if his performance is a flop or a sign of whatever
Sastre – same as Evans
Boonen – why did he even sue the organizers to be there?
the route

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