Le Tour de France gets rolling with the prologue in Rotterdam Saturday. Coinciding with a big Dutch win in football on Friday the sporting world has eyes on the Netherlands right now. As usual, Tour de France updates on Être ou Avoir will mainly occur on the separate page which has made its annual return. It can be found on the top navigational bar, or by clicking here. No matter what happens, there will be enough that happens that make this 97th edition an exciting one – the worlds largest annual sporting event always has excitement. With two visits to le Tourmalet, rolling through 3 countries, 3 summit finishes, throw in some cobblestones and a time trail left to the penultimate day, not to mention the rivalries that are simmering, and the ingredients are there. Some things I’m pulling for to make it a truly fantastic Tour:
-At least a couple of successful breakaways
-Podium for a Schleck
-A stage win by at least one of Jens Voigt, Juan Antonio Flecha, or big George Hincapie
-A close competition for the Green Jersey
-A stage win for Levi
-A summit finish decided in the last 100 meters
-Sprint win for Tyler Farrar
-Good showings by Canadians Barry and Hesjedal. They ride in support, but it would be so good to see them shine individually – even just a bit.
…and honestly, there is a part of me wishing that Vino’ legitimately fights for, and achieves some aspect of redemption. If cycling is to truly mirror life, then shouldn’t we be allowed another chance? I’ll have to see how he performs and how I come to terms with the rider who was once my favourite.
Probably won’t have time for many updates, but if there are some, they will appear on the TdF page.