It was a banner year for many riders at this year's Tour de France, including Alberto Contador, Andy Schleck, Mark Cavendish, Alessandro Petacchi and more. But there were several riders who did not fare as well at the Tour. In fact, the argument could be made that some riders put in such poor performances that they will no longer be considered top-flight contenders for future stage races. Below follow four riders that fell short at the 2010 Tour . . . and that could see their chances to lead diminish in the coming years.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
The 2010 Tour de France is over and done, with Alberto Contador winning the event for the second year in a row. After a 2009 campaign that saw the Spaniard dominate the three week event, his 2010 win pales in comparison after a controversial decision to leave Andy Schleck behind just as he was experiencing a mechanical during the Tour's 15th stage.
Monday, July 19, 2010
How anyone, be them Phil Ligget or anyone else, could think that the tactics employed by Alberto Contador, Denis Menchov and Sammy Sanchez in today's stage 15 in the Tour de France were anything but classless should have their head examined. After experiencing a horribly timed mechanical toward the top of the final day's climb, Andy Schleck watched as the race went up the road without him, costing him his overall lead in the race. He now sits a handful of seconds out of yellow behind Alberto Contador.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
After a very interesting first day in the Pyrenees, the battle for the top step of the Tour de France podium has only just begun. Andy Schleck holds a tenuous lead over Alberto Contador, but the 30 seconds he is ahead aren't enough to ensure a Tour win by the end of the race. The Luxembourgian will have to find a way to take time in the coming stages as he sets the stage for a tense final time trial toward the end of the Tour.
Monday, July 12, 2010
It's been an amazing first week of the Tour de France. Tough stages has meant that the GC has been significantly affected early on, and already there are GC riders well out of contention for the overall. Then again, we must remember this past year's Giro d'Italia, where eventual overall winner Ivan Basso was over ten minutes down on the GC after the first week. Only problem was, it wasn't Alberto Contador ad Andy Shleck that were ahead of him by that much time. So, keeping that mind, here are the goods and bads thus far from this year's Tour.
Lance Armstrong has been laid low by an unprecedented string of bad luck at this year's Tour de France. He has crashed several times, suffered mechanical breakdowns and been forced to the brink of abandonment . . . and we're only just starting the second week of the three week event. The Radioshack team leader has been philosophical and humble regarding his circumstances, and has stated that he'll work on behalf of his teammates and enjoy his final Tour participation, content that his chance for the overall is over.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Mark Cavendish is simply not the rider he was in 2009, there is no other way to say it. After positively dominating the 2009 cycling season from wire to wire, Cavendish has had a bumpy 2010, notching only a handful of wins en route to his big target for 2010, the Tour de France. Cavendish has been speaking since the end of last season about his plan to win the green jersey as well as stages at this year's Tour, but so far he has been dusted by an older yet clearly superior Alessandro Petacchi.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
I just cannot get on board with the notion that cobbles and other non-typical cycling course characteristics are a bad thing for the Tour de France and other three week stage races. After a wet and slippery stage 2, the 2010 Tour brought the peloton to the feared cobbles of Northern France. The usual cobbled chaos ensued, as both crashes and shrewd tactics saw many of the GC favorites lose time.
Monday, July 5, 2010
You've got to hand it the ASO, the organizers of the Tour de France as they finally figured out a way to make the first few days of the Tour exciting . . . and meaningful for the GC . . . all at the same time. Poor weather coupled with challenging courses featuring narrow roadways has seen chaos reign down on this year's Tour field, and there are already casualties in the GC fight only two days into the event. The drama is already so thick you can cut it with a knife and the Tour hasn't even entered France yet.
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Saturday, July 3, 2010
In America, the Amgen Tour of California's popularity has swelled year over year. But for the American sports fan, there is still only one race that truly holds any weight: The Tour de France. The cobbled classics are amazing races, but few in America can relate to obscure cobbled roads in Belgium. The Giro is great, but the lack of TV coverage in America cripples the attention it gets in the US. The Tour, with non-stop VS coverage from dawn to dusk, brings each day of the Tour into the living rooms of America, allowing them the chance to see the beauty and power that is professional cycling.