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I started watching the TDF prologue this morning but then got called in to do a study at the hospital. It wasn't bad even though it was an ICU patient since I just brought his whole bed to the department and just rolled him right under the camera. ;) When I got back I finished watching the race and now I'm ripping Basket Case for an upcoming Movie/Chat Night.

The prologue can be kind of boring since it's one rider after another, but since it's the first race it was exciting to hear about all the riders. There was an early accident by Stuart O'Grady who clipped a barrier going around a corner. His support crew was out with a new bike quickly and it didn't look like he got hurt too bad. Levi didn't do too great or too bad, but Discovery Channel did very well as a team, with three people in the top 15, two in the top five and Gusev picked up the white jersey for top new rider. Vinokourov placed well also, and it looks like his team is ready to fight for the maillot jaune. He placed 7th and his teammate, Kloden, placed 2nd. The best part of the race was seeing the time trial champion, Fabian Cancellara, smoke the rest of the competition by coming in 13 seconds ahead of everyone else!

Some times people don't realize how fast these guys are going, so here's the breakdown:

The course was 7.9 KM long, or about 5 miles. Cancellara finished the route in 8 minutes 50 seconds. That's 53.7 Km/hr or about thirty four miles per hour! Dayum! That's fast.

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zette
Jul. 7th, 2007 11:10 pm (UTC)
"now I'm ripping Basket Case for an upcoming Movie/Chat Night."

WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! I have The Manitou in my Blockbuster queue for the same thing. If you want to send me a copy and I'll copy some too, I will.
agreatnotion
Jul. 7th, 2007 11:43 pm (UTC)
Cancellara's ride was superhuman.
democritus
Jul. 8th, 2007 01:05 am (UTC)
I don't think people understand how amazing some of these riders are. Of course Lance was a pop icon but seeing something like him shred that course or someone cruising up Aubisque and Ventoux like it ain't no thang are just awe inspiring.
woohag
Jul. 8th, 2007 12:35 am (UTC)
Ok, I made a decision: I am going to read your daily TDF posts in addition to OLN or the TDF website...so ya better be thorough, ya hear?
democritus
Jul. 8th, 2007 01:20 am (UTC)
Well, I'll do my best, ma'am. ;) Honestly, I'm doing it to get myself back into the sport as much as anything. I miss the excitement of the glory and the pain of cycling. I hardly ride anymore and, when I got into the Tour, I was riding all the time and could "feel the burn". It's really inspiring to see these superhumans at work and it's fun to get to know the riders again. Like I said before, I have a place in my heart for the climbers, so the mountain stages will be covered in detail, but I'll try to give the flats and the sprinters some coverage too. Cancellara impressed the hell out of me today, so I think I may be showing them some more love as well. So McEwen, Petacchi, Boonen, Vinokourov, etc will get their place in the limelight.
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