Lance Armstrong made it to third place on the Tour de France podium by holding his own with Alberto Contador and Andy Schleck on the slopes of the vaunted Mt Ventoux and the next to the last stage of the 2009 Tour. Today, Lance, barring the unforeseen, will stand on the podium with these two superb mountain climbers. I was lucky enough to be able to cycle down to Mellow Johnny’s and watch the stage finish along side some of Lance’s most ardent supporters and Lance’s very own bike and coffee shop (Juan Pelota’s). Here’s a very brief video of the crowd at Mellow Johnny’s applauding Lance as he crossed the finish line just behind Alberto and Andy.
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Well, too bad we have to wait a whole year to see Lance battle it out with a new team vs. Alberto Contador and Andy Schleck. But he’ll be racing soon enough in the Tour of Ireland and, hopefully, some day in the Tour of Texas (if we can make it happen) against Contador and the Schleck brothers.
Lindsay Campbell did hundreds of episodes of the insanely popular Wallstrip and is now doing something totally new and different, a show about news and politics. We luckily catch her in an interview on day 1 of SXSW. There will be blog is Lindsay’s clip from sxsw which includes two cuts of austincasts Paul Terry Walhus talking about Matt Mullenwegg and “wholesome, family podcasts”. “MobLogic shamelessly pimps fellow bloggers in a pathetically transparent attempt to promote itself” it says on moblogic.tv’s episode page.
VINO IN THE CATBIRD SEAT. It seems to me that Alexandre Vinokourov. . . put himself in the catbird seat with his 7th-place finish today. The rest of the best will be chasing for more than a week just to try to make up the time gap he opened over them. It will be Vinokourov’s race to lose.
If this long-time lone ranger can discipline himself to work with his very talented Astana team, he should win the race. If he impulsively “goes off,” as he typically does, the podium in Paris is wide open.”
Affectionately nicknamed the “Flying Forehead” by Cycling Insight’s Bazzman and Hutch, this could be the Year of the Forehead.
I have to admit I missed the tv coverage on Versus of today’s Tour. My day was dominated by the mega-gorific “Live Earth” concert which ran for nearly 24 hours. Cycling is certainly an earth saving activity, and the concert had quite a few short films which extolled the virtues of riding a bike. In the absence of a first hand second hand report which I would have had if I watched Versus or had the room on my dvr to record it, I give you this little quote from the CSC blog.
“Don’t criticize Fabian Cancellara if he looked a little scraggy on the winner’s podium. The Swiss rider would have liked to have shaven the past few days, but he’s still waiting for his luggage. “I would love to have a shave, but my razor is inside my baggage which has been lost for three days now. I haven’t had any of my belongings after the airline lost my luggage on my flight to London on Wednesday. It’s nice to have the yellow jersey, but I wouldn’t mind my baggage again. If someone finds it, please call me!”