Thursday, July 16, 2015

Tour 2015: the moo point

Okay, the day the herd of cows crossed the road has gotta be one of the unforgettable moments of Tour de France 2015. Rider Warren Barguil won't soon forget that descent of the Tourmalet.

Meanwhile Chris Froome and Sky look to be locked on to the lead.  If my boy Ryder Hesjedal is going to be noticed for anything more than riding right at the back of the peleton where the camera bikes linger, he's gonna have to pick his day soonish. His team Cannondale-Garmin are way out of contention and it is teammate Dan Martin who is doing the bold freelancing Hesjedal sometimes brings off.  Two second places for Martin.

Still a long way to go, and as beautiful and complex as ever, if you have the taste for it.

Only time you will find a Friends episode quoted here. Joey:  It's a moo point. Someone: Don't you mean a moot point?  Joey: No, a moo point. Like a cow's opinion; no one cares.

Update, July 21: By the weekend, Hesjedal had his shot.  On the run down the beautiful Ardeche Valley into Valence, he was out all day shaping and then escaping from a long breakaway, only to be swept up by the surging peloton a few km before the end.

Now they are heading into the high Alps, will he blow himself up every day supporting team leader Andrew Talansky, seventeenth in the GC standings, or will he get to do some freelance big-hill climbing for the glory of it? Probably the first, since Talansky's form ain't bad, actually, and he might do enough to move up in the big climbs

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