i like 'em both
Wow! Some unexpected fireworks today. Cadel Evans now looks like a solid favorite, given his time-trial abilities. Good to see him attack. He might win the Tour just by wheel-sucking on the favorites until the TT, but a winner should go out and get it on the stages.
Contador showed he's still got some of his legs. I'm not a big fan of his, but the race is more fun when he attacks. He's going to have to stay aggressive to get those two minutes back from Evans. He's definitely looking better, but I feel like the Contador of last year would have beaten Evans to the line today.
As for Andy Schleck . . . what's the deal? Is he just not in form this year? I thought he was racing conservatively earlier, but now you have to wonder. I kept waiting for him to shift gears and take over, and it didn't happen.
Voeckler turned in another solid stage, but the one guy he couldn't afford to lose time to (Evans) got about 20 seconds on him. He really can't lose any more to him. A month ago, at the Dauphiné, the two raced the same time trial at Grenoble that the TdF is using, and Evans edged him by 1'58". Evans is now within 1'45". Of course, wearing the maillot jaune just might give Voeckler something extra in the tank . . . well, he's got to get through the Alps first.
And Thor Hushovd is just plain awesome.
Should be a great third week.
Even though, it was probably inevitable, this is sad to see. Ann Arbor will take a hit from this. Good luck to all those losing jobs.
Despite a freep report saying yesterday saying Chris Osgood and Ken Holland will be holding a teleconference to announce the goalie has signed another one year contract...sources are now saying he will announce his retirement at this press conference and take a developmental job with the organization.
It is expected the Wings will sign Ty Conklin as their backup for this upcoming season...
But now, to the more interesting aspect of this announcement: the Hall of Fame Debate. I am not sure that there is another HOF debate that gets more heated. On one hand you have a 400 win, three time Stanley Cup Champion, two as a starter (another all the way to game 7 where he would have won the conn smyth...but I choose not to remember that due to painful memories)...on the other hand, those who say he was never that good, but was supported by the best franchise in the past 20 years in the NHL (which I find to be a stupid argument...by that logic, Grant Fhur was not HOF worthy either since he played on arguably the most talented teams ever...). I think with over 400 wins, Osgood deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. I think a less obvious question is if the Wings will ever retire his jersey...
What do you think?
As expected, no changes to the GC. Crazy stat: Thomas Voeckler has now won as many career yellow jerseys (17) as Alberto Contador. Obviously, it's when you win them that matters most but still, that's impressive. I think he has a couple more in him before the second or third Alpine stage finally does him in.
And another stage win (19) for Mark Cavendish. An absolute machine. Barring injury, he's going to be very high in the charts when he's done.
Cadel Evans has to be licking his chops right now. I've got to think Andy Schleck is second-guessing himself for not attacking more in the Pyrenees. I can see him going like a madman in the Alps and taking the maillot jaune . . . and then losing it on the time trial. He's got to stop worrying so much about Contador and his brother and just go.
Final thought: you can't help being impressed with how much obscure historical/geographical knowledge Liggett/Sherwen have. I'm sure they've got media guides and so forth to help them out, but even so, they seem to know the history behind every chateau they see on the hillside. The guys announcing U.S. sports seem like complete meatheads in comparison.