A delay in posting

July 22, 2009

Didn’t put anything up for a day because I was astonished at the team-focused approach from Lance Armstrong and the rest of Astanà.

Looks like barring any major failures on the road for Contador, the 2009 Tour de France is his. Even with the Schleck brothers shaking up the top of the GC, there isn’t anyone within a few minutes of Alberto.

Now this shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who has watched Contador ride this year, but it still took me a little by surprise. Especially when I saw today’s result and realized that Lance is now pretty much out of the running even if he puts two minutes into Alberto in the Time Trial.

So what’s the plan? The buzz at the race has all shifted to next year’s race. Really. Among Americans, they’re all talking about how Lance is starting his own team and will be battling Contador next year.

Even I’m a little interested in how that plays out. So much so that I didn’t watch the last two stages – I just got the results online and on my iPhone.

So what still has you enthralled? There is still a bunch of great riding to come. But are you fading at the same rate as Lance’s chances? Gimme a shout. Let me know.