Wednesday, July 09, 2008
The Two American Teams Are Leading le Tour de France
Garmin Chipotle (formerly Slipstream) and Team Columbia (formerly Team High Road) are leading the overall team classifications at this year's Tour de France. Their status so early in the race is not nearly so surprising as was Alberto Contador's having won the Giro de Italia, but it is quite a feat. Both teams are loaded with time trial specialists who might not fare very well when the mountain stages start tomorrow, but they do deserve some recognition for their accomplishments. Garmin's Mark Cavendish won today's sprint, Columbia's Kim Kirchen holds second place in the General (overall) classification, and Columbia's Thomas Lövkvist is wearing the Best Young Rider's jersey.
Even people who are not cycling fans can enjoy le Tour in the USA on The Versus Channel. Why not watch a few stages? You might learn to really enjoy it.