There are some that are calling for this year’s Tour de France to conclude without crowning a winner. That seems patently absurd to me. To punish those who are clean because some used drugs or doping to compete makes no sense. It’s like calling off the World Series because some players were found to be taking steroids. Geesh. Take the cheaters out back and shoot ’em. Let the honest ones have their glory.
If there is any good news to come out of the Tour, at least for Americans, it’s that the US-based Discovery Channel team will take first and third in the race. While there is one more leg to go tomorrow, traditionally, riders do not try to jockey for position during the stage. It’s more ceremonial.
The Discovery Channel Team’s 24-year-old Spanish rider, Alberto Contador, will be wearing the Yellow Jersey for the final stage and will be crowned this year’s TDF winner. 34-year-old American Levi Leipheimer, also of Discovery Channel, will share the podium in third place, having completed today’s final time trial with the fastest time. Cadel Evans (Predictor-Lotto team) of Australia will take second place. One more Discovery Channel rider, Yaroslav Popovych (UKR) also finished in the top ten of the race with eighth place.
I’m sure the irony of the fact that the only team, Discovery Channel, from the country with the absolute least interest in the sport in the world, the US, takes first and third positions in the race is not lost on some disgruntled competitors. Additionally, Americans will take four of the top 25 positions in the race. Maybe that doesn’t seem earth-shattering, but again, how many kids grow up in the US thinking their going to be professional cyclists? Not such a bad showing after all.