Anyway, on to the important stuff. I just want to throw out to more underdog candidates for the Tour. First off, there’s a rider who’s become famous in my apartment as the "tilted-head guy" aka Paco Mancebo, Spaniard extraordinaire. Mancebo used to almost keep up with Armstrong on the climbs, and he’s had plenty of experience with full stage races. He just looks really funny when the gradient gets steep.
Second, what about Denis Menchov, winner of the Vuelta, and more recently of the Ventoux stage at this year’s Dauphine? I don’t think he’s ever really pursued the Tour before, but who else is Rabobank going to rely on? Michael Rasmussen?
I just have to throw these out there because there’s some doubt over whether my previous underdog, Georg, is going to get selected for the Tour. And even then, I have this weird feeling Boonen’s going to suddenly decide to attempt being a stage-racer, and that could turn things all sorts of topsy-turvy.
P.S. Here, enjoy a random photo from our Yellowstone trip two weekends ago. Actually, this one’s probably my favorite Yellowstone shot. Stormcrowe, if you come to Idaho, we should take a road trip on a Saturday and ride up here. Crossing the Continental Divide three times in an hour on a bike would just be too much fun to miss.