And The Winners Are ….

Tomorrow morning I will get up early.  On the TV, I will have Eugenie Bouchard’s Wimbledon final.  On my computer screen (where I will actually be sitting), I’ll be watching the first day of the Tour de France.

They say that fortune favours the brave, and so I am willing to make a number of predictions:

1.  Bouchard will win Wimbledon.

2. Alberto Contador will win the Tour overall (yellow jersey).

3. Mark Cavendish will win the first stage of the Tour, but ….

4. Petr Sagan will win the points title (green jersey)  overall.

I can’t wait!

3 Responses to And The Winners Are ….

  1. What I hope we can be sure about is that Bouchard has no Epo or other banned substances in her system, not something I think we will ever be sure of anyone in pro cycling. The only question in the Tour is who will be caught and when. Sadly, cancers, heart disease, and early death await all dopers; some even wonder if Lance’s cancer was caused by the cocktails of drugs he took for over a decade.

    This makes it hard for me to watch the Tour, knowing some may be riding clean but they will likely be at the back of a large pack of dopers.

    Go Bouchard.

  2. jakking says:

    You haven;t been studying troad tracoing very closely. This is now the most rigorously tested sport on the planet and I believe that for the last three years we have had an essentially clean peleton. These are the finest arthletes in the world and the “good guys” have managed to clean out the rats like Armstrong and his crew.

    If you want to criticise a sport for its drug aspects, take a look at NFL and MLB. Those folks are nothing but walking chem labs.

    • Not so fast. As a fellow and true student of history, you know all too well that real change is glacial in all things, especially human nature. The documentary films “The Armstrong Lie” (last year) and “Stop at Nothing – The Lance Armstrong Story” (last week) document the unending story of doping, and the continuing denial of how pervasive it was, and is. The stakes are too high in a sport almost totally determined by one variable: VO2, how fast oxygen can be moved to the muscles. The stage races, like the tour, are where doping pays off the most as it rewards a high “recovery rate,” however accomplished. Teams are simply learning in a continuous game of slight adjustments how to fly below (or around) the latest radar.

      I wish it were not so. Seriously I do. I raced once, and competed as an international athlete. The question is only HOW CLEAN you are, not whether you are clean.

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