Stage 16 – Lance’s Final Dig

by CyclingTips

I’m sad to say that this is our last day in France for the 2010 Tour.  I’m usually ready to go home after a month of being away, but this has gone by so fast and we’re just getting settled into one of the most beautiful places in the world  – the Pyrenees.

We had intended to climb up the Tourmalet to watch today’s stage but the logistics proved to be too difficult. Or should I say, the 35km climb from where we are staying proved to be too difficult!  In any case, we planted ourselves in a small town at the base of the Tourmalet to take part in the festivities and watch the riders come through.   We still had a fantastic time and managed to get a good ride in as well.  What more could we ask for?

I have to say, there was a part of me hoping that Lance would pull off the stage win today.  When I think back over the years he’s given me some exhilarating moments while watching the Tour.  Sure there is a big elephant in the room with the allegations against him, but that doesn’t take those moments away from me.  It would have been nice to see him leave the sport gracefully.  He’s a completely different rider than he was a year ago and it’s hard to say why there’s such a drastic difference. My guess is there is some heavy stuff going on in the background with the whole Landis affair that’s taking up a lot of his energy. I think we’ve only seen the beginning…

It’s been a hell of a month here in Switzerland and France and I have BMC to thank for bringing me here.  I also have all the other Cycling Tips sponsors to thank just as much because they have helped pay for my hotels, food, transport, etc.  It’s been a dream come true being able to do the Passportes du Soleil, watch the TdF in person, and ride L’Etape du Tour. Most of all, thank you to everyone who comes to read CT every day. The comments, opinions and interaction is what makes it so interesting to read.

I’ll be offline for the next couple of days while I travel back to Australia.  In the mean time I put up a twitter feed of all the TdF riders in the right column of the page (better late than never).

I can’t wait to get back to riding in the wind and cold and staying up until 1am watching the rest of the TdF!  ;-)

McEwen was miles behind the groupetto at the base of the Tourmalet.  He was riding in last place all alone. I have no idea how he climbed back up to 90th place at only 35mins down on the stage.  He tweeted “What a day.rode 3hrs over 1st 3 mtns alone chasing grupetto.2nd half of stage simple in comparison.Aussie steel- bends but doesn’t break ;)”

Can anyone spot Mrs CT in this photo?

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