Oh, the first rider goes down, followed by his teammates trying to break behind him. There was nothing they could do. This early in the Tour, it's a small catastrophe for Bbox who already had the worst time on the road of those teams who had already started. They were already off to a bad start. It's here we can see that this route was not really ideal for a team time trial - there were many arguments against it and it seems they may have been right.So yeah, not a good day for Thomas and his friends. But Voeckler did save the day a bit later on, yay! I may have stood up and cheered when I watched it on TV. :-)
In other news, I had a weekend full of non-televised biking myself. On Friday, Andy and I took the 5 Lakes, Creek, River tour with a small detour into St. Paul. My dad is right - the path IS better on that side of the river. Some photos (warning to Mom - you may want to look away. I know how you feel about the Lock & Dam):
It was 20 miles, about an hour and half or so. Not too shabby, but not even my longest ride of the weekend! You see, I just acquired some new bike gear that required extensive testing:
Everything was on sale, I promise! So after watching the Tour on Saturday, we went for a 25 mile ride in VERY WINDY conditions - seriously, I was pretty knackered at the end. We headed out west then looped aroud back towards downtown before heading home. It was lovely. Finally, today, we took an extended Lake/Creek/River tour. I had a small falling-completely-over-while-at-a-complete-stop moment, but nothing serious. We made it almost all the way over to downtown St. Paul before heading home. A good time was had by all - and I went 30 miles today, bringing the weekend total to 75 for those of you playing along. I'm a little sunburned but I am happy to report that the shoes and pedals are AWESOME. My knee doesn't even hurt at all after all that biking 3 days in a row, yay!
Ok, back to a terribly exciting evening of laundry and watching le Tour replay. Happy Sunday, all!