Blames it on a “mistake of youth”
On the thermometer, it didn’t show this was our hottest day of the year, but there was no wind and the humidity was up, making it feel like it was the hottest. But, I guess I shouldn’t complain.. it could be worse.
I did not get out for a ride yesterday. My legs were cooked, and I got of work late. So I bagged the ride and felt really guilty afterwards.
I left work at 10AM this morning to make up for it. I got in a really good 45 miler. Legs felt great and I got in before the heat was really bad.
We are planning to go to Louisville for the RS Prussia auction on Friday. But, that may be scrubbed. Looks like the transmission is shot in the PT Cruiser. We limped it into the garage late this afternoon. Friggin Chrysler.. what else could you expect. The transmission goes out at 77, 600 miles. When we bought that car almost 4 years ago, there were voices inside my head saying this would happen after the warranty ended. Doh! I love the car, it’s great for hauling my hockey gear and my bike. It has been problem free, and decent at best on gas. But I will NEVER buy a Chrysler product again.
Car 3- Evanston
Everyone walked away
The Tour is over. (Despite the few dopings, it was indeed a great Tour)
Now I don’t have any excuses. I can train harder, then come home and work on the honey do list. The lawn is in desperate need of mowing. The poor dogs can’t find their to the back door without getting lost.
Sastre wraps up his first Tour victory as Steegmans wins the finale
Carlos Sastre (CSC-Saxo Bank) won the 95th Tour de France on Sunday as Gert Steegmans (Quick Step) took the 21st and final stage on the Champs-Élysées.
“I’ve dreamt of this since I was a child,” said an emotional Sastre, who was surrounded by his wife and two children, Claudia and Yeday. “I’m beyond words — to be here with my family is really special.”
Steegmans, too, was delighted, having finally snapped his team’s winless streak at this year’s Tour.
“Finally I’ve got a stage, and what a stage to win,” he said. “To top it off we beat Columbia, which we are very happy about.”
1. Gert Steegmans (B), Quick Step
2. Gerald Ciolek (G), Columbia
3. Oscar Freire (Sp), Rabobank
4. Robbie McEwen (Aus), Silence-Lotto
5. Thor Hushovd (Nor), Credit Agricole
6. Julian Dean (NZ), Garmin-Chipotle
7. Stefan Schumacher (G), Gerolsteiner
8. Robert Forster (G), Gerolsteiner
9. Leonardo Duque (Col), Cofidis
10. Robert Hunter (RSA), Barloworld
1. Carlos Sastre (Sp), CSC-Saxo Bank, 87:52:52
2. Cadel Evans (Aus), Silence-Lotto. at 0:58
3. Bernhard Kohl (A), Gerolsteiner, at 1:13
4. Denis Menchov (Rus), Rabobank, at 2:10
5. Christian Vande Velde (USA), Garmin-Chipotle, at 3:05
6. Frank Schleck (Lux), CSC-Saxo Bank, at 4:28
7. Samuel Sanchez (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 6:25
8. Kim Kirchen (Lux), Team Columbia, at 6:55
9. Alejandro Valverde (Sp), Caisse d’Epargne, at 7:12
10. Tadej Valjavec (Slo), Ag2r-La Mondiale, at 9:05
Great tour for Vande Velde and the rest of Garmin-Chipotle, and Team Columbia!
Unless something drastic happens, the podium is set!
CSC-Saxo Bank’s Carlos Sastre withstood the challenge from Silence-Lotto’s Cadel Evans on Saturday, defending his yellow jersey going into the final stage of the 2008 Tour de France.
A surprising Sastre ceded just 29 seconds to Evans over Saturday’s 53km time trial and will enter the Tour’s finale Sunday with a 1:05 lead over the Aussie, who is on track for his second consecutive runner-up finish in the Tour.
Gerolsteiner’s Stephan Schumacher, who in my opion, has been the suprise of the this years tour, had the best time of the day, besting two-time world time-trial champ Fabian Cancellara (CSC-Saxo Bank) by 21 seconds to claim his second time-trial victory in this race.
Results, after Stage 20
1. Stefan Schumacher (GER), Gerolsteiner, 53km in 1h03min 50sec (49.817kph)
2. Fabian Cancellara (SUI), CSC at at0:21
3. Kim Kirchen (LUX), Team Columbia at 1:01
4. Christian Vande Velde (USA), Garmin-Chipotle at 1:05
5. David Millar (GBR), Garmin-Chipotle at 1:37
6. Denis Menchov (RUS), Rabobank at 1:55
7. Cadel Evans (AUS), Silence-Lotto at 2:05
8. Sebastian Lang (GER), Gerolsteiner at 2:19
9. Bernhard Kohl (AUT), Gerolsteiner at 2:21
10. George Hincapie (USA), Team Columbia at 2:28
Overall, after 20 stages
1. Carlos Sastre (ESP), CSC at 84:01min00sec
2. Cadel Evans (AUS), Silence-Lotto at at1:05
3. Bernhard Kohl (AUT), Gerolsteiner at 1:20
4. Denis Menchov (RUS), Rabobank at 2:00
5. Christian Vande Velde (USA), Garmin-Chipotle at 3:12
6. Frank Schleck (LUX), CSC at 4:28
7. Samuel Sanchez (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi at 6:32
8. Kim Kirchen (LUX), Team Columbia at 7:02
9. Alejandro Valverde (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne at 7:26
10. Tadej Valjavec (SLO), Ag2r at 9:12
Cofidis’ Sylvain Chavanel finally got his stage win today, outsprinting Jeremy Roy (Francaise des Jeux), his breakaway companion of nearly 85 kilometers to take the win in Montluçon.
Now all eyes turn toward Saturday’s crucial time trial. Race leader Sastre has a lead of one minute and 34 seconds over Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto), and while the Aussie is considered his superior in the race of truth, Sastre says the pressure is on Evans, not him.
1. Sylvain Chavanel (F), Cofidis
2. Jeremy Roy (F), Francaise des Jeux
3. Gerald Ciolek (G), Columbia at 1:13
4. Erik Zabel (G), Milram
5. Heinrich Haussler (G), Gerolsteiner
6. Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis
7. Filippo Pozzato (I) Liquigas
8. Thor Hushovd (N), Credit Agricole
9. Robert Forster (G) Gerolsteiner
10. Julian Dean (NZ), Garmin-Chipotle
1. Carlos Sastre (ESP), CSC at 82:54min36sec
2. Frank Schleck (LUX), CSC at at1:24
3. Bernhard Kohl (AUT), Gerolsteiner at 1:33
4. Cadel Evans (AUS), Silence-Lotto at 1:34
5. Denis Menchov (RUS), Rabobank at 2:39
6. Christian Vande Velde (USA), Garmin-Chipotle at 4:41
7. Alejandro Valverde (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne at 5:35
8. Samuel Sanchez (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi at 5:52
9. Tadej Valjavec (SLO), Ag2r at 8:10
10. Vladimir Efimkin (RUS), Ag2r at 8:24