Lance Armstrong has won his seventh consecutive Tour de France. From the beginning it seemed almost like a foregone conclusion that he would. Even in the mountains after his Disco Train had rolled him to the front leaving the pack behind, top contenders like Ivan Basso and Jan Ullrich couldn’t get any attacks to stick. Lance Armstrong is one of the strongest and most unrelenting cyclists to ever ride the Tour. His record is a testament to his skill and tenacity. I’m grateful for all he has done to popularize the sport in this country but must admit that I’m happy to see him bowing out now. He’s reached the top of his game and his competitors feel like they can’t even touch him. It’s time, in short, for new blood.
I can’t wait to watch the other contender’s duke it out next year. I’ll be pulling hard for my main man Ivan Basso. He’ll have some tough competition but I think 2006 is his year.
Here’s a brief list of the things that did surprise me at this year’s tour:
Here’s a great behind the scenes report on the Shake Shack, the elevated burger joint that’s been making New Yorkers reconsider fast food for the past two summers. There’s also an awesome mention of New Orleans’ own Hansen’s Sno-Bliz, which apparently was the catalyst for the operation’s philosophy.
But it was at a 60-year-old family-run snow cone stand, Hansen’s Sno-Bliz Sweet Shop in New Orleans, where Coraine had his “aha” moment. “Even though it was just a snow cone operation, there was the level of commitment to quality,” he recalls. “They had invented a machine to crush the ice, and they filtered their water, and made all their fruit toppings, infusions, and syrups by hand every day. They had this sign that said THERE ARE NO SHORT CUTS TO QUALITY. That sign now hangs in my office. This is what it’s about—fast food with no short cuts to quality, and everything made to order.”
After chasing down countless attacks by Basso, Vino, and the Tmob boys Lance Armstrong looks to be the winner of the Tour de France for the 7th time. The race passed over the final major climb in the pyranees today and barring any major mechanical failures, a bad wreck, or an injury Armstrong will be the champion again. He's an amazing rider and has proven his greatness again this year. He hasn't even won a stage yet and still no one could even touch him. Bravo Lance!
Chef, culinary adventurer and general badass Tony Bourdain has a new show on the Travel Channel called No Reservations. Looks very similar to A Cook's Tour which is fine by me since I loved the show and the book equally. I wonder what kind of trouble he'll be getting into this time.
In case anyone had any doubts about whether or not this dirty city is crumbling to early 90's crime levels today's headline should serve as a sober wake-up call; At least 12 shot in weekend of violence. This makes me ill. What's it going to take to get this burg back on the right track?
If he continues to ride like this the tour will assuredly be his. But that's the real question, can he continue to outpace all of these other riders, including the young guns like Basso and Valverde? We'll see tomorrow as the riders take on Le Galibier, the sacred monster, the highest peak of this year's race.