Don’t bother watching the first five hours of today’s Tour de France. But don’t miss the finish. U.S. team Columbia controlled the pace in the last few nerve-wracking corners helping its rider Mark Cavendish win the sprint– the young Brit’s first Tour stage victory. Watch the birds-eye-view replay when the Herculean-legged sprinters grind their gears full steam to the line. My quads burn just thinking about it.
The early part of the race was b-o-r-i-n-g. The cyclists rode toward Chateauroux at a snail’s pace. Several riders stopped to pee (oh, oui, oui!). A few laughed and chatted on what looked like a peloton picnic. One rider knocked over a spectator. Another crashed on a cobblestone median. There wasn’t much blood and sweat. Today’s race started at the end.