I was at the 2003 Tour de France when U.S. Postal Service won the team time trial into Saint Dizier– close enough to hear the riders breathe as they passed by. Tré bon.
There’s no team time trial in this year’s Tour, but on Saturday, the individual time trial will decide our Tour champion. Thirty cyclists quit or were yanked since the Tour started three weeks ago. The remaining 150 will ride one-by-one from Cérilly to Saint Amand-Montrond. It’s a tough 32-mile up and down course. Can Carlos Sastre ride fast enough to stay in yellow? Can Andy Schleck stay in white? The anticipation is great.