Saturday, July 05, 2008

Valverde!

I got to watch only a small portion of today's first stage of the tour but it sounds like Valverde could be the man to beat. He came out of nowhere to take the first stage.

My First Day Back Riding: Today's ride was about getting back in the saddle and testing the waters after my freak neck injury last week. I had to take 5 days straight off the bike so today would be a bit of a crap shoot. I felt pretty good actually except for some pretty dead feeling legs. I did 2 hours fairly easy with a couple harder uphill runs. I saw a lot of other riders out there which is always nice. I'm slowly going to ease back into my routine and hope to schedule some races in July and August. We'll see how it goes. I may even try to find a 3/4 race to see how they feel compared to the 4/5 races I've been doing.

6 comments:

Chrispy said...

Did you see him close the gap so quickly and take the lead at the end of the stage? It's surprising that no one else could match his sprint.

John P. said...

After that many miles, and with the uphill finish it was a good stage for someone like him.

I think he's on a different level this year. At the Dauphine libere he was kinda like that too.

John P. said...

Then again, he could be juiced out of his mind and he'll be booted out of the tour tomorrow.

Chrispy said...

yeah, the big sprinters were probably sucking a lot of wind at that point in the climb.

Chrispy said...

Hey, Bernard Hinault was looking fit on the podium compared to the last few years!

John P. said...

He's Racing Again, having a mid-life crisis like me. hehe