So I was so excited that the long awaited Tour de France starts tomorrow morning at 4:30am PST, even though my beloved Lance Armstrong retired after last years record breaking 7th win.
Last night I was reading my Velo News Tour de France special issue studying up on for the big 3 weeks and John says to me "Oh no, it's now time for Tour Claudine" I do realize that at times i become a little obsessed with things (Martha, Kenny, Scrapbooking, Lance Armstrong, Neil Diamond, cookbooks, plates, cake stands and oh boy I could go on and on) But really it is only 3 weeks out of the year, and so what if I get up at 4:30am everyday on vacation.
So when I get up this morning he comes to tell me that he saw on the news that my two favorite riders will not be riding in the tour now. I thought he was just kidding and giving me a bad time, like he likes to do. So I run and get my laptop and look up cylclingnews.com and I find that it is true. I am just sick and sad. Ivan Basso and Jan Ullrich have been right there competing with Lance the last 4 years and Jan even won the Tour the year before Lance arrived and Lance calls them friends. From what I have read it looks like they have associated with a doctor that has been know to be part of a Spanish doping ring. It is still so new I can't find a whole lot about it. Now don't get me wrong about my next statement, I love the French, all things French and I quite frankly would much rather live in France then in this country that is rapidly going down the toilet. BUT I think this is the French doping agencies way of getting rid of the top contenders so the race can get back to the French people and racers. They continue to go after Lance Armstrong and he is retired. I sure hope they have some hard physical evidence that Ullrich and Basso are involved, or else they just threw there entire season away.
Will I still get up at 4:30am to watch, yes I will. But I am not sure who I will be backing. It will not be Floyd Landis and his super creepy little mustache. Don't you think that somebody that works for him would tell him it was creepy!