Every time I start thinking that this Tour is going to settle into some sort of natural rhythm, a spanner is tossed into the works, a frame pump is poked into the spokes, and the shit hits the fan. All at once.
Yesterday's first big climb, which had promised a showdown between Alberto Contador and Vicenzo Nibalo, instead saw Contador withdraw after suffering a broken tibea in a high speed crash. He tried to continue but a broken leg is kind of a big deal to a cyclist. Nibalo gained a big stage win as he outclassed the remaining climbers and my team's last hope Andrew Talansky lost more big time.
Niboli is riding like a star after being called out by team director Alexander Vinokourov in June for not earning his keep. I'm shocked that doping speculation has not hit a fevered pitch, especially in light of Vino's past, but we're all racing clean here in the JBarCycling Minileague and we have a new race leader.
On the strength of a huge daily score of 520 points, Marshall Meggers Team Lanterne Rouge not only claims to Chainwheel KOM $10.00 gift card, but the team also took
the overall lead to claim the Spokes Leaderboard $20.00 gift card.
Two other teams, Kelly Thompson's Truckers Can Tour and Paul Alexander's txotx, each scored over 500 points on the day, which earned them......at best, the respect of their peers.
I tried to arrange the prizes to avoid a sweep by one or two teams but Team Lanterne Rouge is on a roll. Unless the wheels come off, the prize Marshall certainly will not get is the one for lanterne rouge, or last place in the league.
This Tour de France has been brutal, but if fantasy bike racing was easy, anybody could do it.