Saturday, July 07, 2007

The Tour

Week in and week out the Edgell Supporters follow DC United but throughout the year there are a few other special events that demand our attention. The first of those events is the Tour de France.

After all the doping suspensions and forced retirements the Tour starts this year without a previous champion and without a clear favorite. The open field with few favorites will give us an exciting race from start to finish.

We are a patriotic group so we always support the American riders and Team Discovery. America's hope for winning it all this year rests with Levi Leipheimer (Team Discovery). We can probably expect a stage win from Americans George Hincapie (Discovery) or David Zabriski (CSC). The Edgell Supporters favorite rider is from Kazakhstan, Alexander Vinokourov (Astana). In the cycling world Vino is known as an aggressive and non-traditional rider because of his solo attacks and willingness to take on anyone or any team. Along with Vino the other top riders in this race are Leipheimer and Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne).

For all of you non-Tour enthusiasts (I can't imagine there are many Tour watching readers) I encourage you to watch some of the mountain stages and sprint stages. Some of the most exciting moments in sports come from the attacks mounted in these stages. There are 4 races within the race with winners in the youth (white jersey), climber (polka-dot jersey), sprinter (green jersey), and team classifications. There are also awards for the most aggressive and attacking riders.

The tour begins today on the Versus Channel (used to be OLN) with coverage in the morning and in the evening. 189 riders, 21 team, 20 stages, and 23 days.

There is something on besides baseball. Watch the Tour.

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