Monday, July 30, 2007

Contador Takes the Overall

All kudos to Alberto Contador, the 24-year-old Spaniard in his first year with Discovery Channel.

At the end of one of the most tumultuous Tours ever, he held on through the mountains and turned in the time trial of his life to defend the yellow jersey he got when Rasmussen was expelled.

That's not to lessen the achievement. Rasmussen was cheating, or so we think, and so did not belong in the lead, should not have changed the race the way he did. Contador earned this jersey through far superior climbing ability and enough tenacity the rest of the time to stay at the front.

Levi took 3rd along with a win in the final time trial. That's a great performance for him--his best ever. And Cadel Evans was the first Aussie on the final podium. This was also the performance of his life. He'll be back.

I'm torn between feeling positive that the cheaters are being caught and being bitter about the cheaters still cheating. I'll look to the future for young riders like Contador to make the difference. Change has to start somewhere and some time. Why not here and now?

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