French heroics at the Tour de France are often limited to July 14th, Bastille Day, their national holiday. But this year, there has been one man unwilling to wait. Sylvain Chavanel has seized the moment TWICE, and not only won BOTH stages, but the hearts of his countrymen.
His Herculean effort today returns the "Golden Fleece" to his shoulders and restores faith in the French cycling corps that in July, their riders can match up with the best in the world.
On the final climb, the procession of possible Tour winners was a wondrous site. At one point, Armstrong, Contador, Schleck, Evans, Wiggins and Basso were lined up together. Proving that this year, it will take some craftiness and an incredible effort to gain time on anyone.
We serve up the Alps on a silver platter tomorrow. It is time for the men of the mountains to shine and soar.