Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Tour de France 2009

Tour update - weekend and today.

Alberto Contador or Team Astana is currently in first place and riding his bike like he stole it. Armstrong is in second and being a good teammate (at least in public) and supporting his teammate.

Tomorrow is a killer mountain stage and assuming Contador doesn't have a real bad day he should be the Tour champ come Sunday.

The overall Top 5

1. Alberto Contador - Astana at 67h 33' 15"
2. Lance Armstrong - Astana at 01'37"
3. Bradley Wiggins- Garmmin Slipstream at 01'46"
4. Andréas Kloden - Astana at 02'17"
5. Andy Schleck - Saxo Bank at 02'26"

The Jersey’s are as follows

Yellow (overall leader) – Alberto Contador - Astana
Green (Sprinting points leader – Thor Hushovd - Cervelo Test Team
Polka Dot (King of the Mountain) – Franco Pellizotti - Liquigas
White (best young rider) – Andy Schleck - Saxo Bank

Tour Fun Fact

Podium girls

Besides a kiss, the podium girls also give the stage winner a stuffed lion (Lyonnaise Bank is a major sponsor) and a bottle of champagne to shake up and spray. For all you aspiring American Cyclists out there, make sure you are practicing the Euro-Style kissing on both cheeks.

USA Today quickie on the "pecking order in the world of professional kissers."

First, Credit Lyonnaise, the yellow jersey women, who also take on a variety of other promotional duties before working up to the podium.

Next, Champion's polka-dot podium women, who do some other meet-and-greets, as well.

Third, PMU's "racier" green jersey podium women, who also do "wild dance routines ... in the publicity caravan."

Finally, Aquarel's white jersey podium women, who also help pass out the company's bottled water.

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