May 12 2009
(video after the jump)
Today’s mountaintop finish featured 16 riders on the same time as the winner, and 27 within 10 seconds. Either the course wasn’t hard enough—which I doubt, since Lance called it a “big climb”—or people were riding with all the panache of a frightened eight-year-old.
More riders need to be like Cance. Of his failed attack in the final K of Stage 2, he said “The end, it was for nothing, but it’s always good to try something”. And if it doesn’t work out, he says he’s glad to be on the bike, getting stronger. It would be nice to see someone cranking more than 6 watts per kilo take that attitude into a climb someday.