Saturday, July 22, 2006


Floyd Landis has done well, but I can never fully celebrate when an American wins the tour de France - especially a Mick Hucknell look-alike.

I never warmed to Lance Armstrong, though he must have been a wonderful inspiration to cancer sufferers. Floyd seems like a nice boy - but I’m an inhabitant of Spain at the moment - so Sastre and Periero were my chosen ones.

I’ve followed ‘le tour’ for years and I can even say Djamolidine Abdoujaparov.

But no one was really the favourite in this year’s tour as Jan Ullrich and co were disqualified.

My favourite of recent years has been the gorgeous Richard Virenque who wore the stylish polka dot jersey 7 times for ‘King of the Mountains’. I love this jersey, which is sponsored by the French supermarket appropriately named ‘Champion’. It is in the process of being taken over by ‘Carrefour’ which hasn’t got the same ring to it.

The green (points) jersey is sponsored by PMU - the French equivalent of the ‘British Legion’. The lovely Aussie Robbie McEwan (sprinter) didn’t let us down here.

In the sort of weather when most of us haven’t the energy to lift a gin and tonic to our parched lips, the riders show courage, colours, endurance and shapely buttocks.

The event must have been designed by a sadist.

Vive le Tour!



Blogger Betty said...

I think cyclists must have calloused underbits and inner thighs. I knew a couple who decided to go on a cycling holiday in France and they were in "pain" for several days afterwards, shall we say.

On a more positive note, it's always nice to be in a car behind a cyclist, seeing those muscley legs and buttocks encased in lycra ... mmm ...

8:02 pm  
Anonymous Gert said...

But you do know how they attend to their toilet needs in the TdF, don't you. Paula Radcliffe has nothing on them...

8:19 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Betty - makes a nice change from footballers.

Gert: Rubber tubing??
Paula's plumbing presents a few more difficulties.

10:08 pm  
Blogger stitchwort said...

Floyd may not be as good-looking as Oscar, but he's miles and miles nicer than Lance Armstrong. And most of us who recover from cancer don't make a career out of it!
With all the favourites not there, it was bound to be an interesting Tour, and we had the chance to appreciate a few riders who might not have had a look in if the race had been dominated by one rider.
Next year - see you in London!

8:20 am  
Blogger MJ said...

Thank you for the pleasant diversion as I'm still not over the Italian footballers.

1:39 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Stitchwort: Yes he was a worthy winner. To quote the FAST SHOW - I'nt the tour brilliant!

MJ: Nice bottoms eh?

7:38 pm  
Blogger Pete said...

just how long are you in spain..........

7:46 pm  
Anonymous Gert said...

Pete, I'm beginning to think it's the Costa del Crime she's inhabiting.

Perhaps the first fugitive with a blog.

Kenneth Noye will be well jealous

8:54 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Pete and Gert: A week tonight I'll be staying in Barcelona ready to fly back to Manchester Airport for August in the North.
The only crime was the heat - but I think it was just as bad for you!

10:15 pm  
Blogger Wyndham said...

Lance Armstrong also went out with californian-type-plastic rockchick Sheryl Crowe. Way too skinny that girl. And shit songs.

10:17 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Skinny's OK, but I agree about shit songs. She's dumped him now he's not the champ.

8:02 am  
Blogger Pete said...

he's just failed a drug test

3:49 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

They're all doing it Pete!
Love the duck!

10:34 pm  
Anonymous Ibrat said...

Kaz, did you actually see Djamolidine Abdoujaparov? He is my hero, well, I admire him. I am an Uzbek as well, from the same country as him. I am a journalist in London now, have been thinking I need to find Abdoujaparov. So, Kaz, or anyone who knows anything, please let me know if you know any news about the "Tashkent Terror"!

1:19 pm  

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