Sunday, July 24, 2011

Au revoir le Tour de France

A short post tonight. I have a date. With Cadel Evans. He's kept me up late for the past three nights and now our relationship is coming to a climax. He has a fashionable new shirt to wear. I'm going for comfort over style - I don't want to misrepresent myself - and will be featuring my spotted pyjamas. Similar to the King of the Mountain cycling shirt, only pink spots, not red. And flannel. There is that.

Tonight Cadel Evans will arrive in Paris wearing the yellow jersey (I was going to say 'enter Paris' there, but figured that particular videotape had already been done). I'm so excited for him. He has been the Little Red Engine of this year's Tour de France ("I think I can, I think I can"), the unrelenting tortoise to Andy Schleck's flighty hare. I'll be there (well, here) to watch him step up on that podium. I'm sure he'll shed a tear. If there's footage of his proud mum and dad shedding tears, I'll definitely shed a tear.

And the Tour de France is over for another long year. No more will the dulcet tones of Phil Liggett soothe me to sleep under my slanket take me through every spin of every wheel ("He's working a massive gear there"). I might have to do something radical to relive the magic.

Like getting my own bike out of the mothballs in the garage and taking it for a spin.

[image: fcbikecoop.org]

15 comments:

  1. I was going to wear yellow tomorrow, but I look terrible in yellow. I will instead wear the dark circles under my tired eyes with bleary pride and carry a big mug of coffee.

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  2. Been a pleasure riding in the Alps with you Ali. Looking forward to some sleep though. Tre grumpy household today!
    Naomi ... X2!!

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  3. Isn't it an amazing experience? My husband and his friends were a mere metres from Cadel as he received that well-deserved yellow jersey. We're just settling in for a nice afternoon watching the ride to Paris - perhaps with a pastis or a nice glass of provencal rosé. I too can't wait to get back on my bike!

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  4. We're all about the bikes tonight.

    Does this mean my lovely husband may start coming to bed before 3am?

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  5. Hope it's a fabulous night of excitement and romance.
    Happy riding!
    Loved this post.
    :-)

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  6. We're up to our necks in it here too!! Like Lucy, I'm looking forward to a husbandly-bedtime before 3am. Last night, I stayed up for the whole thing with him. (I grumbled about being tired at swimming today, and yet here I am sitting up with him again...) I just read your post to him, and he was delighted with the sexy overtones. He's been trying to convince me roadbikes are sexy for years!!!! Vive le Tour!

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  7. Love this post :)This sounds exactly like our household! It's inspired us all to get back on our bikes. I love looking at all the scenery which brings back memories of a summer spent in Provence 12 years ago.

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  8. yay yay yay! What a race! congratulations to you for staying with it and to your beautiful Cadel Evans, nice gear shifting indeed!

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  9. What a fabulous tour it was this year. I am proud to be an Aussie and so proud of Cadel's hard work. It has been many, many years of hard work, focus & determination and now it has paid off. It brought a tear to my eye to see him on the podium and see the relief and realisation written on his face.
    Now for some sleep!

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  10. meredith @ thinkthinksJuly 25, 2011 at 3:42 PM

    The tour as a whole has been an absolute hoot, but Cadel's win was the icing on the cake. Tonight we sleep!

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  11. How are the eyebags today? I only ask, because, like you, I have been glued to the early hours TV and mine are down to my knees. Complete strangers told me I looked exhausted on the weekend (the indignity!), but it was worth every moment of lost zzz's.

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  12. I ignore the Tour De France as much as I ignore all other sports, but since it's over now, does that mean the bike races will start up here in Adelaide again soon? It's a nightmare walking to work with bikes absolutely everywhere and sections of road blocked off!

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  13. It was magic wasn't it?! A little bitter sweet that it's all over for another year. I do enjoy The Tour :o)

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  14. After the week that was I am not going to mention the bike ;) But well done Cadel.

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