As jacked as we are about America's birthday this Saturday, we are equally and possibly more excited about the Tour de France. Yep, they're doing that little loop again, and we can't wait to watch it all shake down.
It looks like Einstein Racing won't be racing in France this year, but there are some riders that are O.K., at least. Alberto Contador won the Giro earlier this spring, which is like the Tour but way more Italian. He has a shot to be the first guy to win the Giro and Tour in a year since 1998, and that was by one Marco Pantani under, uh, different circumstances. Kinda.
Chris Froome, last year's winner Vicenzo Nibali and Nairo Quintana make up the remainder of what people are calling "The Big Four". That's also the name of one of the best Christie Agatha novels featuring one the best characters in literature, Hercule Poirot. (Ed. Poirot is Belgian, not French). While "The Big Four" is less catchy and creative than Brangelina, it does describe the top-heavy talent this year in France.
There are other riders, though. Riders with no chance of winning the GC, or a stage, or anything. They'll get to just relax and take in majestic mountain peaks, historic chateaus, centuries-old vineyards over a rolling tapestry of brilliant summer green. They'll get to snack on the world's freshest baguettes, fine wines and the decadent cooking of the French.
Not really. They're going to suffer for 21 days, riding at the limit for hours and hours every day, trying to stay safe and have that one absolutely perfect day at just the right time.
You can join us to watch every stage at the shop from 8am to the stage finishes, usually around 11am. We'll have replays going all day long, and our third year of the Einstein Cyces TdF Fantasy League!
Stop by, celebrate France and bikes, and Vive Le Tour!