My Home Boy- Christian Vande Velde won the most courageous rider jersey after Yesterday's stage (7). He rode like hell and was in the lead group with our boy Frankie S. until coming off the final descent and into the circuit and getting a puncture. Luckily the Garmin mechanics are awesome and super duper fast! (it wasn't my homeboy Tom Hopper, and possible relative, who changed VdV's tire.) Anywho, Christian made it back up to the leaders and kicked some serious ass until those young punks fired off on some kind of jet fuel and came in 1-2-3. Oh yeah- another example of stupidity or perhaps inexperience was when Chris Baldwin Rock Racing took Big George's feed bag from the Columbia Feed Guy. You could see George yelling at the dumbass, who returned said feedbag/bottle to its rightful owner. I think Michael Ball is saving money, to keep those big Cadillacs rolling, by telling his riders to take others' feedbags.
I really wish Big George Hincapie could have won yesterday, but alas, it was not to be. He won stage 7 in last year's tour. 7-8-9 were Big George, Frankie and VdV respectively.
See how nice Christian is? (above) Signing autographs before stage 5.
Here's Christian with yesterday's winner Rinaldo Nocentino ...or something like that from AG2R. Looking forward to L'Alpe d'HuCali today. Nikki has promised me that she is snapping away with pics (she's out there...grrrr) So as soon as she uploads I will of course share.