Andy Hood and I are lost somewhere in France, for the second time today. I’m navigating, so it’s my fault. “We’re lost, Hoody,” I say. “Not all those who wander are lost,” he replies, wagging a knowingly facetious finger in my direction. OK, smart guy. His statement does not change the fact that we have no idea where we are, we are extremely hungry, it’s 8:45 p.m., and kitchens will be fermé all too soon. People always ask me what it’s like to cover the Tour de France as a journalist.
Zdenek Stybar is signing Tom Boonen’s face. A flat-tipped Sharpie in his right hand whisks from chiseled cheek to bald head to toothy smile, from one Boonen to the next. There are a couple thousand of them in this old Belgian square, handsome faces printed on thick paper and held up with cheap elastic bands. The eyeholes are removable so that lucky fans able to snatch one can wear it as a mask. So, on this grey Belgian morning in early April, Tom Boonen is everywhere.
It has become a truism of modern grand tours that short stages bring racing chaos. But that isn’t always true. Fomenting chaotic racing requires a meticulous sort of chemistry. Mix everything together wrong and you’ll get more fizzle than bang. Sunday’s final stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné from Albertville to Pleateau de Solaison got it right. Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) tore the yellow jersey off Richie Porte’s (BMC Racing) shoulders by a mere 10 seconds.
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