Landis secures Yellow

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197036428 c3fb3e7479 mFloyd Landis has won the 93rd Tour de France. The tour started off on rocky grounds with some of the top names being suspended of racing by their teams. Since then the entire race seems to have been turned on it’s head with no real structure to the teams or the race. A lot of people claimed that since Basso and Ulrich were out the tour had been handed to Landis, I was not too sure about this and could not get behind the Phonak team leader. Looking back at it now I think I know why it is so difficult to really feel for the American, he comes from a very quiet background and as such he is not used to the media attention and talking in public; well thats the feeling I got. With someone like Armstrong, he deals with the media, talks openly to the camera’s and just as much of the PR as the cycling. This year thou the yellow jersey was slung around between riders and teams and when Landis obtained it he was not comfortable, the Phonak team is not yet as strong as the other big names and looked a bit lost at the front. I guess that was why they let Oscar Pereiro get a 28minute lead and the jersey. However when Landis, who was back in yellow again, bonked at the end of stage 16 the competition took advantage, pushing Landis back to 11th place. The next day, stage 17, saw some the Americans best riding. It was also a reason to actually believe in the cyclist. So far there has been no passion with his riding, the take it or leave it attitude to the yellow jersey was strange and for me was another reason not to root for him. But after storming past the main field and making up his time and shooting back up to a podium finish was just amazing. He knew he messed up on the last mountain, well it happens to us all, but his never give up approach to the stage converted me for life. He might look a bit weird and those glasses are something else but put on the spot this man can ride a bike. All he needs now is a hip replacement and lets see if he makes a come back after that.