What a Tour Route for 2009!
Well now we know what the riders will have to do in 2009 to win the monstrous Tour de France, and already Lance Armstrong is hedging his bets and thinking he may not ride. That’s how tough it will be.
The headline for me is the penultimate day. Before anybody gets to be proclaimed a Giant of the Road by finishing on the Champs Elysee they have to climb the fearsome Mount Ventoux; on day 20 of a 21 day race.
Ventoux is the mountain where Tommy Simpson died of exhaustion in the 1967 race – his blood a lethal cocktail of alcohol and amphetamines.
I haven’t ridden it yet, but since we’re thinking of a significant challenge to mark the 1 year anniversary of my surgery…I think the decision has already been made. Riders…you are offically on notice.
Expect planning to begin within the week.