Lance going off early surprised me, but there will be a reason-nothing happens by chance with the man from Plano.
The cadence was high and he had the Jenson Button lines on the corners, but somehow he wasn't 'on it.'
The Trek was cool, 'stealth' style, concealed brakes and cables, box girder chain stay with the down tube and seat stays parallel-not a look I usually like, but cool on this beast.
I was involved with TV today-no, no, not like that, cycling dot TV - the Internet TV guys.
I met their guy, Steve Masters in the press room yesterday and he scrounged a lift off me to the start at Obernai with his camera man, James.
My wee Suzuki Swift was bursting at the seams, but they are good lads. I decided to latch-on to them for the day and first-up was the Tour start village. The grub for breakfast there really is superb-scrambled eggs, sausage, ham, cheese, beautiful bread, juice, coffee-ideal.
In the ‘old days’ it used to be that the ‘smaller’ and emerging cycling nations would rely on expertise from the ‘Old World’ – European coaches could be found all over the world. But these days it’s all different; and perhaps the biggest surprise in the past year has been first division track nation, France taking on a New Zealander as their coach. Justin Grace is the man, here’s his tale...