Aug 23 2009
Long seasons take a toll. Mark Cavendish may indeed be growing weary after a season of winning pretty much everything—he, too, was shaken out from the Tour of Ireland finale, while those toiling in the shadows, waiting for their moment, pounced.
Tyler Farrar took a win that he considered at the very edge of his abilities at ENECO, after missing the classics season from injury. Today, Farrar lost the lead to Edvald Boassen Hagen, whose rest during the TdF is now paying dividends.
Need I point out that the Vuelta is a veritable rogue’s gallery of riders who couldn’t quite get it done at the Tour? Sean Kelly, Tony Rominger, Laurent Jalabert, Alexander Vinokourov, Roberto Heras, among others, have all won the race—albeit many of them claiming the Golden Jersey in the race’s April-May incarnation.
After a few less-than-stellar years as American cycling’s GC heir-apparent, I’m excited to see what sort of damage a well-rested Tom Danielson can do this September. and looking even further forward, what Alessandro Petacchi can do against the youngsters, now that he’ll be sprinting a full ProTour schedule.