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The heat, my silly niece and looking ahead to the Tour

May 21. 2013 6:14PM
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It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity.

At least that’s what they say (whoever “they” are).

Whatever it is, it was brutal out there today and I wasn’t ready for it.

But I still managed to suffer through 19 miles at miserably slow pace, but at least the thunderstorms held off.

And an afternoon on the bike instead of the couch no matter what the weather is has to be good, right?

Anyway, moving along.

I think I may have to disown my niece.

Just last year, Jill was spending a semester in Italy during the spring classics and Giro d’Italia. And while she seemed to take in everything and anything a tourist can do in Europe, she steadfastly refused to go to bike race.

OK, that’s understandable. Making all the travel arrangements and working out the timing must have been a hassle.

However, she had no such excuse this past Sunday when she was in Santa Rosa, Calif., as the final stage of the Tour of California pulled into town.

Thinking she would be nice enough to pick me up a hat or t-shirt from the event, I texted and asked her to get me something from the bike race.

Her reply, “What bike race?”


And what a race she missed.

The 24-year-old American Tejay van Garderen claiming his first major stage-race victory. Peter Sagan out dueling Tyler Farrar in a sprint finish. Phil Sherwen, Phil Liggett and Bob Roll all on hand to call the race.

Oh, these kids today. (I don’t think I’m getting my hat, either.)

The victory by van Garderen should make him a prime contender in the Tour de France come July. It also gives Team BMC to major cards to play in France with 2011 winner Cadel Evans also on the squad.

Of course, Team Sky also has a couple of big cards to play with reigning champ Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome.

All in all it should make for an exciting July.

Just don’t expect my niece to be watching.

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