Is it even worth watching the rest of the Tour? It would be such an exciting tour - Saturday's TT could decide the whole thing - but I feel so jaded about the whole deal now. David Millar's with a group that has 7:00 on the peloton today - although he's had doping transgressions in the past, now he's a banner-waver for riding clean and I'd really like to see him win the stage. He won't, though - Jens Voight's in the group too.
3:03 PM Menchov
has pulled out of the Tour. He has climbed off of his bike in the feed zone. We don't see a physical reason... but an emotional reason? For sure. Do recall that Menchov won the Vuelta a Espana in 2005... but he was denied the chance to celebrate that victory, because Roberto Heras got to spend the day on the podium in Madrid. Folks thought that Heras had won... until the guy tripped the dopo-meter.
Menchov, who began the Tour, as Rabobank's team leader, deferred to Michael Rasmussen and then worked his arse off to help the skinny little cheat hold the lead. You have to feel for Menchov... sigh.