Eighty hits yesterday, all looking for some kind of Floyd Landis information — now that he’s won the Tour. As much as I was disappointed for Discovery Channel, which proved that a team really needs a leader, I was thrilled for Floyd Landis (and Axel Mercx, who did so much to help) and the Phonak team. It was weird riding around on Friday in my three-year-old Phonak jersey and having people recognize it — in the past, all I’ve ever gotten were comments about Tyler Hamilton (in fact, I bought it when Tyler was still in the clear, but I bought it mainly because it was my favorite pro team jersey design).
If you didn’t get to see the Tour, there’s a one hour recap this coming Sunday on OLN that will be able to give you the broad strokes — the biggest comeback(s) in Tour history with Floyd and Oscar Pereiro both recovering from amazing deficits, the kind they always say you can’t recover from. All this and a titanium hip.
Of course, tucked into the hits for Floyd (including “Floyd Landis genealogy,” “Floyd Landis rebel parents” and “Phonak doping scandal”) was one for “Kirsten Gum where are you now” — I believe the answer is competing in a Primal Quest race, and of course still several for “Amanda Congdon’s breasts.” Some of you people are really low. You probably watch the Tour just for the podium girls.