Maybe the Cape Argus Pick ‘n’ Pay is the ideal Tour de France build-up and we just don’t understand that.
Alberto Contador battles against tour contenders like Alejandro Valerde and Samuel Sanchez in the grueling Paris-Nice stage race. Cadel Evans takes on Vincenzo Nibali, Robert Gesink and Mihael Rodgers in Tirreno-Adriatico.
Meanwhile Lance Armstrong is going head to head with … uhh, Christoff van Heerden? He’s seeing how he matches up against Burry Stander. He’s checking out his major competition for the Tour de France, guys like Bjorn Glasner and Johan Rabie.
Okay, Mr. Armstrong is doing some major funding raising down in South Africa. He had our immense respect and we applaud his efforts. What other pro riders are collecting money for anyone but themselves?
But Lance, baby, please return to Europe immediately and get yourself some more ProTour races. No Astana, Saxo Bank or Caisse d’Epargne in Cape Argus. Going against fit tourists and a few local pros is just not what Johan Bruyneel has in mind.
It’s nowhere near time for elevated monk status, that fiendish level of training intensity and focus you hit in late June. You can still have a beer or two in March. But this PR and Fund Raise gig in Cape Town isn’t a prime event on anybody’s race calendar.
But let’s get back to the task at hand: Destruction on skinny Spanish guy with the finger pistol. The Cape Argus Pick ‘n’ Pay is just ain’t going to cut the mustard. Alberto COntador is already looking pretty strong and the Pick ‘n’ Pay is not the way to catch up.
The Radio Shack bus is waiting for you, engine running.