July 19, 2006
They've all cracked
It was a tense morning, really tense. I planned on watching as much of the stage as possible before leaving for a meeting and right when I needed to leave, Landis cracked! I watched, noted how slow he was pedaling, the sweat pouring off his brow, and knew he was done. A minute more to watch and how much time he'd lose and then I had to leave. For the next 5 hours, I was fretting about it, trying to reach my cycling buddies others and then finally heard he'd dropped to 11th, losing more than 8 minutes.
I've been there, anyone who races has bonked and hard -- sometimes it's sudden and other times, as Landis said, "sometimes you don't feel well." You could see it coming, Paul and Phil noted it, and he kept drifting back. While he tried to hide it to his competitors, he didn't afterwards. I remember Lance cracked when Pantani avenged the "gift" stage and he also dehydrated during a TT. It happens and you hope not on a day like today.