July 23, 2006

BECAUSE THERE'S NOTHING FRENCH THAT AMERICANIZATION DOESN'T IMPROVE:

US cyclist's win lends glow to embattled Tour de France: Floyd Landis made up an 8-minute deficit to capture victory in France's signature sporting event. (Susan Sachs, 7/24/06, The Christian Science Monitor)

The "maillot jaune," the treasured yellow jersey of the Tour de France, went to Floyd Landis, a fresh-faced American farm boy who rode past the pain of a hip injury to win the 23-day race through the summer-scorched French countryside. He clinched the victory with a final sprint on Sunday up the Champs Elysées in Paris.

His performance and gee-whiz charm helped put the glow back into this year's Tour after its gloomy start, when nine racers were disqualified for suspected doping.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 23, 2006 8:15 PM
Comments

A man named Floyd wins the Tour de France.

How gauche (not).

Posted by: Brad S at July 23, 2006 10:22 PM

I say two days over/under before the first reports out of French media that whatever medication Landis was taking for his arthritic hip was also helping him enhance his performance during the race.

Posted by: John at July 23, 2006 11:53 PM

I just read that Landis was raised Mennonite in PA amish country - very cool.

Posted by: Shelton at July 24, 2006 9:27 AM

Isn't it time to rename it the America's Jersey?

Posted by: Bob Hawkins at July 24, 2006 11:33 AM

Mennonite? No wonder oj seems to have put his scorn for bikeracing aside and embraced Floyd. Mennonites are anti-car, pro-time zone rule, religious in a puritan sense, and probably don't like soccer.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at July 24, 2006 2:20 PM

No one does.

Posted by: oj at July 24, 2006 10:31 PM

By Americanisation I assume yopu mean being a cheating drug-taker? Way to go.

Posted by: Phil at July 27, 2006 11:12 AM

It's a European bike race--they're all on drugs.

Posted by: oj at July 27, 2006 12:39 PM
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