Good day, bad day - prologue

It's a good day for the locals as Strasbourg delivers a great prologue and a home team win it, the P

It's a good day for the locals as Strasbourg delivers a great prologue and a home team win it, the P

Good day -

Strasbourg: What is certainly one of France's most stunning cities has hardly had a look-in during the events of the past few days, but despite the controversies the Alsatian city supported the race in great style. Hundreds of thousands turned out in baking heat, and suddenly we all remembered exactly why we love the sport so much.

Thor Hushovd: He may not have been the best of green jersey winners last year when he failed to take a stage victory, but 1998 under-23 time trial champion Thor Hushovd reminded everyone he's not short of talent even beyond his beloved bunch sprints. It was fitting too to see a French team take the stage win - will it be one of many for home teams?

Portuguese journalists: They were cowering behind the press room's TV screens as their team's World Cup quarter-final against England came to a dramatic conclusion. When it was all over, the English journalists were cowering under their desks, with Bradley Wiggins' 16th place in the prologue hardly a consolation.

Bad day -

Tyler Hamilton: Fast becoming the sport's most famous pariah, Hamilton will be banned from racing for life if information which has already through the ample pores of Operacion Puerto proves correct. That is at least what UCI president Pat McQuaid told reporters in Strasbourg on Saturday evening. If there's silver lining for the American, he can holiday in July for the rest of his life.

Manolo Saiz: Same alleged offence as Hamilton - association with Eufemiano Fuentes and all that entails - same penalty suggested by Pat McQuaid: lifetime ostracism from the sport. In truth, it didn't need the Irishman to tell us this evening that Saiz faces the end of his career in cycling. Fuentes and another of his alleged accomplices, Ignacio Labarta, apparently used to refer to Saiz as "El Gordo" or "Fatboy"; what odds, then, Saiz and Jan Ullrich cutting their losses and going head to head in a pay-per-view pie eating extravaganza?

George Hincapie: It has been suggested that Armstrong-acolyte Hincapie needs to develop a nasty streak if he's ever to fill the Lance-shaped void in the Discovery Channel ranks. Judging by George's bike and helmet-throwing antics beyond the finish-line today, that search can be considered over. Not since Robbie McEwen last sprinted has a bicycle been wielded with such menace.

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