Good day, bad day - stage eight

Forgotten that Richard Virenque was going for a record 7th KoM title? No need for the pentoxifylline

Forgotten that Richard Virenque was going for a record 7th KoM title? No need for the pentoxifylline
GOOD DAY Amnesiacs: Don't know what day it is any more? Not sure who's in the points jersey? Or maybe you forgot to pick up your laptop from the last hotel room? Don't worry, just run along to one of the team buses to pick up some pentoxifylline, one of the pharmacoepia of products that are said to be on the road with this year's Tour. It's sure to cure your latent amnesia. Marks out of 10 - erm, now what were we going to give 'em.? The peloton: Hurray - the sunny south beckons, as the race convoy heads down towards the Massif Central. Few in the peloton will miss the rain and crosswinds (and sidewinds and headwinds) that have characterised the first eight days of the 91st Tour. That's providing the French forecasters are correct of course. Marks out of 10 - a big fat zero for the French summer which has sadly disappeared this year. Filippo Simeoni: Out of the shadows in an interview in L'Equipe today came the Italian rider who found himself taking the peloton's patron, Lance Armstrong, to court for defamation. So, in the light of their legal spat, did he think that Big Tex and his team would let Simeoni slip away in a break one day? "I'm not a danger to him. But you'll be able to check that, won't you, when I get into a break." Marks out of 10 - a big seven for helping to keep members of the legal profession off the streets. BAD DAY Norwegian cycling federation: They must be overjoyed by today's stage win from golden boy Thor Hushovd, a maillot jaune during the Tour's opening week. When the Crdit Agricole rider crossed the line in Quimper, arms aloft, there will have been another panic at his home federation's HQ, as yet more Thor wannabes stampede to their door. Apparently, all this sudden interest thanks to Thor's flying form is proving to be too much for Bjorn and the boys in the office to handle. Marks out of 10 - a poor four for being too mean to get more staff. Richard Virenque: Began his predictable charge to claim his first real mountain points for his record-breaking 'King of the Mountains' bid with a fairly lacklustre ascent of the Mur de Bretagne climb. Led out by the ever-ready Paolo Bettini, Virenque finally eased ahead of his Italian team-mate to claim one whole point. It was hardly the stuff of legend. Marks out of 10 - a tricky Dicky four Mirko Celestino: First he was dropped, then he got back on, only to be dropped again and finish 166th on the stage. Strange how a rider who appears so accomplished and aggressive in the spring could have come to the Tour so lacking in competitiveness. But then Saeco as a whole have had a Tour to forget so far. Marks out of 10 - nine for anonymity.
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