vino28b.jpgWow, as much as I loved seven straight years of Lance Armstrong winning the tour and even the controversial win of Floyd Landis last year, this has to be one of the most exciting tours since Greg LeMond took the win on the final day of the 1986 tour by just 8 seconds over Laurent Fignon.

Team Discovery may be putting together an amazing team race, but the hero of the day is Alexander Vinokourov. After facing a couple of horrendous crashes and getting upwards of 60 stitches, everyone counted him out of the overall win. He then shocked the cycling world by winning the time trial, as he stated publicly that his chance to win a Tour de France was officially over.

Falling nearly thirty minutes behind the day after the time trial, it appeared that he had given everything he could – energy, blood, flesh, and even his heart. Today’s stage proved that his heart was as strong as ever and even if he would end his career without winning Le Tour, he still had the heart of a lion. On the toughest mountain stage of the tour that featured five very steep mountains, Vinokourov absolutely demolished the pack en route to his second stage win.

As the throngs of fans lining each mountain stage shouted, I join them in saying, “Allez Vino!!!!”