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What You Should Be Doing Right Now

Greetings, people of the blogosphere. This is Christopher, aka The Imaginary Boyfriend, temporarily hijacking Shaken & Stirred to bring you an important announcement.

It has come to my attention that many people of our acquaintance are not following the Tour de France minute by minute. I understand that some of you have jobs and that some of you are intimidated by the complexities of multi-stage road bicycle racing--the greatest sport ever devised by humankind.

So, with that in mind, I'm going to take a few minutes to provide some links for your edification and delight.

First, if you're lucky enough to have what I lovingly refer to as Channel 108, then you of course should be watching the extensive television coverage provided by The Outdoor Life Network. The finest sports commentator produced by modern media, Mr. Phil Liggett, is providing the color commentary. Coverage of the last two hours of each day's stage begins at 9:00 am Eastern with repeats at 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm.

If, like me, you are working on forklift papers all day and don't get to watch the live coverage, you can get up to the minute updates at Cycling News, VeloNews, and The Daily Peloton. My own preference is for Cycling News' coverage, but all of these sites are to be commended for the fine work they're doing.

Now, if you're new to the sport (Welcome!), then you'll probably also be interested in checking in with the man from Texas every day as well. There's good coverage there, and some good introductory material.

The biggest news so far is the terrible crash that occurred in the final three hundred meters of Stage One yesterday afternoon. American standouts Tyler Hamilton and Levi Leipheimmer were among those most badly injured. Levi is out of the race, but the hard man from Marblehead is racing on, despite having a left clavicle fractured in TWO PLACES. Vive Tyler!

And of course, Gwenda's Australian readers have to be excited by the fine showing their countrymen are putting up. Three Aussies in the top ten on General Classification.

Sigh. Now it's time to go back to the forklift papers.

Vive le Tour! Vive le Tour!


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