No sooner had we finished writing about how Marin County’s Jacquie Phelan might have been a singular champion crossover from road racing to mountain biking had there been Grand Tour and World Cup equivalents back in her day (the early 1980s) than RJ over at An Adventure Called Bicycling reminded us:
For the first time, an American has won the Giro Donne, the Italian women’s Grand Tour. Boulder CO’s Mara Abbott, whom RJ calls “the best female climber in the world,” triumphed with a margin of more than 2 minutes in the 7-stage race ending in Monza.
As RJ duly notes:
Cycling history was just made– but, oh, what did Mark Cavendish have for breakfast? Is his book tour distracting him from training?
So no, I’m not watching the Men’s Tour de France– because the amount of coverage in contrast to the women’s depresses and disgusts me.
I want to punch the Men’s Tour de France in the balls– because if Mara had them, we’d all be watching.