(Pain is what cycling is all about. Riding is a battle against pain. But it is hoped that the pain will not come from injury.)
Why is AJ cycling coverage better this year? I think it is because there is a new sports editor in town. But it could be because of interest in Lance and the new Radio Shack team, plus the probably record number of American riders in the race.
So Frank Schleck is gone today. If we lose all the big names to mishap, who's going to watch le Tour? Challenge is one thing; decimation is another. It's like golf; you want to lay out a course that will challenge top players, but not humiliate all of them. Looks like the TdF officials choosing the route laid it on a bit thick this year.