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Thoughts on the Tour de France while waiting for next year to come

Jim Caple wraps up the Tour de France while pining for the 2009 edition to come along. Story

Updated: July 28, 2008, 4:22 PM ET
By Jim Caple | Page 2

I love the Tour de France, but 3:30 a.m. starts on the West Coast are beyond me (hell, who am I fooling, 9:30 a.m. starts are beyond me -- sleeping in is a big reason I became a sportswriter). So I tape the Tour segments each day and watch them at night, scrupulously avoiding any news of the Tour until my viewing.

So after looking forward for weeks to Stage 17 on L'Alpe-d'Huez -- the iconic route is the Yankee Stadium of cycling, if, that is, Yankee Stadium allowed its fans on the ...

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