The Dog Days of Summer.

El Pistolero lets his dog out!

I love dogs. Unfortunately, where I'm living I can't have one. I'm a little envious of the prize that A. Contador received from the Tour after winning Stage 15 to the Swiss ski station of Verbier. It's the Tour's first encounter in the Alps as El Pistolero gunned down everyone else for victory. Ok it's an unusual prize of a... St. Bernard! I do hope Senor Contador loves dogs!

With todays much anticipated Ventoux climb, Contador did well in marking Andy Schleck over the course of the sun drenched course to cruise comfortably to fourth. He made it easy looking relaxed to claim the yellow jersey & overall victory. All he needs to do is the routine ride into Paris. Honorable mention goes to Bradley Wiggins (Garmin) pulling off an incredible ride to hold on to fourth overall. Worthy winner, Juan Manuel Garate (Rabobank) was the first Spaniard to rule the day over the Giant of Provence.

I was happy with how many fans lined the course, up to 500 thousand strong. And for the Tour making it this far, without any 'scandals', deserve high praise.

Good Tour!

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