I’m finally watching this year’s Tour de France, delayed almost two months because of Covid. My favorite chair, coffee, a good book, Barley snoring on the couch, Le Tour on TV — summer is now normal again for me. It sure sounds better on the Beosound Stage soundbar too.
It’s been canceled before, due to the two World Wars, but this is the first time it’s ever been delayed. And given that they are required to remove entire teams if two riders test positive for Covid, I wonder if it’ll even finish in Paris, which it has always done.
It’ll be interesting to watch. All the spectators are required to wear masks and so far they’re certainly better about it than the freedumb-minded Americans who refuse. Cars aren’t allowed on the route either so unless spectators walk up the mountains, there won’t be any fans in the mountain stages at all crowding the road, which would be very odd to see.
A Norwegian, Alexander Kristoff, won the first stage, only the 5th Norwegian to win a Tour stage.