My letter to Jean-Etienne Amaury, President-ASI (Tour de France organizer)
Dear Mr. Amaury,
As an avid cyclist, cycling fan and all-around good guy, I feel compelled to express my displeasure with the Tour de France route containing stages that are run on flat terrain. Everyone knows that these stages are in the tour simply to take up time (23 days is a lot of racing), and give racers the opportunity to get some TV coverage for their sponsors. But, these stages are torture to watch and even more torturous to listen to. (How long can Sherwin and Liggett talk before all the words are out of their heads? BTW, which one is Paul?)
The stages in this year's tour in Belgium that contained pave' (although flat) did provide some much-needed excitement. The other flat stages sucked, and continue to suck as I watch another boring (and bored) peloton "racing" across France's sunflowered plains.
My suggestion is that you replace these ultra-boring stages with more cobbles, more climbing, and possibly a down-hill time trial.