Raise one for the red lantern
July 26, 2008 1:32 PM Subscribe
posted by ardgedee (53 comments total)
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As the Tour de France concludes, let's spend a moment commemorating the derrière garde
of world-class cycling, those bad enough to come in last but never bad enough to fail, les Lanternes Rouge
. If Wim Vansevenant can retain his tenacious hold on 145th place in Sunday's stage he will be the worst cyclist to complete the Tour de France
for three consecutive years and set a Tour record. You can, indeed, win by losing.
Vansevenant is currently 3 hours, 54 minutes and 51 seconds behind the leader
but only 53 seconds behind the 144th placed rider, Bernhard Eisel. While Carlos Sastre and Cadel Evans fight tooth-and-nail for the yellow jersey on the final promenade through the Champs-Élysées fans will be eagerly rooting for Evan's teammate Vansevenant to strike a third blow for the good enough.
Those fascinated by the slow end of the train can get their daily fill of news at the Tour de France Lanterne Rouge
blog whose author gently reminds those who would mock anybody for finishing last in a 21 day long bike ride of 3,559 kilometers (2,211 mi): "You couldn't hang on his wheel for thirty seconds.