Friday, July 22, 2011

Keep Your Fingers Crossed

It's looking good for the cycling mad - just have a look at the RTL website that looks very yellow now or read the letter Jean-Claude Juncker has sent the Schlecks - Grand Duchy. Today was the third last stage of this year's Tour de France and Andy Schleck has taken the lead and the maillot jaune ahead of his older brother Fränk. This means a Luxembourgish double lead going into tomorrow's final time trial that will determine the final rankings of the race, since it is a tradition that no rider attacks the leader and the overall rankings during the final stage leading to the Avenue des Champs-Élysées in Paris.

So keep your fingers crossed for Andy and Fränk that they will be able to be on the podium on Sunday and that Andy will become the first Luxembourgish winner of le Tour since Charly Gaul in 1958. And while you are at it, you can also keep your fingers crossed for an appearance of The Grand Duke himself, or maybe even more family members. Grand Duke Henri has been in Paris for the last stage of the Tour de France for the last two years and in 2008 Prince Felix was in the French capital to have a beer with Luxembourg's - and maybe the World's - best cyclists.

Allez Fränk an Andy!

Sources: Le Tour de France

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