Carlos Sastre Wins Tour de France
Cycling, Carlos Sastre

Spain's International Sports Domination Continues

7/27/08 in Cycling   |   CriticalFanatic   |   respect

The way this year is going, I might even predict Sergio Garcia will win the PGA Championship. OK, that may be pushing it, but the Spaniards are having quite a year in sports.

First it was the Spanish soccer team winning it's first major competition since 1964, then Rafael Nadal finally triumphed over Roger Federer at Wimbledon in an epic match earlier this month. Today, it's more fiesta's and sangrias for all again as Carlos Sastre brought home the second straight Tour de France title for his country.

Thanks to a kick-ass performance in the final time trial on Saturday (below), Sastre's ride down the Champs'Elysees was relaxed and full of celebrations.

Sastre finished just under a minute ahead of Cadel Evans, he of reporter beating fame. At age 33, he becomes the oldest first time winner in Tour history.

Of course, none of you really care about all of this because 1) no American was involved in the winning and 2) we assume Sastre has also been doping and it's only a matter of time before he's caught.

Do you think cycling can ever regain it's respect? Maybe Brett Favre could pick it up... then we'd care.
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7/27/08   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Thanks to #1, the answer is no, as the US is the most ethnocentric sports country in the world. The doping is (mostly) an excuse.