Turned on OLN this morning and WOW! Landis jumped off the front and is attacking like an angry, angry man today.
Seems that Chris Carmichael's words from yesterday have come true:
Relieved of the pressure of carrying the yellow jersey, and perhaps even the expectation of being a podium contender, Floyd Landis might well be reborn tomorrow during Stage 17. He's still a strong rider who has shown himself capable of climbing away from everyone in this year's race. Given a night to eat, drink, rest, and reflect, he can recover from today's bad day and have a great ride to Morzine tomorrow.
At this very moment Landis is snapping the pedals over and climbing to and past that 8:08 deficit he amassed in yesterday's stage!
The Yellow Jersey group of Pereiro and the main rivals are not gaining ground as Floyd prepares to descend and then climb Côte de Châtillon and the killer: Col de Joux-Plane. They cannot seem to rally to reel Floyd in.
Just heard on OLN a quote Landis told Bernard Hinault:
"I was bad yesterday, I'm going to be great today and prove it to you all..."
— Floyd Landis
Will Landis pull this off? I think he could! I'm certainly rooting for him and am incredibly inspired by his attack.
Be careful of that rebellious former Mennonite boy...
What an inspirational, incredible ride by Floyd Landis!
"I came here to win the tour. That's what I still want to do, and I'm not done fighting yet."
"I told everybody last night that if somebody wants to win this race they're going to have to earn it."
— Floyd Landis
Floyd nearly destroys his 8:08 deficit, now sitting in 3rd position only 30 seconds behind Pereiro! Amazing. It seems nobody else thought Floyd could pull this off, but I sense he has that killer instinct of the greats. He wants not only this stage but the win in Paris and I believe he can do it.
The time trial is not to be missed fans of the Tour... it's going to come down to the time trial.
GO FLOYD GO!