American rider Tejay van Garderen is in second and I wouldn't think for a second that he agrees with the paragraph above stating that the Tour is over. I wouldn't blame him for thinking that, I'm thinking that myself and I'm sure many die hard american cycling fans are thinking the same. If that is the case where is the love from the American press? I consider myself an extreme cycling fan, I watch and follow cycling more than most, if I was in Europe I'd be a normal cycling fan. Here in the states no one cares right now that an American rider is in second place at the most historic and world renowned cycling races. That bothers me if you couldn't tell. I just spent the past thirty minutes checking all of the major American sports websites, from ESPN.com to Yahoo Sports not one site mentioned the Tour de France on its main page.
The lack of coverage for Tejay here in the states as made me a huge fan of Tejay. I like the underdog, I feel bad that this man is giving his blood, sweat and tears to win a bike race and to inspire children in the states to love cycling and no one cares. If he does find a way to win the Tour this year the American media will go crazy. You will see Tejay on all of the late night talk shows, morning shows and commercials endorsing products every time you turn around. You will also get a lot of people asking if he is on steroids or using some kind of illegal substance, no matter who wins the Tour you will always have people asking "Is he clean?". For American cycling I hope that Tejay wins, American cycling needs a role model and right now Tejay is our best chance at a Tour victory!!