First, a day of catching the sites in London. Then we are going to spend a week in Monte Carlo, Monaco; where we will catch the first two stages the the Tour de France (including the opening prologue, which loops around the city) as well as visit some of the great coastal towns on the Med (Nice, San Remo, etc.).
We will then head east into Italy and spend a few days on Lake Como. From there we will travel to Milan and then back home to Texas.
I must admit that the idea for this trip was really driven by Lance Armstrong’s return to cycling and committment to riding again in the Tour de France. I would be excited to see the Tour in any year, but the energy around this year’s Tour should be amazing. However, I will also be pulling for Levi Leipheimer (see image on my blog header and here) to get a podium spot – he’s having a huge year. I’m also excited that my buddy Kevin D. and his lovely wife will be joining us in Monte Carlo, so hopefully Kevin and I can squeeze in one day of riding while the wives pamper themselves at the hotel spa.
On a related note, the Lance Amstrong Foundation has a very cool contest to see Lance and the conclusion of the tour in Paris. But I can’t imagine the contest winner having more fun on this trip then the Coopers 😉 – July can’t come soon enough.
We’re leaving for the Tour today. Here are my predictions:
Green Jersey – Mark Cavendish
KOM Jersey – Carlos Sastre
White Jersey – Andy Schleck
Yellow Jersey – Alberto Contador
Rest of the podium – Denis Menchov, Levi Leipheimer