Ask my wife, and she'll tell you that I'm not much of a sports fan. I like to watch, but I don't usually have the time or energy to follow close enough to really care. The same goes for the Tour de France. Sports cycling is something that I don't do, but knowing what riding takes out of me to make my little commutes around town, I really respect what those riders can do. I especially appreciate the athletes that ride in the Tour.
Up until this year, I've either missed or wasn't able to get access to watch the Tour de France, so I would find out the results much later. This year, the stars have finally lined up and through the magic of the internet and cable TV, I'm able to follow along this year.
At first, I wanted to watch because it's Lance's final year. But, I've seen so many great contenders in just the first few stages, that I've become hooked.