Tuesday, July 20, 2004

I Love Thomas Voeckler.

My new boyfriend, Thomas Voeckler.

My fiance introduced me to the Tour de France last summer. I didn't know anything about professional bike racing, and still don't know much, but it's an impressive event. Over a hundred guys riding their bikes for hours on end every day for three weeks, through the Pyrenees and the Alps....it amazes me.

So it's becoming an annual tradition for us to get up early in the morning for those three weeks and watch the live coverage of the Tour de France before I leave for work. In fact, we're getting married on the final day of the 2004 Tour de France. Maybe we'll be able to say, in years to come, that we were married on the very day that Lance Armstrong won a record sixth consecutive Tour? We shall see...

Anyway, this year we've both been enthralled, together with the rest of the fans, by Mr. Thomas Voeckler, an adorable 25-year-old French rider who took the lead in the race 12 days ago and managed to hang onto it right up until Lance Armstrong took the lead today. It's only Voeckler's second time riding in the Tour, making his achievement even more impressive. And in addition to the determination and strength that won him those 11 yellow race-leader jerseys, he has the cutest smile I've seen out there this year. Check out those pictures! Every time they put the yellow jersey on him at the end of the day, he'd give this shy little smile that just made me want to peel that jersey right back off of him.

Haha! Just kidding, sweetie, I can't wait to get married to you this Saturday! Mwah!

Seriously, Thomas, you call me if you're ever in Seattle. Swoon.