It's Friday afternoon (somewhere), it's been a long week, we need to unwind. So here's the (un)official Dauphiné vs. Suisse Hottitude Thread. This year, I'm calling it unequivocably for Suisse. Why? Let's ponder...
Fabian Cancellara by ticinoturismo (CC BY-NC 2.0)
Damn. Cancellara. Although we sometimes use it to describe general attractiveness, in its truest sense "hottitude" denotes a rare combination of physical beauty, athletic prowess, and confident (even cocky) attitude that suggests oh yeah, the possessor knows he's got it. Spartacus embodies hottitude. And Suisse is his home race. He alone would make a case for Suisse superiority. But, luckily for us...
If there's a second man in the peloton to contest for the title of High King of Hottitude, that man would have to be Cance's biggest spring rival, Tom Boonen. Looks, palmares, attitude... he even has hair again! Fab vs. Tommeke--there's a poll for a rainy day. In the meantime, for your consideration:
Tom Boonen by Marylene Evrard (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
The Tommeke + Fabian combination at the Tour de Suisse this year is just too crushing a juggernaut to leave any chance for the poor little Critérium du Dauphiné, and that's a fact.
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Also adding spice in Switzerland are few of my favorites:
Maarten Wynants by Thomas Ducroquet (Own work) [GFDL (www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Barbie! Heinrich Haussler, All rights reserved by Marvin Johnson (from Podium Cafe Flickr group)
So...argue away! Suisse? Dauphiné? Who ya got? For those who prefer their blond, diamond-studded cyclists female, feel free to chime in about the heat in Spain, where Emakumeen Euskal Bira is going on.
Tiffany Cromwell by Culture Mauges (CC BY-NC 2.0)
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