In cycling as in life, good people often pay the price for a few peoples poor judgement.
The anti-doping orgs hope to use the bag plasticiser residue found in IV'd soloutions as a marker for doping.
If I were racing todays stage I'd opt for a camelbak, or four.
It was pretty crazy at the finish yesterday. I've know Carter Jones(in the breakaway all day and now KOM jersey) since he was a freshman at CU-Boulder. He told me he was just trying to stay out in front from one KOM sprint to the next and wasn't really looking for the stage win.
I was over at BMC when World Champion Phillipe Gilbert rolled in. He was cramping so badly he could hardly get off the bike. In fact, all the riders had major salt stains all over their jerseys.
I have been travelling(ie. not riding!) a lot to races, just back from the Tour of Azerbaijan and now Tour of California(only a 12-hour time difference). When I can figure out which end is up, hopefully I can upload a photo or two.
BTW, when I was writing the stage details for the AToC Spectator Guide I encouraged Tejay van Garderen to ride today's stage because of the brutal climb to the finish at the Palm Springs Tramway. He said he would but, he never got around to doing it. I hope that doesn't come back to haunt him. It's 4 miles at 10%, but it gets progressively steeper with the last 1/2-mile at 14% and a final steep pitch at 22%.
The finish to stage 2 should have been shortened IMO. But then again I do love a good cabernet. I've never seen so many riders so maxed out at the finish that most needed help just to stay upright on their bikes after crossing the finish line.