Thursday, July 24, 2008

Tour de France Causes (not-so) Mass Confusion in Nashville

Posted By on Thu, Jul 24, 2008 at 6:00 AM

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Yesterday, I watched my new most-favorite-athlete-in-the-world hang with the big boys as he mashed his way up Alp d'Huez, the most legendary of the Tour de France's many climbs. Overcome with emotion and anxiety, I said, out loud, "Come on, David!"

Oops. You see, my most recent sporting-world obsession is named Christian Vande Velde. Not David Vandervelde. Christian is a domestique-turned-star for upstart American team Garmin-Chipotle (I know, tragic name). He is not a guitar-slinging indie rocker who recently moved to Nashville.

And my point is? Well, I don't really know. But I do know that I never thought I would cheer for two Vanderveldes in the course of one short week. David opens for Grizzly Bear on July 31 at Mercy Lounge. Christian, meanwhile, sits in sixth place going into Saturday's essential time trial.

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