Every stroke of the royal couple, William and Kate, seems a smashing hit, while the Tour de France cyclists are taking big hits of another kind!
Prince William and his bride, Catherine, have taken celebrity to a stratospheric level in just days within the official US borders, and literally their every move has been a majestic success. Whether donning her brilliant green silk Diane von Furstenberg, or outshining even fashionista extraordinaire, Jennifer Lopez, in her pale lilac chiffon, Princess Catherine has captivated at every turn, and Prince William hardly had a moment of worry of harm in his polo match at Santa Barbara Racquet Club. The royal couple are free of language hurdles, too, with no more pesky French Parlez Vous to vex a speech, and we and motherland Brittania mostly share a common tongue!
Across the Atlantic in France though, American and other visitors are not having a delightful time through the nine completed stages of the greatest of sporting events, the Race of Truth, the Tour de France. The roads are taking out the 199 riders who started faster than a speeding Concorde jet, beginning on Stage 1, the very first day, in a crash involving Tour champion, Alberto Contador, and other premier cyclists. Carnage continued on Stages 5, 6, 7, 8, and today's 9<sup>th</sup>, where everything from a careless move from a photographer's vehicle to an innocent bystander catapulted collision to mammoth levels, leaving leading American cyclists, such as RadioShack's Chris Horner, Garmin Cervelo's Dave Zabriskie, and Team Skye's British General Classification contender, Bradley Wiggins, headed for hospital and healing from concussions or broken bones. Today's catastrophes took out Team Astana leader, Alexandre Vinokourov , as well as Dutchman Hoogerland. The course is claiming victory this year, one way or the other.
Any one of the remaining riders would wish for the minor travel woes of the royal couple across the Atlantic right now!