In Episode 9 Mike and Derek discuss dental disabilities, the problems with being Irish, and recap stage 14 from Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule to Lyon and the fireworks of stage 15 – the longest of the Tour – departing Givors and taking us up the epic climb of Mont Ventoux on Bastille Day and have an in-depth conversation about the impossibility of belief.
“Finally, the last thing I’ll say to the people who don’t believe in cycling, the cynics and the skeptics: I’m sorry for you. I’m sorry that you can’t dream big. I’m sorry you don’t believe in miracles. But this is one hell of a race. This is a great sporting event and you should stand around and believe it. You should believe in these athletes, and you should believe in these people. I’ll be a fan of the Tour de France for as long as I live. And there are no secrets — this is a hard sporting event and hard work wins it. So Vive le Tour forever!”
– Lance Armstrong (or possibly another winner of the Tour de France, maybe even Mike Creed)
“People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.”
― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird