Due to the problems of the tour this year, I decided to create a tour of my own. How hard could it be to take over a country for a few weeks and then put together a bike race? I mean the Germans did it in a matter of days and they were in slow moving tanks and on foot. I found out quite quickly that all the clean riders and carbon fiber is tied up in France so I opted instead to go small scale. Miniature! I could form the tour into anything i desired at this point. Whittling the riders individually from maple wood, the bikes molded in scale minature from carbon fiber and then painstakingly painting each small body and bicycle took hours but i think you will agree the final product was well worth it. This diorama recreates the 195.5 km sixth stage of the 2008 Tour de France between Aigurande and Super-Besse. Although its hard to discern from this angle, I was careful to include every detail. Hincapies boyish handsome features and oversized hands, the cocky grin on Thor Hushovds face as he contemplates the next sprint and last nights conquest(s), each of Robbie Mcewens victorian era moustache hairs individually painted. I debated leaving Suanier Duval out of my mini-tour for their causing the disapointment in the first place but decided to lean towards authenticity instead and you will find the squad dispersed throuhout the peloton as they would have been on this very day. Viewers with a real keen eye will even find a miniature "cobra" as well as needle marks in and around his tiny, tiny hidden groin area. As of yet i have only completed one overweight American tourist pictured to the South side of the road. In tip of the hat to our European hosts, I will also carve her microsized rental car idling just to the side of the road where she was forced to park and wait until the tour passes to continue her vacation oblivious to the race in its entirety. The peeved look on her face says two things: "Ive been driving for hours and cant find a McDonalds" and "Why the hell would ride a bike up a goddam mountain when you can rent a car for 95 european dollars a day and drive right over the thing in an hour?" I hope you enjoy.