Owlman wrote:Surprised no one has started an official, unofficial TDF thread, so here goes. Check in carefully as the results will be posted. If you are like me, and watch it taped, not fun to see results posted before you've actually viewed.
Well, today did not disappoint. With 10K to go, Robbie McEwan was off the back, apparently from a crash or other mishap. His team sent back 3-4 riders to help him rejoin the peloton. With 2-3K to go, he was still not back on. At less than 1K he was not in sight. At 200-300 meters, his specter appeared hidden behind about 10-12 riders with Robbie Hunter launching the initial sprint. Robbie pops out and accelerates like a Banshee to take the win. The overhead shot was unreal. It looked closer from the front view. From above, he took it by more than one bike length. His acceleration was easily over 1MPh above the other sprinters. Boonen had no chance, even though his team and Lampre were the principal lead-out. Unreal sprint finish. That guy is phenomenal. 178 career wins . . . wow, that's more than 'Zilla!
TimGalvin wrote:Wow. That sucks about Vaitkus and George. That could really hurt Levi's chances. Plus, if he doesn't do well, that hurts their chances of getting new sponsors, I imagine.
I wonder if Boonen has it in him this year. He couldn't answer McEwen yesterday and today he couldn't get around his lead out.
Is my math off or is tomorrow 140+ miles? 236KM
and remember to click on the english version..
Manny wrote:Hmmm. Then why not just give him the direct link to the English website?
Start a forum section under "Gerneral" so we can make daily stage postings and not clog up the Roadie Talk.
JD wrote:The Astana boys are hurtin' today.
With cuts on both knees and on his right buttock, Vinokourov tried to catch up to the main pack under an escort from six Astana teammates, but the peloton sped ahead to exploit his delay.
"I'm sorry, because when I knew that Vinokourov had fallen, I was tempted to ask my team to slow down and wait for him," Pozzato said. "Maybe there is less respect for the big riders than there once was.
"When I started in cycling there was a very clear hierarchy, and I was afraid to get too close to (Lance) Armstrong. ... I always stayed 3 meters back and never got too close. Maybe there's no more of that."
kduf70 wrote: They showed his group quite a bit and they put one guy on the front who pulled hard til he cracked and then pulled off. Then there were 5. The next guy pulled til he cracked. Then there were 4. And so on til Vino dropped his last man as he went over the crest of the last hill by himself. On the 9K downhill to the finish he got a little help from Boonen, but he basically rode solo and pulled 25 guys across the line since no other team would help a guy who is a big GC threat. Here's my question: why didn't they ride a rotating paceline that would keep guys fresh and give him help all the way to the finish? Instead they blew up one rider after another till Vino was alone. I never saw a single Astana rider pull off and get back in the paceline to recover and pull again. Each man just pulled hard while everyone else sat in and when he blew up, he was gone.
A tough, tough day for T-Mobile - By Ben Delaney
Team loses two yellow jerseys, some teeth and three riders
Less than 24 hours after celebrating Linus Gerdemann's Tour de France stage win and capture of the yellow jersey, T-Mobile found itself down three riders, including team captain Michael Rogers, who crashed and dislocated his shoulder while riding as the virtual yellow jersey on a stage-8 descent. Mark Cavendish's abandonment had been planned for today to prevent exhausting the young sprinter in his first Tour. The likely abandonment of Patrik Sinkewitz, however, was anything but foreseen.
After the Tour's first summit finish atop the Cat. 1 climb in the resort town of Tignes, Sinkewitz was one of many riders who chose to descend directly back down to their nearby hotels after the finish instead of waiting for a ride in the team busses, which had to wait for the entire peloton to arrive before beginning the slow, single-file procession back down the mountain. On the high-speed descent, Sinkewitz collided with a spectator, knocking the man unconscious, while suffering facial injuries himself, reportedly including a broken nose and broken teeth. [More]
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