Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Tour de France 2009

Weekend through Tuesday update. After the weekend stages, an off day Monday and Stage 10 today. It was all basic racing the past few days with no changes at the top other than KLÖDEN Andréas replacing Wiggins in the Top 5. That now gives Astana 4 riders in the top 5. The Green and Polka Dot jersey's also have new leaders

In todays 121 mile stage Mark Cavendish won his 3rd stage of this years tour.

The overall Top 5

1. Rinaldo Nocentini- AG2R-La Mondiale at 00:00
2. Alberto Contador - Astana at 00:06
3. Lance Armstrong - Astana at 00:08
4. Andréas Kloden - Astana at 00:54
5. Levi Leipheimer- Astana at 00:54

The Jersey’s are as follows

Yellow (overall leader) – Rinaldo Nocentini – Team AG2R-La Mondiale
Green (Sprinting points leader – Thor Hushovd – Cervelo Test Team
Polka Dot (King of the Mountain) – Egoi Martinez – Team Euskaltel
White (best young rider) – Tony Martin - Team Columbia

Tour Fun Facts

Oh, no, we're wearing the same outfit
Every rider must wear his team's official outfit — shorts, jersey, socks and shoes, gloves, and helmet. Unless a rider withdraws prior to the event, each of the 21 participating teams has nine riders, attired identically, at the start of the race.
Several exceptions exist, however. Leaders in overall standings and best climber (polka dot), sprinter (green), and young rider (white) competitions wear their respective colored jersey. Each of the sub-competition jerseys includes the appropriate team advertising banners. In individual time trials, competition leaders are provided with appropriately colored skinsuits instead of jerseys and shorts.
If a rider leads more than one race competition, he wears the jersey in accordance to priority of importance: yellow jersey, green jersey, polka-dot jersey, and white jersey. The runners-up or next highest-place riders in the competitions wear leaders' jerseys in the remaining categories.
The reigning world road race titlist wears a white jersey with horizontal adjoining blue, red, black, yellow, and green bands during the Tour. The rainbow jersey also includes the rider's team sponsors' logos. Reigning national road titlists also wear their national champion jerseys with the same allowance for team names and advertising banners.
Riders can wear additional clothes over or under their jerseys, including rain gear, tights or leg warmers, or other overgarments. And they can wear additional clothing at the start or during a stage. A rider seeking additional attire during a stage drops back to receive items from a team vehicle or from motorcycle drivers designated by race organizers.

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