Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Tour de France 2009

Day 12 > Stage onze (11) of the Tour de France, from Vatan to Saint-Fargeau. 192km.



This is another of the fairly flat stages that should see an early breakaway and then the teams reeling them back in for a sprinters bunch finish. Look for Cavendish to go for yet another stage win.

Next week should be the telling week as the tour hits the Alps.

The race officials nullified the 15 second lead that some of the riders had yesterday. So Bradley Wiggins and Levi didn’t lose any time or their positions in the top 5.

Sure enough early on Van Summeren and Sapa jump out ahead of the peloton and get an earlier lead. They managed to stay away free for close to 100 miles but alas they were caught with 3 miles to go and once again Mark Cavendish took the stage win in a mad rush finish. Mark is a beast. He now has 8 stage wins to tie the record, and he did it in just the last 2 years.

Join me again tomorrow for the 211.5km stage 12 from Tonnerre to Vittel.

No change in the top 5 overall.
Cavendish took back the Green from Thor. He’s ahead by a point. And Brice Feillu tokk back the Polka Dot from Egoi Martinez.

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. Levi Leipheimer- Astana at 00:39
5. Bradley Wiggins- Garmmin Slipstream at 00:46

The Jersey’s are as follows:

Yellow (overall leader) – Rinaldo Nocentini – Team AG2R-La Mondiale
Green (Sprinting points leader – Mark Cavendish – Team Columbia
Polka Dot (King of the Mountain) – Brice Feillu – Team Agritubel
White (best young rider) – Tony Martin - Team Columbia

Tour Fun Fact

Riding by numbers:

Tour riders are identified by race numbers. The defending race champion wears No. 1, and his teammates follow in order through No. 9. Every rider considered as his team's overall title contender wears the lowest number on his team. He's listed first on all official rider lists; from there, there's an alphabetical order to the numbers.

Every rider must have an official double-sided number plate on each side of his bike frame and in a designated position. Riders must also wear two numbers, one over each hip. During individual time trial stages, cyclists' two small hip numbers are replaced by a larger single number affixed on their lower back. Race organizers provide number plates and race numbers, and they must be worn without alterations.

Yellow Jersey holder Rinaldo Nocentini and wife.

1 comment:

momto5minnies said...

I caught some of it today. MAN, that is some hard work on the body.