Sunday, July 15, 2007

Sun, Jul 15: TdF Stage 8

Found another live feed, yet very tiny picture, and NO audio.

T-Mobile's Mark Cavendish and Michael Rogers (!) have dropped out of the Tour. Rogers had crashed earlier, and supposedly broke his clavicle.

Current situation (courtesy of cyclingnews.com):
- Michael Rasmussen (Rabobank)
- Antonio Colom (Astana) and David Arroyo (Caisse d'Epargne)
- Iban Mayo (Saunier Duval-Prodir) at 5.09
- Christophe Moreau and Stéphane Goubert (AG2r Prévoyance), Iban Mayo (Saunier Duval), Cadel Evans (Predictor - Lotto), Andrey Kashechkin (Astana)
- Peloton at 5.34

Mayo has been caught too, so now it's Rasmussen, Colom and Arroyo, one big group, and the peloton. Rasmussen can pull this off, remember Rasmussen's Stage 16 win last year (the stage where Floyd Landis bonked) ? He is 4:42 behind in the GC, but only 27 seconds behind Moreau.

Rasmussen has 10 km to go. His lead is still 4:45 to the chase group, and more than five minutes to the peloton.

At 5 km to go, there's a 12.5% grade. The chase group is working together. Colom and Arroyo are 2:30 behind Rasmussen, who has now only 5 km to go. Popovych is gone from the Moreau group, and the maillot jaune, Gerdemann has been dropped by the peloton. Andreas Klöden (Astana), Alexander Vinokourov (Astana) and Denis Menchov (Rabobank) now ahead of the peloton. Arroyo has been caught. Vino falling back.

Rasmussen coming to the finish, he wins Stage 8. Iban Mayo comes in second.

Provisional results:
1 Michael Rasmussen (Den) Rabobank 4.49.40
2 Iban Mayo (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir 2.48
3 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 3.11
4 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Ag2r Prévoyance
5 Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team CSC
6 Cadel Evans (Aus) Predictor-Lotto
7 Alberto Contador (Spa) Discovery Channel
8 Denis Menchov (Spa) Rabobank
9 Carlos Sastre (Spa) Team CSC
10 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
11 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Discovery Channel
12 Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Saunier Duval

Michael Rasmussen is the new maillot jaune, Geerdemann is second, Mayo third.

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