Tuesday, July 17, 2007

TdF Stage 10 preview

Tomorrow's a long day, a 229.5 km stage between Tallard and Marseille. Now that the Alps are behind the riders, there are only Cat-3 and Cat-4 climbs to master (i.e. a rather flat stage), as well as two sprints. Michael Rasmussen (Rabobank) has a comfortable lead of 2:35, 2:39 and 2:41 to Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) , Iban Mayo (Saunier Duval) and Cadel Evans (Predictor-Lotto) respectively, so baring any crashes or failed tactics, Rasmussen should be in yellow again tomorrow afternoon.

David Zabriskie (CSC) is risking to lose the competition for the lanterne rouge if he's not slowing down considerably. While he came in last today, he's still 2:34 faster than the currently last ranked rider, the Belgian Wim Vansevenant of Team Predictor-Lotto; Vansevenant trails Rasmussen by 1 hour 45 minutes 23 seconds, and he was the 2006 TdF winner of the lanterne rouge. And there's actually a blog out there, specifically about the TdF lanterne rouge.

1 comment:

Nancy Toby said...

Thanks for stopping by!!! Yeah, there's at least 24 pro cyclists out there somewhere now wishing they could still be in the Tour....