Thursday, July 19, 2007

Thu, Jul 19: TdF Stage 11

Just 10 km remaining in today's stage, and the riders are already in Montpellier.

The group is split into two pelotons, at about 2:43 apart. But with 7.5 km to go, the gap is up to 3 minutes. This is not good for the GC contenders in that second group, e.g. Christophe Moreau (AG2r), who crashed early in the race today.

2.5 km to go, and here's a crash. Fred Rodriguez (Predictor-Lotto), Francisco Ventoso (Saunier-Duval), Julian Dean (Crédit Agricole), Frank Schleck (CSC) and Tom Boonen (Quickstep) went down.

Robbie Hunter (Barloworld) wins Stage 11, finally; he deserved it. Former yellow jersey, Fabian Cancellara (CSC), gets the second place.

The second group with Moreau comes to the finish with more than three minutes back.

Provisional results:

1 Robert Hunter (RSA) Barloworld
2 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team CSC
3 Murilo Fischer (Bra) Liquigas
4 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Liquigas
5 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre-Fondital
6 Paolo Bossoni (Ita) Lampre-Fondital
7 Claudio Corioni (Ita) Lampre-Fondital
8 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Française Des Jeux
9 William Bonnet (Fra) Crédit Agricole
10 Kim Kirchen (Lux) T-Mobile

In the GC, no changes apart from Moreau dropping out of the top 10. With 3 minutes on top of the 3:18 he was behind before today's stage, he should slip to the ~15th place.

Update: David Zabriskie (CSC) missed the time-cut today and is therefore out of the Tour.

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