Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Wed, Jul 18: TdF Stage 10

This is where we are at about 16:45 CEST: ahead 10:56 of the peloton, with 47 km to go:

Marcus Burghardt (T-Mobile), Jens Voigt (CSC), Juan Antonio Flecha (Rabobank), Paolo Bossoni (Lampre), Patrice Halgand (Crédit Agricole), Staf Scheirlinckx (Cofidis), Michael Albasini and Aleksandr Kuchynski (Liquigas), Sandy Casar (Française Des Jeux), Cedric Vasseur (Quick Step - Innergetic) and Andriy Grivko (Milram).

I believe Voigt is the leading rider in the GC of that bunch, with 24:39 behind Michael Rasmussen (Rabobank). So no threat to the maillot jaune from that breakaway group.

Luckily, the NOS live feed is working for me today, albeit with frequent hiccups and re-buffering, and in Dutch.

The brekaway is now over the second to last climb today, Côte des Bastides. Grivko is ahead, followed by Halgand, Albasini and Casar. Then, Voigt, Vasseur, Burghardt and Scheirlinckx.

With 24 km remaining, the gap is still 10:33. Voigt, Casar, Albasini, Vasseur and Halgand are now together. 10:23 with 21.5 km to go. 10:42 a km later. Will the peloton pick up the pace ? Maybe a bit, but they won't catch this bunch.

On a side note, an A sample of T-Mobile's Patrik Sinkewitz has tested positive for testosterone; the T/E ratio allegedly is 24:1. Sinkewitz dropped out of the Tour after hitting a spectator after Stage 8 last Saturday.

16 km left, 11:33 the gap. 5 km left to the summit of this last climb, Col de la Gineste, a Cat-3 climb. The peloton still has 20 km to go, with Rabobank at the front. Again, this stage should be no sweat for Rasmussen.

6.5 km remaining, 12:14 the gap. 4.2 km to go, Vasseur attacks, but they all remain together.
3.4 km, they're playing with each other.
3 km, Vasseur goes again, and he and Albasini get away, but now all back together.
1 km to go. Vasseur tries again.

Vasseur wins Stage 10, Casar is second. Finally, a French double-strike. This is Vasseur's 2nd stage win, TEN years apart. Albasini, Halgand and Voigt take places 3-5. The chasers also arrive now.

Provisional results:

1 Cédric Vasseur (Fra) Quickstep-Innergetic
2 Sandy Casar (Fra) Française Des Jeux
3 Michael Albasini (Swi) Liquigas
4 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Crédit Agricole
5 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC
6 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Cofidis
7 Paolo Bossoni (Ita) Lampre-Fondital
8 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) T-Mobile
9 Aleksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Liquigas
10 Juan Antonio Flecha (Spa) Rabobank
11 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Milram

My live video is still stuck at 2.9 km remaining, but live audio continues. Fortunately, Dutch is close enough to German, so I could catch some commentary.

Now where's the rest ? Here they are ... Chavanel and Boonen, 12th and 13th.

So no change in the General Classification.

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