Sunday, July 29, 2007

Sun, Jul 29: TdF Stage 20

16:00 CEST, the last stage of this year's Tour de France is under way, from Marcoussis to Paris Champs-Élysées.

88.5 km remaining, the peloton is together, and is taking it VERY casually today. There has been speculation whether or not Cadel Evans (Predictor-Lotto) and/or Levi Leipheimer (Discovery) should attack, considering the top three riders are close together in the GC. So far, this hasn't happened, but I doubt that the gentleman agreement about not challenging today will be broken.

16:20 CEST, the peloton closes in on Chatenay-Malabry, the home of our favorite anti-doping lab, and location of the second of two sprints today. The speed is still relaxed.

In other news: David Millar (Saunier Duval), Christian Vandevelde (CSC) and Dave Zabriskie (CSC) will join Team Slipstream next year, as told by Jonathan Vaughters himself on Eurosport's live audio feed.

The sprint is taken by Lilian Jegou (Francaise des Jeux), followed by two Quickstep riders, Carlos Barredo and Steven de Jongh.

16:56 CEST, 51 km remaining. The pace has picked up a bit, Discovery at the front.

48 km remaining, Freddy Bichot (Agritubel) attacks and gets a 15 second lead. Chris Horner also tried his luck, but he's caught as well as Bichot. Cancellara has a flat, and makes it back to the peloton.

37 km remaining, there's a breakaway of about 10 riders, 15 seconds ahead of the peloton.
The gap is now 25 seconds, and Cadel Evans should be in the breakaway now, and the finish there right now ... wishful thinking.

31 km remaining, the gap is 0:30. Five laps left.
25 km to go, the gap is now 0:36.
19 km remaining, gap 0:43, three laps remaining.
17.5 km, the gap is coming down to 0:35.
2 laps (13 km) remaining, gap @ 0:24.
11 km, gap @ 0:16.
Rain seems to appear to think of planning to ponder to start falling.
Last lap, 6 km, gap @ 0:06.
And the breakaway is caught, with 5.5 km remaining. Lampre at the front.
4km to go, T-Mob moving up.
3 km to go.
2 km.
1 km.

Bennati wins Stage 20.

Provisional results:

1 Bennati (Lampre)
2 Hushovd (Credit Agricole)
3 Zabel (Milram)
4 Hunter (Barloworld)
5 Boonen (Quickstep)

Alberto Contador (Discovery) wins the Tour De France 2007.

General classification:

1 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Discovery Channel
2 Cadel Evans (Aus) Predictor - Lotto 0.23
3 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Discovery Channel 0.31

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