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TDF Stage 20 - Grenoble to Grenoble 42.5 km ITT 23rd July

Stage 20 - Grenoble to Grenoble 42.5 km ITT







Quote:
JEAN-FRANÇOIS PESCHEUX’S ANALYSIS : A strong man rather than a specialist

“This is the race’s only individual time trial, as the one in the first week was a team time trial test, while putting another one into the middle of the race didn’t really serve any great purpose. The profile is rolling and the road does climb, although there aren’t any cols as such. Victory won’t automatically go to a specialist because the final time trial of the Tour is a very physical test that suits a strong man – last year’s Bordeaux-Pauillac test won by Cancellara was an exception. In this solitary exercise, there is no way a rider can bluff or hide in the wheels of their team-mates. But I think that the Tour will have been decided before Grenoble. It is often the third place on the podium, the best young rider classification or the team prize that is decided on this stage.”
smarauder68

FP for Stage 20:


1)Evans....................48:39
2)T.Martin.................48:48
3)Cancellara.............48:51
4)Contador...............48:58
5)VandeVelde...........49:04
6)Hushovd................49:11
7)A.Schleck..............49:18
CoolG.Thomas..............49:22
9)Leipheimer.............49:24
10)Hesjadal...............49:29
11)Sanchez...............49:33
12)Tarramae.............49:39
13)Millar....................49:41
14)Lang.....................49:42
15)Hincapie...............49:44
31)T.Voeckler............49:58
33)F.Schleck..............50:01

Andy has a huge advantage in that he'll be getting reports constantly if he needs to pick up his pace...After being so close last year, I can't imagine he'll let it slip away. The advantage for Evans may be somewhat mitigated by the rolling hill in the middle. If it were a purely flat course, I would have picked Evans.

FINAL GC for 2011 TDF:

1)A.Schleck
2)Evans..................@00:18 secs
3)F.Schleck.............@01:36
4)T.Voeckler...........@02:50
5)Contador.............@03:35
6)Cunego...............@04:10
7)Sanchez..............@04:37
8)Basso..................@05:55
9)Danielson.............@07:54
10)Rolland...............@10:15
11)Tarramae...........@10:51

GC: A.Schleck
KOM: Sanchez
Green: Cav
White: Rolland
Team: Garmin
Bartali

It's going to be very close.  I'd like Evans to sneak it, but I thing Andy Schleck will just hang on by 15-20 seconds or so
berck

Cancellara missed out on a similar course two years ago to Contador by 3 seconds. Spartacus has been coasting the past two days. He will be fresh and ready for this stage.

I agree that I think A Schleck will win overall by 15-20 second over Evans.
smarauder68

berck wrote:
Cancellara missed out on a similar course two years ago to Contador by 3 seconds. Spartacus has been coasting the past two days. He will be fresh and ready for this stage.

I agree that I think A Schleck will win overall by 15-20 second over Evans.


I don't think Spartacus has done himself any favors taking it easy...I actually think the guys in the top 30 will have ridden themselves in better form while Sparty and Tony Martin will have slightly regressed or stagnated.

I won't be surprised to see Vandevelde put up a very good time tomorrow...he's improved as much as anyone the last 7 days.
HuwB

Hopefully, Spartacus will be too busy on a scouting mission to post an "unbelievable" time. Tony Martin has been playing down his condition, over the past few days.

Whatever happens, I fairly confident that we will see something that comes pretty close to 1989.
It would be a real shock if Andy posted a faster time than Diesel Evans.

If Frank has one of Frank's special ITTs, Contador could still squeeze onto the podium.
Damiano Cunego could overhaul Voeckler and hang onto 5th.
Not bad for a quiter and GT failure, eh Scott? Wink

Exact same course, 6 weeks ago:
1. MARTIN Tony 21 HTC - Highroad 55 '27 "
2. WIGGINS Bradley 121 SKY Procycling 55 '38 " + 00 '11 "
3. Edvald Boasson Hagen 124 SKY Procycling 56 '10 " + 00 '43 "
4. David ZABRISKIE 111 TEAM GARMIN - CERVELO 56 '25 " + 00 '58 "
5. Janez BRAJKOVIC 1 TEAM RADIOSHACK 56 '44 " + 01 '17 "
6. Cadel EVANS 71 BMC RACING TEAM 56 '47 " + 01 '20 "
7. THOMAS Geraint 126 SKY Procycling 57 '03 " + 01 '36 "
8. Christophe Riblon 68 AG2R LA MONDIALE 57 '04 " + 01
'37 "
9. Taaramae Rein 51 COFIDIS CREDIT ONLINE 57 '23 " + 01 '56 "
10. FARIA DA COSTA Rui Alberto 163 TEAM MOVISTAR 57 '27 " + 02 '00 "
11. Kanstantsin Sivtsov 26 HTC - Highroad 57 '29 " + 02 '02 "
12. Malor Adriano 201 LAMPRE - ISD 57 '31 " + 02 '04 "
13. Jerome COPPEL 41 SAUR-SOJASUN 57 '35 " + 02 '08 "
14. Alexandre VINOKOUROV 11 PRO TEAM ASTANA 57 '45 " + 02 '18 "
15. Ben Hermans 3 TEAM RADIOSHACK 57 '53 " + 02 '26 "
16. Jérémy ROY 158 FDJ 58 '05 " + 02 '38 "
17. VAN DEN BROECK Jurgen 31 OMEGA PHARMA - LOTTO 58 '06 " + 02 '39 "
18. URAN Rigoberto 127 SKY Procycling 58 '08 " + 02 '41 "
19. KOREN Kristjan 95 CANNONDALE Liquigas- 58 '10 " + 02 '43 "
20. KADRI Blel 64 AG2R LA MONDIALE 58 '10 " + 02 '43 "
21. KERN Christophe 136 TEAM EUROPCAR 58 '12 " + 02 '45 "
22. Matthew Busch 2 TEAM RADIOSHACK 58 '13 " + 02 '46 "
23. Robert Gesink 81 RABOBANK CYCLING TEAM 58 '16 " + 02 '49 "
24. Thomas Rohregger 186 TEAM TREK-LEOPARD 58 '19 " + 02 '52 "
25. Brian VANDBORG 198 SAXO BANK SUNGARD 58 '20 " + 02 '53 "
26. Jean-Christophe Peraud 66 AG2R LA MONDIALE 58 '20 " + 02 '53 "
27. Maxime BOUET 62 AG2R LA MONDIALE 58 '22 " + 02 '55 "
28. Westra Lieuwe 211 Vacansoleil-DCM 58 '28 " + 03 '01 "
29. Vladimir Karpets 145 KATUSHA TEAM 58 '29 " + 03 '02 "
30. David MONCOUTIE 55 COFIDIS CREDIT ONLINE 58 '29 " + 03 '02 "
31. Sandy CASAR 152 FDJ 58 '31 " + 03 '04 "
32. PINOT Thibaut 157 FDJ 58 '32 " + 03 '05 "
33. PIRES Bruno 184 TEAM TREK-LEOPARD 58 '32 " + 03 '05 "
34. Gorka VERDUGO 108 Euskaltel - EUSKADI 58 '35 " + 03 '08 "
35. Joost POSTHUMA 185 TEAM TREK-LEOPARD 58 '36 " + 03 '09 "
36. SORENSEN Nicki 191 SAXO BANK SUNGARD 58 '37 " + 03 '10 "
37. PATE Danny 24 HTC - Highroad 58 '39 " + 03 '12 "
38. FLECHA GIANNONI Juan Antonio 122 SKY Procycling 58 '42 " + 03 '15 "
39. NAVARDAUSKAS Ramunas 117 TEAM GARMIN - CERVELO 58 '42 " + 03 '15 "
40. Thomas VOECKLER 131 TEAM EUROPCAR 58 '45 " + 03 '18 "
smarauder68

HuwB wrote:
Hopefully, Spartacus will be too busy on a scouting mission to post an "unbelievable" time. Tony Martin has been playing down his condition, over the past few days.

Whatever happens, I fairly confident that we will see something that comes pretty close to 1989.
It would be a real shock if Andy posted a faster time than Diesel Evans.

If Frank has one of Frank's special ITTs, Contador could still squeeze onto the podium.
Damiano Cunego could overhaul Voeckler and hang onto 5th.
Not bad for a quiter and GT failure, eh Scott? Wink


I think Cunego is more likely to go the other way...Contador and Samu could pass him tomorrow, rendering the gutless, wheelsucker 6th...
HuwB

smarauder68 wrote:
HuwB wrote:
Hopefully, Spartacus will be too busy on a scouting mission to post an "unbelievable" time. Tony Martin has been playing down his condition, over the past few days.

Whatever happens, I fairly confident that we will see something that comes pretty close to 1989.
It would be a real shock if Andy posted a faster time than Diesel Evans.

If Frank has one of Frank's special ITTs, Contador could still squeeze onto the podium.
Damiano Cunego could overhaul Voeckler and hang onto 5th.
Not bad for a quiter and GT failure, eh Scott? Wink


I think Cunego is more likely to go the other way...Contador and Samu could pass him tomorrow, rendering the gutless, wheelsucker 6th...


Talking of gutless wheelsuckers:
32 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team RadioShack 0:59:24

Now, if he can only take back 56 minutes over a 55 minute time trial...  Cool


Lookie, lookie, more trouble ahead.........possibly:
http://www.weather.com/weather/wxdetail/FRXX0153?dayNum=1
Bartali

Umm ... rain!! Could be interesting.
Beasley

As fearless as ever, Scott, but your times will be well off: 52k/h for a 42.5km rolling ITT is rapid!!

Forget the mechanised bike, Cancellara needs Bartali's (Sportive 'legal')Parlee! Laughing
SAP

Didn't know where else to put this...

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1...S=The+Sound+of+Frenchmen+Gloating

Quote:
If a Frenchman leads the Tour de France, there can be only one possible explanation: Pro cycling has won its war against performance-enhancing drugs, thus reaffirming the natural superiority and unimpeachable Gallic honor of French cyclists.

With each day that 32-year-old Thomas Voeckler holds onto his yellow jersey, as he did again Thursday, that view is gradually gaining currency in streets and bars in this country and on talk radio around the Tour.
Boogerd_Fan

Velits a dark horse for this after his showing today?

I think Schleck will just hold on. But to be honest, after an epic few days in the Alps, either one deserves it in my books.
Mrs John Murphy

SAP wrote:
Didn't know where else to put this...

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1...S=The+Sound+of+Frenchmen+Gloating

Quote:
If a Frenchman leads the Tour de France, there can be only one possible explanation: Pro cycling has won its war against performance-enhancing drugs, thus reaffirming the natural superiority and unimpeachable Gallic honor of French cyclists.

With each day that 32-year-old Thomas Voeckler holds onto his yellow jersey, as he did again Thursday, that view is gradually gaining currency in streets and bars in this country and on talk radio around the Tour.


Interesting but I'd be a bit careful about saying all French riders are clean. Eurocar may have 'jumped the shark so to speak'.

I'd like to believe but well, once bitten twice shy.

I suspect it is more a combination of factors with a lot of riders who would normally fill a top 10 missing through crashes etc

This is what I wrote yesterday

Bartali wrote:
I have to say I was the first to cast suspicion over Voeckler and I certainly don't buy the line that guys are clean because they say they are.  BUT, I was very very impressed by Voeckler yesterday.  He suffered like a dog to hang with that group ... and while his performances are much better than we would perhaps expect, he certainly doesn't look like a Ricco, Schumacher, Basso in 2006, LA etc etc

I'm more than happy to give him the benefit of the doubt even if P&P aren't.


Things to think about:

Voeckler in Yellow
Cunego in top 5
Danielson top 10.
Poor performance from Petacchi in the sprints. ie he is riding like someone who is almost 40 should ride.

Counterpoints:

No Radioshack or Astana riders - rumours of Hog being scared and RS producing a performance akin to Disco 2006.

Astana getting blown out with loss of Vino, while RK knackered from Giro. Likewise, Sky lost Wiggins early on.

HCT not able to get one of Velits, Gypsy Killer etc going

Key riders missing:

JVDB
Kloeden
Horner
Vino
RK
Menchov
Sastre
Nibs
Wacky
Wiggums

In a normal tour we would expect most of those riders plus the riders currently involved to be prominent and to fill a top 10-15.

The point would be that a lot of the 'dirty' riders have for various reasons gone missing.

Counterbalance to saying that:

HCT's performance
Gilbert/Vanendert
Evans - 195 doses of EPO hmmm
Dertie - while everyone else who rode the Giro ie RK is an hour or so back Dertie is 5 minutes down despite crashing, getting caught in a crash and a poorish Suxo TTT. Basically, yesterday was the only day when he lost a large amount of time and even then it was only with 1.5km to go, not at the foot of the climb.
Schlecks
Hushovd/Garmin

Galibier climbing numbers

via clinic http://forum.cyclingnews.com/showthread.php?t=8839&page=37

Tour de France 2011, Stage 18, HC climb Col du Galibier [last 8.6 Km, from Lautaret]

Frank Schleck

Elevation / Höhenmeter [m] : 587 m
Distance / Streckenlänge [Km] : 8.6 Km
Time in seconds / Fahrzeit in Sekunden [sec] : 1414 = 23 min 34 sec = 23:34
Weight rider / Gewicht Fahrer [kg] : 67 kg
Weight bicycle, clothes etc. / Gewicht Fahrrad [kg] : 8 kg

Grade / mittlere Seigung : 6.8 %
Average speed / mittlere Geschwindigkeit : 21.8 Km/h
Total weight / Gesamtgewicht : 75.0 kg

Power : 383.1 Watt
Power / kg : 5.7 Watt / kg

Source: [ http://www.rst.mp-all.de/bergauf.htm ]

Note: Strong wind and elevation (from 2058 m to 2645 m)!

Andy Schleck:

Slight head wind: 382 watts, 5.62 w/kg (?)
Stronger head wind: 409 watts, 6.02 w/kg
Cadel:~392 Watts, 6.12 w/kg (Assuming slight head wing hitting him all the time)

------------------------------------------------

Tour de France 2011, Stage 18, HC climb Col du Galibier [from Lautaret]

Distance : 8.6 Km , Elevation : 587 m , Grade : 6.8 %

Fastest times

Frank Schleck 23:34
Cadel Evans 23:42
Ivan Basso 23:45
Thomas Voeckler 23:48
Pierre Rolland 23:54
Rein Taaramae 24:49
Thomas Danielson 24:52
Ryder Hesjedal 24:58
Andy Schleck 25:00 [stage winner]
Christian Vandevelde 25:05
Haimar Zubeldia 25:11
Jelle Vanendert 25:17
Alberto Contador 25:17

Don't have figures for the climbs yesterday.

What to make of the Andy Schleck/Contador performances too.

I'd put Voeckler's position down to luck rather than the peloton having cleaned up.
KarenP

Bartali wrote:
Umm ... rain!! Could be interesting.


Really?  Throughout the stage?

Obviously, recovery is going to be a big factor in the results tomorrow given the fierce battles of the last couple of days.  Will Andy's relative youth give him any advantage over Cadel?

I think it's going to be close.  I also look forward to the battle for the white jersey.
Bartali

KarenP wrote:
Bartali wrote:
Umm ... rain!! Could be interesting.


Really?  Throughout the stage?


The latest forecast is rain from midday.
70kmph

Bartali

Well no wonder he's nearly an hour behind Cunego ... he's forgotten his bike and that helmet isn't very aero!
Biosphere

Bartali wrote:
Well no wonder he's nearly an hour behind Cunego ... he's forgotten his bike and that helmet isn't very aero!


You're cruel. He's on the ropes whimpering and yet you keep raining down the blows Laughing

Still, makes a change from you getting medieval on Evans Wink
Nolte

i'm looking forward to the battle of the day:

jeannesson V Coppel for 3rd in the young riders standing Very Happy
HuwB

Cancellara isn't going to win this, imo.
57'-15" is almost 2 minutes down on Tony Martin's Dauphine mark.
Richie Porte only 1 second down at the 2nd CP........
HuwB

Porte takes the lead. 57'-03"
smarauder68

Who the hell is Richie Porte??

Did he just pull a Rosie Ruiz???
Biosphere

Just been watching EBH. Must be tough for Hushovd and himself to go out there with what's happened back home. Crazy.
Biosphere

smarauder68 wrote:
Who the hell is Richie Porte??

Did he just pull a Rosie Ruiz???


Porte was going to be Saxo's GC man here, but got pulled onto TTT duties in the Giro at last minute when I guess Saxo were thinking that Contador would do the double (we didn't know about the double until  week or two later). That's why he's been quiet.
Biosphere

HuwB wrote:
Porte takes the lead. 57'-03"


De Gendt goes a second faster!  Shocked
maffy

to be fair to sm68, a lot of people said the same thing at last year's romandie

bit of a surprise tt from tdg, seems recovered from that 1st day crash
HuwB

Martin well up at the CP, but well down on his Dauphine time.
3 weeks as opposed to 3 days.
He continues to eat up the course and narrowly avoided chewing on the rear end of the Sky Jag!
smarauder68

Ebh with a bike change....that'll cost him 20 or 30 secs at least...

Tony Martin setting a fast time...
Biosphere

maffy wrote:
to be fair to sm68, a lot of people said the same thing at last year's romandie


Me included. Was just trying to bring Sm up to date.

I left out the whole conspiracy regarding him being a speaker of English managed Uncle Pat's son (I guess that makes him cousin Andrew) and therefore protected from drugs tests and anointed as the next big thing to assist Trek and Nike to break into the Tasmanian market which has always been the key to unlocking the Asian Pacific Rim. The Greeks knew it, the Romans knew it and now Uncle Heiny knows it.

Try as I might I couldn't fit that into 140 characters Wink
HuwB

Looks like Martin will put a minute into TdG's time.
smarauder68

Martin just needs to get across the finish without crashing and then pray for rain...
Boogerd_Fan

Guess who:

"I am happy... Done the maximum.... Had full wet roads the luck was not on my side now... Now is dry. Evricing change."

lol
70kmph

Martin looks serious...Cancellera was soft pedalling
smarauder68

Hey Bio, Levi just hit the first check point in 81st...looks like ur man is mailing it in...
maffy

six seconds slower than six weeks back for der panzerwagon
smarauder68

Boogerd_Fan wrote:
Guess who:

"I am happy... Done the maximum.... Had full wet roads the luck was not on my side now... Now is dry. Evricing change."

lol


Spartacus?
HuwB

Martin mullers everyone. Just 6 seconds slower than in June and almost a minute and three quarters faster than Cancellara..
Bartali

Huge ride by Martin ... incredible for someone who couldn't finish within the cut-off for the last two days! Umm ...
smarauder68

Was it the exact same course and distance??
70kmph

LOL der panzerwagon
maffy

official time's rounded up to 55.34

tt excitement Smile
Biosphere

smarauder68 wrote:
Hey Bio, Levi just hit the first check point in 81st...looks like ur man is mailing it in...


No guts, no pride. A chump, a quitter.

Thought he'd want to make a mark on the Tour, but then he made several already on the crash barriers and road Wink

Bart, the gruppeto rule needs to be modified as TNG proposed. Time penalties on the next 3 stages or something like that. Looks like it needs to be a few minutes too.
maffy

Biosphere wrote:
Try as I might I couldn't fit that into 140 characters Wink


shirley popularity of 140chars is due keystroke rationing in age of posterity wif da yoof hoping not to be shipped off to van diemen's land.


that hits the spot. might try out a schleck one next.
Bartali

Biosphere wrote:
Thought he'd want to make a mark on the Tour, but then he made several already on the crash barriers and road Wink


That's really funny  Laughing  Laughing  Laughing
HuwB

Looks like Phil Gil can now use his balls as earrings.

Why is the sun shining? We want rain.
Biosphere

HuwB wrote:
Looks like Phil Gil can now use his balls as earrings.

Why is the sun shining? We want rain.


Nah. Evans has already had has his rain gift and he can TT better. Better to keep it more balanced.
Bartali

From what the ES guys are saying, Evans can't stop messing with his bike - gears, cassette, oil even.  Suggests to me his head is all over the place which is not a good sign.  Come on Cadel - pull yourself together!
smarauder68

Any chance for rain still?
Mrs John Murphy

What was the Gypsy Killer saying about poor form? More bullshit from HGH.

Has anyone got that post 18/19 quote from the Gypsy Killer?
smarauder68

Thru 5km Andy has lost 10 secs on Evans
Boogerd_Fan

Evans has shaved 15s off already. Unless he blows up i think he's got it.

Speaking of Evans being nervous with his bike. Frank & Andy looked like they were about to pee their lycra shorts.

Sanchez & Bertie on flyers too.
Bartali

Seems to me they've 'messed about' with the starting order to favour A. Schleck.  Surely this gives AS an extra 2 minutes to react to Evans' times.
Bartali

Boogerd_Fan wrote:
Evans has shaved 15s off already. Unless he blows up i think he's got it.

Speaking of Evans being nervous with his bike. Frank & Andy looked like they were about to pee their lycra shorts.


Urgh ... soggy shorts.  Yak  Embarassed
Boogerd_Fan

I wonder if Andy learnt anything from last year where he matched Bertie for the first checkpoint but then faded at the end?
Severo

Bartali wrote:
Seems to me they've 'messed about' with the starting order to favour A. Schleck.  Surely this gives AS an extra 2 minutes to react to Evans' times.


How so?

Ah you mean not swapping Frank and Cuddles so two team members back-to-back? Regs say organisers can, not that they have to.
Nolte

Mrs John Murphy wrote:
What was the Gypsy Killer saying about poor form? More bullshit from HGH.


effect of soft pedalling for a couple of days
Nolte

peraud 5th at point 2 with about 10 left to come over the point
Boogerd_Fan

Velits really picked up on the 2nd half of the course (finishing 5th)... so if Andy has a poor time at that 2nd check, its not all over. Bart - indeed, they may have given him an advantage there.
smarauder68

Andy doesn't look good...he's laboring!
Nolte

it's tough to estimate these things. they may have started slow and speed up, they may start fast and finish slow. some may start and finish slow.
smarauder68

Kudos to Voeckler for only losing 30 secs to Evans so far...I would have bet money on Cadel passing him by now...
Biosphere

Looks like Evans has it barring mistakes.
smarauder68

Andy losing time on Frank too
MS

Good bye.

Would love to see Voeckler jump over the Schlecks.
Bartali

Severo wrote:
Bartali wrote:
Seems to me they've 'messed about' with the starting order to favour A. Schleck.  Surely this gives AS an extra 2 minutes to react to Evans' times.


How so?

Ah you mean not swapping Frank and Cuddles so two team members back-to-back? Regs say organisers can, not that they have to.


I thought Harman said they have to ... that's what it sounded like from the reg he read out. Anyhow, its the first time I've ever come across it not being don at the pointy end of the ITT.
phildange

Evans at 5 seconds behind AS in the GC right now
smarauder68

Looks like another runner up finish for Andy...
HuwB

2 seconds to tears in Luxembourg.
Bertie goes 3rd at CP 2
smarauder68

Andy losing a minute in that Cat 2 stage will be the difference..
Bartali

Come on Evans - push it home!!
maffy

good rides by tararararamae and jc peraud. bertie slowing?
MS

Where is Samu at?
SAP

Come on Evans!
70kmph

Its the battle between 2 riders who both suck...
phildange

Rolland white jersey !
Severo

Bartali wrote:
Severo wrote:
Bartali wrote:
Seems to me they've 'messed about' with the starting order to favour A. Schleck.  Surely this gives AS an extra 2 minutes to react to Evans' times.


How so?

Ah you mean not swapping Frank and Cuddles so two team members back-to-back? Regs say organisers can, not that they have to.


I thought Harman said they have to ... that's what it sounded like from the reg he read out. Anyhow, its the first time I've ever come across it not being don at the pointy end of the ITT.


UCI regs wrote:

2.6.023 The starting order for individual time trial stages shall be the reverse order of the general time classification.
Nevertheless, the commissaires panel may modify that order to avoid two riders of the same team riding consecutively.
Bartali

Okay .. "may modify" .. I must have misheard Harmon unless he got it wrong.

Roland in white - pleased about that!
Boogerd_Fan

check the provisional GPS GC numbering.. as EVans overtook Andy, they swapped 1st and 3rd places.... Frank is still in this

1. Evans
2. Schleck F !!!!
3. Schleck A

WTF!
HuwB

Voeckler faster than Danielson..............er............OK
Cadel only 7 seconds down on Martin.
Schlekette 29 seconds out of yellow.
smarauder68

Cadel can still beat Tony!!
TNG

Bartali wrote:
Okay .. "may modify" .. I must have misheard Harmon unless he got it wrong.

Roland in white - pleased about that!


Don't think you misheard, am pretty sure Harmon got it wrong (too busy counting fingers trying to do his sums  Rolling Eyes ).
Severo

Serves Schlekette right for wearing yellow shorts.
Bartali

Decent ITT from Basso - better than I expected!  A sparkler from Samu!
70kmph

Snachez very good time
Mrs John Murphy

Severo wrote:
Serves Schlekette right for wearing yellow shorts.


Very very tiny violin playing for him.


Link


Biosphere

HuwB wrote:

Schlekette 29 seconds out of yellow.


Alps were missed opportunity.
MS

Worst performance by a GT leader in the final TT that I can recall in some time.
Bartali

Actually a bit sad to see Schleck crumble, but he only has himself to blame.
Biosphere

Biosphere wrote:
HuwB wrote:

Schlekette 29 seconds out of yellow.


Alps were missed opportunity.


Hmmmm . . . at this rate he'd have needed about 4 other mountain ranges!
smarauder68

Evans 2 secs behind Martin at the final check...
TNG

Would be good to see Evans take yellow with a stage win.
Bartali

Did Cunego just kick Levi's arse in the ITT???
Fontfroide

Allez Cadel.  Rolland happy, my wife too, she likes him.
Boogerd_Fan

Schleck lost this in 3 places.

- poor descending into Gap
- poor decision to follow Contador on Telegraphe (he should've organized his team to chase, then attack Evans on the Alpe)
- Galibier was just 2km too long for him to keep 3 mins instead of 2mins after he cracked.


Evans won this in 3 places:

- opportunist minute gained into Gap
- showed his true strength and took it upon himself to TT up the steep part of the Galibier TWICE! unlike previous years, his climbing was awesome.
- awesome power in both ITT and TTT.

I think we have the right winner. Mr consistency over 3 weeks, vs. Schleck's erratic form.
MS

Boogerd_Fan wrote:
Schleck lost this in 3 places.

- poor descending into Gap
- poor decision to follow Contador on Telegraphe (he should've organized his team to chase, then attack Evans on the Alpe)
- Galibier was just 2km too long for him to keep 3 mins instead of 2mins after he cracked.


Evans won this in 3 places:

- opportunist minute gained into Gap
- showed his true strength and took it upon himself to TT up the steep part of the Galibier TWICE! unlike previous years, his climbing was awesome.
- awesome power in both ITT and TTT.

I think we have the right winner. Mr consistency over 3 weeks, vs. Schleck's erratic form.


Agreed.
HuwB

Quite a few "unbelievable" performances out there, today.
Lucky that Cadel has such an easy past few days.

Also agree with BF's breakdown.
70kmph

This Tour was an abomination...looking forward to the Vuelta
Biosphere

Boogerd_Fan wrote:
Schleck lost this in 3 places.

- poor descending into Gap
- poor decision to follow Contador on Telegraphe (he should've organized his team to chase, then attack Evans on the Alpe)
- Galibier was just 2km too long for him to keep 3 mins instead of 2mins after he cracked.


Evans won this in 3 places:

- opportunist minute gained into Gap
- showed his true strength and took it upon himself to TT up the steep part of the Galibier TWICE! unlike previous years, his climbing was awesome.
- awesome power in both ITT and TTT.

I think we have the right winner. Mr consistency over 3 weeks, vs. Schleck's erratic form.


I'd add only racing against Contador as Schlecks downfall.
MS

70kmph wrote:
This Tour was an abomination...looking forward to the Vuelta


You'll bitch about that, as well.
Boogerd_Fan

I was going to add Pyranees pratting about... but at that point Bertie was still their key rival Wink

Schleck's TT today actually shows he wasn't on any magic pop. Wink

Major LOL that Voeckler beat both Schlecks. If only he hadn't cracked and Evans had fallen off Very Happy

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