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TDF Stage 21: Créteil to Paris Champs-Élysées 95km 24th July

Last one. The Paris Crit. The worst most boring stage in the whole race.

Stage 21 - Créteil Paris Champs-Élysées 95 km









Quote:
JEAN-FRANÇOIS PESCHEUX’S ANALYSIS : A sprint by tradition

“It has been the tradition since 1975 for the Tour de France to end with a prestigious stage finish on the Champs-Élysées. At the start in Créteil, we will remember Laurent Fignon, who held a licence with the local club. In 1989, his duel with Greg LeMond maintained the suspense right to the finish, where Fignon was sure that he would be the winner. That was the only occasion that the final stage was run as a time trial. Every other time, it has been a road stage that has been decided in a bunch sprint, except on four occasions. Those exceptions were the victories taken by Alain Meslet in 1977, Bernard Hinault in 1979, Eddy Seigneur in 1994 and Alexandre Vinokourov in 2005. It is incredibly hard to get a telling gap on this stage when breakaway riders are always within sight of the peloton.”


GC

1. EVANS Cadel             83h 45' 20"
2. SCHLECK Andy                   83h 46' 54" + 01' 34"
3. SCHLECK Frank           83h 47' 50" + 02' 30"
4. VOECKLER Thomas     83h 48' 40" + 03' 20"
5. CONTADOR Alberto     83h 49' 17" + 03' 57"
6. SANCHEZ Samuel       83h 50' 15" + 04' 55"
7. CUNEGO Damiano       83h 51' 25" + 06' 05"
8. BASSO Ivan                 83h 52' 43" + 07' 23"
9. DANIELSON Tom         83h 53' 35" + 08' 15"
10. PERAUD Jean-Christophe 83h 55' 31" + 10' 11"
11. ROLLAND Pierre         83h 56' 03" + 10' 43"
12. TAARAMAE Rein         83h 56' 49" + 11' 29"
13. DE WEERT Kevin         84h 01' 49" + 16' 29"
14. COPPEL Jérôme                 84h 03' 56" + 18' 36"
15. JEANNESSON Arnold         84h 06' 40" + 21' 20"

Mountains

1. SANCHEZ Samuel       108 pts
2. SCHLECK Andy                 98 pts
3. VANENDERT Jelle         74 pts
4. EVANS Cadel                 58 pts
5. SCHLECK Frank                 56 pts
6. CONTADOR Alberto     51 pts
7. ROY Jérémy               45 pts
8. ROLLAND Pierre         44 pts
9. IGLINSKIY Maxim       40 pts
10. HOOGERLAND Johnny 40 pts



Fixed for Frodo race for Green


1. CAVENDISH Mark       280 pts
2. ROJAS Jose Joaquin     265 pts
3. GILBERT Philippe         230 pts
4. HUSHOVD Thor           195 pts
5. EVANS Cadel             191 pts
6. HAGEN Edvald Boasson       153 pts
7. GREIPEL André                 130 pts
8. FARRAR Tyler             101 pts
9. SANCHEZ Samuel       96 pts
10. SCHLECK Frank                 94 pts

White

1. ROLLAND Pierre 83h 56' 03"
2. TAARAMAE Rein 83h 56' 49" + 00' 46"
3. COPPEL Jérôme         84h 03' 56" + 07' 53"



Withdrawals

Stage 19

205 LEUKEMANS Bjorn (BEL) VACANSOLEIL-DCM outside time limit

Stage 18

162 BERTAGNOLLI Leonardo (ITA) LAMPRE - ISD withdrawls

Stage 17

67 TIRALONGO Paolo (ITA) PRO TEAM ASTANA withdrawls

Stage 14

132 BONNET William (FRA) FDJ outside time limit

Stage 13

196 ISAICHEV Vladimir (RUS) KATUSHA TEAM withdrawls
128 STEEGMANS Gert (BEL) QUICK STEP CYCLING TEAM non-starter
74 KLÖDEN Andréas (GER) TEAM RADIOSHACK withdrawls
43 BOOM Lars (NED) RABOBANK CYCLING TEAM withdrawls

Stage 12

201 FEILLU Romain (FRA) VACANSOLEIL-DCM non-starter
193 GALIMZYANOV Denis (RUS) KATUSHA TEAM outside time limit

Stage 11


104 GADRET John (FRA) AG2R LA MONDIALE non-starter

Stage 10

197 KOLOBNEV Alexandr (RUS) KATUSHA TEAM non-starter
78 POPOVYCH Yaroslav (UKR) TEAM RADIOSHACK non-starter


Stage 9


207 POELS Wouter (NED) VACANSOLEIL-DCM withdrawls
192 BRUTT Pavel (RUS) KATUSHA TEAM withdrawls
61 VINOKOUROV Alexandre (KAZ) PRO TEAM ASTANA withdrawls
59 ZABRISKIE David (USA) TEAM GARMIN - CERVELO withdrawls
44 GARATE Juan Manuel (ESP) RABOBANK CYCLING TEAM non-starter
39 WILLEMS Frederik (BEL) OMEGA PHARMA - LOTTO withdrawls
31 VAN DEN BROECK Jurgen (BEL) OMEGA PHARMA - LOTTO withdrawls
26 TXURRUKA Amets (ESP) EUSKALTEL - EUSKADI withdrawls

Stage 8

86 INTXAUSTI Benat (ESP) MOVISTAR TEAM withdrawls
72 HORNER Christopher (USA) TEAM RADIOSHACK non-starter

Stage 7

136 PAURIOL Rémi (FRA) FDJ withdrawls
122 BOONEN Tom (BEL) QUICK STEP CYCLING TEAM withdrawls
111 WIGGINS Bradley (GBR) SKY PROCYCLING withdrawls

Stage 6

87 KIRYIENKA Vasil (BLR) MOVISTAR TEAM outside time limit
28 VELASCO Ivan (ESP) EUSKALTEL - EUSKADI non-starter

Stage 5

186 KERN Christophe (FRA) TEAM EUROPCAR withdrawls
71 BRAJKOVIC Janez (SLO) TEAM RADIOSHACK withdrawls

Stage 4


37 VAN DE WALLE Jurgen (BEL) OMEGA PHARMA - LOTTO withdrawls
HuwB

Won't be around for "the procession". Enjoy the celebrations.
Misery Monday up next.
Bartali

Roll on the Vuelta ....
Fontfroide

I have to develop a series of activities and practices based on years of experience to avoid the Post Tour Blues.  Never can do it totally.  For me, an excellent Tour, one of the best I have seen.  Don't ask me to rank them, I can't.  Or won't.  But it had all I need.  Not perfect, too many top guys crashed out.  But very good.  Loads of stuff to remember, not the least the first time two brothers ever stepped up on the podium together.  And Cadel winning as his age.  And the individual stages, sometimes stages of anthology.  Young guys all over the place.  French guys more visible than usual, at least a few.

I have a couple of projects that really need doing that might take my mind off the end.  Not that I will miss the end.  But its only to watch them do the same route, a route many of us have walked over.  Every time I see the Place de la Concorde, I stop and have a wee visioning of that we see on the TV or live, today.  This stage always reveals rather brutally, the business, tourist, sport and spectacle sides of the Tour.  Inseparable.

My only real hope for this stage is that nothing bad happens.  To ride to the Champs and not finish would be, to me, pushing the envelope of the intolerable.
70kmph

End game for the faux green jersey competition
kathy

I've got an excellent solution to the post-Tour blues this year.  I'm moving house on Wednesday!
SAP

Good luck with that Kathy.  Are you leaving the area or is it just a local move?
hengispod

70kmph wrote:
End game for the faux green jersey competition


? faux green jersey 70kph?

is that because, you think,  the 80 grupetto outside the limit should have been disqualified, on the 2 alpe stages ?
kathy

SAP wrote:
Good luck with that Kathy.  Are you leaving the area or is it just a local move?


I'm moving back to the Valencia region of Spain where I used to live - 2km from the sea - and swimming! Very Happy

Have you noticed sometimes that when the camera homes in on a couple of riders from different teams chatting on the last day, when they notice, they break offf the conversation?  Perhaps they're covertly discussing possible transfers!
70kmph

Nothing against those riders...its suspicious how they tailored the points.
Biosphere

In response to the vanishing post, it was a faux competition, not a faux podium. Prudhomme said so  Wink
Biosphere

kathy wrote:
Have you noticed sometimes that when the camera homes in on a couple of riders from different teams chatting on the last day, when they notice, they break offf the conversation?  Perhaps they're covertly discussing possible transfers!


Where as Contador looks like he was breaking off to take a phone call.

Good luck with move. I guess you'll have friends already in the area so that's quite cool. In normal years I'd be envious of living close to the sea, but this year I'm thinking 2km is a bit far Wink
Mrs John Murphy

kathy wrote:
SAP wrote:
Good luck with that Kathy.  Are you leaving the area or is it just a local move?


Have you noticed sometimes that when the camera homes in on a couple of riders from different teams chatting on the last day, when they notice, they break offf the conversation?  Perhaps they're covertly discussing possible transfers!


Well if Landis is believed they discuss 'other things'
Bartali

hengispod wrote:
70kmph wrote:
End game for the faux green jersey competition


? faux green jersey 70kph?

is that because, you think,  the 80 grupetto outside the limit should have been disqualified, on the 2 alpe stages ?


No the fact they changed the rules specifically so Cavendish could win ... not my opinion, so don't have a go at me.  This is what Prudhomme actually said!  Not saying he couldn't have won it as it was ... he probably could have.  But a change of rules designed for a specific outcome does make it a bit of a faux competition in many peoples opinions.

For the avoidance of doubt this is not a criticism of Cavendish ... its a criticism of Prudhomme!
SAP

Stop and bike change for Cav.
kathy

I honestly think that if Thor had given the green a real go, instead of being nanny to Farrar, he would have given Cav a run for his money.  Thor's not a super sprinter any more, but he could have got points consistently, and taken intermediates where Cav had been dropped.
Fontfroide

kathy wrote:
I honestly think that if Thor had given the green a real go, instead of being nanny to Farrar, he would have given Cav a run for his money.  Thor's not a super sprinter any more, but he could have got points consistently, and taken intermediates where Cav had been dropped.


+1
Severo

Fontfroide wrote:
kathy wrote:
I honestly think that if Thor had given the green a real go, instead of being nanny to Farrar, he would have given Cav a run for his money.  Thor's not a super sprinter any more, but he could have got points consistently, and taken intermediates where Cav had been dropped.


+1


And he wasn't worrying quite so much about retaining yellow early on.
Bartali

Quote:
If Wiggins would have made it to paris he could have done a good performance if he was the only one left in


Great quote Harmon ... you must be proud of that one!
Boogerd_Fan

LOL.. CZ commentator on ES just mentioned how Cadel has always been unlucky, born with a broken nose and at age 8 years, kicked in the head by a horse... it makes his cycling career  seem quite lucky really!

Cadel standing on the podium with the Oz flag like some Batman cast extra.
Boogerd_Fan

Nice touch with the cardboard cutout of Dave Z for the Garmin team presentation Very Happy
phildange

i just learnt cadal had married one of the lovely girls who greet the winners after each stage .
He was lucky to wear a jersey that veryday !
Boogerd_Fan

Also interesting to see Euskaltel/Sanchez's decision to don polka dot shorts with the polka dot jersey. Must win the award for most garish kit ever, even trumping Footon 2010.
sheeponabike

I'd just like to congratulate crash48 who must be over the moon right now in Aus, in fact legless might be nearer the truth.  He had to put up with so much anti-Evans crap on here and hardly ever lost his temper.

Crash, if you still lurk on here and you're reading this then get in touch you miserable bugger.    Very Happy
Bartali

I think you'll find this forum has had a good deal of warmth for Evans this last two years ... in fact most of the forum were rooting for him yesterday.  I suspect Crash didn't lose his temper that often because he shared a lot of the frustration many of us felt.
SAP

Boogerd_Fan wrote:
Nice touch with the cardboard cutout of Dave Z for the Garmin team presentation Very Happy


Yea, I like that too.  Vive le Tour.
nicedommie

nice to see cav win green. i cant see how 5 stage wins deserves anything else.

also so fine to see cadel win. i used to really hate him for being such a misery. at some point i started to feel he just pushed himself hard, despite his limitations. particularly after last year, he really deserves this.
Fontfroide

kathy wrote:


Have you noticed sometimes that when the camera homes in on a couple of riders from different teams chatting on the last day, when they notice, they break offf the conversation?  Perhaps they're covertly discussing possible transfers!


There is no perhaps about it.  They often are form all I have ever heard.  Not just on the last day.  and not just in the peloton, best time of the year for that.
Fontfroide

phildange wrote:
i just learnt cadal had married one of the lovely girls who greet the winners after each stage .
He was lucky to wear a jersey that veryday !


I think you misheard, it was George Hincapie they were talking about, and there are other riders who have done the same thing, S. Roche maybe, and C. Moreau for sure.

Cadel's wife is a pianist and music teacher, not an ex-podium girl.  She has a website, which is mostly about Cadel really, at http://www.cadelevans.com.au/chiara.aspx

Loads of pics and few thought of hers.
kathy

Yes, George's wife is a French podium girl, isn't she?  As is Moreau's.
Mrs John Murphy

nicedommie wrote:
nice to see cav win green. i cant see how 5 stage wins deserves anything else.

also so fine to see cadel win. i used to really hate him for being such a misery. at some point i started to feel he just pushed himself hard, despite his limitations. particularly after last year, he really deserves this.


I found it interesting that Landis was talking about how certain rules 'didn't apply to Armstrong' and thinking how the same is true of Frodo.

5 wins, 2 HD and a victory in Paris that if the rules had been applied shouldn't have been.

The same goes for the Gypsy Killer who should have been kicked out as well.

Do people who win stages after failing to make the time limit really deserve anything other than to be kicked out?
KarenP

Boogerd_Fan wrote:
Also interesting to see Euskaltel/Sanchez's decision to don polka dot shorts with the polka dot jersey. Must win the award for most garish kit ever, even trumping Footon 2010.


Its been done before.  Remember when Chicken did it? That was the year he crashed 4 or more times during the ITT.
Fontfroide

Mrs John Murphy wrote:
nicedommie wrote:
nice to see cav win green. i cant see how 5 stage wins deserves anything else.

also so fine to see cadel win. i used to really hate him for being such a misery. at some point i started to feel he just pushed himself hard, despite his limitations. particularly after last year, he really deserves this.


I found it interesting that Landis was talking about how certain rules 'didn't apply to Armstrong' and thinking how the same is true of Frodo.

5 wins, 2 HD and a victory in Paris that if the rules had been applied shouldn't have been.

The same goes for the Gypsy Killer who should have been kicked out as well.

Do people who win stages after failing to make the time limit really deserve anything other than to be kicked out?



Shocked
HuwB

Mrs John Murphy wrote:
nicedommie wrote:
nice to see cav win green. i cant see how 5 stage wins deserves anything else.

also so fine to see cadel win. i used to really hate him for being such a misery. at some point i started to feel he just pushed himself hard, despite his limitations. particularly after last year, he really deserves this.


I found it interesting that Landis was talking about how certain rules 'didn't apply to Armstrong' and thinking how the same is true of Frodo.

5 wins, 2 HD and a victory in Paris that if the rules had been applied shouldn't have been.

The same goes for the Gypsy Killer who should have been kicked out as well.

Do people who win stages after failing to make the time limit really deserve anything other than to be kicked out?


EBH 2nd HD
AG  3rd   HD
TF    4th  HD
FC   5th  HD...................................

Boot out 95 riders?
Encourage more riders to dope?
Have slightly less stringent cut off times?

I know which one I'd pick.
KarenP

Mrs John Murphy wrote:


5 wins, 2 HD and a victory in Paris that if the rules had been applied shouldn't have been.


Do people who win stages after failing to make the time limit really deserve anything other than to be kicked out?


For as long as I've been watching Le Tour, there's always been an autobus rule on those hard mountain stages -- if 25% (or whatever) of the peloton finish outside the time limit, than the time limit is voided  (This is the first year I've seen them take away points, though).  I don't see why this is so controversial this year when it's been going on for a long time.

Quote:
The same goes for the Gypsy Killer who should have been kicked out as well.


Who is the Gypsy Killer?
kathy

Karen, Gypsy Killer is Tony Martin.

Story.  A UK farmer called Tony Martin was being plagued by robbers at night on his farm.  The police did nothing about it.  So one night he waited for them with his shotgun.  He shot and killed one of them (not intentionally I don't think).  The guy he shot was a gypsy.  There was an outcry in the British press when the farmer was sentenced to a term of imprisonment for killing the gypsy.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news...ion-made-him-a-killer-721200.html
Mrs John Murphy

KarenP wrote:
Mrs John Murphy wrote:


5 wins, 2 HD and a victory in Paris that if the rules had been applied shouldn't have been.


Do people who win stages after failing to make the time limit really deserve anything other than to be kicked out?


For as long as I've been watching Le Tour, there's always been an autobus rule on those hard mountain stages -- if 25% (or whatever) of the peloton finish outside the time limit, than the time limit is voided  (This is the first year I've seen them take away points, though).  I don't see why this is so controversial this year when it's been going on for a long time.



Indeed, as I said somewhere else, when David Millar first started out he had a column in one of the cycling magazines. He talked about how there was a guy (one of Mario's leadout guys) who was an expert at working out the percentage of the peloton in the bus and the cut off and manipulating it so they wouldn't be kicked out.

Millar said that the time that the attitude was 'well there are 25% of us in this group so we don't need to worry about the cutoff'.

The fact that Tony Martin (a rider who is perfectly able to ride the mountains) able to mail it in (and to boost the numbers in the bus and hence save Frodo twice)

I do think they should enforce the rule more seriously to stop riders taking the piss which is what is clearly happening at the moment. There's no point having rules if you aren't going to enforce them.

Frodo knew he would be safe and so he didn't bother. Needless to say, the fixing of the MV has done the trick - lots of english lang articles declaring Frodo the greatest ever, the blue-rinse brigade of little englanders and 3wfs are happy. Job done.

Don't get me wrong the ASO have always produced courses to suit the 'money' riders. And Frodo has plenty of fanboys among the 3wfs.
HuwB

To me, it's pointless having 8-9% cut off limits in the mountains, when riders can waltz in 20% down on a 42km ITT.
Fontfroide

HuwB wrote:

Boot out 95 riders?
Encourage more riders to dope?
Have slightly less stringent cut off times?

I know which one I'd pick.


I agree.  They make up these limits in some Paris office months before the race.  They well know they get them wrong sometimes.  And one message those 80 riders gave on the Galibier is that they got it wrong.  The Central Committee of Commissars admitted it.  They didn't kick our 80 riders.  Yes, a little bit of lightening up on the limits on hard stages might be a good idea.

I noticed that the Galibier stage was rated three, and the Alpe stage four.  For purposes of calculating the time limit.  If they had rated the Galibier four in the Paris office, then there would be no controversy.  If we were watching the box and JP Peschaux told the TV guy the cut-off was 38 minutes, we would have believed him.  And it could have been.
SlowRower

Fontfroide wrote:
I noticed that the Galibier stage was rated three, and the Alpe stage four.  For purposes of calculating the time limit.  If they had rated the Galibier four in the Paris office, then there would be no controversy.


One imagines that the organisers hadn't anticipated a GC contender attacking on the Izoard or on the Telegraph when assigning ratings. As the rating for each stage and the % limits for each average speed for each rating are nevessarily subjective, some discretion for the organisers is simply common sense rather than a pro-Cav conspiracy.
mazda

The reason the AdH stage was rated 4 is that there is more fluctuation on a shorter stage.

Even though the Galibier stage was harder, it was much longer, hence there is less variation in terms of %age and a smaller cut-off is needed.

As stated, some (plenty) of the riders weren't even bothering.
If those rested riders then drag their GC leader for 50km the next day then that would seem to be out of order.
Ok, that didn't happen so much this year, but it has done fairly recently.
SlowRower

Mrs John Murphy wrote:
I found it interesting that Landis was talking about how certain rules 'didn't apply to Armstrong' and thinking how the same is true of Frodo.

5 wins, 2 HD and a victory in Paris that if the rules had been applied shouldn't have been.


I'm sure you're perfectly aware that the rules allow for riders not to be eliminated when outside the time limit in certain circumstances. As such circumstances applied both days last week, the rules were applied. (Just not how you'd like them to have been applied.)

You also gloss over the fact that the same part of the rule was also applied consistently to ~100 other riders, not just Cav.

You might get accused of being on some sort of anti-Cav crusade if you're not careful.
Mrs John Murphy

SR do  stop lying. I flagged up the Tony Martin case as well, just as Bart did. The only people who want to make it into a purely Frodo issue are fanboys such as yourself.

The rules should have been applied to the 95. If that meant Cuddles winning the MV then so be it. If Millar, Cancellara or any of the other bus dwellers who had mailed it in on 18 and 19 and then produced a blistering performance I'd be saying the same. If they had kicked out Frodo on 18 and then Rojas had missed out on 19 then Rojas should have been kicked out as well.

Taking advantage of soft rules and penalties makes a mockery of the sport. Especially when the blazers get so anal about things such as TT positions etc but turn a blind eye to favoured riders cheating.

Frodo doesn't deserve Green, nor do any of the riders who were HD, likewise, riders who take a tow don't deserve to be in Paris either. The Gypsy Killer shouldn't have been able to win 20.
KarenP

kathy wrote:
Karen, Gypsy Killer is Tony Martin.

Story.  A UK farmer called Tony Martin was being plagued by robbers at night on his farm.  The police did nothing about it.  So one night he waited for them with his shotgun.  He shot and killed one of them (not intentionally I don't think).  The guy he shot was a gypsy.  There was an outcry in the British press when the farmer was sentenced to a term of imprisonment for killing the gypsy.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news...ion-made-him-a-killer-721200.html


Wow, that's some story.  Don't know how I missed it. Thanks for educating me.

Is Tony Martin the cyclist referred to as The Gypsy Killer outside of this board?
Mrs John Murphy

He is also a member of the British National Party which is an extreme right wing party and as the article says - he does hate Gypsies.

One of my favourite headlines

Vote BNP and give Britain a dictator says Tony Martin
70kmph

Gypsy Killer yeah thats a good one. Pikeys will steal the eyes out the back of your head.

TM also known as -der panzerwagen. Wink
nicedommie

Mrs John Murphy wrote:
The only people who want to make it into a purely Frodo issue are fanboys such as yourself.


i finally understood the definition of fanboy.

fanboy = anyone who disagrees with mjm.

see also

little englander = someone who thinks mark cavendish is a decent sprinter

3wf = someone who actually watched the Tour this year
kathy

KarenP wrote:
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Is Tony Martin the cyclist referred to as The Gypsy Killer outside of this board?


I haven't seen it.  I think it's one of MJM's pet names Laughing
kathy

Mrs John Murphy wrote:
He is also a member of the British National Party which is an extreme right wing party and as the article says - he does hate Gypsies.

One of my favourite headlines

Vote BNP and give Britain a dictator says Tony Martin


Yes, I know he wasn't a very savoury character!  But having experienced petty thieving and vandalism in the UK, I can sympathise with him in this instance.
maffy

kathy wrote:
KarenP wrote:
Is Tony Martin the cyclist referred to as The Gypsy Killer outside of this board?


I haven't seen it.  I think it's one of MJM's pet names Laughing


gypsy killer nickname is indeed one of mjm's endearing little foibles.

herrs panzerwagen and degenkolb are occifers of the law.

http://www.pezcyclingnews.com/pho...aces11/tdf11/tdf11st00-police.jpg
SAP

This is a nice summation of the Tour from the Wall Street Journal....
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1...1903999904576466484205936042.html

Quote:
If Bob Dylan were a bike racing fan, by now he'd already have written a song called, "The Ballad of Johnny Hoogerland," about the Dutch rider who suffered a grisly crash in Stage 9, flipping upside down and landing back-first on a barbed-wire fence. Legs shredded, Hoogerland managed to untangle himself and remount his bike, and his teary, bandaged ceremony atop the finishing podium gave the Tour a gripping, emotional high point.


Quote:
(Almost) Nobody Beats the Cav. The swaggering Mark Cavendish is a sprinter for the ages - you know it; he knows it. The 26-year-old from the Isle of Man won five stages in this year's Tour, giving him 20 in his young career, and next year you will see him try and defend his sprinter's green jersey, break the sprinters' record for Tour stage wins, and then one week later, attempt to win a gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics.


Quote:
Thomas Voeckler's Panache. For many, the enduring image of this year's race won't be Hoogerland's wire crash but an exhausted, speechless Thomas Voeckler atop the Col du Galibier, his shoulders heaving, his head hung low over his handlebars, having clung to his yellow jersey for one last, improbable night. For ten stages, the 32-year-old French rider riveted his country by sitting atop the race, defending the maillot jaune with a grit that recalled gaunt-cheeked, vintage champions.


There's more in the link.
70kmph

Wall Street Journal- Part of Murdoch's US Empire...

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