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TDF Stage 9 - Issoire to Saint-Flour 208 km 10th July

Stage 9 - Issoire to Saint-Flour 208 km









Biosphere

Not sounding good for Gesink at all!

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/g...otivation-and-sight-of-the-podium
Mrs John Murphy

6 man break:

LLS - Rabobank
casar - FDJ
Flecha - Sky
Terpstra -QS
Voeckler - Eurocar
Hoogerland - Vac

Gap at 3.45

Withdrawls

Brutt has pulled out

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
HuwB

Also out Wouter Poels (last yesterday, 28 minutes down and suffering with the tour stomach)
Amets Txurruka. Same crash that did for Brutt and involved David Millar and "The Pocket Rocket". (A very bad chute, according to french tv)
Oh and JM Garate, too.
Rabo in the wars. Gesink out the back on climb number 1.

Bertie has just had another tumble.
Nolte

and no one came back from saxo bank
Nolte

just as i post, 2 come into view
Bartali

FFS ... just switched on.  Why has the team not dropped back straight away???
HuwB

Waiting for the now complete bike change?
Nolte

Bartali wrote:
FFS ... just switched on.  Why has the team not dropped back straight away???


basically they dropped back just as Contador reached the peloton
Bartali

Good work Saxo ... best not over do it in support of your team leader!
Severo

We moved to a new place (the mother-in-law's as a temporary solution). She has only terrestrial TV and the internet speed is horrendous. I am envious of all of you for actually being able to watch anything.
bbnaz

What is it going to take to get Contador to learn to ride closer to the front to avoid these silly crashes.  I get it after one or two, but these seem to be continual mental mistakes.
HuwB

Hoogerland has a brown shorts moment.
Lulu Sanchez struggling to keep up on a descent? Confused
HuwB

HUGE CRASH EVANS!
VINO in the ditch. JvDB on the ground.
Both out????
bbnaz

I see them mention Vino but not Evans.........different feeds.
bbnaz

maybe Zabriskie too?
smarauder68

Vino OUT!!! Tour career over!

Millar OUT!!!

Voekler pedalling for Yellow!
HuwB

Vino, Jurgen VdB and Dave Zee out.
Kloeden and Evans involved but still riding.
Eurosport had nothing of the actual crash.
bbnaz

hmmmm I didn't hear either Evans or Millar although on boards both have been mentioned.  Only have heard that Vino is out.
bbnaz

Central Massif region is brutal..............
Severo

Why are Leopard on the front then?
kathy

van den Broeck abandons!

Who's left?
HuwB

Severo wrote:
Why are Leopard on the front then?


Cancellara up to his old tricks. Get on with it.
Hushovd won't sit and let the jersey go because the Schlecks have got the willies again.
Severo

Severo wrote:
Why are Leopard on the front then?


Credit to Hushovd and Gilbert going to the front to stop Loepard playing their usual tricks.
smarauder68

The Peleton has slowed to a crawl while the escapees build a massive lead...

Voekler heading for Yellow by a huge margain!!!
Bartali

Looks like they've all agreed not to ride.  Stupid.  These things happen  ....
bbnaz

Thor and Gilbert are controlling the peloton to let the folks involved in the crash catch back on.  So the breakaway is 6 minutes + up.

Still no mention of Zabriskie, Evans or any other big names at least on the feed here.
Bartali

What I don't get BB is why they're doing this now, but not (say) with Horner the other day or Nibali in the 2010 Giro???  Really makes me cross!
Bartali

Could be Dave Z or Millar ... no one seems certain
Mrs John Murphy

Bartali wrote:
What I don't get BB is why they're doing this now, but not (say) with Horner the other day or Nibali in the 2010 Giro???  Really makes me cross!


It's more about the Schleck's shitting themselves than about good sportsmanship.

Why isn't saintly Linus G putting the hammer down as he did in the 2010 Giro when Basso etc crashed in the rain.

Cancellera needs to f off.
smarauder68

Liggett reported Millar AND Zabriskie were both down....
bbnaz

Bartali wrote:
What I don't get BB is why they're doing this now, but not (say) with Horner the other day or Nibali in the 2010 Giro???  Really makes me cross!


I agree.  Don't get this quirky choice as it is no different than "gifting" a stage win imho.
bbnaz

smarauder68 wrote:
Liggett reported Millar AND Zabriskie were both down....


Not on my feed.

just saying I would love to have an update of who was down and who is back up.

Looks like even the breakaway has called a bit of a truce thanks to Kiki
Bartali

BB - Dave Z abandoned ...
bbnaz

It would be lovely if one could access race radio (even better if I could understand french well enough to know what they are saying).
smarauder68

Looked to me like Gilbert was the guy asking for the peleton to slow....I think he wasn't sure about his team leader's status...they gave Voekler 3:40 extra...
bbnaz

finally, the American feed (Phil & Paul) are mentioning that DZ may have abandoned.
Bartali

I might as well go out ... nothing happening here ... break will finish about 5 minutes up ... Peloton has been shut down for the day.
HuwB

Yes. Dave Zee out, nothing on Millar.
Very exciting watching O'Grady on the front of a 10% climb.Rolling Eyes
Gap now 8 minutes.
Any regrouping should be over.
Looks like they are thinking about racing again.
bbnaz

Well Cavendish is off the back so the tempo must have been lifted  Laughing
HuwB

Lastest rumour, but I stress rumour, is that Christian VdV is out, too.
Bartali

Funny old year ... the Tour fracture clinic is doing good business.  I wonder whether it was sensible to man handle Vino out of that ditch?  Hope it wasn't his back.
smarauder68

No mention of CVV on Versus...I've heard VDB, Vino, Millar and Zabriskie...
maffy

HuwB wrote:
Lastest rumour, but I stress rumour, is that Christian VdV is out, too.


le tv francais has been mentioning this rumour since the chute. millar is beaten up, opl lost three
gerry12ie

Just back from a spin and more carnage by the sound of it.  Strange week I dont like to see so many riders getting broken up Sad
bbnaz

Bartali wrote:
Funny old year ... the Tour fracture clinic is doing good business.  I wonder whether it was sensible to man handle Vino out of that ditch?  Hope it wasn't his back.


They decided that it was his right leg.
kathy

Millar went down but up again quickly.

Not really how I'd like to see my FP do well.  Thoough i was pleased to see him in the break!
Bartali

Well that's not so bad ... if you know what I mean. Horrible though!
smarauder68

If CVV is in fact out, that's 3 gone from my fantasy team...ouch!
bbnaz

Bartali wrote:
Well that's not so bad ... if you know what I mean. Horrible though!


Indeed.  I do know what you mean and agree.
HuwB

Still no confirmation on CVdV. Fred Willems the last to be confirmed.
However, with DZ, Millar and CVdV involved, Garmin, leading the peloton, may well have gone into that wet corner to quickly and caused the chute.
gerry12ie

Vino broken pelvis - now that hurts.

Edit - broken femur for Vino and shoulder for VdB
bbnaz

gerry12ie wrote:
Vino broken pelvis - now that hurts.


no kidding and life threatening if there is internal bleeding.  Certainly career ending.

DZ has a fractured wrist............
HuwB

Vino also has broken femur. Shocked
JVdB scapula.
maffy

re cvdv - part of the charm of tele francais, apart from never having more than one short advert break every half an hour, and none in the last hour, is their lack of familiarity with and identification of anglo coureurs.

do not resize
bbnaz

HuwB wrote:
Vino also has broken femur. Shocked
JVdB scapula.


Well if Vino has only broken his femur and not his pelvis, then there is a chance you might see him back for the Olympics as he has previously stated that was a goal.  Of course where he broke the femur is important too.
gerry12ie

Gilbert has to come out and go for green now with VdB gone
HuwB

The truly amazing statistic amongst all this daily carnage, is that Frank Schleck is yet to fall off.

I hope the Italian lads, (Basso and Cunego) who have so far managed to stay safe, can find their old GT form, as the GC competition is now looking a bit thin.
bbnaz

Good to see that Thor is still at the front.  What a terrific first week for him.
maffy

le gift pour thomas v
smarauder68

Will pharma and garmin work together to bring the break back now???

I reckon voekler's group wins by 2:30
HuwB

Contador gets the elbow from Karpets:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwviTmZZSlk
Commissars?
Bartali

WTF!  Looks to me that there was a rider between Karpets and Bertie??
Slapshot 3

Bartali wrote:
WTF!  Looks to me that there was a rider between Karpets and Bertie??


A Gay O Pard bouncer???
gerry12ie

Oh fuck this is ridiculous
Bartali

WTF was that ... TV car just too Flecha out in a hit and run!!
HuwB

Totally nuts!
Car takes out Flecha Hoogerland!
France tv.
Johnny catapulted in the barbed wire fence.
Bartali

Slapshot 3 wrote:
Bartali wrote:
WTF!  Looks to me that there was a rider between Karpets and Bertie??


A Gay O Pard bouncer???


Did look like a Leopard man on Karpets left.  Freeze frame at 7 seconds ...
bbnaz

OMG  Shocked  

Did you just see that team car hit the rider Hoogerland?
MS

There need to be serious consequences for that.

Class move by Voeckler.
Bartali

Voeckler doesn't care as long as he gets yellow ...
Bartali

MS wrote:
There need to be serious consequences for that.

Class move by Voeckler.


Failure to stop at the scene of an accident will get you prison time in the UK.
bbnaz

Was Flecha in that too?

And how in the hell the red official car didn't run him over.

This is a C.R.A.Z.Y. A.S.S. tour.
MS

Bartali wrote:
Voeckler doesn't care as long as he gets yellow ...


Easing up at all puts that in jeopardy. He didn't have to do that.
HuwB

Hoogerland patched up and riding. (tranquilo)
How many barbed wire cuts, gawd only knows.

Shameful, amateurish piece of driving. Should never have been there.
If he'd hit the tree, the lot would have been out.
bbnaz

So Flecha is up and riding at least.
MS

bbnaz wrote:
Was Flecha in that too?

And how in the hell the red official car didn't run him over.

This is a C.R.A.Z.Y. A.S.S. tour.


Because, I think, you have some skilled drivers and some shit drivers at the Tour. No one in the latter category should be there.
MS

bbnaz wrote:
So Flecha is up and riding at least.


I would seriously search out the driver at the end of the race if I were him.

This could have been the high point of Flecha's entire season, but it was snuffed out by this idiot.
HuwB

Hoogerland now out the back and alone. Blood streaming down his calves.
Makes me feel evil.
kathy

Lock that driver up and throw away the key!
MS

If this were just about any other sport, such a thing would never happen because there is far more respect for the athlete.

Sorry, it's just true. That we allow any idiot behind a car to scream by these guys, left to their own judgment much of the time is insane.
gerry12ie

Well the motorbike rider was sacked the other day this guy has to be charged.  Shocking
bbnaz

Well this has certainly been a crazy first week.

Now P&P are talking about whether or not Karpets put Contador on the ground earlier.
Bartali

Check out Huws link above 6 seconds to 9 seconds.  Think Karpets flicked a Saxo guy who must have hit Bertie ... strange whatever it was ...
Severo

Talk of police action. Apparently, despite the road closures, road rules still apply. Will the police meet him at the stage finish to breathalise and blood test him?
HuwB

Versus have apparently been showing the Karpets shove on Bertie.
Will he get the Tour boot?
Meanwhile, the peloton give up.
Voeckler in yellow.
I expect a raging war of words over tonight and the rest day.
Geraint

Not looking good for TV win. All three are strong finishers.
Bartali

GC men looking for seconds in the last 800m ...
bbnaz

@Bonnie_D_Ford: I will speak for my press caravan colleagues in saying we all fear the approach of France 2/3. Consistently over-agro.
MS

Gotta pick Sanchez for this one.
Bartali

Has to be LLS with an up hill finish ... surely!
Geraint

They are mildly overstating the threat TV poses in the GC
Geraint

Chapeau TV
Geraint

LL S wins
bbnaz

Kiki cannot beat Sanchez on the sprint but he will wear yellow tonight.

Damn.  Thor has done such a great job.
Bartali

IMO TV is no threat at all .... but LLS might be!!
Geraint

TV in yellow
HuwB

Kathy in FP heaven.
Lulu finally shows up for the season.
LEOPARD = DONKEYS.
kathy

Hey, Luis Leon, the baby isn't even born yet!
Geraint

Fking clown Evans trying to sprint

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