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Le Tour 2019 – Stage 14

Tour de FranceTarbes > Tourmalet Barèges

Distance: 117.5 kilometers.

Another “mountain” stage, this time real mountains with a summit finish. The first to the summit gets the “Souvenir Jacques Goddet” prize, €5,000. Alaphilippe won it last year.

  • Côte de Labatmale 18 km (cat 4: 1.4km @ 6.7%)
  • Col du Soulor 60.5 km (cat 1: 11.9km @ 7.8%)
  • Tourmalet 117.5 km (Hors Catégorie: 19km @ 7.4%)

The intermediate sprint is at 86 km, Pierrefitte-Nestalas.

Thibaut Pinot won the stage and the €5K. Movistar moved back into first among the teams. Egan Bernal is back in the White Jersey. Julian Alaphilippe is still in Yellow and gained 36 seconds over Geraint Thomas. Alaphilippe might be the first French winner of the Tour in 34 years.

Yellow Jersey Julian Alaphilippe ( Fra – DQT – 021 ) [Yellow] 56h 11′ 29″
Green Jersey Peter Sagan ( Svk – BOH – 011 ) [Green] 284 Points
Polka Dot Jersey Tim Wellens ( Bel – LTS – 168 ) [Polka Dot] 64 points
White Jersey Egan Bernal ( Col – INS – 002 ) [White] 4

Stage winner: Thibaut Pinot ( Fra – GFC – 051 )
Combative: Elie Gesbert ( Fra – PCB – 214 ) [Red numbers]
Team: Movistar Team ( MOV – 061-068 ) [Yellow numbers]

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July 20, 2019   No Comments

One Small Step

Apollo 11

Apollo 11

Commander:

Neil A. Armstrong

Pilot: Columbia Command Module

Michael Collins, Lieutenant Colonel, USAF

Pilot: Eagle Lunar Module

Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin, Jr., Colonel, USAF

Launched: 16 July 1969 UT 13:32:00 (08:32:00 CDT)

Landed on Moon: 20 July 1969 UT 20:17:40 (15:17:40 CDT)

Landing Site: Mare Tranquillitatis – Sea of Tranquility (0.67 N, 23.47 E)

Returned to Earth: 24 July 1969 UT 16:50:35 (11:50:35 CDT)

It has been fifty years since a human first set foot on another natural body in the solar system and we have digressed to the point that we can’t duplicate that feat.

July 20, 2019   No Comments

Le Tour 2019 – Stage 13

Tour de FrancePau > Pau

Distance: 27.2 kilometers.

Individual time trial with the potential of changing the General Classification standings. It is also the 100th anniversary of the Yellow Jersey, so this one will be special.

Julian Alaphilippe gained 14 seconds on Geraint Thomas and became the only rider so far to win two stages, having already won Stage 3.

Yellow Jersey Julian Alaphilippe ( Fra – DQT – 021 ) [Yellow] 53h 02′ 35″
Green Jersey Peter Sagan ( Svk – BOH – 011 ) [Green] 277 Points
Polka Dot Jersey Tim Wellens ( Bel – LTS – 168 ) [Polka Dot] 54 points
White Jersey Enric Mas ( Spa – DQT – 025 ) [White] 6

Stage winner: Julian Alaphilippe ( Fra – DQT – 021 )
Team: Trek – Segafredo ( TFS – 131-138 ) [Yellow numbers]

Complete Standings below the fold
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July 19, 2019   No Comments

Le Tour 2019 – Stage 12

Tour de FranceToulouse > Bagnères-de-Bigorre

Distance: 209.5 kilometers.

Officially a “mountain” stage:

  • Côte de Montoulieu-Saint-Bernard 62.5 km (cat 4: 1.7km @ 5.2%)
  • Col de Peyresourde 146 km (cat 1: 13.2km @ 7%)
  • Hourquette d’Ancizan 179 km (cat 1: 9.9km @ 7.5%)

The intermediate sprint is at 130.5 km, Bagnères-de-Luchon. There is a 1,000 meter drop over 30 kilometers to the finish after the final summit. A real test of brakes and courage/stupidity.

The Tour is in the Pyrenees and Simon Yates continues the pattern of a unique winner at every stage. With the two Category 1 climbs the General Classification riders stayed safe and fresh for tomorrow’s individual time trials. This led to little effort to reel in the 40+ riders of the breakaway. The peloton showed up 9 minutes and 35 seconds after Simon Yates crossed the line.

Yellow Jersey Julian Alaphilippe ( Fra – DQT – 021 ) [Yellow] 52h 26′ 09″
Green Jersey Peter Sagan ( Svk – BOH – 011 ) [Green] 277 Points
Polka Dot Jersey Tim Wellens ( Bel – LTS – 168 ) [Polka Dot] 54 points
White Jersey Egan Bernal ( Col – INS – 002 ) [White] 3

Stage winner: Simon Yates ( GBr – MTS – 108 )
Combative: Matteo Trentin ( Ita – MTS – 107 ) [Red numbers]
Team: Trek – Segafredo ( TFS – 131-138 ) [Yellow numbers]

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July 18, 2019   No Comments

Le Tour 2019 – Stage 11

Tour de FranceAlbi > Toulouse

Distance: 167 kilometers.

Officially a “flat” stage, so ignore the categorized climbs:

  • Côte de Tonnac 32 km (cat 3: 3.6km @ 4.9%)
  • Côte de Castelnau-de-Montmiral 77 km (cat 4: 2.5km @ 3.8%)

The intermediate sprint is at 87 km, Gaillac, and it’s rolling hills to the finish.

No one has won two stages in this Tour. There have been ten different stage winners to this point and the trend will probably continue as we are approaching the major mountain stages.

The route on this stage took the peloton from four-lane to high crowned, single lanes in the country. There were traffic circles and concrete medians to catch the inattentive. I understand “it’s traditional”, but the Iditarod does a better job of marking the route. In the midst of this they add official team cars and media motorcycles to annoy the riders.

Yellow Jersey Julian Alaphilippe ( Fra – DQT – 021 ) [Yellow] 47h 18′ 41″
Green Jersey Peter Sagan ( Svk – BOH – 011 ) [Green] 257 Points
Polka Dot Jersey Tim Wellens ( Bel – LTS – 168 ) [Polka Dot] 43 points
White Jersey Egan Bernal ( Col – INS – 002 ) [White] 3

Stage winner: Caleb Ewan ( Aus – LTS – 161 )
Combative: Aime De Gendt ( Bel – WGB – 193 ) [Red numbers]
Team: Movistar Team ( MOV – 061-068 ) [Yellow numbers]

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July 17, 2019   No Comments

Le Tour 2019 – Stage 10

Tour de FranceSaint-Flour > Albi

Distance: 217.5 kilometers.

Officially a “flat” stage, so ignore the four categorized climbs:

  • Côte de Mallet 22 km (cat 4: 2.2km @ 5.2%)
  • Côte de Chaudes-Aigues 40.5 km (cat 3: 3km @ 6.6%)
  • Côte d’Espalion 95.5 km (cat 3: 5.2km @ 4.9%)
  • Côte de La Malric 164.5 km (cat 3: 3.6km @ 4.7%)

The intermediate sprint is at 128.5 km, La Primaube, and it’s downhill to the finish.

The second longest stage on this year’s Tour and the eve of the first rest day would normally result in the sprinters going all out as the mountains are coming, while the contenders for the Yellow Jersey rode on cruise control. Then Julian Alaphilippe decided to gain some time on those behind him and all hell broke. The front of the peloton took off and stretched out. When it got hit with a crosswind at 50 km, it snapped and the majority was left behind.

Egan Bernal took the White Jersey and third place, while last year’s Yellow Jersey, Geraint Thomas moved up to second place, a minute, 12 seconds behing Alaphilippe. Movistar is now wearing the Yellow Numbers.

Yellow Jersey Julian Alaphilippe ( Fra – DQT – 021 ) [Yellow] 43h 27′ 15″
Green Jersey Peter Sagan ( Svk – BOH – 011 ) [Green] 229 points
Polka Dot Jersey Tim Wellens ( Bel – LTS – 168 ) [Polka Dot] 43 points
White Jersey Egan Bernal ( Col – INS – 002 ) [White] 3

Stage winner: Wout Van Aert ( Bel – TJV – 088 )
Combative: Natnael Berhane ( Eri – COF – 152 ) [Red numbers]
Team: Movistar Team ( MOV – 061-068 ) [Yellow numbers]

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July 15, 2019   No Comments

Le Tour 2019 – Stage 9

Tour de FranceSaint-Étienne > Brioude

Distance: 170.5 kilometers.

Officially a “hilly” stage, which is true if a category 1 climb is now a hill:

  • Mur d’Aurec-sur-Loire 36.5 km (cat 1: 3.2km @ 11%)
  • Côte des Guillaumanches 106 km (cat 3: 7.8km @ 4.1%)
  • Côte de Saint-Just 157.5 km (cat 2: 3.6km @ 7.2%)

The intermediate sprint is at 92 km, Arlanc, and there is a sprint finish.

While the Jerseys and GC standings have ossified to a large degree, riders are still vying for individual achievements. Today it was South African Daryl Impey and Belgian Tiesj Benoot. They waited until the last 13 kilometers and then pushed themselves to the max, with Impey winning the final sprint.

Alessandro De Marchi of CCC, a break-away specialist, was carted off in an ambulance at the ten kilometer mark after an accident that left him laying face-down in the road.

Yellow Jersey Julian Alaphilippe ( Fra – DQT – 021 ) [Yellow] 38h 37′ 36″
Green Jersey Peter Sagan ( Svk – BOH – 011 ) [Green] 204 points
Polka Dot Jersey Tim Wellens ( Bel – LTS – 168 ) [Polka Dot] 43 points
White Jersey Giulio Ciccone ( Ita – TFS – 133 ) [White] 2

Stage winner: Daryl Impey ( RSA – MTS – 105 )
Combative: Tiesj Benoot ( Bel – LTS – 162 ) [Red numbers]
Team: Trek – Segafredo ( TFS – 131-138 ) [Yellow numbers]

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July 14, 2019   No Comments

Tropical Depression Barry – Day 5

Tropical Depression BarryPosition: 32.8N 93.6W [ 4:00PM CDT 2100 UTC].
Movement: North [360°] near 9 mph [15 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 35 mph [ 55 kph].
Wind Gusts: 50 mph [ 80 kph].
Minimum central pressure: 1008 mb ↑.

Currently about 20 miles [ 35 km] North-Northeast of Shreveport, Louisiana.

All Watches and Warnings have been discontinued. This is the final advisory from the National Hurricane Center.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

July 14, 2019   No Comments

Happy Bastille Day

La Fête Nationale
Bastille Day

France

Thank you for the help with the Revolution.

Some background.

July 14, 2019   2 Comments

Le Tour 2019 – Stage 8

Tour de FranceMâcon > Saint-Étienne

Distance: 200 kilometers.

Officially a “hilly” stage, Which translates into seven categorized climbs:

  • Col de la Croix Montmain 51 km (cat 2 2.1km @ 7%)
  • Col de la Croix de Thel 71 km (cat 2 4.1km @ 8.1%)
  • Col de la Croix Paquet 84.5 km (cat 2 2.1km @ 9.7%)
  • Côte d’Affoux 97 km (cat 3 8.5km @ 4.5%)
  • Côte de la Croix de Part 133 km (cat 2 4.9km @ 7.9%)
  • Côte d’Aveize 148.5 km (cat 2 5.2km @ 6.4%)
  • Côte de la Jaillère 187.5 km (cat 3 1.9km @ 7.9%)

The intermediate sprint is at 33 km, Cercié-en-Beaujolais, and there is a sprint finish. Thomas De Gendt took off at the start and was at the front for all 200 kilometers. He took all of the “King of the Mountain” points and moved up from seventh to second place in the race for the Polka Dot Jersey.

Julian Alaphilippe managed to get back in the Yellow Jersey for Bastille Day.

Yellow Jersey Julian Alaphilippe ( Fra – DQT – 021 ) [Yellow] 34h 17′ 59″
Green Jersey Peter Sagan ( Svk – BOH – 011 ) [Green] 204 points
Polka Dot Jersey Tim Wellens ( Bel – LTS – 168 ) [Polka Dot] 43 points
White Jersey Giulio Ciccone ( Ita – TFS – 133 ) [White] 2

Stage winner: Thomas De Gendt ( Bel – LTS – 164 )
Combative: Thomas De Gendt ( Bel – LTS – 164 ) [Red numbers]
Team: Trek – Segafredo ( TFS – 131-138 ) [Yellow numbers]

Top Ten:
1 Julian Alaphilippe ( Fra – DQT – 021 ) –
2 Giulio Ciccone ( Ita – TFS – 133 ) + 00h 00′ 23″
3 Thibaut Pinot ( Fra – GFC – 051 ) + 00h 00′ 53″
4 George Bennett ( NZl – TJV – 082 ) + 00h 01′ 10″
5 Geraint Thomas ( GBr – INS – 001 ) + 00h 01′ 12″
6 Egan Bernal ( Col – INS – 002 ) + 00h 01′ 16″
7 Steven Kruijswijk ( Ned – TJV – 081 ) + 00h 01′ 27″
8 Rigoberto Uran ( Col – EF1 – 091 ) + 00h 01′ 38″
9 Jakob Fuglsang ( Den – AST – 071 ) + 00h 01′ 42″
10 Emanuel Buchmann ( Ger – BOH – 012 ) + 00h 01′ 45″

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July 13, 2019   No Comments

Tropical Storm Barry – Day 4

Tropical Storm BarryPosition: 31.0N 93.0W [10:00PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: North-Northwest [340°] near 8 mph [13 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 50 mph [ 85 kph].
Wind Gusts: 65 mph [100 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 205 miles [335 km].
Minimum central pressure: 1002 mb ↑.

Currently about 35 miles [ 60 km] Southwest of Alexandria, Louisiana.

At 1PM CDT the storm made landfall near Intracoastal City, Louisiana and lost enough energy to be down-graded to a tropical storm.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas including metropolitan New Orleans and Grand Isle to Cameron.

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for Intracoastal City to Biloxi, Mississippi and Lake Pontchartrain.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

July 13, 2019   No Comments

Le Tour 2019 – Stage 7

Tour de FranceBelfort > Chalon-sur-Saône

Distance: 230 kilometers.

Officially a “flat” stage, which is true for the last 90 kilometers. There are three mild climbs in the first half of the stage:

  • Col de Ferrière at 37.5 km (cat 4 2.7 km 4.6%)
  • Côte de Chassagne-Saint-Denis at 95.5 km (cat3 4.3 km 4.7%)
  • Côte de Nans-sous-Sainte-Anne at 119.5 km (cat 4 3.5 km 5.7%)

The intermediate sprint is at 196.5 km, Mervans and there is a sprint finish.

Stéphane Rossetto ( Fra – COF – 157 ) and Yoann Offredo ( Fra – WGB – 196 ) led this, the longest stage of this year’s Tour, for the vast majority of the race. They were reeled in 12 kilometers before the end as the sprinters rushed to the finish. After 230 kilometers there was no change in the Jerseys or the General Classification.

Yellow Jersey Giulio Ciccone ( Ita – TFS – 133 ) [Yellow] 29h 17′ 39″
Green Jersey Peter Sagan ( Svk – BOH – 011 ) [Green] 177points
Polka Dot Jersey Tim Wellens ( Bel – LTS – 168 ) [Polka Dot] 43 points
White Jersey Egan Bernal ( Col – INS – 002 ) [White] 6

Stage winner: Dylan Groenewegen ( Ned – TJV – 084 )
Combative: Yoann Offredo ( Fra – WGB – 196) [Red numbers]
Team: Trek – Segafredo ( TFS – 131-138 ) [Yellow numbers]

Top Ten:
1 Giulio Ciccone ( Ita – TFS – 133 ) –
2 Julian Alaphilippe ( Fra – DQT – 021 ) + 00h 00′ 06″
3 Dylan Teuns ( Bel – TBM – 047 ) + 00h 00′ 32″
4 George Bennett ( NZl – TJV – 082 ) + 00h 00′ 47″
5 Geraint Thomas ( GBr – INS – 001 ) + 00h 00′ 49″
6 Egan Bernal ( Col – INS – 002 ) + 00h 00′ 53″
7 Thibaut Pinot ( Fra – GFC – 051 ) + 00h 00′ 58″
8 Steven Kruijswijk ( Ned – TJV – 081 ) + 00h 01′ 04″
9 Michael Woods ( Can – EF1 – 098 ) + 00h 01′ 13″
10 Rigoberto Uran ( Col – EF1 – 091 ) + 00h 01′ 15″

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July 12, 2019   No Comments

Tropical Storm Barry – Day 3

Tropical Storm BarryPosition: 28.6N 91.0W [10:00PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: West-Northwest [300°] near 3 mph [ 6 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 65 mph [100 kph].
Wind Gusts: 80 mph [130 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 175 miles [280 km].
Minimum central pressure: 993 mb.

Currently about 75 miles [ 125 km] South-Southeast of Morgan City, Louisiana.

At 10PM CDT it is about 292 miles West-Southwest of me and the outer rain bands have been dumping on me for a couple of hours.

Barry is expected to make landfall as a minimum hurricane tomorrow morning west of Morgan City, Louisiana.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for the coast of Louisiana from Intracoastal City to Grand Isle.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the Mouth of the Pearl River to Grand Isle; Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas including metropolitan New Orleans; and Intracoastal City to Cameron.

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for Shell Beach to Biloxi, Mississippi and Lake Pontchartrain

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for Intracoastal City to Cameron, Louisiana and the Mouth of the Mississippi River to Grand Isle.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for the Mississippi coast
east of the Mouth of the Pearl River to the Mississippi/Alabama border.

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for Biloxi to the Mississippi/Alabama border.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

July 12, 2019   No Comments

Have They Checked The Weather?

There is reporting that ICE will be conducting sweeps this weekend in 10 cities, including New Orleans. The current path of Tropical Storm Barry says that isn’t going to happen.

What is the point of these announced raids? Do they think that the targets are going to hang around, even if they aren’t required to evacuate? This makes no sense.

July 11, 2019   9 Comments