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Le Tour 2017 – Stage 9

Tour de FranceNantua – Chambery

Distance: 181.5 kilometers.

There are six Hors Catégorie climbs on this year’s Tour and three of them are on this stage along with four lesser climbs. This is the list: category 2 Côte des Neyrolles, category 3 Col de Bérentin, category 3 Côte de Franclens, Hors Catégorie Col de la Biche (Croix de Famban), Hors Catégorie Grand Colombier, category 4 Côte de Jongieux, and Hors Catégorie Mont du Chat. Tomorrow is a rest day.

It was a massacre – 5 withdrawn with injuries and 7, including four members of the FDJ team, over the time limit.

Rigoberto Uran won the stage with a photo finish, while Warren Barguil got the Polka Dots and Red Numbers. The general classification was ‘shaken, not stirred’ by the climbs and the crashes.

Yellow Jersey Christopher Froome ( GBr – SKY – 001 ) [Yellow] 38h 26′ 28″
Green Jersey Marcel Kittel ( Ger – QST – 101 ) [Green] 212 points
Polka Dot Jersey Warren Barguil ( Fra – SUN – 143 ) [Polka Dot] 60 points
White Jersey Simon Yates ( GBr – ORS – 089 ) 7 [White]

Team: Team Sky ( SKY – 001-009 ) [Yellow numbers]
Stage winner: Rigoberto Uran ( Col – CDT – 188 )
Combative: Warren Barguil ( Fra – SUN – 143 ) [Red numbers]

Top Ten:

1 Christopher Froome ( GBr – SKY – 001 )
2 Fabio Aru ( Ita – AST – 051 ) + 00′ 18″
3 Romain Bardet ( Fra – ALM – 011 ) + 00′ 51″
4 Rigoberto Uran ( Col – CDT – 188 ) + 00′ 55″
5 Jakob Fuglsang ( Den – AST – 053 ) + 01′ 37″
6 Daniel Martin ( Irl – QST – 105 ) + 01′ 44″
7 Simon Yates ( GBr – ORS – 089 ) + 02′ 02″
8 Nairo Quintana ( Col – MOV – 021 ) + 02′ 13″
9 Mikel Landa ( Spa – SKY – 006 ) + 03′ 06″
10 George Bennett ( NZl – TLJ – 162 ) + 03′ 53″

The Rest of the Top 30:
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July 9, 2017   No Comments

The G-19 Meeting?

Chris Uhlmann, political editor of Australian Broadcasting, has gone viral with his coverage: Does Donald Trump’s awkward performance indicate America’s decline as world power?

It is time that Trump had a real physical by doctors who won’t rubber stamp his health claims. He isn’t recognizing familiar people or things.

He is also plagued with bad staff work, including the late booking of room reservations for the conference.

I don’t like the guy on any level, but if he dies in office it will be decades of conspiracy theories and bad Oliver Stone films about Hillary bringing back the zombie of Vince Foster to stab him in the ankle with an umbrella borrowed from the Russian embassy. I’m too old for this crap…

July 9, 2017   4 Comments