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Le Tour 2020 – Stage 16

Tour de FranceLa Tour-du-Pin > Villard-de-Lans

Distance: 164 kilometers.

A “Mountain” stage with 5 climbs. The intermediate sprint is at 44.5 km at Saint-Joseph-de-Rivière . It’s a summit finish.

  • Côte de Virieu 12.5 km (cat 4: 2.3km @ 6.8%)
  • Col de Porte 66.5 km (cat 2: 7.4km @ 6.8%)
  • Côte de Revel 94.5 km (cat 2: 6.0km @ 8.0%)
  • Montée de Saint-Nizier-du-Moucherotte 143.5 km (cat 1: 11.1km @ 6.5%)
  • Villard-de-Lans Côte 2000 164 km (cat 3: 2.2km @ 6.5%)

Yesterday was a rest day but it didn’t help a lot of riders on this stage.

Egan Bernal is more than 19 minutes back and only the top seven are less than 3 minutes off the leader. The trend is new riders taking stages and today it was Lennard Kämna. None of the “usual suspects” are wearing the top jerseys. Strange race this year.

Yellow Jersey Primož Roglic ( Slo – TJV – 011 ) [Yellow] 70 hours 06 minutes 47 seconds
Green Jersey Sam Bennett ( Irl – DQT – 043 ) [Green] 269 Points
Polka Dot Jersey Benoit Cosnefroy ( Fra – ALM – 033 ) [Polka Dot] 36 points
White Jersey Tadej Pogacar ( Slo – UAD – 131 ) [White] 2

Stage winner: Lennard Kämna ( Ger – BOH – 024 )
Combative: Richard Carapaz ( Ecu – INS – 003 ) [Red numbers]
Team: Movistar Team ( MOV – 091-098 ) [Yellow numbers]

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September 15, 2020   No Comments

Lame Joke

One of my professors (Mark Aleksandrovich) used to tell Soviet jokes. A favorite was:

A drunken man walked to the center of Red Square and shouted “Khrushchev is an idiot!” He was arrested and the court fined him 50 rubles for being drunk and disorderly and 10 years at hard labor for “revealing state secrets”.

I was reminded of that joke when I saw this headline – New York Times: Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation into Bolton’s book. 😈

September 15, 2020   No Comments

Holy Pasta Week

Flying Spaghetti Monster

The Day of His Noodly Appendage

The holiest of holidays for Pastafarians, is of course the birthday of His Most Holy Prophet, Marco Polo (b. Sept 15, 1254), who brought the word of his Noodly Appendage back from the East. As Talk Like A Pirate Day falls on September 19th, this five-day period constitutes Holy Pasta Week, during which spaghetti is consumed liberally. With a nice Chianti until the last day when it’s grog for all.

September 15, 2020   6 Comments

Tropical Storm Vicky Day 2

Tropical Storm VickyPosition: 21.6N 33.1W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: West-Northwest [290°] near 12 mph [19 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 50 mph [ 85 kph].
Wind Gusts: 60 mph [ 95 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 80 miles [130 km].
Minimum central pressure: 1004 mb.

Currently about 710 miles [1140 km] Northwest of the Cabo Verde Islands.

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

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Tropical Storm Teddy Day 4

Tropical Storm TeddyPosition: 15.0N 48.3W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: Northwest [315°] near 9 mph [15 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 70 mph [115 kph].
Wind Gusts: 80 mph [130 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 175 miles [280 km].
Minimum central pressure: 992 mb ↓.

Currently about 865 miles [1395 km] East of the Lesser Antilles.

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

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Hurricane Sally – Day 5

Hurricane SallyPosition: 29.8N 87.8W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: North-Northeast [020°] near 2 mph [ 4 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 85 mph [140 kph].
Wind Gusts: 100 mph [160 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 125 miles [205 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 40 miles [ 65 km].
Minimum central pressure: 972 mb ↓.

Currently about 65 miles [ 105 km] South-Southeast of Mobile, Alabama.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect from East of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi to the Okaloosa/Walton County line, Florida.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for east of the Okaloosa/Walton County line, Florida to Indian Pass, Florida; Bay St. Louis, Mississippi westward to Grand Isle, Louisiana.

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for the Mississippi/Alabama border to the Walton/Bay County Line, Florida; Mobile Bay; the Mouth of the Mississippi River to the Mouth of the Pearl River.

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

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Hurricane Paulette – Day 9

Hurricane PaulettePosition: 40.7N 52.4W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: East-Northeast [060°] near 28 mph [44 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 100 mph [155 kph].
Wind Gusts: 120 mph [195 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 275 miles [445 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 60 miles [ 95 km].
Minimum central pressure: 966 mb ↓.

Currently about 415 miles [ 670 km] South of Cape Race, Newfoundland.

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.]

September 15, 2020   No Comments