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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   Comments Off on Le Tour 2019 – Stage 7

Le Tour 2019 – Stage 6

Tour de FranceMulhouse > La Planche des Belles Filles

Distance: 160.5 kilometers.

The first official “mountain” stage gets a bit carried away. You are climbing from the start to Linthal (29 km) for the intermediate sprint. The rest of the stage is a series of climbs and descents in the pattern 1 3 2 1 3 2 1:

  • Le Markstein at 43.5 km (cat 1, 10.8 km 5.4%)
  • Grand Ballon at 50.5 km (cat 3, 1.3 km 9%)
  • Col du Hundsruck at 74 km (cat 2, 5.3 km 6.9%)
  • Ballon d’Alsace at 105 km (cat 1, 11 km 5.8%)
  • Col des Croix at 123.5 km (cat 3, 3.3 km 6.1%)
  • Col des Chevrères at 141 km (cat 2, 3.5 km 9.5%)
  • La Planche des Belles Filles at 160.5 (cat 1, 7 km 8.7%)

There is a summit finish for extra points.

With his second place finish in the stage, Ciccone qualified to wear both the Yellow and the White Jerseys. When he selected the Yellow, the right to wear the White Jersey fell to the second place young rider, Egan Bernal.

NBC (on the right side bar) has a nice video digest of the stages.

Yellow Jersey Giulio Ciccone ( Ita – TFS – 133 ) [Yellow] 23h 14′ 55″
Green Jersey Peter Sagan ( Svk – BOH – 011 ) [Green] 144 points
Polka Dot Jersey Tim Wellens ( Bel – LTS – 168 ) [Polka Dot] 43 points
White Jersey Egan Bernal ( Col – INS – 002 ) [White] 6

Stage winner: Dylan Teuns ( Bel – TBM – 047 )
Combative: Tim Wellens ( Bel – LTS – 168 ) [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 11, 2019   Comments Off on Le Tour 2019 – Stage 6

Le Tour 2019 – Stage 5

Tour de FranceSaint-Dié-des-Vosges > Colmar

Distance: 175.5 kilometers.

This entire stage is in the Alsace which has been an area of dispute between France and Germany for centuries, which explains the mixture of French and German place names. It is classified as “hilly”. The riders spend 41 kilometers on the fairly flat terrain of the Alsace plain before climbing the cat 3 Côte de Grendelbruch (3.4 km 4.9% grade). Back down to the plain for the intermediate sprint at Heiligenstein (71 km). The riders stay in high gear until 109.5 km and the cat 2 Côte du Haut-Kœnigsbourg (5.9 km 5.8% grade). Back to high gear until 140.5 km and another cat 2, Côte des Trois-Épis (4.9 km 6.8%). They still aren’t done because at 156 km Côte des Cinq Châteaux (cat 3 4.6 km 6.1%) awaits. After all that expect a bunch sprint at the finish.

Yellow Jersey Julian Alaphilippe ( Fra – DQT – 021 ) [Yellow] 18h 44′ 12″
Green Jersey Peter Sagan ( Svk – BOH – 011 ) [Green] 144 points
Polka Dot Jersey Tim Wellens ( Bel – LTS – 168 ) [Polka Dot] 17 points
White Jersey Wout Van Aert ( Bel – TJV – 088 ) [White] 2

Stage winner: Peter Sagan ( Svk – BOH – 011 )
Combative: Toms Skujins ( Lat – TFS – 137 ) [Red numbers]
Team: Team Jumbo – Visma ( TJV – 081-088 ) [Yellow numbers]

Top Ten:
1 Julian Alaphilippe ( Fra – DQT – 021 ) –
2 Wout Van Aert ( Bel – TJV – 088 ) + 00h 00′ 14″
3 Steven Kruijswijk ( Ned – TJV – 081 ) + 00h 00′ 25″
4 George Bennett ( NZl – TJV – 082 ) + 00h 00′ 25″
5 Michael Matthews ( Aus – SUN – 141 ) + 00h 00′ 40″
6 Egan Bernal ( Col – INS – 002 ) + 00h 00′ 40″
7 Geraint Thomas ( GBr – INS – 001 ) + 00h 00′ 45″
8 Enric Mas ( Spa – DQT – 025 ) + 00h 00′ 46″
9 Peter Sagan ( Svk – BOH – 011 ) + 00h 00′ 50″
10 Greg Van Avermaet ( Bel – CCC – 111 ) + 00h 00′ 51″

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July 10, 2019   Comments Off on Le Tour 2019 – Stage 5

Le Tour 2019 – Stage 4

Tour de FranceReims > Nancy

Distance: 213.5 kilometers.

This entire stage is in France and it is classified as “flat”. The riders spend 121 kilometers on fairly flat terrain before the cat 4 Côte de Rosières (1 km 7% grade). More flat to 147 km and the intermediate sprint at Lérouville. You continue on to 198.5 km and the cat 4 Côte de Maron (3.2 km 5% grade). Expect a bunch sprint at the finish.

A fine example of teamwork at the end when Julian Alaphilippe of DQT took the lead setting up fellow team member Elia Viviani to take the stage. Viviani is the team sprinter and had the energy to win while Alaphilippe wasn’t sure of himself. The process in sprinting is to have other team members “break trail” and pull the lead sprinter in their draft so he can conserve energy for the finish. Drafting works the same in bicycling as it does in NASCAR.

Yellow Jersey Julian Alaphilippe ( Fra – DQT – 021 ) [Yellow] 14h 41′ 39″
Green Jersey Peter Sagan ( Svk – BOH – 011 ) [Green] 104 points
Polka Dot Jersey Tim Wellens ( Bel – LTS – 168 ) [Polka Dot] 7 points
White Jersey Wout Van Aert ( Bel – TJV – 088 ) [White] 2

Stage winner: Elia Viviani ( Ita – DQT – 028 )
Combative: Michael Schär ( Swi – CCC – 117 ) [Red numbers]
Team: Team Jumbo – Visma ( TJV – 081-088 ) [Yellow numbers]

Top Ten:
1 Julian Alaphilippe ( Fra – DQT – 021 ) –
2 Wout Van Aert ( Bel – TJV – 088 ) + 00h 00′ 20″
3 Steven Kruijswijk ( Ned – TJV – 081 ) + 00h 00′ 25″
4 George Bennett ( NZl – TJV – 082 ) + 00h 00′ 25″
5 Michael Matthews ( Aus – SUN – 141 ) + 00h 00′ 40″
6 Egan Bernal ( Col – INS – 002 ) + 00h 00′ 40″
7 Geraint Thomas ( GBr – INS – 001 ) + 00h 00′ 45″
8 Enric Mas ( Spa – DQT – 025 ) + 00h 00′ 46″
9 Greg Van Avermaet ( Bel – CCC – 111 ) + 00h 00′ 51″
10 Michael Woods ( Can – EF1 – 098 ) + 00h 00′ 51″

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July 9, 2019   Comments Off on Le Tour 2019 – Stage 4

Le Tour 2019 – Stage 3

Tour de FranceBinche > Épernay

Distance: 215 kilometers.

This stage actually includes some racing in France. It is classified as “hilly”. The riders spend 102 kilometers cruising the hills before hitting the intermediate sprint at Dizy-le-Gros. Then there are more hills for 73 kilometers, when it is time for the chamois in the race to get busy: 173 km cat 4 Côte de Nanteuil-la-Forêt, 185.5 km cat 3 Côte d’Hautvillers, 190 km cat 3 Côte de Champillon, and 199 km cat 3+ Côte de Mutigny (the final 900 meters are a 12.2% grade). Not a lot of Polka Dot points, but the real climbing is later in this year’s Tour, so the climbers will want all they can get.

Julian Alaphilippe is “the first Frenchman in the lead of the Tour de France since Tony Gallopin in 2014.” according to the official site. He was with Tim Wellens’s break-away and launched his individual effort when Wellens had a flat tire after cresting Côte de Mutigny

Yellow Jersey Julian Alaphilippe ( Fra – DQT – 021 ) [Yellow] 09h 32′ 19″
Green Jersey Peter Sagan ( Svk – BOH – 011 ) [Green] 76 points
Polka Dot Jersey Tim Wellens ( Bel – LTS – 168 ) [Polka Dot] 7 points
White Jersey Wout Van Aert ( Bel – TJV – 088 ) [White] 2

Stage winner: Julian Alaphilippe ( Fra – DQT – 021 )
Combative: Tim Wellens ( Bel – LTS – 168 ) [Red numbers]
Team: Team Jumbo – Visma ( TJV – 081-088 ) [Yellow numbers]

Top Ten:
1 Julian Alaphilippe ( Fra – DQT – 021 ) –
2 Wout Van Aert ( Bel – TJV – 088 ) + 00h 00′ 20″
3 Steven Kruijswijk ( Ned – TJV – 081 ) + 00h 00′ 25″
4 George Bennett ( NZl – TJV – 082 ) + 00h 00′ 25″
5 Michael Matthews ( Aus – SUN – 141 ) + 00h 00′ 40″
6 Egan Bernal ( Col – INS – 002 ) + 00h 00′ 40″
7 Geraint Thomas ( GBr – INS – 001 ) + 00h 00′ 45″
8 Enric Mas ( Spa – DQT – 025 ) + 00h 00′ 46″
9 Greg Van Avermaet ( Bel – CCC – 111 ) + 00h 00′ 51″
10 Wilco Kelderman ( Ned – SUN – 146 ) + 00h 00′ 51″

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July 8, 2019   Comments Off on Le Tour 2019 – Stage 3

Le Tour 2019 – Stage 2

Tour de FranceBruxelles Palais Royal > Brussel Atomium

Distance: 27.6 kilometers.

The team time trial from the palace over to the site of the 1958 World’s Fair with its distinctive sculpture of a molecule.

Strong showing for the Dutch team in the first two stages. Alas, it couldn’t help the Netherlands Football team in the World Cup final in Lyon.

Yellow Jersey Mike Teunissen ( Ned – TJV – 087 ) [Yellow] 04h 51′ 34″
Green Jersey Peter Sagan ( Svk – BOH – 011 ) [Green] 50 points
Polka Dot Jersey Greg Van Avermaet ( Bel – CCC – 111 ) [Polka Dot] 2 points
White Jersey Wout Van Aert ( Bel – TJV – 088 ) [White] 2

Team: Team Jumbo – Visma ( TJV – 081-088 ) [Yellow numbers]

Top Ten:
1 Mike Teunissen ( Ned – TJV – 087 ) –
2 Wout Van Aert ( Bel – TJV – 088 ) + 00h 00′ 10″
3 Steven Kruijswijk ( Ned – TJV – 081 ) + 00h 00′ 10″
4 Tony Martin ( Ger – TJV – 086 ) + 00h 00′ 10″
5 George Bennett ( NZl – TJV – 082 ) + 00h 00′ 10″
6 Gianni Moscon ( Ita – INS – 005 ) + 00h 00′ 30″
7 Egan Bernal ( Col – INS – 002 ) + 00h 00′ 30″
8 Geraint Thomas ( GBr – INS – 001 ) + 00h 00′ 30″
9 Dylan Van Baarle ( Ned – INS – 008 ) + 00h 00′ 30″
10 Elia Viviani ( Ita – DQT – 028 ) + 00h 00′ 31″

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July 7, 2019   Comments Off on Le Tour 2019 – Stage 2

Le Tour 2019 – Stage 1

Tour de FranceBrussels – Brussels

Distance: 194.5 kilometers.

A generally level stage that starts and ends in Brussels the capital of Belgium. There are two minor challenges for the Polka Dot Jersey, the category 3 Mur de Grammont (43.5 km) followed quickly by the category 4 Bosberg (47.5 km). The intermediate sprint takes place at Les Bons Villers (125 km) for the Green Jersey. The course then continues through small villages including Waterloo on the way back to Brussels.

Yellow Jersey Mike Teunissen ( Ned – TJV – 087 ) [Yellow] 04h 22′ 37”
Green Jersey Peter Sagan ( Svk – BOH – 011 ) [Green] 50 points
Polka Dot Jersey Greg Van Avermaet ( Bel – CCC – 111 ) [Polka Dot] 2 points
White Jersey Caleb Ewan ( Aus – LTS – 161 ) 3 [White]

Stage winner: Mike Teunissen ( Ned – TJV – 087 )
Combative: Stéphane Rossetto ( Fra – COF – 157 ) [Red numbers]
Team: Team Jumbo – Visma ( TJV – 081-088 ) [Yellow numbers]

Top Ten:
1 Mike Teunissen ( Ned – TJV – 087 ) –
2 Peter Sagan ( Svk – BOH – 011 ) + 00h 00′ 04″
3 Caleb Ewan ( Aus – LTS – 161 ) + 00h 00′ 06″
4 Giacomo Nizzolo ( Ita – TDD – 207 ) + 00h 00′ 10″
5 Sonny Colbrelli ( Ita – TBM – 043 ) + 00h 00′ 10″
6 Michael Matthews ( Aus – SUN – 141 ) + 00h 00′ 10″
7 Matteo Trentin ( Ita – MTS – 107 ) + 00h 00′ 10″
8 Oliver Naesen ( Bel – ALM – 037 ) + 00h 00′ 10″
9 Elia Viviani ( Ita – DQT – 028 ) + 00h 00′ 10″
10 Jasper Stuyven ( Bel – TFS – 138 ) + 00h 00′ 10″

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July 6, 2019   Comments Off on Le Tour 2019 – Stage 1

Tour de France 2019 Prelude

Tour de FranceCycling News has their race preview. The best way to understand the appeal of this race is to be there and watch nearly 200 riders tear through a small village at absurd speed on a road designed for horse-drawn carts.

For a different take the BBC have a rider doing the honors: Tour de France stage guide – Adam Yates profiles the 21 stages of the 2019 race.

The teams, their abbreviations, and their riders’ bib numbers:

Team Ineos INS 001-008
Bora – Hansgrohe BOH 011-018
Deceuninck – Quick – Step DQT 021-028
AG2R La Mondiale ALM 031-038
Bahrain – Merida TBM 041-048
Groupama – FDJ GFC 051-058
Movistar Team MOV 061-068
Astana Pro Team AST 071-078
Team Jumbo – Visma TJV 081-088
EF Education First EF1 091-098
Mitchelton – Scott MTS 101-108
CCC Team CCC 111-118
UAE Team Emirates UAD 121-128
Trek – Segafredo TFS 131-138
Team Sunweb SUN 141-148
Confidis – Solutions Credits COF 151-158
Lotto Soudal LTS 161-168
Total Direct Energy TDE 171-178
Team Katusha Alpecin TKA 181-188
Wanty – Gobert Cycling Team WGB 191-198
Team Dimension Data TDD 201-208
Team Arkea – Samsic PCB 211-218

Updated.

July 5, 2019   Comments Off on Tour de France 2019 Prelude

Le Tour 2019

As always, here are the Tour basics if you want to follow along. The Tour starts on July 6th in Brussels, Belgium for the first two stages.

Tour jerseys

The cartoon characters from my header are wearing the various colored jerseys that indicate the leader in the different classifications in the race.

The Maillot Jaune, Yellow Jersey is worn by the rider with the lowest time overall in the race. The eventual winner of the race may never have come in first in any stage, but was near the lead throughout the race and achieved the lowest time over the entire course of the event. The winner is normally an “all-arounder”, someone who is very good at the sprints and the hill climbing, even if they aren’t the best. Chris Froome, Alberto Contador, and Fabian Cancellara are “all-arounders”, showing up on the lists of the sprinters and the climbers, while staying in the top ten for overall time.

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July 3, 2019   Comments Off on Le Tour 2019

Things Can Always Get Worse

Geraint Thomas crash: Defending champion will be fit for Tour de France

Defending champion Geraint Thomas says he will be fit to take part in the Tour de France despite crashing out of the Tour of Switzerland and being taken to hospital on Tuesday.

Team Ineos said the Welshman suffered “abrasions to his shoulder and a cut above his right eye”, but the 33-year-old escaped serious injury.

Thomas is expected to lead Team Ineos at the Tour de France after team-mate Chris Froome was badly injured in crash at the Criterium du Dauphine last week, ruling him out of action for at least six months.

Team Ineos is last year’s Team Sky. Sky Network dropped sponsorship after being bought by Comcast. They are a very talented team that has apparently used up their share of luck.

June 18, 2019   Comments Off on Things Can Always Get Worse

In Other News

I have been spending my time working on an irrigation system. The time has been split between actual plumbing and locating parts. The basic problem was figuring out why the pump wouldn’t hold its prime. I’m dealing with people who think it’s an imposition to go to the pump house to turn it on. Priming the pump was totally beyond their skill set.

While I have noticed that the current Resident of 1600 PA Ave. continues to violate norms and laws, there’s not much point in commenting if the House refuses to begin impeachment proceedings.

In sports news Chris Froome:

Britain’s four-time Tour de France champion, 34, suffered a fractured right femur, a broken hip, a fractured elbow and fractured ribs and lost consciousness following the crash.

They discovered later that he also had a neck fracture, so he won’t be attempting to win his fifth Yellow Jersey next month.

We are also in the middle of FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. The US is the defending champion. The “usual suspects” are playing well and advancing. The US, Canada, England, Netherlands, France, Germany, Italy, and Sweden are already through to the knock-out round of 16.

The women play a better game than the men – more skill and less muscle.

June 16, 2019   6 Comments

Le Tour 2017 – Stage 21 et fini

Tour de FranceMontgeron – Paris Champs-Élysées

Distance: 103 kilometers.

After champagne and a 45 kilometer ride to Paris there are 8 laps on a course laid out on the Champs-Élysées.

Dylan Groenewegen just managed to hold on and deny André Greipel a third win of this stage. Simon Yates took the White Jersey, a feat his twin brother Adam accomplished last year. The Jerseys remained stable during a tour characterized by the loss of major riders due to accidents.

Yellow Jersey Christopher Froome ( GBr – SKY – 001 ) [Yellow] 86h 20′ 55″
Green Jersey Michael Matthews ( Aus – SUN – 141 ) [Green] 370 points
Polka Dot Jersey Warren Barguil ( Fra – SUN – 143 ) [Polka Dot] 169 points
White Jersey Simon Yates ( GBr – ORS – 089 ) 7 [White]

Team: Team Sky ( SKY – 001-009 ) [Yellow numbers]
Stage winner: Dylan Groenewegen ( Ned – TLJ – 163 )
Super Combative: Warren Barguil ( Fra – SUN – 143 ) [Red numbers]
Φ Luke Rowe ( GBr – SKY – 008 ) + 04h 35′ 52″ [La Lanterne Rouge]

Top Ten:

1 Christopher Froome ( GBr – SKY – 001 )
2 Rigoberto Uran ( Col – CDT – 188 ) + 00′ 54″
3 Romain Bardet ( Fra – ALM – 011 ) + 02′ 20″
4 Mikel Landa ( Spa – SKY – 006 ) + 02′ 21″
5 Fabio Aru ( Ita – AST – 051 ) + 03′ 05″
6 Daniel Martin ( Irl – QST – 105 ) + 04′ 42″
7 Simon Yates ( GBr – ORS – 089 ) + 06′ 14″
8 Louis Meintjes ( RSA – UAD – 061 ) + 08′ 20″
9 Alberto Contador ( Spa – TFS – 031 ) + 08′ 49″
10 Warren Barguil ( Fra – SUN – 143 ) + 09′ 25″

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July 23, 2017   2 Comments

Le Tour 2017 – Stage 20

Tour de FranceMarseille

Distance: 22.5 kilometers.

An individual time trial on the streets of Marseille. This is the last chance for Chris Froome to lose the Yellow Jersey.

Chris increased his lead over his competition, but joins a handful of riders who have won the Yellow without winning a single stage, coming in third. It was enough.

Yellow Jersey Christopher Froome ( GBr – SKY – 001 ) [Yellow] 83h 55′ 16″
Green Jersey Michael Matthews ( Aus – SUN – 141 ) [Green] 364 points
Polka Dot Jersey Warren Barguil ( Fra – SUN – 143 ) [Polka Dot] 169 points
White Jersey Simon Yates ( GBr – ORS – 089 ) 7 [White]

Team: Team Sky ( SKY – 001-009 ) [Yellow numbers]
Stage winner: Maciej Bodnar ( Pol – BOH – 112 )
Combative: Not awarded for time trials.

Top Ten:

1 Christopher Froome ( GBr – SKY – 001 )
2 Rigoberto Uran ( Col – CDT – 188 ) + 00′ 54″
3 Romain Bardet ( Fra – ALM – 011 ) + 02′ 20″
4 Mikel Landa ( Spa – SKY – 006 ) + 02′ 21″
5 Fabio Aru ( Ita – AST – 051 ) + 03′ 05″
6 Daniel Martin ( Irl – QST – 105 ) + 04′ 42″
7 Simon Yates ( GBr – ORS – 089 ) + 06′ 14″
8 Louis Meintjes ( RSA – UAD – 061 ) + 08′ 20″
9 Alberto Contador ( Spa – TFS – 031 ) + 08′ 49″
10 Warren Barguil ( Fra – SUN – 143 ) + 09′ 25″

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July 22, 2017   Comments Off on Le Tour 2017 – Stage 20

Le Tour 2017 – Stage 19

Tour de FranceEmbrun – Salon-de-Provence

Distance: 222.5 kilometers.

A ‘flat’ stage in the mind of the the Tour with category 3 Col Lebraut, category 3 Côte de Bréziers, and category 3 Col du Pointu. Time trial tomorrow.

Today is Belgium’s national day, and Belgian riders pushed to the front to win the stage, but were thwarted by Norwegian Edvald Boasson Hagen. There were 20 riders in the breakaway out front and then everyone else in the peloton that was 12 minutes+ behind. A very ‘protect the status quo’ stage from the teams.

Yellow Jersey Christopher Froome ( GBr – SKY – 001 ) [Yellow] 83h 26′ 55″
Green Jersey Michael Matthews ( Aus – SUN – 141 ) [Green] 364 points
Polka Dot Jersey Warren Barguil ( Fra – SUN – 143 ) [Polka Dot] 169 points
White Jersey Simon Yates ( GBr – ORS – 089 ) 7 [White]

Team: Team Sky ( SKY – 001-009 ) [Yellow numbers]
Stage winner: Edvald Boasson Hagen ( Nor – DDD – 092 )
Combative: Jens Keukeleire ( Bel – ORS – 087 ) [Red numbers]

Top Ten:

1 Christopher Froome ( GBr – SKY – 001 )
2 Romain Bardet ( Fra – ALM – 011 ) + 00′ 23″
3 Rigoberto Uran ( Col – CDT – 188 ) + 00′ 29″
4 Mikel Landa ( Spa – SKY – 006 ) + 01′ 36″
5 Fabio Aru ( Ita – AST – 051 ) + 01′ 55″
6 Daniel Martin ( Irl – QST – 105 ) + 02′ 56″
7 Simon Yates ( GBr – ORS – 089 ) + 04′ 46″
8 Louis Meintjes ( RSA – UAD – 061 ) + 06′ 52″
9 Warren Barguil ( Fra – SUN – 143 ) + 08′ 22″
10 Alberto Contador ( Spa – TFS – 031 ) + 08′ 34″

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July 21, 2017   Comments Off on Le Tour 2017 – Stage 19