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Le Tour 2019 – Stage 18

Tour de FranceEmbrun > Valloire

Distance: 208 kilometers.

A “Mountain” stage with four climbs and a downhill sprint finish.

  • Côte des Demoiselles Coiffées 13 km (cat 3: 3.9km @ 5.2%)
  • Col de Vars 82.5 km (cat 1: 9.3km @ 7.5%)
  • Col d’Izoard 133 km (HC: 14.1km @ 7.3%)
  • Col du Galibier 189 km (HC: 23km @ 5.1%)

The intermediate sprint is at 45 km, Les Thuiles.

Lots of Polka Dot points on this stage.

Nairo Quintana’s childhood in the Andes becomes obvious in the Alps as he takes his first stage win in this Tour. The same training allowed Egan Bernal to leap over Geraint Thomas into second place by reducing his GC deficit by 32 seconds. Bernal has a lock on White and could get Yellow if he hangs in the breakaways.

Romain Bardet is 12 points ahead of Tim Wellens in the King of the Mountains.

Yellow Jersey Julian Alaphilippe ( Fra – DQT – 021 ) [Yellow] 75h 18′ 49″
Green Jersey Peter Sagan ( Svk – BOH – 011 ) [Green] 309 Points
Polka Dot Jersey Romain Bardet ( Fra – ALM – 031 ) [Polka Dot] 86 points
White Jersey Egan Bernal ( Col – INS – 002 ) [White] 2

Stage winner: Nairo Quintana ( Col – MOV – 061 )
Combative: Greg Van Avermaet ( Bel – CCC – 111 ) [Red numbers]
Team: Movistar Team ( MOV – 061-068 ) [Yellow numbers]

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July 25, 2019   Comments Off on Le Tour 2019 – Stage 18

Le Tour 2019 – Stage 17

Tour de FrancePont du Gard > Gap

Distance: 200 kilometers.

A “Hilly” stage with two categorized climbs and a downhill sprint finish.

  • Côte de la Rochette-du-Buis 104.5 km (cat 4: 5.2km @ 5.4%)
  • Col de la Sentinelle 191.5 km (cat 3: 11.4km @ 7.8%)

The intermediate sprint is at 62 km, Vaison-la-Romaine which is under an Excessive Heat Warning for triple digit Fahrenheit air temperatures.

This was the last stage for the sprinters to show their abilities before the Tour hits the Alps for three days of climbing. The Peloton was on cruise control saving its energy for the mountains. Matteo Trentin won the stage and the Red Numbers with his attack on the final climb leaving everyone else a half minute behind.

The air was not the only thing that was hot today. Luke Rowe and Tony Martin were removed from the race for a minor dust up that didn’t even involve punches being thrown.

Yellow Jersey Julian Alaphilippe ( Fra – DQT – 021 ) [Yellow] 69h 39′ 16″
Green Jersey Peter Sagan ( Svk – BOH – 011 ) [Green] 309 Points
Polka Dot Jersey Tim Wellens ( Bel – LTS – 168 ) [Polka Dot] 64 points
White Jersey Egan Bernal ( Col – INS – 002 ) [White] 5

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

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July 24, 2019   Comments Off on Le Tour 2019 – Stage 17

Tropical Depression Three

Tropical Depression ThreeIf you’re keeping count, Tropical Depression Three formed off the Atlantic Coast of Florida at 4 PM CDT yesterday and became a remnant low at 10 AM CDT today. There is moderate to high wind shear along the coast at the moment that is keeping storm formation down.

July 23, 2019   Comments Off on Tropical Depression Three

Le Tour 2019 – Stage 16

Tour de FranceNîmes > Nîmes

Distance: 177 kilometers.

A “Flat” stage, except for the category 4 climb, and a sprint finish.

  • Côte de Saint-Jean-du-Pin 96 km (cat 4: 1.8km @ 4.2%)

The intermediate sprint is at 93.5 km, Vallérargues.

Caleb Ewan won his second stage on a stage that is best described as hot… HOT! With air temperatures at least in the upper 90s, people on bicycles really should find some shade and park them. Ewan is Australian, so he’s familiar with hot and he said he wasn’t feeling 100% in the temperatures. He joins Alaphilippe and Yates as a double stage winner in the second half of the Tour.

The General Classification has stayed stagnant for some time, but the race is now headed to the Alps, and mountains have a way of changing things. The sprinters will have to hang on until the final stage for another chance at glory.

Note: A quick weather check shows that tomorrow’s stage will be in an area with an “Excessive heat alert”. Not ideal circumstances for a bicycle race.

Yellow Jersey Julian Alaphilippe ( Fra – DQT – 021 ) [Yellow] 64h 57′ 30″
Green Jersey Peter Sagan ( Svk – BOH – 011 ) [Green] 309 Points
Polka Dot Jersey Tim Wellens ( Bel – LTS – 168 ) [Polka Dot] 64 points
White Jersey Egan Bernal ( Col – INS – 002 ) [White] 5

Stage winner: Caleb Ewan ( Aus – LTS – 161 )
Combative: Alexis Gougeard ( Fra – ALM – 036 ) [Red numbers]
Team: Movistar ( MOV – 061-068 ) [Yellow numbers]

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July 23, 2019   Comments Off on Le Tour 2019 – Stage 16

Le Tour 2019 – Stage 15

Tour de FranceLimoux > Foix Prat d’Albis

Distance: 185 kilometers.

Another “mountain” stage, again with real mountains and a summit finish.

  • Col de Montségur 60.5 km (cat 2: 6.8km @ 6%)
  • Port de Lers 120.5 km (cat 1: 11.4km @ 7.8%)
  • Mur de Péguère 147 km (cat 1: 9.3km @ 7.9%)
  • Foix Prat d’Albis 185 km (cat 1: 11.8km @ 6.9%)

The intermediate sprint is at 93.5 km, Tarascon-sur-Ariège.

Simon Yates won his second stage, but Thibaut Pinot and Geraint Thomas won the most in this stage. Pinot more than made up for the time he lost when a crosswind caused the peloton to split on Stage 10 and Thomas regained the time he lost in the individual time trial. With the race headed to the Alps, Pinot is looking good for the Polka Dot and/or the Yellow. Bernal is now 12 minutes 24 seconds ahead of his nearest rival for the White, and Sagan is 94 points ahead for the Green. Wellens is only 14 points ahead of Pinot for King of the Mountains.

Yellow Jersey Julian Alaphilippe ( Fra – DQT – 021 ) [Yellow] 61h 00′ 22″
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] 5

Stage winner: Simon Yates ( GBr – MTS – 108 )
Combative: Mikel Landa Meana ( Spa – MOV – 065 ) [Red numbers]
Team: Movistar ( MOV – 061-068 ) [Yellow numbers]

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July 21, 2019   Comments Off on Le Tour 2019 – Stage 15

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   Comments Off on Le Tour 2019 – Stage 14

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   8 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]

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July 19, 2019   Comments Off on Le Tour 2019 – Stage 13

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   Comments Off on Le Tour 2019 – Stage 12

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   Comments Off on Le Tour 2019 – Stage 11

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   Comments Off on Le Tour 2019 – Stage 10

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   Comments Off on Le Tour 2019 – Stage 9

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   Comments Off on Tropical Depression Barry – Day 5

Happy Bastille Day

La Fête Nationale
Bastille Day

France

Thank you for the help with the Revolution.

Some background.

July 14, 2019   2 Comments