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Le Tour 2021 – Stage 9

Tour de France Cluses > Tignes

Distance: 144.9 kilometers.

Definitely a Mountain stage with two Cat 2, two Cat 1, and an Hors Catégorie.

  • Côte de Domancy 19.6 km (cat 2: 2.5km @ 9.4%)
  • Col des Saisies 49.4 km (cat 1: 9.4km @ 6.2%)
  • Col du Pré 80.9 km(Hors Catégorie: 12.6km @ 7.7%)
  • Cormet de Roselend 93.3 km (cat 2: 5.7km @ 6.5%)
  • Montée de Tignes 143.0 km (cat 1: 21.0km @ 5.6%)

The intermediate sprint is at 32.7 km at Praz-sur-Arly.

Yellow Jersey Tadej Pogačar (UAD – 001) [Yellow] 34 hours 11 minutes 10 seconds
Green Jersey Mark Cavendish (DQT – 055) [Green] 168 Points
Polka Dot Jersey Nairo Quintana (ARK – 136) [Polka Dot] 50 points
White Jersey Jonas Vingegaard (TJV – 018) [White] 4*

Stage winner: Ben O’Connor (ACT – 124)
Combative: Ben O’Connor (ACT – 124 ) [Red numbers]
Team: Bahrain Victorious ( TBV – 161-168 ) [Yellow numbers]

*Number 2 wearing the White as Number 1 is wearing Yellow.

After a run of stages with no losses, two riders didn’t start, three withdrew, and seven were outside the time limit. Tomorrow is a Rest Day.

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Tropical Storm Elsa – Day 5

Tropical Storm ElsaPosition: 20.6N 79.2W [10:00PM CDT 0300UTC].
Movement: Northwest [310°] near 15 mph [24 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 65 mph [100 kph].
Wind Gusts: 75 mph [120 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 80 miles [130 km].
Minimum central pressure: 1004 mb ↓.

Currently about 270 miles [ 440 km] Southeast of Havana, Cuba.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for the Cuban provinces of Cienfuegos, Matanzas.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the Cuban provinces of Camaguey, Ciego de Avila, Sancti Spiritus, Villa Clara, Mayabeque, and Havana, and the Florida Keys from Craig Key westward to the Dry Tortugas.

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for the Cuban province of Camaguey.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Cayman Brac & Little Cayman, the Cuban province of Artemisa, and the Florida Keys from east of Craig Key to Ocean Reef, Florida Bay, and the west coast of Florida from Flamingo northward to the Anclote River.

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for the west coast of Florida from Bonita Beach northward to the Suwannee River, including Tampa Bay.

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

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Independence Day

John Trumbull's Signing the Declaration of Independence

The Declaration of Independence

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security…

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