lunedì 28 luglio 2014

The Tour from far

At the confluence of three rivers: Donau, Inn and Ilz. A small town crowded of tourists, the most by bike. At 8 pm we can hardly find a place where to eat because the kitchen closes at 7 pm. A kind of pizza in a fake Italian restaurant is the best compromise. There is no wii-fii in hour big old somehow decadent hotel. I check twitter on my phone. The Tour couldn't be more distant. Silence under a large gray sky while it's the crowd there, roaring in Paris, the final fight and the podium party. Somewhere also my busy love...
It's the first time in years that I don't go to watch the Tour, some stages at least. I was feeling it far this year even before the start, then all those crashes, so many abandons, Vincenzo Nibali launched toward an historical victory but nobody there to really contend it. I didn't manage to get involved. For me Kiryenka's try has been the most exciting moment. I liked De Marchi - fairly awarded - combactivity and Team Tinkoff's reaction to the bed luck. Kittel and Martin, the French duel between Bardet and Pinot, the great Tour of the aged amateur Peraud, the last symbolic break-away of Jens Voigt. Bat still this Tour has lacked of greatness.
Don't get me wrong: what Vincenzo Nibali did is great and a French podium is something to write down in the book. But I can't remember a real exploit on this race, no epic solo ride over epic mountain nor brave reply to brave challenge. Nobody never challenged Nibali. He was the boss and took all, stages included. Nothing that made me jump on my sofa.
I must confess that Scott Mitchell's daily galleries have been the Tour's part I enjoyed the most.
I'm writing on my pad in a hotel room in Passau just before we go to meet our mates in the next adventure: tomorrow we'll be off to Wien, by bike of course.

sabato 26 luglio 2014

Tour de France 20: Il Sorpasso (The Overtaking)


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Tony Martin
It should be boring a Tour de France dominated by just one rider, moreover a time trial dominated by Tony Martin. 
The Sharck didn't win today, was 'only' 4th, behind superspecialists like Martin, Demoulin and Barta. Today Tony Martin passed four riders.
Instead it has been thrilling because of the French duel for the 2nd place in Paris. Perraud won in spite he had to change his bike. And Pinot beated Valverde for the 3rd place. Or better: Valverde beated himself by a crappy performance.
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Peraud had to change his bike
Van Garderen did way better than Mollema and Ten Dam so passed them in the final GC, but they still are in the top ten, while Pierre Rolland and Frank Schleck are just out. Zubeldia 8th. Not bad for Trek Factory Racing! 
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He's 2nd!
Quite bad for Team Sky: best finisher is Danny Pate, 11th, while Mikel Nieve is the higher in the final GC, 18th. Bravo Brice Feillu who's going to give Bretagne a 16th in Paris. 
Amazing ride by Leo Konig: 5th! He's finally 7th in the final GC.
I watched it in front of a bar. It was raining cats and dogs so my son's race had been cacealed and everybody, little riders in first, where eager to see Vincenzo Nibali in yellow. "He's Vincenzo! He's Vincenzo!" were screaming the tiny voices. People stopped to watch.
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...hard to realise!
Maybe cycling will be popular again in the country of Coppi and Bartali...

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Vincenzo Nibali 'only' 4th
  

RESULTS
STAGE
1 Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 1:06:21  
2 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano 0:01:39  
3 Jan Barta (Cze) Team Netapp-Endura 0:01:47
4 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:01:58  
5 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Netapp-Endura 0:02:02
6 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:02:08  
7 Jean-Christophe Péraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:02:27  
8 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) IAM Cycling 0:02:36  
9 Markel Irizar Arranburu (Spa) Trek Factory Racing 0:02:39  
10 Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:02:58  
11 Danny Pate (USA) Team Sky 0:03:01
12 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:03:12  
13 Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM Cycling
14 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Cannondale 0:03:13  
15 Svein Tuft (Can) Orica Greenedge 0:03:23
16 Peter Velits (Svk) BMC Racing Team 0:03:24
17 Nelson Oliveira (Por) Lampre - Merida 0:03:30
18 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team 0:03:35
19 Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica Greenedge 0:03:38
20 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana Pro Team 0:03:44
GC
1 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 86:37:52  
2 Jean-Christophe Péraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:07:52  
3 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:08:24  
4 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:09:55  
5 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:11:44  
6 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:11:46  
7 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Netapp-Endura 0:14:41  
8 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Trek Factory Racing 0:18:12  
9 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling 0:18:20  
10 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling 0:21:24
11 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar 0:23:16
12 Frank Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing 0:25:57  
13 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto-Belisol 0:34:01
14 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Team Katusha 0:36:50
15 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling 0:38:15
16 Brice Feillu (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement 0:43:59
17 Christopher Horner (USA) Lampre - Merida 0:44:46
18 Mikel Nieve Iturralde (Spa) Team Sky 0:46:40
19 John Gadret (Fra) Movistar Team 0:47:30
20 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team 0:52:11
21 Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale 0:58:00  
22 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 0:59:29  
23 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky 1:00:35
24 Jan Bakelants (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 1:06:11
25 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar 1:08:56
26 Michael Rogers (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo 1:17:43
27 Peter Velits (Svk) BMC Racing Team 1:19:53
28 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 1:20:49  
29 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto-Belisol 1:28:28
30 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ.fr 1:32:31

venerdì 25 luglio 2014

Tour de France 19: Perfect Plann


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A man in the break-away - Slagter - a second one attacking on the 4th cat. climb, close to the finish: Navardauskas. Sprinters teams launched in the rain. Lots of flat tyres. Lots of ambitions, so many empty hands.
Team Garmin perfect plann worked. They did all right and Navardauskas bravely finished it by a breathtaking ride from the GPM till the line.
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Thibaut Pinot dropped again Romain Bardet... but it doesn't count. Or maybe it does. I guess it does.
No problem for Vincenzo Nibali who easily dribbled the pile.
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RESULTS
STAGE

1 Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin - Sharp 4:43:41  
2 John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano  
3 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha  
4 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
5 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo  
6 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
7 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
8 Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
9 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling  
10 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto-Belisol

GC

1 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 85:29:26
2 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:07:10
3 Jean-Christophe Péraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:07:23
4 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:07:25
5 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:09:27
6 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:11:34
7 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling 0:13:56
8 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling 0:14:15
9 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Netapp-Endura 0:14:37
10 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Trek Factory Racing 0:16:25  

POINT JERSEY
Sagan
POLKA

Majka
WHITE

Pinot
TEAM

AG2R

giovedì 24 luglio 2014

Tour de France 18: Heart-fully

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Poor Mikel Nieve who found Vincenzo Nibali on his way to Hautacam...!  The Shark came from behind, his pace was different, his eyes already shining with joy and tears, with deep determination. "I wanted to win this stage" he said, finally emotional "Because a victory on the Pyrennes is epic".
But Nieve was on a special mission for Team Sky in his native land, Euskal Herria: he had gone in the break-away, then with Blel Kadri, finally solo. He had crossed the Tourmalet and devoured the descent till the start of the final climb. Riding hard, the heart on his jersey. Riding to get a stage victory for his unlucky team.
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All was still. A time bomb. Chris Horner attacked first, Nibali jumped on his wheel and then ahead. Solo. For glory. For all the glory. Nothing left for anybody. Not for Nieve: joined, passed, dropped. Nibali speeded up in front of him to avoid the Basque to get his wheel. Not for Rafal Majka, furiously chasing to keep his Polka. Not for Pinot and Peraud fighting for the podium.
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But Mikel Nieve, arriving way later, wasn't feeling the same? he wanted a victory, got a Red Number at least for Team Sky. A poor prize but still heart-fully sought.



Mikal Nieve
“It was the last day to try something because I’m a climber and this was the last mountain stage. I’ve had some health problems in the last few days but I’m better now so it was my last chance.
I had good legs today. I think without the illness I would have been able to have a better Tour de France but I tried and gave it my best. Nibali was very strong when he attacked. He was really above everyone and he wanted to gain time on GC so it was impossible to follow him. But I'm still happy with my Tour."

Tejay van Garderen:
"Yesterday was a pity, it was an off day. You can't change that. You can only look ahead. Podium? Anything is possible. If you would have asked me a couple days ago I would have said, it is really possible. Now, yes it is possible. But it will be hard.  I tried doing a little attack today but they are looking really strong. Obviously, if one of them has a bad day, I need to take advantage of it."


Bjarne Riis about Rafal Majka:
“Rafal did another great stage today and he’s now only a few steps away from the podium in Paris but we still have to do three more stages before we can finally celebrate. He’s done a sensational Tour de France and is probably considered the surprise of the race but I’ve known his potential for quite a while and now it’s unfolding for everyone to see."

Bauke Mollema:
“Today’s course lent itself for an attack. It was a short and explosive stage. I gave everything I had, I just had to try something. I kept a close eye on which teams tried to escape. With the battle for the mountain jersey in mind, you just know that Rodriguez and Majka are going to give it a try. If they bring some team-mates and form a larger group then you know that the tempo will remain high. It’s nice that I was able to show myself and that I moved up in the overall. It’s great that I’m back in seventh now. I knew it was going to be hard to win the stage. This whole Tour, I lacked that acceleration to go into the red zone and keep going, although I’m able to keep pedalling. Besides that, the breakaway was very strong.”

Laurens ten Dam
“The last climb was a kind of time trial for me, from top to bottom. Luckily, I was able to benefit from the Movistar men. I tried to drop Valverde, but when I saw one of his team-mates waiting for him, I thought it would be better to take advantage from their efforts and just sit in their wheel. After a while, I started to struggle and just before the top Valverde even dropped me. That shows his class. I was just as good as yesterday and I’m quite happy with this result.”

MORE TO COME!

RESULTS
STAGE

1 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 4:04:17
2 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:01:10
3 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:01:12
4 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:15
5 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team
6 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:53
7 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:01:57
8 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team NetApp - Endura
9 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Trek Factory Racing 0:01:59
10 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team
11 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling 12 Frank Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing 0:03:30 13 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling 14 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team 15 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:04:24 16 Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale 0:04:28 17 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Team Katusha 0:04:30 18 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar 0:04:33 19 Christopher Horner (USA) Lampre - Merida 0:04:40 20 John Gadret (Fra) Movistar Team

GC
1 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 80:45:45
2 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:07:10 3 Jean-Christophe Péraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:07:23 4 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:07:25 5 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:09:27 6 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:11:34 7 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling 0:13:56 8 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling 0:14:15 9 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Netapp-Endura 0:14:37 10 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Trek Factory Racing 0:16:25 11 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar 0:17:48 12 Frank Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing 0:21:33 13 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto-Belisol 0:29:58 14 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Team Katusha 0:32:30 15 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling 0:34:30 16 Brice Feillu (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement 0:37:37 17 Christopher Horner (USA) Lampre - Merida 0:39:28 18 Mikel Nieve Iturralde (Spa) Team Sky 0:41:34 19 John Gadret (Fra) Movistar Team 0:41:41 20 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky 0:50:01

POINTS JERSEY
Sagan
POLKA

Majka
WHITE

Pinot
TEAM

AG2R

TODAY RED NUMBER
Mikel Nieve

mercoledì 23 luglio 2014

Tour de France 17: "I Want It All!"...and other mottos

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Rafal Majka: "I Want It All!"

Rafal Majka should pick it as his motto. Polka Dots Jersey and a second stage victory are the rich prey. In front of Purito, atop the Pla d’Adet. 
"I must thank Nicolas Roche" he said "He worked all day and gave it all for me. I couldn't have done it without him." And it's true. Once again the pride of a team that had lost his leader in such a traumatic way. 
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Vasil Kiryenka: "I Always Do My Best!"
Once again Vasil Kiryenka solo in front for Team Sky. He got caught but they had to pull hard. "I Always Do My Best" could make for him. He would have deserved the Red Number in my opinion but I understand why it went to Romain Bardet: his motto should be "I Don't Give Up!". Yesterday he had lost his White and his podium to Pinot and today he launched a fearless attack in the last descent. It didn't work but chapeau le mec!
Thibaut Pinot didn't take any risk but wisely chased on the last climb. It worked. Also dued to the special guest on his wheel - and out: Vincenzo Nibali. "I Want It All" suits him as well: he easily dropped Valverde - who was supposed to attack - and went with Perraud to catch all the rest of the previous break-away. The race leader once again was on the awarding podium twice: to wear his Yellow Jersey and as 3rd in the stage. 2nd was another strong guy from Sicily: Giovanni Visconti. His motto: "I Believe In Myself".
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A dangerous move by Majka...
A special mention goes to the Top Ten Fighters: Baucke Mollema, Frank Schleck, Leo Konig, Pierre Rolland... and a coming back Richie Porte.
But bravo Alessandro De Marchi: sickness didn't give him any rest in the rest day but today he was back up there.

RAFAL MAJKA:
"I'm just so happy about this result and these results that we have accomplished in the last couple of days and today, me teammates really worked hard for me and especially Nico (Roche) was digging hard to set me up on the final climb. I wasn't so sure about how managing the stage at first but Bjarne told me to go for the stage and if we take the stage, we will have the jersey and here we are,"
RESULTS
STAGE
1 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo 3:35:29
2 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team 0:00:29
3 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:46
4 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00
5 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Cannondale 0:00:49
6 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar 0:00:52
7 Frank Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing 0:01:12
8 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:00
9 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:01:25
10 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:35
GC
1 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 76:41:28
2 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:05:26
3 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:06:00
4 Jean-Christophe Péraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:06:08
5 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:07:34
6 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:10:19
7 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling 0:11:59
8 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling 0:12:16
9 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Netapp-Endura 0:12:40
10 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar 0:13:15
11 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Trek Factory Racing 0:14:26
12 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto-Belisol 0:16:08
13 Frank Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing 0:18:03
14 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Team Katusha 0:28:00
15 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky 0:31:00
16 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling
17 Brice Feillu (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement 0:32:14
18 Christopher Horner (USA) Lampre - Merida 0:34:48
19 Mikel Nieve Iturralde (Spa) Team Sky 0:36:09
20 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:36:41
POINTS JERSEY
Peter Sagan
POLKA
Rafal Majka
WHITE

Thibaut Pinot
TEAM
AG2R
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Romain Bardet: "I Don't Give Up!"
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Vincenzo Nibali: "I Want It All!" (too)
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Top Ten Fighter Frank Schleck
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Alejandro Valverde cracks
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Nicolas Roche worked hard all day

martedì 22 luglio 2014

Tour de France 16: Team Pride

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The start of the break-away
The long last climb, open jerseys on sweating chests, crowd, noise, colours. Vasil Kiryenka pulling a small peloton, doing the selection, setting a smashing pace that doesn't allow anybody to attack. "And when Kiryenka steps aside..." I say. "What if he doesn't?!" It wasn't the Tour, it was one of the many races where the terrific rider was doing his terrific job for Team Sky. No expression on his face, just a deep concentration. The pride to contribute to the team effort and hopefully to the team success. That's the purest essence of cycling. Then he steps aside and the team leader attacks. The race is over when he crosses the line, no matter his time. Celebrating by an imperceptible smile when the news comes on the radio.
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Rogers wins
Today Vasil Kiryenka was pulling for himself. Team Sky had lost Chris Froome in a crash and Richie Porte was far behind, struggling with a sickness since the Aremberg's stage. The team that had won the two  previous Tours was suddenly nothing: a Team built for the overall, with no sprinters and no break-away specialists, all committed to protect and support the gc leader and big favourite. Now they must invent something different. Strong riders they are but not really used to take their chances. 
Team pride. They fight for perfection not just a good result. So now Vasil Kiryenka is pulling hard a small group ahead the race, almost 10' from the Yellow Jersey, on a last long steep climb in the Pyrenes. This break-away is going to make it so one of them will grab the stage victory. Europcar has got two riders: Voeckler and Gauthier. They are dangerous not just because fast at the sprint but moreover because their changes of rythm don't suit the Sky man. He doesn't panic – can you imagine Kiryenka losing control? - he gets slightly dropped but doesn't force his pace. In front there are Serpa and Rogers. The big Australian is talking to Voeckler, almost arguing. "Wait a bit! Damn you have Gauthier behind and Kiryenka can give us a good help till the finish!" Voeckler keeps attacking, the group goes on nervously till the top of the climb, in the crowd. 
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Pinot in White
Michael Rogers is a TT World Chmapion. He's not afraid to go solo when the road is flat. He's strong built but good also on climbing, he won on the Zoncolan in the last Giro. He knows the taste of personal glory, but here he came to help Alberto Contador. The last image we have of the Spaniard riding in the mist is Rogers' hand on his shoulder: "Courage, it'll be fine". Tour over. Team's hope vanished. Victory violently ripped away. Team Tinkoff had took no time to think about: the day after there was already Roche on the attack, then – successfully – Majka, now Rogers. Team pride: show what the team is worth of. 
"It's not just me. We have got options" Richie Porte had said in the last rest day. Thomas and Nieve, now Eisel and Kiryenka. The front group is back together in the fast descent. No way to be caught only the win matters. Gauthier attacks first but it's Rogers to go. Solo. Till the finish line. Kiryenka is not a sprinter but still he sprints to get at least a 3rd behind Voeckler. A podium spot for Team Sky in such a disastrous Tour.
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A press car in the race! crazy!
Today the big fight was in the peloton, Pinot dueling against Bardet – and his ghosts – to grab the White and the first French podium since ages. The big fight was Valverde against Nibali, going to gain and getting dropped. And Majka turning Polka for just one point on Purito Rodriguez... 
I know. But Vasil Kiryenka is one of my favourite riders in the peloton. 

RESULTS
STAGE
1 Michael Rogers (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo 6:07:10  
2 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar 0:00:09  
3 Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky  
4 José Serpa (Col) Lampre - Merida  
5 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar  
6 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:00:13  
7 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:00:36  
8 Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:50  
9 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Garmin - Sharp 0:02:11  
10 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto-Belisol  
11 Jan Bakelants (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:03:33  
12 Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement 0:03:45  
13 Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement 0:04:47  
14 Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar  
15 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Sky 0:08:14  
16 Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:08:32  
17 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr  
18 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team  
19 Jean-Christophe Péraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
20 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team  

21 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Netapp-Endura
GC
1 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 73:05:19  
2 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:04:37  
3 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:05:06  
4 Jean-Christophe Péraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:06:08  
5 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:06:40  
6 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:09:25  
7 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Netapp-Endura 0:09:32  
8 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling 0:11:12  
9 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:11:28  
10 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling 0:11:33  
11 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Trek Factory Racing 0:12:38  
12 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar 0:13:09  
13 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto-Belisol 0:14:02  
14 Frank Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing 0:17:37  
15 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Team Katusha 0:23:06  
16 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 0:23:54  
17 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky 0:24:08  
18 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling 0:26:06  
19 Brice Feillu (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement 0:26:48  

20 Christopher Horner (USA) Lampre - Merida 0:29:54
POINTS
Sagan
POLKA
Majka
WHITE
Pinot
TEAM
1 AG2R La Mondiale 219:28:01  
2 Belkin Pro Cycling 0:26:21  

3 Team Sky 0:39:19

lunedì 21 luglio 2014

Tour de France: In Short - Richie Porte said...


1. HARD:  “It’s been a hard Tour. One moment you’re second on GC and the next you find yourself out of the top 10. I’ll take things as they come now. I’m still struggling, but with the Pyrenees coming up, hopefully I can recover and try and bounce back."

2. ILL at the WRONG TIME:  “I had great form coming into the race and I think I showed on the Plache des Belles Filles I was up there with the strongest guys. I can beat myself up as much as I want, but there’s some things you can’t control and it was about the worst time possible for me to get ill, just before the Alps."
3. BASIC GOAL:  “My main goal now is making it to Paris. I’d like to go up the road somewhere and try for a stage win, but these last three days have been among the worst I’ve experienced on a bike, so that’s going to make it very difficult on the hard days to come."
4. SKY HAS OPTIONS: “It won’t just be left up to me though, we do have other options. Geraint Thomas and Mikel Nieve are both in great form and I’m sure they could try for a stage win somewhere as well.”
5. NEXT TIME: “Ever Tour is as unpredictable as the next one so I’m sure there’ll be other opportunities in the future for me to come in in good form and ride for the general classification. Every Tour’s different and we’ll just have to see what happens. It’s all experience at the end of the day.”
6. NIBALI: “Vincenzo’s a class bike rider. He’s won the Giro and the Vuelta and has been around a long time. He’s shown he’s been head and shoulders above everyone who’s left in the race and he’s got a good, strong team around him. He’s doing a great job.”