|Pic by RSNT|
It was a beautiful stage on paper in Paris Nice today, with several climbs and a circuit in Sisteron. It has been a beautiful race in real with a serious break including a GC contender (LL Sanchez) and a true cycling superhero (Jens Voight).
When Jensi is free from his duties and in a good day... that's a Jensi Day and he's unstoppable. The original break included Voigt Geschke Geslin LLSánchez Chérel Navarro and Veuchelen. When they were caught Voight and Sanchez excaped again and the peloton failed to reach them before the line. That line... the two riders crossed it at once. Sanchez rose his arms, Voight was curved on the handlebar. Smiled the first one, the second was grinding his teeth. The went away and worked for the last 3 kms just like one man. Old, experienced, strong riders both they knew the tactical fight couldn't start too early if the wanted to stay away till the end. When it started finally we saw who was able to keep cooler his blood. Jensi watched behinde, saw the peloton rushing in a fury toward them and launched the sprint. Sanchez won. Look that picture: you can't see that. They FELT it. So Team Rabobank enjoyed its first victory in a season disappointing sofar. BDW Mollema retired with a flu.
Disappointing again Bennati in Tirreno-Adriatico. I'm sorry to say that and am looking forward to the day he will achieve the victory he deserves. Today Team Sky won by Boasson Hagen.
|1||Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team||4:07:58|
|2||Jens Voigt (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan|
|3||Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Garmin - Barracuda||0:00:14|
|4||Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale|
|1||Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling||22:31:52|
|2||Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM||0:00:06|
|3||Levi Leipheimer (USA) Omega Pharma-Quick Step||0:00:10|
|4||Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team||0:00:18|
|5||Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha Team||0:00:37|
|6||Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team||0:00:39|
|7||Maxime Monfort (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan||0:00:46|
|8||Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ-Bigmat||0:01:06|
|9||Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step||0:01:16|
|10||Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Astana Pro Team||0:01:21|
|1||Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling|
|2||André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol Team|
|3||Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale|
|4||Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Cervelo|
|5||Manuel Belletti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale|
|6||Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team|