6.14.2016

Tour de Suisse 4: Crappy Weather, Crappy Finale and... On Bloque Tout!

Suisse: Rain at the start

We had our share of rain today but in Suisse I think they are a little fed up. At the finish it was dry. Fortunately! can you imagine such a CRAPPY finale ON WET ROADS? Indead. It was crappy enough on dry roads and it costed  Danny Van Poppel a quite unfair relegation. For 'dangerous riding'! Watch this video and  have your take.
A crappy finale
One milion in Paris!
As far as danger... it wasn't exactly safe in Paris today because the huge demonstration against the new job's act had to face a hard repression by the police. 
It was the peaceful but determined march of 1 milion of workers and students. Violences happened because the police attacked. Some specific groups broke shops  and banks' windows. This is an evident violence, isn't it? the structural violence we daily experience by the dominat class instead is called power and legitimate. 
The march in Florence
In many cities in Europe there were demonstrations on support of the French fight and I took part in the march here in Florence. We were few. Fortunately there were many young students, then the old faces I know too well. In Italy the job's act is already law and nobody protested. I told you: we are a country of slaves.

Max Richeze:
“What a race this was, I still can’t believe it! It’s like a dream. This morning, at the briefing, we talked about the finale, because we knew the tricky and technical corner will be the key to winning the stage and our plan was to be first and second as we entered in that bend. My sprint was until the corner, but as Fernando didn’t try to overtake me, deciding to protect me instead, I went all the way to the line. I want to thank him for this and also to the entire team for their huge work and support!
I am always supporting our team, I’m always the last guy before our sprinter goes for it, so to finally have the opportunity to try and get a victory is really great. The start of the year wasn’t easy, with that injury and the recovery period during which I had to walk with the help of a crutch, but these things are in the past and now I am living the day and enjoying this beautiful moment. To be the first Argentinian stage winner in the Tour de Suisse is a big achievement, which makes me proud and happy.”

Peter Sagan:
“I'm very satisfied with keeping the leader's and points jerseys and I look forward to five more stages where we will work hard to achieve the best result. I'd like to thank my teammates for the strong effort they have put in the first four, tough and wet stages at the Tour de Suisse."

Geraint Thomas:
"So @UCI_cycling judges relegated Danny for dangerous riding... What do you expect with a corner like that less than 150m to go🙈#amateurs"

Wout Poels:
"I hope this is a joke? In Dauphine was head butt allowed?"

Matt Brammeier:

"@GeraintThomas86 exactly what our 3km proposal is about! This is not acceptable"

Sam Bewley:
"What penalty do the organisers get for creating a final so ridiculous? We aren't slot cars."

Jasper Stuyven:
"It was really nervous and really fast final kilometers. Rasty (Gregory Rast) did a good job keeping me up there and out of the wind, it was a perfect job, and then I think with one and a half kilometers to go Kiel (Reijnen) was there and brought me with one effort to the front. Then I was up there fighting with Gaviria and Sagan. Going into the last corner Sagan and Van Poppel were going nuts and I was sure someone wasn't going to make it through, and I was right because Danny crashed. I calculated for that, and as a result, I was almost standing still to go around, and then one guy passed me on the line.

RESULTS
STAGE
1 Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Etixx - Quick-Step 5:08:21
2 Fernando Gaviria (Col) Etixx - Quick-Step
3 Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff Team
4 Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:00:02
5 Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
6 Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Orica-GreenEdge
7 Raymond Kreder (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton
8 Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Team Roth
9 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Soudal
10 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Alpecin
11 Kévin Reza (Fra) FDJ
12 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data
13 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky
14 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
15 Rui Costa (Por) Lampre - Merida
16 Gorka Izaguirre (Spa) Movistar Team
17 Matti Breschel (Den) Cannondale Pro Cycling
18 Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team
19 Jon Izaguirre (Spa) Movistar Team
20 Pim Ligthart (Ned) Lotto Soudal
21 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team
22 Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Team Katusha
23 Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin
24 Michal Golas (Pol) Team Sky
25 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro Team
26 Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Team Sky
....
DNS Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team
GC
1 Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff Team 14:22:30
2 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:00:09
3 Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing Team
4 Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:00:17
5 Jon Izaguirre (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:19
6 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:00:20
7 Gorka Izaguirre (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:23
8 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
9 Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 0:00:24
10 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:25
POINTS
1 Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff Team 26 pts
MOUNTAIN
1 Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton 44 pts
SWISS RIDER
1 Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing Team 14:22:39
TEAM
1 Lotto Soudal 43:08:37
2 Orica-GreenEdge 0:19:00
3 IAM Cycling 0:22:00
4 Movistar Team 0:25:00
5 Etixx - Quick-Step 0:38:00
6 BMC Racing Team 0:39:00
7 Team Giant-Alpecin 0:44:00
8 Team Sky 0:47:00
9 Team Katusha 0:53:00
10 Tinkoff Team 0:01:38
11 Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:02:48
12 Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:03:03
13 Astana Pro Team 0:03:27
14 FDJ 0:03:59
15 Lampre - Merida 0:04:50
16 CCC Sprandi Polkowice 0:07:12
17 AG2R La Mondiale
18 Dimension Data 0:08:21
19 Verva ActiveJet Pro Cycling Team 0:08:51
20 Roompot - Oranje Peloton 0:09:50
21 Trek-Segafredo 0:10:27
22 Team Roth 0:13:54

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