Posted: July 27th, 2010
Author: michael holloway
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Sunday, July 25, 2010
The 2010 Tour de France is over.
After 3641.9 km Alberto Contador (Astana) finishes with the best time of any rider, 91h 58:48. Andy Schleck (Team Saxo Bank) finishes second 0:39 back, Denis Menchov (Team Rabobank) 92h 00:49 – 02:01 behind.
Team RadioShack wins the Overall Team Standings with a combined team time of 276h 02:03 – way ahead of Team Caisse D’Epargne who finish second at 276h 11:18, (+ 9:15). Team Rabobank is third, 276h 29:52 – 27:49 behind the winners.
Ryder Hesjedal finished 27th in points.
Toronto’s Michael Barry (Team Sky Pro Cycling), finished in 99th place with a overall time of 95:00:22 (+ 3:01:34).
Over at BikingToronto’s, “Duncan’s City Ride” blog Duncan has posted a related piece with video: Mayor David Miller Congratulates Michael Barry, Shows Off His BIXI
Longjumeau to Paris, Champs-Élysées – 102.5 km
A classic sprint finish – just when you think you see a rider over taking, another sprints out in front, and just as you begin to believe that’s the guy who’s going to win – that’s when the white and yellow jersey of Mark Cavendish is launched by his Team HTC – Columbia mates. Then he puts it up to 100%, and then you know who’s going to win the final stage – there is no doubt.
Mark Cavendish gets his 4th stage win in the 2010 Tour de France.
Of the 170 riders to finish Stage 20, and the 2010 Tour de France, 161 of them are in a same pack, and thus finish with the same time — thus making this stage completely meaningless to the overall race. But the views of Paris… and the photo ops for the heads of state… are absolutely breathtaking. ;]
4 riders finish + 0:33
1 at + 0:35
3 at + 0:37
?Penalized? Steve Morabito is placed 170th (+ 0:00), and finishes the 2010 Tour de France in 51st place.
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Bordeaux to Pauillac 52 km
Today’s coarse is absolutely flat says Davd Millar, “no hills” he says briefly and succinctly. Millar was the second rider to start the trial early this morning at 10h15 AM CET | 4:15 AM EDT. When the first rider, Bert Grabsch, started his trial it was dead calm.
Local forecasters are calling for an increasing breeze as the day progresses.
In this time trial the first 11 riders will leave the start gate individually in intervals of one minute. The next 139 riders will likewise leave the start gate individually, but separated by 2 minutes. The last 20 riders – the first 20 in the overall General Classification – will strike out separated by 3 minutes each.
|11. Denis Menchov||1:04:47||+ 3:51|
|35. Alberto Contador||1:06:39||+ 5:43|
|40 Samuel Sánchez||1:06:47||+ 5:51|
|44. Andy Schleck||1:07:10||+ 6:14|
|52. Ryder Hesjedal||1:07:36||+ 6:40|
|69 Christopher Horner||1:08:04||+ 7:08|
|71. Jurgen Van Den Broeck||1:08:06||+ 7:10|
|82. Roman Kreuziger||1:08:21||+ 7:25|
|109. Robert Gesink||1:09:29||+ 8:33|
|154. Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver||1:11:13||+ 10:17|
Alberto Contador wins the 2010 Tour de France (unless he doesn’t finish Stage 20 tomorrow).
Friday, July 23, 2010
Today’s stage starts at 13h00 CET | 7:00 AM EDT
Salies-de-Béarn to Bordeaux – 198 km
It’s out of the Pyrenees mountains and onto the flat plain in stage 18. Teams will try breakaways for team GC standing, and leaders of the individual GC race will not let pretenders away.
Should be a sprint finish in downtown Bordeaux.
A late start for me today.
The riders are 3/4′s of the way through stage 18. Here’s a quick summery of events so far – taken from the Tour de France Live “widget thingy”, comments section.
Right off the start, at the 3 km mark (1:11 CET | 7:11 AM EDT), 7 riders tried a breakaway that the Peloton quickly re-assimilated after only 4 km.
Soon after that, at 7:20 AM EDT, a group of 4 riders tried again – this break has sustained.
The four escapees are:
1. Matt Breschel (Saxo Bank)
2. Daniel Oss (LIQ)
3. Benoit Vaugrenard (FDJ)
4. Jerome Pineau (Quick Step)
Of the four I think I recognize only Jermone Pineau as having any bearing on the individual time, general classification. The other riders in the break represent teams, and that too is important in the overall race for team standing.
Let’s see who’s from where, and where they are…
66. PINEAU Jérôme QUICK STEP 85h 25′ 55″ + 1h 53′ 16″
Hmmm…. not a threat to any of the leaders on individual time.
Here’s the Team General Classification after yesterday’s stage 17 – who in the lead four is the biggest threat to overall team standing?
Team Radioshack (RSH) is out in front of it’s nearest rival team Caisse D’Epargne (GCE) by 8:30. Neither are represented in the breakaway.
The Peloton are chasing down the breakaway as we come to the last 20 km of today’s stage.
Daniel Oss is the only surviving breakaway-er and Andy Schleck is right on his tail. Poor Daniel.
At the bottom of the image, note the top 6 riders in the “Virtual Leaders” tab.
At the 2 km to go mark the riders are averaging 76 kph!! Daniel Oss has been eaten. The Sky Pro Cycling team is dominating the tip of the Peloton.
Calvendish boots it into over-drive with 500 metres to go (in a rather dis-organized finish) Cavendish wins the stage “easily”.