Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Chambéry to Gap – 179 km
9:26 AM EDT
Today is Bastille Day in France, La Fête Nationale. On this day in 1789 starving peasants and their allies stormed the main Garrison in Paris towards the overthrow the the King of France, the beginning of a Constitutional Monarchy that laid the foundations for the First Republic. (Wikipedia)
The ‘Republic’ form of government is to this day, the most democratic form (when it isn’t eaten from with in by un-democratic forces of it’s own spawn).
I’m a little late starting today. If you came by for the start of the race – I apologize.
Today’s stage started at 1 PM CET (Paris time), 7 AM EDT Toronto time.
The only Category 1 Climb of the day is just past. A breakaway of 6 is being chased by Andy Schleck and co:
Here’s the Breakaway list:
Ryder Hesjedal is riding near the front of the Peloton, 13th of the 175 in that group.
Perhaps we will see a breakaway from the Peloton in the last 50 km or so, perhaps starting at the foot of the Category 2 Col du Noyer, a 6.8 degree, 7.4 km climb. All 6 riders in the breakaway are not in the race for overall lead, thus it’s a chance for riders like RadioShack’s Lance Armstrong and Levi Leipheimer, and Garmin-Transitions’ Ryder Hesjedal and Johan Van Summeren to make up some time in the Overall Classification. Of coarse that applies to many in this race – like Andy Shleck, Alberto Contador and Samuel Sanchez, the top three in the overall as we speak.
Yesterday Canadian Cyclist (July 13/10 11:35 am – Tour de France: Stage 9) focused on Garmin-Transitions’ David Millar, who rode 175 kilometers solo after getting dropped on the first climb of Stage 9.
“Today represents a brand new entry into my top five worst-ever days on a bike. I spent 180 kilometers by myself convinced I was going to abandon or be eliminated.
I crashed three times on Stage Two, and the third time I flipped over the handlebars and knew I’d really hurt myself. Ever since I’ve been battling injuries from that crash, plus a fever and stomach bug, and just basically hanging on for dear life.
I started today motivated, but knew immediately something wasn’t right. My left side where I’d crashed just locked up and then my back started having spasms.
I spent about three hours packing in my head. At 100 kilometers to go I was 30 minutes down on the leaders. All I could see in my head were the contours of the stage from the maps. I broke it up into 5-kilometer climbs and kept thinking – I have to get through this. The fans on the side of the road were brilliant, they were cheering and telling me not to give up, and that made a huge difference for me.
By the time I got to the finish, I didn’t know if I’d made the time cut – all I knew was that I’d finished. And at the Tour, it’s about finishing. This is not a race you want to leave, or one you’ll give up on without turning yourself inside out. Onward.”
Jezz… It hurts to read that. That the best description I’ve ever heard of the hell that can be endurance athletics.
Nobody in the Peloton tried a break up the Col du Noyer. It looks like it’s ‘rest’ day on Stage 10 after the hellish Category ‘H’ climb yesterday.
Near the top of the Col du Noyer the road is melting. It’s 30°C | 89°F on the mountain.
At the three quarter mark the Peloton has to Que at a particularly narrow point in the coarse – giving the breakaways even more of an advantage over the Peloton riders, who will now have to expend effort regrouping.
It looks like the breakaways have dropped someone.
Versus says the breakaway’s gap is 11:20 at the summit.
The breakaway group has re-consolidated.
Christophe Moreau is making a break off the Peloton. Yaroslav Popovych is with him. They’ve created a 35 second gap in front of the Peloton.
Looks like the break from the Peloton was just a down hill break, some riders are better at judging corners at speed than others; Popovych is one of those. The Peloton is stringing out to catch him on this great decent. Versus announcers say he has basically been assimilated by the Borg Peloton.
Who are the six in the Breakaway?
It’ about time I identify them, as they will be on the podium today.
- Sergio Paulinho
- Maxime Bouet
- Mario Aerts
- Dries Devenyns
- Pierre Rolland
- Vasil Kiryienka
Lot of French names in there, on Bastille day. ;]
An attack has broken up the Breakaway!
When will someone in the Peloton attack?? There are points available and time to make up. Does no one care? The Peloton is at the peak of the last hill it’s all downhill to the finish. This could be the moment for an attack.
The breakaway leader is 7 km from the finish.
The lead two:
1. Vasil Kiryienka
2. Sergio Paulinho
1 km to go.
Sergio Paulinho surges out of Vasil Kiryienka’s draft in the last 100 metres! Kiryienka then recovers into Paulinho draft and tries a last second surge… too late!
Sergio Paulinho (RadioShack) by 20 cm!
Nicolas Roche (AG2R LA MONDIALE) breaks away from the Peloton to gain time in the General Classification. Rouche was sitting 17th after stage 9, + 07:44 and finishes today at 12:57, gaining 1:22 on everyone in front of him. He picked up 4 places in the GC.
Thor Hushovd wins the green. Cavendish leads the Peloton across the line which finishes 14:19 behind Paulinho.
The Peloton is the seventh group
Posted by Editoress on 07/14/10
Results from today’s stage 10 in France
Stage 10 : Chambéry to Gap 179 km 1 Sergio Paulinho (Por) Team Radioshack 5:10:56 2 Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d’Epargne at s.t. 3 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick Step 1:29 4 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom s.t. 5 Mario Aerts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 1:33 6 Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 3:20 7 Nicholas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale 12:58 8 Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 13:57 9 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC – Columbia 14:19 10 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese 51 Michael Barry (Can) Team Sky 52 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Transitions all s.t.
General Classification after Stage 10
Posted: July 14th, 2010
Author: michael holloway
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