Thursday, July 15, 2010
Sisteron to Bourg-lès-Valence – 184.5 km
7:50 AM EDT
Stage 11 a rolling start began at 12:44 CET | 6:44 AM EDT.
The riders hit the start line at 12:55 | 6:55 AM EDT.
There are 179 riders left in the tour.
Garmin-Transitions rider Robbie Hunter is out of the race, he failed to start this morning. As well, Charlie Wegelius (OLO) did not start.
The escapees started their gambit right off the start line. They are now 4:25 ahead. After one hour the race averaged 37.1 kph, a relatively slow average… Will the Peloton allow the breakaway’s lead to grow? Is there a gap that the Peloton will not abide?
Right now, the Dudes abide.
As the breakaway is 5:00 ahead as they reach the foot of the Category 3, Col de Cabre – a 7.4 degree, 5.0 km climb.
I think mixed metaphors are OK, as long as you can still taste the different flavours; as such I’m going to continue mixing drinks with the Peloton and the Dude.
As the anarchists (the breakaway) reach the summit of Col de Cabre they are only 3:05 ahead.
I think that’s just the mountain – “..sometimes the (bar) mountain eats you”. Down the other side I expect the gap to go back to the 5 minutes it was before the climb.
The Dude abides.
At the summit the Barrado, Cunego, Peineau and Charteau screw with my metaphor and attack. In response the Peloton increases speed to catch them – minutes later they are caught. The Peloton is reconstituted, but the gap to the breakaway is now only 1:55.
The average speed for the second hour of today’s race is down from the first hours 37.1 kph, to 34.3 kph! I guess it’s that mountain thingy there in the middle of the second hour that did that – but that is slow for these guys, even with the Category 3 mountain, imho.
Speaking of mixed metaphors…
Now you know what happens when you F*ck with the Jesus! (the Peloton). Nobody f*cks with the Jesus…
Just for back-ground here’s Jesus’s song from the film, The Big Lebowski, …which is what this is all about, in case you were wondering.
The gap to the breakaway is back up to 3:00 minutes! Jesus is just toying with the anarchists now, I think.
Well the three anarchist are still out there… .
For the record, these are their names:
Gap at 1:41.
In the third hour of the race, the average speed is 39.5 kph.
At 10:08 the commentator on the Tour de France LIVE widget said that Alberto Contador and Andy Schleck, and Cancellara and Flecha were having conversations.
Plotting the timing of their attack no doubt.
And here it comes… The gap has closed to 1:04.
Anthony Geslin is caught 27 km from the finish, the gap to the other two bloody anarchists, is 16 seconds. You-DO-NOT-f*ck-with-the-Jesus!!
Caught! 20 km to go.
Stephane Auge who lead the breakaway – or in this blogs metaphor, the attack of the anarchists – aptly, it has just been announced, receives the “Fighting Spirit Award”.
Cavendish wins again!
A very large Peloton. It looks like all the contenders will keep their places in the General Classification.
The Dude Abides.
Finish Order of Stage 11
General Classification after Stage 11
The Big Lebowski – Gutterballs
Posted: July 14th, 2010
Author: michael holloway
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