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Tour de France 2011 – Stage 7

Le Mans to Châteauroux (218 km)

A Live-’ish’ Blog

Sorry about the content in my Stage 5 post, or lack there-of. And for not posting yesterday for Stage 6 – internet connectivity problems, bla, bla, bla. Today I’m Live Blogging the race from the Jones Avenue branch of the Toronto Public Library.

Today I’m starting at 11:42 AM EST (5:42 PM CET). The race is almost over – but that’s where all the fun happens anyway, isn’t it?

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Tour de France 2011 Stage 7 Profile - Le Mans to Châteauroux (218 km)

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Tour de France 2011 Stage 7 - Le Mans to Châteauroux (218 km)

Today’s stage race officially started at 12:22 CET (6:22AM EST).

11:44 AM EST

16 km to go. Four riders are 26 seconds in the lead, now 17, their going to be caught obviously. For the record they are: Urtansun, DeLage, Meersman and Talabardon. 10 seconds now. These four have been out in front from the first minute of the race; sad to see this happen every stage, the break-always never seem to work, why do they bother? One wonders.

11:54

The four persistent ones have been caught by a Peloton consisting of 90 or so riders – 80 more are about 2 minutes behind. There was a bad crash earlier today and that is why the Peloton is split in half as it is. Rider Wiggins is out of the Tour de France, as are 5 other riders, because they finished over the time limit yesterday. I’ll list those out of the race for you later in this post. I believe we are down to 172 riders – but don’t quote me on that.

12:03

On these flat stages it’s all about sprinter’s abilities and team work drafting, and rotating out of the wind-breaker position at your proper time. Team HTC is in control of the tip of the Peloton as we close in on the finish. Under 1 km to go!

Mark Cavendish team HTC wins! All 9 riders of HTC lead the Peloton to catch the escapees, and then paced the group all the way to the finish – their motivation was to control the race and launch their star sprinter at the line. Mark Cavendish’s team-mates Goss and Renshaw were the last two to take the front. Goss powered the tip of the Peloton in the final rotation and then ‘slung’ him across the line in the final metres – as planned.

1. Cavendish
2. Petacchi
3. Greipel

The mass of riders in a Peloton are more than just a wind break in my opinion, they create an energy field of some kind that actually holds those riders in the group, in it. They become carried along by the mass, like gravity holds a moon in orbit, but not the way we currently understand gravity. This is another force, an electro-magnetic one perhaps – perhaps dark matter, that not-understood missing half of all the matter in the universe.

When a team ‘leads out’ from the tip of the Peloton as team HTC did so beautifully today they create a tip of a spear that uses the inertia of the mass of the rest of the riders to extend the leading edge of that mass. A good example of this is the way a shaped charge that is rigged for cutting through steal behaves, the colliding vectors of explosive force create a needle-point of extremely high energy – a vector point that resembles the tip of the Peloton in a cycling race. With synchronized team work they push out ahead of the group borrowing energy one from another, but as well as from the entire mass of riders, they speed still faster to the line.

A thing of beauty – and a physics thought experiment at the same time! :)

see letour.fr 2011 for pages and pages of content.

Stage 7 finish order

1.   CAVENDISH Mark          HTC          5h 38' 53"
2.   PETACCHI Alessandro     LAMPRE       5h 38' 53"    + 00' 00"
3.   GREIPEL André           LOTTO        5h 38' 53"   + 00' 00"
4.   FEILLU Romain           DCM          5h 38' 53"   + 00' 00"
5.   BONNET William          FDJ          5h 38' 53"   + 00' 00"
6.   GALIMZYANOV Denis       KATUSHA      5h 38' 53"   + 00' 00"
7.   HUSHOVD Thor            CERVELO      5h 38' 53"   + 00' 00"
8.   TURGOT Sébastien        EUROPCAR     5h 38' 53"   + 00' 00"
9.   ROJAS Jose Joaquin      MOVISTAR     5h 38' 53"   + 00' 00"
10.  HINAULT Sébastien       AG2R         5h 38' 53"   + 00' 00"
11.  PINEAU Jérôme           QUICK STEP   5h 38' 53"   + 00' 00"
12.  JEANNESSON Arnold       FDJ          5h 38' 53"   + 00' 00"
13.  BOZIC Borut             DCM          5h 38' 53"   + 00' 00"
14.  GILBERT Philippe        LOTTO        5h 38' 53"   + 00' 00"
15.  ROCHE Nicolas           AG2R         5h 38' 53"   + 00' 00"
16.  SCHLECK Andy            TREK         5h 38' 53"    + 00' 00"
17.  O’GRADY Stuart          TREK         5h 38' 53"   + 00' 00"
18.  MILLAR David            CERVELO      5h 38' 53"   + 00' 00"
19.  VAN DEN BROECK Jurgen   LOTTO        5h 38' 53"   + 00' 00"
20.  RENSHAW Mark            HTC          5h 38' 53"   + 00' 00"
21.  FUGLSANG Jakob          TREK         5h 38' 53"   + 00' 00"
22.  EVANS Cadel             BMC          5h 38' 53"   + 00' 00"

31.  SCHLECK Frank           TREK         5h 38' 53"   + 00' 00"
32.  VINOKOUROV Alexandre    ASTANA       5h 38' 53"   + 00' 00"
33.  CONTADOR Alberto        SAXO BANK    5h 38' 53"   + 00' 00"
34.  GUTIERREZ José Ivan     MOVISTAR     5h 38' 53"   + 00' 00"

79.  CHAVANEL Sylvain        QUICK STEP   5h 38' 53"   + 00' 00"
101. HESJEDAL Ryder          CERVELO      5h 41' 59    + 03' 06"
127. HINCAPIE George         BMC          5h 41' 59"   + 03' 06"
157. LEIPHEIMER Levi         RADIOSHACK   5h 41' 59"   + 03' 06"
172. FARRAR Tyler            CERVELO      5h 41' 59"   + 03' 06"

Individual times after Stage 7

1.  HUSHOVD Thor           CERVELO     28h 29' 27"
2.  EVANS Cadel            BMC         28h 29' 28"  + 00' 01"
3.  SCHLECK Frank          TREK        28h 29' 31" 	+ 00' 04"
4.  MILLAR David           CERVELO     28h 29' 35"  + 00' 08"
5.  KLÖDEN Andréas         RADIOSHACK  28h 29' 37"  + 00' 10"
6.  FUGLSANG Jakob         TREK        28h 29' 39"  + 00' 12"
7.  SCHLECK Andy           TREK        28h 29' 39"  + 00' 12"
8.  MARTIN Tony            HTC         28h 29' 40"  + 00' 13"
9.  VELITS Peter           HTC         28h 29' 40"  + 00' 13"
10. GESINK Robert          RABOBANK    28h 29' 47"  + 00' 20"
11. VINOKOUROV Alexandre   ASTANA      28h 29' 59"  + 00' 32"
12. GILBERT Philippe       LOTTO       28h 30' 00"  + 00' 33"
13. VAN DEN BROECK Jurgen  LOTTO       28h 30' 06"  + 00' 39"
14. BARREDO Carlos         RABOBANK    28h 30' 07"  + 00' 40"
15. BASSO Ivan             CANNONDALE  28h 30' 30"  + 01' 03"
16. DE WEERT Kevin         QUICK STEP  28h 30' 31"  + 01' 04"
17. GERDEMANN Linus        TREK        28h 30' 33"  + 01' 06"
18. ROCHE Nicolas          AG2R        28h 30' 39"  + 01' 12"
19. CUNEGO Damiano         LAMPRE      28h 30' 39"  + 01' 12"
20. ROJAS Jose Joaquin     MOVISTAR    28h 30' 42"  + 01' 15"
21. VOECKLER Thomas        EUROPCAR    28h 30' 42"  + 01' 15"
22. PINEAU Jérôme          QUICK STEP  28h 30' 48"  + 01' 21"
23. KARPETS Vladimir       KATUSHA     28h 30' 56"  + 01' 29"
24. CONTADOR Alberto       SAXO BANK   28h 31' 09"  + 01' 42"
25. DANIELSON Tom          CERVELO     28h 31' 24"  + 01' 57"
26. VANDE VELDE Christian  CERVELO     28h 31' 24"  + 01' 57"
27. MONFORT Maxime         TREK        28h 31' 27"  + 02' 00"

48. HESJEDAL Ryder         CERVELO     28h 33' 55"  + 04' 28"

mh



Posted: July 8th, 2011
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Tour de France 2011 – Stage 5

Stage 5 – Carhaix to Cap Fréhel – 164.5 km

This will be a Live Blog. The race starts at 6:05 7:50 AM EST (12:05 PM CET).

Tour de France Stage 5 Profile (click on image to go to letour.fr page)

Tour de France 2011 - Stage 5 Profile

Tour de France Stage 5 Map (click on image to go to letour.fr page)

Tour de France 2011 Stage 5 Map (click on image to go to letour.fr page)

Thanks for visiting. Comments are welcome, I’ll try to respond, or answer any questions you may have with-in one day.

I’ve been having trouble with my internet connection the past few days; for now that is resolved – thanks to the Toronto Public Library free Wi-Fi connection! (Google Map of all the hot-spots – every branch now has a server.) Barring any unforeseen problems, I will be Live Blogging all the Stages of the Tour de France 2011.

Live Blog

6:29 AM EST

Good morning racing fans!

I miss-read the start time on the letour.fr site last night – Stage 5 starts at 7:50 AM EST (13:50 CET).

Tour de France 2011 Live Widget (click on image to go to letour.fr page)

Tour de France 2011 Live Widget - Stage 5 Start: 7:50 EST | 13:50 CET

7:54 AM EST

They off!

Tour de France 2011 Stage 5 (click image to go to letour.fr page)

Tour de France 2011 Stage 5 - 7 50 AM EST

mh



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Tour de France 2011 – Stage 4

Stage 4 – Lorient to Mûr-de-Bretagne 172.5 km

Tour de France 2011 - Stage 4 Lorient to Mûr-de-Bretagne 172.5 km

Tour de France 2011 - Stage 4 Profile

Tour de France 2011 Stage 4 (click to go to letour.fr page)

Tour de France 2011 Stage 4 - Lorient to Mûr-de-Bretagne (172.5 km)

11:08

The race today started with a neutral zone warm-up, no racing allowed, but due to slick conditions due to rain there was a crash. Everyone got back up on their bikes and the race began at 7:09 AM EST (13:09 CET). Thirteen minutes later an escape group of 5 riders formed. After half an hour they created a gap of 4:55 seconds before the Peloton drew them back with a strategic burst of power.

11:16

The escapes have been caught, they’re gamble foiled. Contador, Husovd are near the front of the Pelaton with 3 km to go!

11:22

George Hincapie, Gesink, Gilbert, Evans – among many – are near the front.

11:25

Evans wins over Contador by an inch! (2.46 cm). Vinokourov third.

  • Thor Hushovd holds on to the Yellow (Evans is 1 second behind him).
  • Evans gets the Polka-dot.
  • And Jose Joaquin Rojas won a sprint somewhere along the line today, he wears Green tomorrow, riding for Movistar Team (???) – like he did today. Who are those guys? (Wikipedia says…).
  • White:  Geraint Thomas

 

STAGE STANDING BY POINTS
Finish Order – Stage 4

Rider                       Team            Time               Gaps
1. EVANS Cadel              BMC             4h 11' 39"
2. CONTADOR Alberto         SAXO            4h 11' 39"       + 00' 00"
3. VINOKOUROV Alexandre     ASTANA          4h 11' 39"       + 00' 00"
4. URAN Rigoberto           SKY             4h 11' 39"       + 00' 00"
5. GILBERT Philippe         LOTTO           4h 11' 39"       + 00' 00"
6. HUSHOVD Thor             CERVELO         4h 11' 39"       + 00' 00"
7. SCHLECK Frank            TREK            4h 11' 39"       + 00' 00"
8. SANCHEZ Samuel           EUSKALTEL       4h 11' 39"       + 00' 00"
9. VAN DEN BROECK Jurgen    LOTTO           4h 11' 39"       + 00' 00"
10. KLÖDEN Andréas          RADIOSHACK      4h 11' 39"       + 00' 00"
11. WIGGINS Bradley         SKY             4h 11' 45"       + 00' 06"
12. ROJAS Jose Joaquin      MOVISTAR        4h 11' 45"       + 00' 06"
13. BASSO Ivan              CANNONDALE      4h 11' 45"       + 00' 06"
14. CUNEGO Damiano          LAMPRE          4h 11' 47"       + 00' 08"
15. KREUZIGER Roman         ASTANA          4h 11' 47"       + 00' 08"
16. HORNER Christopher      RADIOSHACK      4h 11' 47"       + 00' 08"
17. GESINK Robert           RABOBANK        4h 11' 47"       + 00' 08"
18. DEVENYNS Dries          QUICK STEP      4h 11' 47"       + 00' 08"
19. HESJEDAL Ryder          CERVELO         4h 11' 47"       + 00' 08"
20. LEIPHEIMER Levi         RADIOSHACK      4h 11' 47"       + 00' 08"
21. MARTIN Tony             HTC             4h 11' 47"       + 00' 08"
22. MILLAR David            CERVELO         4h 11' 47"       + 00' 08"
23. SCHLECK Andy            TREK            4h 11' 47"       + 00' 08"
24. GAUTIER Cyril           EUROPCAR        4h 11' 47"       + 00' 08"
16 more at + 00' 08"

See full stage result at letour.fr Stage 4 classifications.

 

Team Standings after Stage 4

1.  TEAM GARMIN - CERVELO          41h 05' 55"
2.  SKY PROCYCLING                 41h 05' 57"   + 00' 02"
3.  TEAM LEOPARD-TREK              41h 05' 59"   + 00' 04"
4.  TEAM RADIOSHACK                41h 06' 05"   + 00' 10"
5.  HTC - HIGHROAD 	       41h 06' 08"   + 00' 13"
6.  PRO TEAM ASTANA                41h 06' 44"   + 00' 49"
7.  MOVISTAR TEAM                  41h 07' 10"   + 01' 15"
8.  TEAM EUROPCAR                  41h 07' 10"   + 01' 15"
9.  QUICK STEP CYCLING TEAM        41h 07' 16"   + 01' 21"
10. RABOBANK CYCLING TEAM          41h 07' 29"   + 01' 34"
11. KATUSHA TEAM                   41h 07' 41"   + 01' 46"
12. OMEGA PHARMA - LOTTO           41h 07' 43"   + 01' 48"
13. BMC RACING TEAM                41h 08' 00"   + 02' 05"
14. COFIDIS LE CREDIT EN LIGNE     41h 08' 14"   + 02' 19"
15. LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE            41h 08' 14"   + 02' 19"
16. FDJ                            41h 08' 37"   + 02' 42"
17. VACANSOLEIL-DCM                41h 09' 02"   + 03' 07"
18. AG2R LA MONDIALE               41h 09' 24"   + 03' 29"
19. LAMPRE - ISD                   41h 09' 59"   + 04' 04"
20. SAUR-SOJASUN                   41h 12' 24"   + 06' 29"
21. EUSKALTEL - EUSKADI            41h 12' 25"   + 06' 30"
22. SAXO BANK SUNGARD              41h 13' 44"   + 07' 49"

 

Individual Standing after Stage 4
- down to where Canadian, Ryder Hesjedal riding the Canadian made Cervélo bike for Garmin-Cervélo is streaking up the standings ;)

1.  	HUSHOVD Thor            TEAM GARMIN - CERVELO
2. 	EVANS Cadel             BMC RACING TEAM            + 00' 01"
3. 	SCHLECK Frank           TEAM LEOPARD-TREK          + 00' 04"
4. 	MILLAR David            TEAM GARMIN - CERVELO      + 00' 08"
5. 	KLÖDEN Andréas          TEAM RADIOSHACK            + 00' 10"
6. 	WIGGINS Bradley         SKY PROCYCLING             + 00' 10"
7. 	THOMAS Geraint          SKY PROCYCLING             + 00' 12"
8. 	HAGEN Edvald Boasson    SKY PROCYCLING             + 00' 12"
9. 	SCHLECK Andy            TEAM LEOPARD-TREK          + 00' 12"
10. 	FUGLSANG Jakob          TEAM LEOPARD-TREK          + 00' 12"
11. 	MARTIN Tony             HTC - HIGHROAD             + 00' 13"
12. 	VELITS Peter            HTC - HIGHROAD             + 00' 13"
13. 	VAN GARDEREN Tejay      HTC - HIGHROAD             + 00' 13"
14. 	HORNER Christopher      TEAM RADIOSHACK            + 00' 18"
15. 	LEIPHEIMER Levi         TEAM RADIOSHACK            + 00' 18"
16. 	BRAJKOVIC Janez         TEAM RADIOSHACK            + 00' 18"
17. 	GESINK Robert           RABOBANK CYCLING TEAM      + 00' 20"
18. 	VINOKOUROV Alexandre    PRO TEAM ASTANA            + 00' 32"
19. 	GILBERT Philippe        OMEGA PHARMA - LOTTO       + 00' 33"
20. 	VAN DEN BROECK Jurgen   OMEGA PHARMA - LOTTO       + 00' 39"
21. 	BARREDO Carlos          RABOBANK CYCLING TEAM      + 00' 40"
22. 	GAUTIER Cyril           TEAM EUROPCAR              + 00' 58"
23. 	BASSO Ivan              LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE        + 01' 03"
24. 	DE WEERT Kevin          QUICK STEP CYCLING TEAM    + 01' 04"
25. 	GERDEMANN Linus         TEAM LEOPARD-TREK          + 01' 06"
26. 	CUNEGO Damiano          LAMPRE - ISD               + 01' 12"
27. 	ROCHE Nicolas           AG2R LA MONDIALE           + 01' 12"
28. 	SILIN Egor              KATUSHA TEAM               + 01' 12"
29. 	ROJAS Jose Joaquin      MOVISTAR TEAM              + 01' 15"
30. 	VOECKLER Thomas         TEAM EUROPCAR              + 01' 15"
31. 	URAN Rigoberto          SKY PROCYCLING             + 01' 18"
32. 	CHAVANEL Sylvain        QUICK STEP CYCLING TEAM    + 01' 21"
33. 	PINEAU Jérôme           QUICK STEP CYCLING TEAM    + 01' 21"
34.  	HESJEDAL Ryder          TEAM GARMIN - CERVELO      + 01' 22"

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Posted: July 5th, 2011
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Tour de France – Stage 3

Stage 3 – Olonne-sur-MerRedon 198 km

 

The Garmin-Cervélo Team has done it again on their mountian-bike-looking, new Cervélo ‘S5′ road racing bikes. This time it’s Tyler Farrar who wears the Yellow after a long flat race that favoured the sprinters and the best team at strategy.

Here’s the finish, watch Tyler Farrar drafting and then he swings around to the win – his team-mate celabrates in the background having launched him to the line perfectly! Nice video.

 

mh



Posted: July 4th, 2011
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Tour de France 2011 – Stage 2

A Team Time Trial: Les Essarts to Les Essarts – 23 km

A Live Blog

8:30 AM EST

In the Team time trial Team is spelt with a capital – each team will start the race seven minutes apart like in a rally race – each team will start 9 riders, the 5th rider in each team to cross the finish marks that teams time. Drafting, spelling each other off and team strategy are all important on this flat 23 km route.

A note on yesterdays stage win by Philippe Gilbert. I mistakenly said that Gilbert wears three jerseys at the end on Stage 1 – that was incorrect, one rider cannot wear three – so the next best riders in each category are awarded the jersey. As over all race leader, Gilbert wears Yellow today, Cadel Evans get the Green, sprint champion’s shirt and Thor Hushovd gets to wear the best climbers Polka-dot attire.

There are 22 teams in this years Tour de France, the teams will start the Time Trial according to the team’s ranking after Stage 1. Team Saxo-Bank SunGard finished last as a team yesterday so they go first, they depart at 14:30 CET – 8:30 AM EST – the first ranked team after Stage 1 is Team Omega Pharma – Lotto, they will start their time trial at 16:57 CET – 10:57 AM EST.

22. 8:30 Team Saxo Bank Sungard is on the coarse.

This Alberto Contador’s team, he was caught in the huge pile up in the Peleton with 9 km from the finish yesterday – the team decided to finish the stage together – so their aggregate times put them in last place.

21. 8:37 Euskaltel – Euskadi is off.

20. 8:44 Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling is next

19. 8:51 AG2R La Mondiale

18. 8:58 Saur-Sojasun

17. 9:05 Rabobank Cyling Team

16. 9:12 FDJ

15. 9:19 Liquigas – Cannondale

14. 9:26 Team Garmin-Cervélo

13. 9:33 Team Europcar

12. 9:40 Quickstep Cycling Team

11. 9:47 Movistar Team

10. 9:54 Pro Team Astana

9. 10:01 Team Katusha

8. 10:08 Sky ProCycling

7. 10:15 Team Lampre – ISD

6. 10:22 COFIDIS, Le Crédit en Ligne

5. 10:29 Team RadioShack

4. 10:36 HTC-Highroad

3. 10:43 Team Leopard – Trek

2. 10:50 BMC Racing Team

1. 10:57 Team Omega Pharma – Lott

***

10:20

Team Garmin-Cervélo has posted the best time thus far – 24′ 48″, or 55.6 km/hour! They are 12 seconds (“) ahead of Rabobank and 28″ ahead of Saxo Bank. Team Sty Procyling is on the coarse and are the favourite today – at the quarter marker they posted a better time than Garmin-Cervélo – 0.98 seconds faster…

10:25

At the 2nd marker, the half way point in the circle, Team Sky ProCycling is 4″ behind Garmin-Cervélo; now they turn around into the wind for the last half back to the finish.

10:33

Sky ProCycling has finished with a 55.5 km/hour rate – Garmin-Cervélo still holds first place.

10:45

The letour.fr “Tour de France Live” commentator thinks Garmin- Cervélo may win the stage. The 5th best team , and 5th last to start today Team RadioShack is well off the pace in 5th position at the quarter way milestone.

10:57

Team RadioShack finishes well, just 10″ back of the Leaders. (updated @ 11:22)

1.  Garmin-Cervélo     00', 00" - 24:48
2.  BMC Racing Team    00', 04" - 24:52
3.  Sky ProCycling     00', 04" - 24:52
4.  HTC-Highroad       00', 05" - 24:53
5.  Team Leopard       00', 05" - 24:53
6.  Team RadioShack    00', 10" - 24:58
7.  Robobank           00', 12" - 25:00
8.  Team Saxo Bank     00', 28" - 25:16
9.  Pro Team Astana    00', 32" - 25:20

11:11

Team Omega Pharma is +26 seconds at the quarter marker a miracle now can only upset Garmin-Cervélo!

11:27

Team Omega Pharma – Lott is too far back to win.

Thor Hushovd takes the Yellow Jersey for Team Garmin-Cervélo as they finish first in Stage 2.

Fastest Bike in the world: Toronto’s Cervélo – Vroomen & White Designs (and the riders may have something to do with it as well). :)

11:30

Team Omega Pharma finishes +39″.

After 2 Stages, some individual placements of interest:

Stage 2       Rider                      After Stage 1
1.            HUSHOVD Thor               (3)
6.            SCHLECK Frank              (12)
7.            CANCELLARA Fabian          (18)
10.           SCHLECK Andy               (33)
13.           HINCAPIE George            (60)
18.           CAVENDISH Mark             (69)
22. 	     LEIPHEIMER Levi            (38)
30.           GILBERT Philippe           (1)
61.           HESJEDAL Ryder             (96)
75.           CONTADOR Alberto           (82)
176.          FARRAR Tyler               (181)

See the Stage 2 Classification at letour.fr

mh



Posted: July 3rd, 2011
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