Thursday, July 14, 2005

Stage 12: Bastille Day

A milder stage of the Tour than yesterday, although also with lots of mountains. Bastille Day traditionally brings out all the aggression the French riders can muster to celebrate it, and today is no exception!

Today's list of roadkill:

Boonen retired with the green sprinter's jersey on his back due to a knee injured in a crash. Beltran crashed early in the stage and withdrew, leaving Lance with one less Disco boy climber to escort him through the Pyrenees.

Former Lanterne Rouge Leonardo Piepoli finished in the 135-rider peloton and stayed way up there in 27th place today. With 162 riders remaining, that's 83% of the field that finished together!

We can just copy the same paragraph from the last several days for today's Lanterne Rouge update: Iker Flores finished with the enormous peloton again today, but still remains in last place in the General Classification by about 10 minutes.

Nicholas Jalabert, a Frenchman riding for Phonak, had a lousy Bastille Day by falling off the back of the peloton and finishing the stage last by 18 minutes. He slid down the rankings to land in the penultimate spot in the General Classification, just ahead of Janeck Tombak.

Noooooooo!!! Not "Tricky"! :(
I thought yesterday's stage was awesome and the spectators were in for a treat. I loved how even after the "mandatory" french guy won, both chase groups plus the peleton treated us all to exciting sprint finishes, for various reasons. What a terrific day! Although I feel bad for Tom :-(
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