Thursday, July 14, 2005
Stage 12: Bastille Day
Today's list of roadkill:
- 131 BOONEN Tom QST BEL non-starter
- 003 BELTRAN Manuel DSC ESP withdrawal
- 064 HUNTER Robert PHO RSA withdrawal
- 084 FRITSCH Nicolas SDV FRA withdrawal
- 184 FURLAN Angelo DOM ITA withdrawal
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.