Friday, July 14, 2006

Back in the back

Sébastien Joly's abortive escape attempt on Bastille Day must have worn him out, because he finished last again (in the autobus at 12:07 after the stage winner), while yesterday's Lanterne Rouge Wim Vansevenant finished well up in the stage, in 16th place with a time gap of 4:25. That puts Joly back into the Lanterne Rouge spot with a group of very familiar names:

153 133 CASPER Jimmy COF FRA 1h 29' 11"
154 124 HERNANDEZ Aitor EUS ESP 1h 29' 51"
155 086 RIGHI Daniele LAM ITA 1h 32' 05"
156 113 CHARTEAU Anthony C.A FRA 1h 32' 36"
157 105 POZZATO Filippo QSI ITA 1h 32' 39"
158 163 BACKSTEDT Magnus LIQ SWE 1h 36' 58"
159 068 VANSEVENANT Wim DVL BEL 1h 41' 34"
160 155 JOLY Sébastien FDJ FRA 1h 49' 08"

To give these riders credit, they're some of the hardest-working men in the Tour, riding back and forth through the peleton throughout the day in support of the leading riders, fetching their water and bringing information from the team car.

The peleton is down to 160 riders now (16 riders now gone), with two additional abandons today, both on the Agritubel team: José Alberto Martinez, a Spaniard, and Frenchman Samuel Plouhinec.

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