Friday, July 21, 2006

Stage 18 of the Crazy Tour

Oscar Freire is out! The official Tour feed says: "The winner of of stages five and nine, Oscar Freire (RAB), has abandoned overnight. His first child, Marco, was born last Sunday and he finished last in the next stage... still, he was second in the points classification after 17 stages."

I think it's nice that it puts elderly Erik Zabel (36-year-old German of Team Milram) into second place now in the points competition now, though.

Also out of the Tour today: David Lopez Garcia, a Spaniard on Euskaltel-Euskadi.

No changes at the back of the standings. We all anxiously await the Individual Time Trial!

Robbie will get it as long as he hangs in there. :-) Zabel comes across as a very down to earth, genuine nice guy. He worked on every sprint stage, so it is nice to see him at least in 2nd.
It's great for Zabel. Remember in the film Hell on Wheels how he confesses that he talks to Rolf at night about how he believes he can never beat Robbie?
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