Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Stage 4: Team Time Trial

Oooh, that karma will get you every time.

Skil-Shimano rider Piet Rooijakkers apparently slugged Mark Cavendish in Stage 3, as Cavendish reported in his Twitters (erroneously identifying the responsible rider).

Today Rooijakkers crashed out of the team time trial and departed the Tour de France in an ambulance, bringing the peloton down to 178 riders.

The rider who crashed out yesterday, Jurgen Van De Walle of Quick Step, will stay in France another night and returns home tomorrow to Belgium to recuperate.

I've been unable to ascertain today's times of those riders who did not finish among the top 5 on their team in the team time trial (when they will get their actual finishing time and not the time of the 5th rider over the line). Alan Perez Lezaun of Euskaltel-Euskadi is still listed as the rider at the bottom of the overall standings today, despite his team's very respectable 10th place finish in the team time trial.

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Some whimsical Wim history.
Nancy, you were close in predicting that Dmitriy Muravyev of Astana might be in the last place after Stage 4. Not quite....Alan Perez Lezaun does retain that dubious honor, per Cyclingnews.com.

178 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana 0:19:31
179 Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:22:10
Preview: Tour de France: Stage 12. by: Gerald Weinand. Thu Jul 16, 2009 at 00:00:00 AM EDT. With ten stages to go counting this 12th one, the race is now past the halfway point. Of course, the ride through the Alps awaits, but for now, ...
More here:Tour de France: Stage 12-video
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