Thursday, July 09, 2009

Stage 6: Girona to Barcelona

Today in Barcelona, the teammates Kenny Robert Van Hummel (from the Netherlands) and Jonathan Hivert (from France) riding for Skil-Shimano were a distant last over the line on Montjuic at 15:58 behind the stage winner.

Kenny Robert Van Hummel of Skil-Shimano is the new Lanterne Rouge of the Tour de France at 25:06 behind the maillot jaune. Probably there will be a new one tomorrow too, unless the entire autobus finishes together with no stragglers. I expect after the number of crashes today there will be a few riders who have considerable difficulty tomorrow struggling up the first mountaintop finish, the tallest of the Tour.

The peloton is down to 177 finishers after several crashes today. Previous Lanternes Rouges Yauheni Hutavich now ranks 174th and Alan Perez Lezaun ranks 175th in the General Classification.

Barcelona in the rain became a skating rink. Here's one account of all the crashes of the day.

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It was certainly a sad day for the Australians with Michael Rogers and Heinreich Haussler being involved in those crashes (Haussler got tangled up in the one with both Rogers and then again with Boonen's) Both Aussies had been doing well overall and have now lost a lot of time so their hopes in the GC are dashed. Rogers has had something of a jinxed tour career crashing out or missing out in previous years.
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, ...
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