Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Here's our Lanterne Rouge Kenny Robert Van Hummel today, before he made it over the line in 15th position, right before Tom Boonen. There were 170 finishers today after Kurt Asle Arveson didn't start with a broken clavicle. Only 5.5% attrition so far - that will soon increase in the Alps.
Sorry, sprinters, I wanted the Alps to start yesterday.
But even so, 15th place in a stage of the Tour de France isn't ever shabby. Last place isn't shabby either. Van Hummel most certainly did not deserve this cheap shot.
One bit of exciting news today: Our former Lanterne Rouge from stages 1 and 2, Yauheni Hutarovich of FdJ, came over the line THIRD today immediately behind Mark Cavendish and Tyler Farrar! That's pretty elite company - well done indeed!!
Stage 11: 192k, in 4:17:55; 44.67kph (27.68mph).
That's a little over 119 miles at better than 27 mph average. I cringe to think of it. Anyone who finishes is a superb athlete.
More here:Tour de France: Stage 12-video