Saturday, July 23, 2011

2011 Tour de France Lanterne Rouge

Fabio Sabatini, Italian rider for Liquigas, had the honor of rolling down the starting ramp first for individual time trial today and will carry the fabled Lanterne Rouge into Paris. He finishes 3:13 behind the previous holder, Andrey Amador of Movistar. Vincent Jerome finished today 155th out of 167 Tour de France finishers.

The final finisher of the 2011 26.4-mile ITT was Jeremie Galland of Saur-Sojason at an average speed of 23.7 mph - ahead of 31 DNFs this Tour.

Best wishes to both of them in their future professional careers. We'll be cheering you on!

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Italian Lanterne

Today Andrey Amador got into a breakaway and arrived in 11th position on an Alpine stage, moving him up the overall classification.

The new Lanterne Rouge is Fabio Sabatini of Liquigas-Cannondale, who is riding in support of Ivan Basso's podium aspirations.
  • Fabio's team page with a short video, "Bike for me is freedom"
  • Fabio's wiki page says that he has finished 2nd in a Vuelta stage and 3rd in a Giro stage, and he was also on the winning team time trial at the 2010 Giro.



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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Lanterne Rouge is one tough guy

Andrey Amador of Movistar was the final official finisher inside the time limit in Stage 14 of the 2011 France, keeping his hold on the Lanterne Rouge.

He'll hang on a while longer. He's tough as nails.

Last December while training at home in Costa Rica, he was beaten so severely by thugs who stole his bike that he laid in a ditch unconscious for 6 hours. He sustained kidney and lung damage from the attack.

In April he broke his collarbone, which kept him out of the Giro.

On Stage 1 of his first Tour he sprained his ankle badly.

On the brighter side, he's not only the first Costa Rican to ride in the Tour de France, he's the first rider from any Central American nation.

He's been honored in his home country with his image on a postal stamp.


I have a hunch he will hang on a while longer. Best wishes to him! Note he's also the first Tour de France Lanterne Rouge who is active on Twitter @Andrey_Amador. Give him a shout of encouragement, he appreciates it!

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Friday, July 15, 2011

Turnover!

Vincent Jérôme of Team Europcar has held the Lanterne Rouge for 12 consecutive stages of the 2011 Tour de France. Today, by finishing at about 9 minutes after the stage winner in Lourdes, while the autobus finished at about 22 minutes, he reliquished his position and moved up one in the overall standings.

The new Lanterne Rouge is Andrey Amador of Costa Rica, riding for Team Movistar. Since I was previously unaware that there was a representative of Costa Rica in the Tour (and probably not alone in that), I welcome him taking over the role and gaining the recognition associated with the Lanterne Rouge. Bravo!

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