08 July 2007

GC Standings after Stage 1

Here is how Versus has the General Classification standings after Stage One of the 2007 Tour de France...

1 033 CANCELLARA, Fabian 00:00:00.000
2 196 KLÖDEN, Andréas 00:00:13.000
3 201 MILLAR, David GBR 00:00:21.000
4 114 HINCAPIE, George 00:00:23.000
5 149 WIGGINS, Bradley 00:00:23.000
6 113 GUSEV, Vladimir 00:00:25.000
7 015 KARPETS, Vladimir 00:00:26.000
8 101 HUSHOVD, Thor NOR 00:00:29.000
9 191 VINOKOUROV, Alexandre 00:00:30.000
10 054 DEKKER, Thomas NED 00:00:31.000
11 157 QUINZIATO, Manuel 00:00:32.000
12 169 VAUGRENARD, Benoît 00:00:32.000
13 014 GUTIERREZ, José Ivan 00:00:33.000
14 184 GRIVKO, Andriy UKR 00:00:33.000
15 073 ASTARLOZA, Mikel 00:00:33.000
16 112 CONTADOR, Alberto 00:00:35.000
17 195 KASHECHKIN, Andrey 00:00:35.000
18 041 EVANS, Cadel AUS 00:00:36.000
19 102 BONNET, William 00:00:36.000
20 141 CHAVANEL, Sylvain 00:00:36.000

This also seems to indicate that my pick for the overall winner in 2007 has a little work to do. Everyone's favorite American (at least the 'team leader' on the American Discovery Channel Team) is 40 seconds back. Oh, his name is Levi Leipheimer.

His only issue today was a puncture during the first half of the stage. After that he was able to rejoin the peloton and finish a few seconds back of the sprinters.

Stage One Results

The results of the first stage of the 2007 Tour de France are:
1. Robbie McEwen
2. Thor Hushovd
3. Tom Boonen
4. Sebastien Chavanel
5. Romain Feillu
6. Robert Forster
7. Marcus Burghardt
8. Oscar Freire
9. Francisco Ventoso
10. Thomas Vaitkus

Back at the office -Tour de France

Well, I hope you enjoyed all those random bike pictures. I was unable to get a spot to watch the tour and blog about it, so I was going about the city taking photos of bikes in various stages of use.

Now I'm back at the office and here are some bits of info about the Tour de France and about today's stage one events - courtesy of Versus.com and other outlets.

(Info that appeared on the Versus Newsflashes today) -----------

One of the five British riders in the peloton is also the youngest in the 94th edition of the Tour de France. Geraint Thomas of the Barloworld team was born on 25 May 1986.

The average age of competitors in the 2007 Tour de France is 28.5 years.

The tallest rider is Marcel Sieberg (MRM) – 198cm.

The shortest rider is Alexandre Botcharov (C.A) – 164cm.

The average height is 179cm.

The heaviest riders are Robert Forster (GST) and Gert Steegmans (QSI) – 87kg

The lightest rider is Amets Txurruka (EUS) – 56kg.

The average weight is 70kg.


News outlets are also still harping about doping and how tarnished the Tour de France has become. I only hope that none of the riders are caught this year. It might make it tremendously easy to get rooms all over France to follow TDF08, but I would hate the spectacle of it all.

**By the way, I plan to do the full Tour de France excursion in 2008 and will be blogging it from TDF08.com. That is unless someone purchases that domain name from me.

More info shortly.