17 July 2007

Some random placements

Here are a few of my faves and where they are after nine races...

1 058 RASMUSSEN, Michael DEN RAB 43:52:48.000 00:00:00.000
2 018 VALVERDE, Alejandro ESP GCE 43:55:23.000 00:02:35.000
3 207 MAYO, Iban ESP SDV 43:55:27.000 00:02:39.000
4 041 EVANS, Cadel AUS PRL 43:55:29.000 00:02:41.000
5 112 CONTADOR, Alberto ESP DSC 43:55:56.000 00:03:08.000
8 196 KLÖDEN, Andréas GER AST 43:56:38.000 00:03:50.000
21 191 VINOKOUROV, Alexandre KAZ
47 037 VANDEVELDE, Christian USA
74 028 MERCKX, Axel BEL

Top 10

The results for the ninth stage:
1. Juan Mauricio Soler (COL) BAR 159.5km in 4h14'24" (37.617km/h)
2. Alejandro Valverde (ESP) GCE - at 38"
3. Cadel Evans (AUS) PRL - at 38"
4. Alberto Contador (ESP) DSC - at 40"
5. Iban Mayo (ESP) SDV - at 42"
6. Michael Rasmussen (DEN) RAB - at 42"
7. Levi Leipheimer (USA) DSC - at 42"
8. Kim Kirchen (LUX) TMO - at 46"
9. Andreas Kloden (GER) AST - at 47"
10. Carlos Sastre (ESP) CSC - at 47"

Dog Crash

One of the odd happenings in Stage 9 was a rider slamming into the side of a dog that was crossing the race course. The rider and dog were both fine.

Stuart O'Grady a Mess

Again, according to Versus' newsflash, Stuart O'Grady, the CSC rider who crashed in stage eight and was taken to hospital in an ambulance, received several visitors yesterday. His brother, Darren, is in France and working as a host for guests of the CSC team during the Tour. He saw Stuart yesterday and said that, despite the injuries, he was in good spirits. "His legs and head are good," said Darren O'Grady, "even if the rest of his body is a mess.

"He has five broken ribs and has had a lot of treatment from the medical staff, but we managed to get a smile from him before we left."

The injuries are enough for most riders to consider ending their season but O'Grady told his brother: "I've got about seven weeks to get better, so I've told the team: sign me up for the Vuelta a Espana! I'm not wasting the good form I've got... a few broken ribs shouldn't slow me down for too long."

171 Riders Left

Right from the scribes at Versus (even though they can't keep the show running to the end of a stage)...

The 171 riders remaining in the 2007 Tour de France represent 26 countries.
The breakdown is:
37 – Spain. Eduardo Gonzalo Ramirez (AGR) abandoned during stage one after a crash; Xabier Zandio (GCE) abandoned during stage four because of injuries sustained in a crash in stage one. Oscar Freire (RAB) and Rubens Lobato (SDV) didn’t start stage seven.
32 – France. Remy Di Gregorio (FDJ) didn’t start stage five after fracturing his elbow in a fall early in stage four. Geoffroy Lequartre (COF) didn’t start stage six after being caught up in a crash in stage five. Romain Feillu (AGR) abandoned during stage eight. Cedric Herve (AGR) finished outside the time limit in stage eight.
19 – Germany
16 – Italy. Enrico Degano (BAR) abandoned during stage seven. Danilo Napolitano (LAM) finished outside the time limit in stage eight.
13 – Belgium
7 – The Netherlands
6 – USA and Russia
5 – Switzerland.
4 – Kazakhstan, Great Britain. Mark Cavendish (TMO) abandoned during stage eight.
3 – Austria.
2 – Belarus, Luxembourg, Norway, Ukraine, Australia and Colombia. Brett Lancaster (MRM) abandoned during the fifth stage. Michael Rogers (TMO) abandoned during stage eight after crashing and dislocating his right shoulder. Stuart O’Grady (CSC) abandoned during stage eight after crashing and breaking five ribs, dislocating his AC joint and sustaining numerous other injuries. Robbie McEwen (PRL) finished outside the time limit in stage eight. Ivan Parra (COF) abandoned during stage eight.
1 – South Africa, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, New Zealand, Portugal, Slovenia and Sweden
Lithuania had one reprentative but Toomas Vaitkus didn’t start stage three because of a broken thumb sustained in a crash at the end of stage two.

‘hors categorie’

Stage 9 has two ‘hors categorie’ climbs in it.

That means the mountain climb the riders are about to undertake is so hard that the judges cannot even catogorize it. Sort of self-explanatory, but there it is.

By the way, looking at the way things shook out two days ago - a bunch of riders OUT OUT OUT and Rasmussen firmly in command - I think only more riders will be dropped today and that Rasmussen will either cement his place or end up with a position precariously close to sharing the Yellow at the end of the day.

YES, I am writing this without any knowledge of the resutls. Let's see how far off I am...

Tour de Jeff

Holy cow. Today (and I use that term loosely) I have been in a car, on a boat, in a plane, on a train, in the Metro and finally in my bed in my Paris apartment.

I missed all of the Eurosport coverage of the Tour de France today so I'll give you a recap of my activities. By the way, I will look on various other sites to find out the news of the day and add those to a few upcoming posts.

Here's a list of the events, beginning at 3:50PM on Monday, July 16...

Finish packing
Hop in Limo
Wait 20 minutes for boat
Boat to Logan Airport
Wait for plane
Plane to Heathrow
Tube to Waterloo Station
FOUR hours early for the Eurostar
Check bags with some bag checking firm
Wander around London
Dine on sausages, ham, beans, toast and tea
Get tea to go and then wander back down the Thames
Get back to Eurostar with 100 minutes to go
Had a French beer
Played a slot machine
Retrieved our bags
Got in the queue at the Eurostar
Waited 45 minutes
Hopped on the train
Moved our seats
Then got booted from our new seats by 14-year-old French kids
Got off in Paris
Took the Metro to Republique
Walked to the apartment
Got the walk-through
Paid the money and the deposit
Went food shopping
Bought paper towels instead of toilet paper because I don't know French
Went out to eat
Saw the edge of Notre Dame
Came back to the room - The Tour is still not on Eurosport
Wrote this post

How's that?