22 July 2007

GC after 14 Stages

Rasmussen is still in the lead, Contador is in second. Maybe ANOTHER Discovery Channel Team Tour win? Three in the Top 10.

Here's the rest of the GC's Top 10...

3 041 EVANS, Cadel AUS PRL 64:15:19.000 00:03:04.000
4 111 LEIPHEIMER, Levi USA DSC 64:16:44.000 00:04:29.000
5 196 KLÖDEN, Andréas GER AST 64:16:53.000 00:04:38.000
6 031 SASTRE, Carlos ESP CSC 64:18:05.000 00:05:50.000
7 195 KASHECHKIN, Andrey KAZ AST 64:19:13.000 00:06:58.000
8 073 ASTARLOZA, Mikel ESP EUS 64:20:40.000 00:08:25.000
9 018 VALVERDE, Alejandro ESP GCE 64:22:00.000 00:09:45.000
10 118 POPOVYCH, Yaroslav UKR DSC 64:23:10.000 00:10:55.000

Hincapie WAY BACK

George Hincapie, who I thought was doing some serious work at the front of the peloton late in the race, has yet to cross the line and we're 00:04:45 back right now.

Two Discovery Team in the Top Four

Contador wins Stage 14. Levi Leipheimer takes 4th.

Top 10 will be posted shortly...I'm out of breath.

Sprint to the finish

Contador is sprinting behind Rasmussen and takes the stage win!!!!!!!!

2KM to go

With two kilometers to go, it's Contador and Rasmussen at the front.

Rasmussen is asking Contador to do the work and he said he would give him the stage win if he worked at the front.

It seems like Contador has agreed to do so and will likely take the stage win. That's just what I surmise.

They're both taking turns with 1.5KM left in the stage.

Leipheimer and Cadel Evans are in pursuing groups and will likely not lose too much time today.

Group of three at the front

Now Contador, Rasmussen and the Colom (from Astagna) are at the front with 3.2KM left to go.

Looks again that Rasmussen is unbeatable.

**Bear in mind that Rasmussen is riding like a superman and he was in a control group for doping the other day. After his test he ran his mouth off about the testing and about doping and about the whole disgrace that drug use brings to the sport. I think he doth protest too much. We'll see what the results bring.

SEVEN SECOND GAP with 3.7KM to go

Rasmussen and Contador have nearly caught the leader.

4.4KM left in Stage 14

Contador and Rasmussen are a mere 17 seconds back.

Then there are three chasers.

Then Levi Leipheimer.

Then Kloden.

Then Valverde.

Then the pack...all sucking wind on the side of the mountain.

Stage 14 - Jeff-flashes

With 5.1KM left in the race, the leader is 34 seconds ahead of Rasmussen, Contador, Leipheimer and four others.

THEN the rest of the pack is scattered all over the mountain.

Contador and Rasmussen are only 28 seconds back now and are trying to bridge the gap. I've lost sight of Leipheimer and am worried he may have dropped off into no-man's land.

More in a second.