Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Stage 9 wrap-up with video, analysis and regrets. Armstrong tells team to stay away from his phone

 Nice video analysis of stage 9, including Contador explaining his 'agreement' with Schleck. Also Armstrong talks post-race on his luck. Lance on his team: 'fraternity-style' funsters but 'stay away from my phone and away from my wine'. And at the same site, the stage 9 highlights. I would take issue with the description of Cadel being "hysterical, crying" after the stage, although he was certainly crying and emotional. Otherwise fair analysis and interviews.

Bad Day On The Madeleine Ruins Rogers's Tour |
After a bad day during the toughest mountain stage in the Alps, Rogers didn't know what to expect for tomorrow's medium mountain stage to Gap. "First, I have to recover from today. I had a bad day today, but I might have a good day tomorrow. You just don't know how they're going to come."

At the end of the stage Rogers finished in a group together with other GC contenders like Bradley Wiggins and Carlos Sastre, losing 4:55 on the lead group behind winner Sandy Casar. The result moves Rogers down four positions into 14th overall, at 7:04 from race leader Andy Schleck.
Wiggins Still Aiming For High Tour Finish |
Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) again lacked the acceleration and pure climbing ability to go with Alberto Contador and Andy Schleck when the race exploded on the Col de la Madeleine. While the other two fought it out, often shoulder to shoulder, Wiggins fought his own battle to limit his losses and hang to the hopes of a top ten placing overall in this year's Tour de France.

The 30-year-old Briton finished 30th on the stage, 4:44 behind stage winner Sandy Casar (Francaise des Jeux) and is now 16th overall, at 7:18.
PezCycling News - What's Cool In Pro Cycling
BMC had done a top job controlling the pace over the first 3 climbs, but as Saxo & Astana dug in deep and drove the pace up the Madeleine, the BMC redshirts were gone from the front, and soon the yellow jersey of Cadel Evans was dropped. The elite group contained Contador, Levi, Andy Schleck, Armstrong, and Sammy Sanchez. The screws turned tighter, dropping Armstong and all the others.

Then Andy drew first blood, laying down an attack that pulled Contador clear, so soon just the two gc big boys were alone and battling shoulder to shoulder. The Astana threshing machine had done away with all the contenders save one.
VeloCenter: TdF Stage 9 Highlight | CompetitorTV
VeloCenter: TdF Stage 9 Highlight

Maybe it was the translation but I'm sure Andy Schleck could work on his diplomacy skills a tad...

SBS: Tour de France 2010: Evans admits his Tour is all but over
Schleck said afterwards he did not regard Evans as a big contender anyway, given the Australian's efforts at the three-week Giro d'Italia in May.

"I'm not really surprised Cadel had a bad day today, especially with the Giro behind him. I didn't really see him winning this Tour," Schleck said.

"He's got a fracture in his arm, and that doesn't make things easier. Unfortunately he lost the jersey but that's the race. I'm happy that I now have it."