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New Overall Standings After 16 Stages July 25, 2007

Posted by dperry1ma in Alberto Contador, Alejandro Valverde, Barloworld, Cadel Evans, Caisse d'Epargne, Carlos Sastre, Christopher Horner, CSC, David Arroyo, Discovery Channel, Euskaltel-Euskadi, Haimar Zubeldia, Iban Mayo, Juan Mauricio Soler, Kim Kirchen, Levi Leipheimer, Mikel Astarloza, Oscar Pereiro, Predictor-Lotto, Saunier Duval-Prodir, T-Mobile, Yaroslav Popovych.
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There are new standings and new time gaps as a result of this evening’s withdrawal and firing of Michael Rasmussen by his team. We’re running out of riders, but we’re also running out of stages, and barring a serious crash in stages 17, 18 or (god forbid) 20 there are really only 3 riders in contention (some would say 5). Cadel Evans (Predictor Lotto) will start stage 17 less than 2 minutes behind new race leader Alberto Contador (Discovery) and teammate Levi Leipheimer will start 2 minutes 49 seconds behind him.

The two flat stages (17 & 18) through the plains are not likely to give any rider opportunity to  make up time. However, there is one stage that could make a difference, and that is the individual time trial in Cognac Saturday. Contador is not known as a great time trialer, but performed impressively in Stage 13’s TT coming in 7th behind 4 riders who are now gone (Vinokourov, Kloden, Kashechkin and Wiggins), Cadel Evans (by 1′ 04″) and teammate Yaroslav Popovych.

The top 15 contenders remaining tonight with their time gaps to the Yellow Jersey:

1. CONTADOR Alberto #112 DISCOVERY CHANNEL
2. EVANS Cadel #41 PREDICTOR – LOTTO + 01′ 53″
3. LEIPHEIMER Levi #111 DISCOVERY CHANNEL + 02′ 49″
4. SASTRE Carlos #31 TEAM CSC + 06′ 02″
5. ZUBELDIA Haimar #71 EUSKALTEL – EUSKADI + 06′ 29″
6. VALVERDE Alejandro #18 CAISSE D’EPARGNE + 10′ 18″
7. KIRCHEN Kim #27 T-MOBILE TEAM + 11′ 36″
8. POPOVYCH Yaroslav #118 DISCOVERY CHANNEL + 12′ 50″
9. SOLER HERNANDEZ Juan Mauricio #219 BARLOWORLD + 13′ 31″
10. ASTARLOZA Mikel #73 EUSKALTEL – EUSKADI + 13′ 42″
11. PEREIRO SIO Oscar #11 CAISSE D’EPARGNE + 14′ 07″
12. ARROYO David #12 CAISSE D’EPARGNE + 17′ 58″
13. MAYO Iban #207 SAUNIER DUVAL – PRODIR + 22′ 14″
14. HORNER Christopher #44 PREDICTOR – LOTTO + 23′ 12″
15. KARPETS Vladimir #15 CAISSE D’EPARGNE + 24′ 27″

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Gerdemann Wins Stage 7 July 14, 2007

Posted by dperry1ma in Barloworld, David de la Fuente, Discovery Channel, Euskatel-Euskadi, Juan Mauricio Soler, Linus Gerdemann, Mikel Astarloza, Saunier Duval, T-Mobile, Team T-Mobile, Tour de France.
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T-Mobile’s 24 year old rider Linus Gerdemann takes the stage, and the yellow and white Jerseys. Frothing at the mouth at the finish, it’s not clear how much if anything Gerdemann will have at the finish…he put everything into the finall climb and holding the lead into the finish as the reduced main body tried to chase him down.

Sylvain Chavanel retained his Polka Dot Jersey, but Gerdemann picked up 30 points and De La Fuente 29 in conquering the course today, so his sizable lead is now only 12 points. And tomorrow’s 3 Cat 1 climbs will likely bring a whole new set of faces.

Complete results here.

Top Finishers:
1. GERDEMANN Linus 25 T-MOBILE TEAM 04:53:13
2. LANDALUZE Inigo 76 EUSKALTEL – EUSKADI 04:53:53 + 00:00:40
3. DE LA FUENTE David 205 SAUNIER DUVAL – PRODIR 04:54:52 + 00:01:39
4. SOLER HERNANDEZ Juan Mauricio 219 BARLOWORLD 04:55:27 + 00:02:14
5. LEFEVRE Laurent 125 BOUYGUES TELECOM 04:55:34 + 00:02:21
6. WEGMANN Fabian 98 GEROLSTEINER 04:56:45 + 00:03:32
7. GARATE Juan Manuel 174 QUICK STEP – INNERGETIC 04:56:51 + 00:03:38
8. FLORENCIO Xavier 123 BOUYGUES TELECOM 04:56:51 + 00:03:38
9. MOREAU Christophe 61 AG2R PREVOYANCE 04:56:51 + 00:03:38
10. VALVERDE Alejandro 18 CAISSE D’EPARGNE 04:56:51 + 00:03:38