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Tour de France – 2009 July 26, 2009

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The 2009 coverage at TdF09.wordpress.com

2009 Tour de France

2009 Tour de France

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Tailwind Calls it Quits – A fitting end to TDF 2007 August 13, 2007

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Lance Armstrong’s team ends its run as the most successful cycling team ever. Team decides to end pursuit of a new sponsor to replace Discovery Channel, despite being 90% with an un-named sponsor. The once US Postal, then Discovery Channel team won 8 of the last 9 Tour de France GC title’s and 2 of the 3 podium spots this year, but ends its run after this Fall’s races.

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Daniele Bennati Wins Final Stage, Contador the GC Champion July 29, 2007

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No changes in the standings for the GC after an uneventful 20th Stage, taken by Daniele Bennati in a final sprint, following up on his win in Stage 17. The final laps in Paris were tense as everyone was waiting to see if Cadel would attempt to win back the 21 seconds he needed to take the Yellow Jersey , or if Robbie Hunter could challenge Tom Boonen, in the end Cadel and Contador stayed together. And while Robbie Hunter finished slightly ahead of Tom Boonen, third place wan’t enough to change the result of the Green Jersey competition.

Today’s Top Finishers:

1. BENNATI Daniele 82 LAMPRE-FONDITAL 3h 51′ 03″
2. HUSHOVD Thor 101 CREDIT AGRICOLE 3h 51′ 03″
3. ZABEL Erik 181 TEAM MILRAM 3h 51′ 03″
4. HUNTER Robert 216 BARLOWORLD 3h 51′ 03″
5. BOONEN Tom 171 QUICK STEP – INNERGETIC 3h 51′ 03″
6. CHAVANEL Sébastien 162 FRANCAISE DES JEUX 3h 51′ 03″
7. CANCELLARA Fabian 33 TEAM CSC 3h 51′ 03″
8. MILLAR David 201 SAUNIER DUVAL – PRODIR 3h 51′ 03″
9. FÖRSTER Robert 92 GEROLSTEINER 3h 51′ 03″
10. QUINZIATO Manuel 157 LIQUIGAS 3h 51′ 03″
11. ELMIGER Martin 65 AG2R PREVOYANCE 3h 51′ 03″
12. BICHOT Freddy 132 AGRITUBEL 3h 51′ 03″
13. TANKINK Bram 177 QUICK STEP – INNERGETIC 3h 51′ 03″
14. ISASI Inaki 75 EUSKALTEL – EUSKADI 3h 51′ 03″
15. KRAUSS Sven 96 GEROLSTEINER 3h 51′ 03″

Done But No Quit In Vinokourov – Vino Wins Stage 15 July 23, 2007

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5 rated climbs, including 2 Cat 1’s and an HC (above rating) gave the Tour another chance to separate the field, and separate it did… A huge 25 man breakaway eventally broke up with a group of 6 pulling away and then 3 broke off the front of that group. Alexander Vinokourov jumping out to lead the 3 in the front over the Col de Peyresourde. The man who looked completely cooked yesterday simply overpowered the field and raced to the win…an incredible performance.

Vinokourov Wins Stage 15

The GC contenders finished 6 minutes behind, with Alberto Contador dueled Michael Rasmussen for the top position, pulling away from the rest of the yellow jersey group just before the top of the last climb. At the end of the descent, Contador and Rasmussen finished a minute ahead of Leipheimer, Evans and the other contenders.

[Complete Results Here]

Today’s Top Finishers:
1. VINOKOUROV Alexandre 191 ASTANA 5h 34′ 28″
2. KIRCHEN Kim 27 T-MOBILE TEAM 5h 35′ 19″ + 00′ 51″
3. ZUBELDIA Haimar 71 EUSKALTEL – EUSKADI 5h 35′ 19″ + 00′ 51″
4. COBO ACEBO Juan Jose 204 SAUNIER DUVAL – PRODIR 5h 35′ 26″ + 00′ 58″
5. GARATE Juan Manuel 174 QUICK STEP – INNERGETIC 5h 36′ 42″ + 02′ 14″
6. ARROYO David 12 CAISSE D’EPARGNE 5h 37′ 51″ + 03′ 23″
7. KOHL Bernhard 95 GEROLSTEINER 5h 38′ 53″ + 04′ 25″
8. VANDEVELDE Christian 37 TEAM CSC 5h 38′ 53″ + 04′ 25″
9. TURPIN Ludovic 69 AG2R PREVOYANCE 5h 39′ 44″ + 05′ 16″
10. CONTADOR Alberto 112 DISCOVERY CHANNEL TEAM 5h 39′ 59″ + 05′ 31″
11. RASMUSSEN Michael 58 RABOBANK 5h 39′ 59″ + 05′ 31″
12. HINCAPIE George 114 DISCOVERY CHANNEL TEAM 5h 40′ 15″ + 05′ 47″
13. EVANS Cadel 41 PREDICTOR – LOTTO 5h 40′ 55″ + 06′ 27″
14. ASTARLOZA Mikel 73 EUSKALTEL – EUSKADI 5h 40′ 55″ + 06′ 27″
15. BOOGERD Michael 52 RABOBANK 5h 40′ 55″ + 06′ 27″

McEwen overcomes crash to win stage July 9, 2007

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Robbie McEwen got back into Stage 1 today with a lot of help from his Predictor-Lotto teamates after crashing, or rather being crashed into, during a slow down in the peloton about 25km from the finish. After considerable effort to both overcome injuries to a hand, wrist and leg, and to catch up with the peloton, he still had enough juice to sweep around the right side of the pack for a sprint to the finish line. McEwen was well behind the front edge of the peloton when he made his move, and apparently the other sprinters had written him off as a threat, because the whole group appeared to be caught by surprise for a split second. It was all the advantage he needed as he crossed the line a full bike length ahead of Thor Hushovd. Third place provided some additional drama as Tom Boonen and Sebastian Chavanel provided a photo finish with Boonen leading by inches.

Fabian Cancellara crossed with the peloton and held onto his yellow jersey for at least another day, while David Millar assumed the Polka Dot jersey, and McEwen the green thanks to their performances today. Both David Zabriskie and Mark Cavendish lost over 2 minutes after dropping off the peloton during separate incidents.

Complete results here and at the official site

Top Finishers

1. MC EWEN Robbie 46 PREDICTOR – LOTTO 04:39:01
2. HUSHOVD Thor 101 CREDIT AGRICOLE 04:39:01 + 00:00:00
3. BOONEN Tom 171 QUICK STEP – INNERGETIC 04:39:01 + 00:00:00
4. CHAVANEL Sébastien 162 FRANCAISE DES JEUX 04:39:01 + 00:00:00
5. FEILLU Romain 134 AGRITUBEL 04:39:01 + 00:00:00
6. FÖRSTER Robert 92 GEROLSTEINER 04:39:01 + 00:00:00
7. FREIRE Oscar 56 RABOBANK 04:39:01 + 00:00:00
8. BURGHARDT Marcus 22 T-MOBILE TEAM 04:39:01 + 00:00:00
9. VENTOSO Francisco 209 SAUNIER DUVAL – PRODIR 04:39:01 + 00:00:00
10. VAITKUS Tomas 119 DISCOVERY CHANNEL TEAM 04:39:01 + 00:00:00