gives it to frank. i don't think he minds.
gives it to frank. i don't think he minds.
'In the end they will lay their freedom at our feet and say to us, "Make us your slaves, but feed us." '
-Fyodor Dostoevsky's Grand Inquisitor
What fantastic stage and a great ride by Kohl. They did what they needed to do to break Evans.
What a great tour!
Best stage so far.
It's going to come down to the final TT unless CSC or Cadel can turn it on on the Alpes.
Great stage. Now there are 6 riders within 1 minute of the leader. And Kirchen did not lose a great deal of time. Valverde rode well; pity he could not manage that earlier.
Does anyone think Martinez messed that one up? I did not see all the climb because I was fumbling around for a new live feed.
That was one of the best stages I've ever seen!!! Great tour...Ricco who?
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pate really hung in there....i figured he'd be the first to drop
Thought it was good to see Cadel having to put in a real effort. Agree with all the above - great finish.
Great work by Andy Schleck forcing the tempo and trying to put Cadel in a hurt box.
Great stage. I thought my DVR was going to cutoff the final minutes. Whew... had 2 minutes to spare...
Great stage! I was getting so sick of Cofidis.
This was such a great stage... made even better by Cadel losing the yellow shirt.
Burn the incline - V5
I'd love to see Frank Schleck win this tour.
pate is pretty good as a climber...too bad cadel lost the jersey though, but i like shleck. Yikes, though, that crash by Pereiro. There the rest of his season! there's always one team in every grand tour that just gets completely decimated by injuries and bad luck, and by the time they get to the finish, there's like two of them left.This year it seems to be Caisse Epargne-ever since the win by valverde and his high standing, they seem to have some kind of Spanish curse on them. There's another week though...
some real suffering going on today, and bad luck for menchov!
You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. That's great...if you want to attract vermin.
What a great stage! I just finished watching it off the DVR, as I was out doing a 60 mile bike ride this morning. The update on Peirero (did I get it right?) is that he has a broken shoulder but no broken leg, so that is a bit better. Still, it's sad to see him out of the Tour.
I think Menchov got a bit tailed off at the end there, probably from having to chase so hard after that freaky crash. He really looked to be the strongest to me today, gazing around at all the others and especially at Evans. Cadel looked bad for the last half of the climb. You just could sense he wasn't going to be able to cover all the breaks. I was amazed at how strong Kohl was...and now things are so tight that you can throw a blanket over the top 6 guys.
An awesome Tour so far!! Now you have to wonder if Evans is going to be in trouble on Tuesday and/or Wednesday. My money is still on Menchov.
i think in thee next 2 stages we will see the times spread out more. I think the little guy Sastre will take min 2 minutes in the next couple stages and will have yellow on stage 17. As the road gets steeper it favors him. Schleck will lose the jersey on TUesday. Kohl will have a bad day and VDV has a real chance at podium. I think a Pure Climber will win this. Not by much. seconds. .. I would love to see Valverde (Piti) show up again.
Cadel got worked over today and they will need to do it again on Tuesday and hit him early on that last climb, Sastre, Kohl & Schlek will need 2 mins on Evans.
Did you see your man Voigt dragging the bunch along and he kept going on the lower slopes of the last climb. I think he's the one who popped popovych. Great stuff.
Popo dosen't seem to have the mojo jojo this past few days...and to think Ligget was saying he is coming to form...then again the mighty CSC-Saxo is strutting their stuff :-)
some people indeed have more money than sense...but they have enough sense to buy what makes them happy![/SIGPIC]
1. How much time can Sastre and Frank Schleck get on Evans, Menchov, Vandevelde so that they stand a chance in the time trial?
2. How much time do Menchov and Vandevelde need on Evans so that they can hold him off in the time trial?
3. Will Kohl crack and how much of a wild card is he?
Of course a lot of these questions might be moot if Evans cracks on Tues/Weds and loses 5-10 minutes to the rest. After seeing his vulnerability today, I'm thinking that's not out of the question. This may come down to a battle between Vandevelde and Menchov, both of them chasing down Sastre in the TT.
I'm so excited I can barely spell "Pereiro!"
And I'll excuse you for calling me "young" lady...but I'll wallow in the compliment for a few more hours.
Last edited by Suzie Green; 07-20-08 at 06:49 PM.