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TDF – Stage 19: Breaking News, Easy Day

Roanne – Montlucon 102.8 miles

Breaking news: Damiano Cunego will reportedly withdraw from the Tour today as a result of his very nasty crash yesterday. We wish him well and hope to see him next year!

Dummy here forgot to pack my power cord for my laptop, so I’ll have to just get you started and pop in later, to conserve power. Sorry ’bout that, it’s what happens when I get distracted in the morning, lol!

Status: the riders have already climbed a Cat 3 and Cat 4 and are on their way through Vichy (yes, as in the waters), the Capital of occupied France and synonymous with “collaborator.” It’s a little overcast and humid, but cooler than the past few days. Today offers last chances for sprint points, so there have been cat-and-mouse games and attacks. The GC contenders, however, might be waiting to see what happens in the TT. As it stands, the prediction is Sastre taking the yellow in Paris.

OK – back in a bit. There really isn’t anything exciting to expect from today. The legs are tired; there is too much time to make up for the GC (of course, one never knows what can happen); CSC will win Team honors. What more can be said. I really am looking forward to the TT!!

UPDATE: Sylvain Chavanel is making his usual attacks, but doesn’t seem to be hurting the peloton very much. Like others, I’m wondering if we’ll ever see TTT again; those were fun to watch. But, the French have been doing all they can to restack things in their favor. Perhaps they should focus on better training for their cyclists? It’s not like they don’t have a talent pool! OK, back to the update: absolutely boring stage. How much you want to bet that Oscar Freire takes the green jersey in Paris? Back later.

Late update: by now, you already have the results. But, let’s just post them, anyway. My bet is on Carlos Sastre to stand on the podium in Paris as the Tour winner. There were surprising withdrawals after today. One more thing: people are still wondering why the Douane stopped John Schleck, the father of the Schleck boys. hmmm….

Stage results:
1 181 CHAVANEL, Sylvain FRA COF
2 168 ROY, Jérémy FRA FDJ
3 044 CIOLEK, Gerald GER THR
4 151 ZABEL, Erik GER MRM
5 114 HAUSSLER, Heinrich GER GST
6 186 DUQUE, Leonardo COL COF
7 061 POZZATO, Filippo ITA LIQ
8 081 HUSHOVD, Thor NOR C.A
9 112 FÖRSTER, Robert GER GST
10 193 DEAN, Julian NZL TSL

GC standings:
1 011 Carlos SASTRE ESP CSC 82h54’36” 00”
2 017 Frank SCHLECK LUX CSC 82h56’00” 1’24”
3 115 Bernhard KOHL AUT GST 82h56’09” 1’33”
4 001 Cadel EVANS AUS SIL 82h56’10” 1’34”
5 131 Denis MENCHOV RUS RAB 82h57’15” 2’39”
6 191 Christian VANDEVELDE USA TSL 82h59’17” 4’41”
7 031 Alejandro VALVERDE ESP GCE 83h00’11” 5’35”
8 027 Samuel SANCHEZ ESP EUS 83h00’28” 5’52”
9 109 Tadej VALJAVEC SLO ALM 83h02’46” 8’10”
10 104 Vladimir EFIMKIN RUS ALM 83h03’00” 8’24”

Withdrawals:
NO LONGER RIDING Stage 19
132 FLECHA Juan Antonio (ESP) RABOBANK outside time limit
124 FEILLU Romain (FRA) AGRITUBEL outside time limit
119 WEGMANN Fabian (GER) GEROLSTEINER outside time limit
71 CUNEGO Damiano (ITA) LAMPRE non-starter
3 BRANDT Christophe (BEL) SILENCE – LOTTO withdrawls
Stage 17
123 CASPER Jimmy (FRA) AGRITUBEL outside time limit

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