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TDF 2009 stage 15 moving mountains

In the aftermath of a stage riddled by disappointment and tragedy, the mighty Alps loom ahead where all standings can change dramatically.

Hincapie will probably not have the legs to vindicate himself today, and there will be some bad blood in the field about yesterday’s unsportsmanlike maneuvering by Garmin.

Cav has no chance of retrieving the green jersey after being dropped to last place, part of his fine for blocking Hoshovd at the finish.

Contador and Armstrong will have to battle it out on the mountain for the yellow, and the commentators are fully expecting younger legs to take the top of the mountain.

Then, there’s Carlo Sastre.

Let the battle begin!

Boy, I need to double check what I wrote before hitting “update!”

So, if it was according to Bruyneel’s plan (that he would not divulge), then the plan was executed beautifully. Contador reclaims the maillot jaune, Armstrong and Team Astana performed superbly. Way to go!

Now, let’s play the hindsight game: did Contador accelerate as if to say, “hey, old man, catch me if you can!” Did Armstrong give Alberto one of his looks as if to say, “hey, go – now!” Did Team Astana form a little pack to crush Garmin as vindication for their pal, Hincapie? In the end, it’s all a race. We’ll see who the rock star (aka king of the Alps) will be next week.

TDF 2009 Stage 14 – #5 for Cav?

This may be the Cav Man’s final chance to take the 5th stage win in this Tour, which will make Tour history. Unless Farrar can get it right, this time, or Cav’s team makes a strategic mistake (hard to imagine with Hincapie at the helm), it will likely happen.

That’s my prediction. I have to go for my run, will check in later.

Cav did not make it #5, and doesn’t get back the green jersey from the mighty Thor.

Big George may have dropped Lance down a notch…waiting for the official results…but he missed the maillot jaune by 5 seconds. Dang! Sorry, George; he doesn’t even know why anyone was chasing him. I’m also disappointed, I really like this guy, and so do so many of his fellow riders. My mom will be disappointed, too (she has a pic taken with him).

Lance seems to have confirmed that the rivalry between Garmin and Columbia kept his best bud out of claiming yellow. Why wouldn’t he want his BFF and former support win the jersey? Will we see the two in a consolation hug?

Notes from the consummate tourist
I remember Briancon, just not what I was doing there. But, having been a student at the University of Grenoble, I spent some time touring the Alpine region and looking for Olympic training camps with a few fellow students, just because we thought it would be fun.

Slipstream/Chipotle Gears up for Le Tour

A few months back, I was searching for info on our two USA teams slated to compete in this year’s Tour. The Slipstream Sports guys have their web act together, so I susbscribed to their newsletter in order to keep up with their progress. Also cool is that you can follow them on Twitter. If you want twitterings sent to your mobile, follow these steps:

1) Go to TeamSlipstream on Twitter
2) Sign up for a Twitter account, register your mobile phone, and login
3) Go back to TeamSlipstream page on Twitter and click the grey “Follow Me” box.

High Road Sports may be the only entirely US-based UCI pro-cycling tour team, but their site only offered pretty Flash (although I won’t complain about seeing one of my favorites, Big George Hincapie). Sorry, guys – make it easy for me to follow you, and I will!