July 09, 2004
Boonen takes the stage; late crash
Tom Boonen took a stage after the peloton reeled in a long breakawy, then caught Juan Antonio Flecha, who sprinted away from the break rather than rejoining the peloton.
Just as the peloton finally caught Flecha, with 1 km to ride, there was a crash in the field that caught a lot of riders, including Oscar Sevilla, Robbie McEwen, and others. Rene Haselbacher of Gerolsteiner is receiving medical attention.
Okay in the accident were Jan Ullrich, Lance Armstrong, Tyler Hamilton, and Levi Leipheimer, and the entire field will likely be given the same time, since the accident happened in the last 1 kilometer.
Top 10 for the stage:
1) Boonen (Quick Step)
2) Stuart O'Grady (Cofidis)
3) Erik Zabel (T-Mobile)
4) Danilo Hondo (Gerolsteiner)
5) Baden Cooke (Fdjeux.com)
6) Sergia Marinangeli (Domina Vacanze)
7) Jerome Pineau (Brioches la Boulangere)
8) Julian Dean (Credit Agricole)
9) Janeck Tombak (Cofidis)
10) Samuel Dumoulin (AG2R)
Stuart O'Grady moves up a little in the GC because of his finishing time bonus, and O'Grady and Zabel should move significantly higher in the green jersey competition, after McEwen was unable to contest the final sprint. Pathetically late update: O'Grady took the green jersey with his sprint bonus.
1) Thomas Voeckler
2) O'Grady at 3:01
3) Sandy Casar at 4:06
4) Magnus Backstedt at 6:06
5) Jakob Piil at 6:58
6) Lance Armstrong at 9:35
7) George Hincapie at 9:45
8) Floyd Landis at 9:51
9) Jose Azevedo at 9:57
10) Jose Luis Rubiera at 9:59
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I'm a newcomer to cycling, and I'm hoping somebody out there is willing to explain a few things to me. This is the first time I've been able to follow the Tour closely, and I'm confused about some of the rules/methods of the race. Today, in particular, I didn't understand the different sprints mid-race. How do those work, how do they factor in to the standings, etc? How does the points system work (green jersey) as opposed to the overall time system (yellow jersey), which I think I actually do understand? None of the Tour sites have anything helpful for the novice with such questions. Any explanation would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your time.
Posted by: Brian at Jul 9, 2004 1:48:10 PM
You might try my Beginner's Guide to the Tour de France. It's from last year, but I intend to update it for this year's race, and most of the basics of the race don't change from year to year.
Posted by: Frank at Jul 9, 2004 2:44:10 PM
With all the crashes today, Chris Carmichael has a good write up on wound care and what riders have to do to keep road rash from taking them out of the race.
Posted by: JoeT at Jul 9, 2004 5:15:40 PM