July 13, 2004
Caught at the line; McEwen takes a 2nd stage win
Another tragic breakaway, as two riders who were away for about 80 miles were just nipped by the sprinters with less than 200 meters to race.
I hate to tell Jens Voigt "I told you so", but it's Robbie McEwen (as I predicted overnight) taking the stage.
The Tour site reports Inigo Landaluze and Filippo Simeoni were caught in the last 50 meters, while VeloNews says it was "less than 10 meters from the line...!!!"
1) McEwen (Lotto-Domo)
2) Thor Hushovd (Credit Agricole)
3) Stuart O'Grady (Cofidis)
4) Jerome Pineau (Brioches La Boulangere)
5) Erik Zabel (T-Mobile)
6) Janeck Tombak (Cofidis)
7) Tom Boonen (Quick Step)
8) Danilo Hondo (Gerolsteiner)
9) Sergio Marinangeli (Domina Vacanze)
10) Inigo Landaluze (Euskaltel-Euskadi)
Landaluze's breakaway partner, Domina Vacanze's Filippo Simeoni, finished in 17th on the day.
No effect on the overall leaderboard, except that O'Grady takes a time bonus to move within 3 minutes of Thomas Voeckler, who will wear the yellow jersey on Bastille Day in the longest stage of this year's Tour.
Current GC top 10:
1) Voeckler (Brioches La Boulangere)
2) Stuart O'Grady (Cofidis) at 2:53
3) Sandy Casar (fdjeux.com) at 4:06
4) Magnus Backstedt (Alessio-Bianchi) at 6:27
5) Jakob Piil (CSC) at 7:09
6) Lance Armstrong (USPS) at 9:35
7) George Hincapie (USPS) at 9:45
8) Jose Azevedo (USPS) at 9:57
9) Jose Enrique Gutierrez (Phonak) at 10:02
10) Erik Zabel (T-Mobile) at 10:06
okay, i'm hooked on the tour, but i'm a novice and don't know what they are talking about half the time! Where can I find information on racing? For instance, I went to the official tdf site, but there was no info about what makes a mountain a category 3 or what the king of the mountain is and all that 'insider' stuff. Help!
Posted by: katie at Jul 13, 2004 11:49:47 AM
I backed you and you were right, although there was a breakaway and it nearly won. That is the worst word in cycling - "nearly".
Posted by: David Tiley at Jul 13, 2004 11:51:07 AM
i'm pretty new to all of this, too. i did find this link a few days ago that provides a "beginner's guide" to the tour:
it was written in 2002 and 2003, but all the basic stuff is still relevant.
this wiki page is also decent:
and one of my favorite blogs so far (other than this one):
Posted by: dan at Jul 13, 2004 2:42:18 PM
It is setting up very nicely for Lance if he can come through on the mountains this year, with some strong competitors.
Posted by: Mark E. Foster at Jul 13, 2004 8:16:23 PM