July 16, 2004
Stage 12 underway
Thomas Voeckler briefly consulted with race doctors on the road.
Mikel Pradera of Illes Balears has abandoned during today's stage, leaving 166 riders in the race.
After riding through the rain on the way up to Col d'Aspin, conditions have cleared for the final climb to La Mongie.
Christophe Moreau and Richard Virenque contested the points atop the Col d'Aspin, and in the process reeled in Michael Rasmussen.Moreau took 2nd to Rasmussen, Virenque 3rd for the king of the mountains points.
Tyler Hamilton has dropped off the back as things are starting to heat up at the front. Carlos Sastre has left the contenders group and is working his way toward Rasmussen. Voeckler and Richard Virenque are off the back of the contenders group; Levi Leipheimer is coming off the contenders.
Ullrich is gapped by Armstrong, Azevedo, Rubiera, and others. Ullrich is working with Giuseppe Guerini, but T-Mobile's Andreas Kloden is riding alongside Armstrong and the last two Posties, Azevedo and Rubiera. Mayo is still with Armstrong, as is Francisco Mancebo. Carlos Sastre is trying to climb away from Armstrong's group.
The final select group has formed: Armstrong, Mancebo, Mayo, Oscar Pereiro, Santos Gonzalez, Ivan Basso and 1-2 others are the only riders that may catch Sastre and take the stage.
Armstrong and Ivan Basso are the last 2 contenders left, riding in the last 1 km to the climb to the finish.
Ullrich is in real trouble here; his teammate Andreas Kloden is close to 2 minutes ahead of his team leader.
Posted by Frank Steele on July 16, 2004 | Permalink
It's pouring now and the Eurosport commentators are saying they've had claps of thunder and occasional hailstones. Ugh! The descent of l'Aspin will be hairy. Good job they don't have
go down the otherside of the Tourmalet in these conditions. I remember the motorbike following Jalabert down that mountain in the rain during a Vuelta once, I had my heart in mouth, the pros' bike handling skills are phenomenal.
The break will get swallowed up soon.
Posted by: Mark Holland at Jul 16, 2004 9:42:45 AM
Watching the tour en direct. It is completely pouring. US Postal team is gaining. Here's to the best man, and, go Lance.
Found this site while looking for Tyler Hamilton info. Thanks for doing this, whoever you are :)
Posted by: Nikki at Jul 16, 2004 9:59:04 AM
Well it's all happening!
The rain has gone and the sun has come out.
The peloton is fractured. USPS are leading and they've cought escapee Rasmussen. Hamilton has lost contact and even Ullrich is struggling 20secs back alongside a host of Libery Segurous around Heras.
Armstrong is looking good in a small lead group with a domestique and Ivan Basso and Andreas Klöden who seems to have abandoned his team leader Ullrich to his fate.
Posted by: Mark Holland at Jul 16, 2004 10:52:31 AM
Another one for lance!
GO LANCE GO LANCE!!!!!!! :)
Posted by: sandra at Jul 16, 2004 1:04:10 PM