April 22, 2005
Vandborg takes TdG stage 4
Coming into Dahlonega, there was a short steep climb up to the 1 kilometer to ride mark.
Marco Pinotti attacked, and Viatcheslav Ekimov followed, shadowed by CSC's Brian Vandborg and Jason McCartney, all of whom got a small gap on the field.
Vandborg led Ekimov across the finish line, with Pinotti back a bit, then McCartney, then the chasers' group of 20-22.
Rubiera takes over the King of the Mountains jersey.
Landis was in that group, and should lose time only to the top 4 riders of the day.
That means tomorrow will be THE crucial day for this tour. Organizers actually made the toughest stage of the TdG even tougher this year, with four King of the Mountains lines and a shorter route between the last three, so they come one after another.
I think it's pretty notable that neither Jose Azevedo nor Tom Danielson were unholstered today; look for them to factor heavily in the Disco strategy tomorrow.
Preliminary stage Top 10:
1) Brian Vandborg, CSC
2) Viatchdslav Ekimov, Discovery
3) Marco Pinotti, Saunier Duval/Prodir
4) Jason McCartney, Discovery Channel
5) Bobby Julich, CSC
6) Mauro Santambrogio, Team LPR
7) Lance Armstrong, Discovery
8) Floyd Landis, Phonak
9) Sven Krauss, Gerolsteiner
10) Daniele Contrini, Team LPR
Overall after Stage 4:
1) Floyd Landis, Phonak
2) David Zabriskie, CSC, at :19
3) Bobby Julich, CSC, at :28
4) Levi Leipheimer, Gerolsteiner, at :50
5) Tom Danielson, Discovery, at 1:00
6) Viatcheslav Ekimov, Discovery, at 1:13
7) Brian Vandborg, CSC, at 1:39
8) Lance Armstrong, Discovery, at 1:42
9) Jose Azevedo, Discovery, at 1:53
10) Danny Pate, Jelly Belly-Pool Gel, at 2:12
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So was Eki the one pulling in the breakaway all day (not Rubiera)? Or did Eki come into contention near the finish?
Posted by: Bruce at Apr 22, 2005 4:40:25 PM
That was Rubiera, according to all sources. One of the Discovery riders countered Pinotti in the last kilometer, and there was initially a question who it was. It was apparently Ekimov.
How 'bout you get the AMD engineers to whip us up a reliable RF tag for riders, so this (and the similar Rene Haselbacher/Michael Rich, no wait it's Peter Wrolich winning the stage!) doesn't happen any more?
Posted by: Frank at Apr 22, 2005 4:58:08 PM
Cool stage, I posted the news in my URL
Posted by: Dan at Apr 23, 2005 10:31:03 AM
That was a crazy day on the top of Woody Gap! My husband rode his unicycle up Woody Gap just before the hail and the racers came through. If anyone has a picture of him they can email, that would be GREAT! We have no pictures at all!
Posted by: Erin at May 1, 2005 5:56:26 PM