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July 09, 2005

How 'bout that photo finish?

Weening and Klöden
Gnat's whisker
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Here's your photo of the day.

Giving Bob Roll his due: "It's never pretty when two climbers sprint against each other" is a pretty good line.

I think I see a difference, but it's unbelievably close.

Major props to Weening, who spent a lot of time riding alone, and still found just infinitesimally enough to take the stage win.

Posted by Frank Steele on July 9, 2005 in Andreas Klöden | Permalink


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Good for Weening - I felt bad for him when I saw him just get pipped at the top of the final climb up Col de la Schlucht by a surprisingly Klöden who had sneaked up behind him, so it was nice to see "Pee Dubya" return the favor and get as memorable TdF stage win for his efforts.

One gets some interestingly mixed Franco-German people & place names here on the (historically oft-disputed) border between France and Germany. For instance the final climb of today's stage: "Col de la" is obviously French, but "Schlucht" is the German word for canyon or gorge, which indeed describes the ovevrhanging cliffs along much of the ride quite well.

Posted by: EWM at Jul 9, 2005 6:55:53 PM

Sorry, mei spelink haz apearently gun two heck today. ;)

Two of the the early cat 3 climbs of the day - "Cote de Bad-Herrenalb" and "Cote de Zimmerplatz" - are another pair of great "Freutsch" place names.

Posted by: EWM at Jul 9, 2005 7:02:42 PM

Only the French would decide the winner like that. I say have them shoot it out in a good old fashioned "Drag Race"! 100 yards from a dead stop, winner takes all. Also, it would have made for great TV!

Posted by: Jeff at Jul 11, 2005 1:51:50 AM

Via photo finish? Don't we do that in horse/dog racing?

Anyway, if you can determine the winner, why make the contestants try again? Wouldn't you risk penalizing the victor for merely not winning by enough?

Posted by: Jarrett at Jul 11, 2005 9:07:25 PM

Only the French would decide the winner like that.

As opposed to, say, having them dismount their bikes and whap each other with them in an impromptu battle royale?

I can think of no better idea than a photo finish, but I'm coming around to the bike-wielding idea. . .

Posted by: Scout at Jul 11, 2005 9:22:06 PM

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