July 15, 2005
McEwen takes Stage 13
Robbie McEwen is right back in the thick of the green jersey race with his 3rd stage win of the 2005 Tour.
Chris Horner spent 156 kilometers (almost 95 miles) out in front, first with a 5 man breakaway, then with Sylvain Chavanel, with the pair only getting caught in the last 200 meters. Horner still didn't give up, winding up his sprint and finishing 10th on the day.
McEwen's leadout man, Freddie Rodriguez, didn't let up when McEwen came around, and took 3rd on the day, denying precious sprint points to Thor Hushovd, who was 5th on the day.
Stuart O'Grady was 2nd on the day. Guido Trenti, an Italian with a US racing license, was 4th on the day.
1) Robbie McEwen, Davitamon-Lotto, 3:43:14
2) Stuart O'Grady, Cofidis, same time
3) Fred Rodriguez, Davitamon-Lotto, same time
4) Guido Trenti, Quick Step, same time
5) Thor Hushovd, Credit Agricole, s.t.
6) Anthony Geslin, Bouygues Telecom, s.t.
7) Robert Förster, Gerolsteiner, s.t.
8) Magnus Backstedt, Liquigas-Bianchi, s.t.
9) Gianluca Bortolami, Lampre-Caffita, s.t.
10) Chris Horner, Saunier Duval-Prodir, s.t.
Your new green jersey standings:
1) Hushovd 164
2) O'Grady 150
3) McEwen 142
The only major change to the overall standings is the departure of 5th place rider Alejandro Valverde, which also puts Discovery Channel's Yaroslav Popovych back in the white jersey for best young rider.
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pretty blistering interview with the badger over on eurosport!
Posted by: thejazzguy at Jul 15, 2005 4:07:02 PM
Apparently Horner was fined a couple hundred Euros for throwing his water bottle at Da Cruz when the latter tried breaking away from the breakaway with 20km left - according to Horner, Da Cruz hadn't been doing any work to help the break. I wonder if the bottle was empty when CH threw it, or if he had the good sense to pee in it first? ;)
Posted by: EWM at Jul 15, 2005 5:27:59 PM
I just watched the last K on OLN and Horner was unbelieveably stupid to give up 8 seconds the the final K waiting for the other guy to jump. He could have gone flat out and got 2nd on the stage. Jesus.
The other thing about this stage that saddened me was the commentary by the great sprinter Davis Phinney. He was lucid, but slurring. Why a degenerative nerve disorder would strike someone who has lived an exceptionally healthy life (if an exceptionally daredevil career). Nature is cruel.
Posted by: chase at Jul 16, 2005 2:25:21 AM
I'm acycling fan but never quite followed the rules and processes. Can anyone tell me what the significance is with the points system? Is it similar to F1 where points are accumulated throughout the season or are the points specific to the TDF only?
Posted by: hypervans at Jul 16, 2005 8:11:42 AM
I agree with you chase. Horner definitely sounded like a whiner. Like he was blaming Chavanel for his lack of heart to go for it. If Horner is always looking to do the safe and sure thing, no way he's going to make the leap to the next level where the Armstrongs, Bassos and Ullrich's live.
Posted by: Devans at Jul 16, 2005 10:34:11 AM
Horner wasn't really whining; he apparently was still in a great mood after the stage, just psyched to be there. I think he didn't realize just how fast those guys were chasing. This *is* his first time in the TDF, after all, so cut him some slack. However, I was upset that I watched him- in person - at USPRO in June - lose that in the last .5 mile or so, so it's upsetting to see him come so close AGAIN.
Posted by: laurita at Jul 16, 2005 12:25:46 PM
I applaud Horner for doing well in his first tour and finding his form at the tour de suisse. i'm just saying that he screwed the pooch with his tactics in the last kilo. If i saw those sprinters coming behind me I would go flat out and damn the results, 2nd place at worst, and after a breakway and working so hard all day. to play cat and mouse in that situation is just foolish. but again, i do admire Horner's spunk and don't mean to cast aspersions. just be a little more stoic in the final K of a tour stage is all.
Posted by: chase at Jul 16, 2005 4:38:29 PM