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July 15, 2006

Stage 13 open thread

I can't do the live-blogging thing this morning, since I'll be traveling. I should be back late this afternoon.

I'm leaving this as an open thread for Stage 13 comments, and I've turned off the "hold for moderation" feature, so your comments will show up immediately.

Posted by Frank Steele on July 15, 2006 | Permalink

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There's a 5-man break up the road with more than 13 minutes in hand:

Oscar Pereiro, Caisse d'Epargne
Sylvain Chavanel, Cofidis
Andriy Grivko, Milram
Jens Voigt, CSC
Manuel Quinziato, Liquigas

Another day, another Ukrainian in the break: Today it's Grivko. Pereiro is highest placed, 28:50 back. Phonak leads the peloton, but it's pretty clear this is a break they're satisfied with.

Posted by: Frank at Jul 15, 2006 7:44:16 AM

Looking forward to see these guys make it to the end. I have my "money" on Chavanel in the most widespread Tour Manager game in Denmark - to be located at http://dr.swush.com/tour%5F2006%5Fplus/ .

Posted by: Jakob, Amsterdam at Jul 15, 2006 8:30:51 AM

The break got as far as 28 minutes ahead, but then the peloton started to chase. Oscar Pereiro was on the verge of being the virtual yellow jersey at that point.

Four men now lead the race: Chavenel, Quinziato, Pereiro, and Voit as they come within 7 km of the finish.

Posted by: Dave Aiello at Jul 15, 2006 11:03:21 AM

Voit attacks at 5km, countered by Chavenel. Pereiro attacks at 4.5km, followed by Voit. These two open a small gap.

Posted by: Dave Aiello at Jul 15, 2006 11:05:40 AM

Voit and Pereiro are away by 12 seconds with 2km to go.

Posted by: Dave Aiello at Jul 15, 2006 11:07:40 AM

Under the flemme rouge, Voit and Pereiro neck and neck.

Posted by: Dave Aiello at Jul 15, 2006 11:08:52 AM

A little bit of conversation! We need mics on those boys!

Posted by: DL Byron at Jul 15, 2006 11:10:24 AM

Voit breaks at 800m but Pereiro gets back on. A track sprint starts, but Voit out kicks Pereiro at the end. Chavenel finishes third with Quinziato fourth, both at ~30 seconds.

Landis must come in at 28:28 in order to stay in yellow.

Posted by: Dave Aiello at Jul 15, 2006 11:11:25 AM

The peloton came in at 29:57. This means that Landis relinquishes the maillot jaune to Pereiro and now is in second place at 1:29.

Posted by: Dave Aiello at Jul 15, 2006 12:05:26 PM

Smart move on Floyd's part. Reliquishing the yellow jersey allows him to go straight to the bus/hotel immediately following the stage, rather than spending an hour at a press conference.

Posted by: Webbie at Jul 15, 2006 12:33:09 PM

and another half hour getting tested and peeing in the bottle, making sure it is your pee they test, etc, etc,

Posted by: hobeco at Jul 15, 2006 11:59:55 PM

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