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July 23, 2006

Vansevenant takes the Lanterne Rouge

IHT.com | In slow motion, an epic battle is lost at last

Samuel Abt profiles Wim Vansevenant and Jimmy Casper, the Stage 1 winner who has twice been the lanterne rouge, or last-placed rider in the Tour. The two were head-to-head yesterday, as Vansevenant finished 11:26 back, in 131st, but Casper topped (bottomed?) him, 138th at 13:37, closing the gap to only 16 seconds.

Vansevenant got some bonus time at the day's second sprint, but he still managed to finish 138th (out of 139) today, losing another 1:54 on the day to cement his hold on the 2006 Tour's lanterne rouge.

Vansevenant finished 4:02:01 behind Floyd Landis.

“Lanterne rouge is not a position you go for,” Vansevenant said. “It comes for you.”

Also:

Tour de France Lanterne Rouge weblog

Posted by Frank Steele on July 23, 2006 in About the Tour, Floyd Landis, Tour de France 2006 | Permalink

Comments

Thank you for the link! I didn't see this yet - I've had guests the last couple of days and my blog is the worse for it! I have some catching up to do!

Posted by: Nancy Toby at Jul 23, 2006 3:20:09 PM

You should add the Lanterne Rouge weblog to your blogroll. I like her angle, and it's not too morbid. Lots of fun.

Posted by: Drew at Jul 23, 2006 11:55:10 PM

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