July 17, 2008
Stage 12 on the roadIt's a transitional stage down toward Narbonne. There's a single 4th-Category climb, the Col du Camperie, then 2 sprint lines. Jersey leaders:
Cadel Evans, Silence-Lotto
Oscar Freire, Rabobank
Vincenzo Nibali, Liquigas
Sebastian Lang, Gerolsteiner (not being worn)
The polka-dot jersey (formerly Riccardo Ricco's) is not being worn today; the runner-up was Ricco's teammate David de la Fuente. I'm not sure about the white jersey, which Ricco also held -- I'll keep an eye out for it.
Versus broadcaster picks:
Hummer: Mark Cavendish
Sherwen: Thor Hushovd
Liggett: Oscar Freire
Roll: Robbie McEwen
Baden Cooke is the latest Barloworld rider to abandon. He crashed about 10 miles into the stage, rode on briefly, but then left the race. There are 156 riders on the course, with the exit of Saunier Duval and Cooke.
Samuel Dumoulin of Cofidis and Arnaud Gerard attacked at around 36 kilometers ridden, and have mostly been given their head, out to more than 4:00. A stiff tailwind has the average speed for the day up over 50 kms/hr.
1st Climb, the 4th Category Col du Camperie
1. Samuel Dumoulin, Cofidis, 3 pts
2. Arnaud Gerard, Française des Jeux, 2 pts
3. Sebastian Lang, Gerolsteiner, 1 pt
The gap has been coming down since the climb.
1. Arnaud Gerard, Française des Jeux, 6 pts
2. Samuel Dumoulin, Cofidis, 4 pts
3. Oscar Freire, Rabobank, 2 pts @ 1:40
Freire came out of the field and sprinted for the 2 points available at the sprint line. The leaders have 1:13 with 54 miles to ride.
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