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July 12, 2005

Stage 10 profile

From the transitional Stage 9 to the Alpine Stage 10: It's out of the frying pan and into the fire for the riders, as the Tour faces its hardest day yet, and the first mountaintop finish of the 2005 Tour de France.

Lance Armstrong has built his Tour de France record on time trials and stages like today's: His explosive climbing style, and his status as a marked man, means he likes his stages hard all the way to the end.

Alexandre Vinokourov is a similar climber: witness his win on Mont Ventoux in this year's Dauphiné Libéré.

A protest by French farmers, who want to be able to hunt wolves, has led organizers to reroute today's race a bit, shortening the stage from 192 kilometers to 181.

The two big obstacles of the day are the Cormet de Roselend, whose summit is 74.5 kilometers from the end, and Courchevel, a 22.2-kilometer climb at 6.2 percent.

Jersey update:

Jens Voigt

Tom Boonen

Michael Rasmussen

Vladimir Karpets

Posted by Frank Steele on July 12, 2005 in Stage profiles | Permalink


Your jersey update is incorrect? Jens Voight is in yellow? Maybe not after today .... but ...

Posted by: Adam at Jul 12, 2005 9:50:27 AM

Adam: If you're watching the Tour today, and you see a rider in the yellow jersey, it will be Voigt.

I'll be shocked if he holds it tonight, but I wish him the best, especially after this quote:

"I am a mediocre sprinter, a bad climber and an okay time trailer. But really, I am not very good at anything."

That was this morning.

Posted by: Frank at Jul 12, 2005 10:12:26 AM