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July 12, 2005

Stage 10 underway

First rider to drop out on the day was Lampre's Gerrit Glomser; he's the 16th rider out, leaving 173 in the race.

An opportunistic break was allowed to get 13:30 out in front; the biggest name and highest placed rider to make that break is Laurent Brochard, the former world champion, sitting 49th, 7:58 back this morning. Brochard, of course, has the peloton's worst mullet.

So much for "making CSC control the pace": Discovery is still doing most of the work on Cormet de Roselend. Discovery looks to be performing to expectations: Their pace is sending more than just pack fodder off the back: Iban Mayo has fallen off, and yellow jersey Jens Voigt is at the back of the lead group. Beltran is doing the pacemaking, and even Padrnos is still in the lead group, shadowing Voigt.

Brochard's group is 4:45 up the road from Armstrong, Ullirch, Leipheimer, Landis, Pereiro, Julich, Moreau, Vinokourov, and others. Voigt has yo-yoed off the back of the lead group and rejoined.

Over the top of the Col de Roselend, Pereiro attacks, and is joined by Jorg Jaksche of Liberty Seguros. The Brochard-to-big guns gap is 3:43 at the summit.

Popovych crashed on the descent, apparently with a team car, but got a new bike, and is chasing back onto Armstrong's group. Looks like he hit CSC's team car, and may have tangled and lost with the front fender of one of Discovery's Subarus.

The peloton has grown as riders dropped on the first climb chase back on. Discovery is still doing all the pacemaking.

Jaksche and Pereiro have caught the break, which is now composed of Brochard (Bouyges), Jaksche (Liberty), Pereiro (Phonak), Luis Sanchez (Liberty), Gianluca Bortolami (Lampre), Mauro Facci (Fassa Bortolo), Yuriy Krivtsov (AG2R), Inaki Isasi (Euskaltel), and Joost Posthuma (Rabobank). Pereiro started 5:12 behind Voigt this morning.

Discovery has brought back everyone from the early break except Jaksche, Pereiro and Brochard, and it won't be long on those three.

Roberto Heras and Denis Menchov are toasted and off the back. Mayo reportedly likewise, Beloki is off the back. CSC finally is making a move, sending Sastre off the front. Discovery lets him dangle off the front, but he doesn't have the legs to go.

Guerini off the back, Moreau off the back, Vladimir Karpets off the back. Horner off the back. Julich off the back. Botero off the back. Five Discovery riders up front. Only about 20 riders in total still in contention. Sastre falling off this group, paying for his attempted break.

Leipheimer, Vino, Landis, Ullrich, Basso all are still in Armstrong's group. Valverde is also there. Discovery has started to pay for the pace; Popovych is the only Discovery left. Vinokourov is back at the back of the group of 16 riders; Mancebo is there. Vinokourov is dropped! T-Mobile has Klöden and Ullrich up front.

Popovych is popped, and IT'S ON! Armstrong blows the group of 14 into a group of 5 or so: Armstrong, Basso, Valverde, Rasmussen, and Mancebo! Goodbye, Klöden, Ullrich, Leipheimer, Julich, and Landis. They've still got 10 kilometers to ride!

Posted by Frank Steele on July 12, 2005 in Alejandro Valverde, Alexandre Vinokourov, Andreas Klöden, Cadel Evans, Christophe Moreau, Denis Menchov, Francisco Mancebo, Iban Mayo, Ivan Basso, Jan Ullrich, Jens Voigt, Jorg Jaksche, Joseba Beloki, Lance Armstrong, Laurent Brochard, Michael Rasmussen, Roberto Heras, Santiago Botero, Vladimir Karpets, Yaroslav Popovych | Permalink


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this one is tought..
watching the last 12km..

Sadly my fav Vinokourov is off the back :(
Hope Baso or Mancebo has the nuts to challenge Armstrong !

Posted by: Said at Jul 12, 2005 10:58:03 AM

Great work. I'm stuck in class this morning and I'm getting jittery just reading your updates.


Posted by: Mark at Jul 12, 2005 11:01:19 AM

Quicker and more descriptive updates than the letour.fr newsflashes- very helpful!

Posted by: elton at Jul 12, 2005 11:03:58 AM

Ulrich is doing some damage-control..
more than 1min 13sec behind.. me sad..

those 2 Illes Balears boys (Mancebo,Valverde) are looking strong..

Posted by: Said at Jul 12, 2005 11:08:13 AM

with 5,14km left, up front:

Armstrong, Valverde, Rasmussen, and Mancebo

Posted by: Said at Jul 12, 2005 11:10:12 AM

Keep it coming Said...I'm stuck at work depending on your updates dude.

Posted by: mark at Jul 12, 2005 11:11:29 AM

Status Quo, up front
less than 3km ..

Posted by: Said at Jul 12, 2005 11:16:17 AM

Ulrich group 1'41 behind
1,0km left..

Rasmussen (mountan jersey) looks cool, ie. apparently not worn as Velverde..

but Armstrong is has something in mind..

Posted by: Said at Jul 12, 2005 11:19:19 AM


Posted by: Said at Jul 12, 2005 11:20:26 AM

Valverde takes it..
Armstrong 2nd
Rasmussen 3rd
Mancebo 4th

Posted by: Said at Jul 12, 2005 11:21:52 AM

Thanks Said...I can't wait to watch this tonight. I appreciate the description 'cause Yahoo sports was too slow in their updates.

Posted by: Mark at Jul 12, 2005 11:23:24 AM

no prob..
All my fav lost precious time..
Wild wild climb though..

the best so far.. wooh!

Posted by: Said at Jul 12, 2005 11:32:29 AM