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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.”


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


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