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Stage 11: Out & In

So proceeded this first full race day with American Ted King out, freeing him up for a well-worded blog post of his Tour experience this time around.  Despite reports to the contrary a couple days ago, Portugal’s Tiago Machado remains very much in, after his valiant refusal to give up following his Sunday crash, sealed with an official reprieve for finishing outside the time limit.

Through the sunflowers... Stage 11 win.

Today’s coverage of a refreshingly sunny stage 11 continued well past the winner’s finish, for about 32 minutes to be exact.  All eyes turned from Tony Gallopin’s win du jour to struggling American Andrew Talansky’s late solo haul.  At the end of the day, while Sagan is sick of being out a stage victory, Talansky is still in the game, thanks to his heroic determination– not to mention five minutes to spare on that looming time limit!  But then, would his remarkable courage and sportsmanship have earned him the same reprieve as Machado’s?  I’m relieved we didn’t need to find out.


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Posted by on July 16, 2014 in 2014 Tour de France


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Just One (More) Kilometer!

Julien Simon’s lone– and close– attempt at a win!

France has yet to win a Tour stage this year, and today it came close to happening– screamingly close.  Crowds lining the streets of Lyon cheered for their countryman to bring home the victory on this eve of Bastille Day, and Sojasun’s Julien Simon appeared determined to deliver here in stage 14.  Unfortunately for him, the gap that kept getting smaller in those last stretches finally closed at just one kilometer to the finish line.

So goes the final attack in just about any flat stage finish.  Ironically enough, seeing as there’s been no American stage win either this year, we came even closer to one in today’s last seconds with Garmin-Sharp’s Andrew Talansky finishing a strong third.  The early 18-man breakaway stayed away– sans our usual sprint favorites– handing le triomphe du jour to the Missile’s roommate and first Italian stage winner since 2010, Omega-Pharma’s Matteo Trentin.

As usual, anything can change at any moment, as one more kilometer– let alone one more meter– makes all the difference.

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Posted by on July 13, 2013 in 2013 Tour de France


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