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Stage 16: This Time Around.

The UK has held champion bragging rights for the past two years.  Then England hosted this year’s first three stages.  Now, however, the 2014 Tour de France is turning out to be not very British, as the withdrawal of Simon Yates leaves just one of four UK riders still in the game.

Rather, those bragging rights this time around remain en route to Italy, while France must surely be excited for its shot at the Paris podium, holding GC spots three, four and five here at the end of stage 16.  American Tejay Van Garderen stays in the top 10, down to sixth today overall.

10th (or 205th)Time's a Charm!

The longest day of this Tour ended a much longer winless streak for Australia’s Michael Rogers, who finally earned his first stage victory in his 10th Tour de France!  Talk about a change of luck this time around, for Rogers today a truly great one, while for world champion Rui Costa with respect to his departure— quite the opposite.  And so passes this first stage in the Pyrenees.

 As stage 16 rolls... Stage 16 continues...

(Photos Courtesy – ASO)

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Posted by on July 22, 2014 in 2014 Tour de France


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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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