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Stage Seven: One Very Close Answer.

Here now upon the end of Le Tour’s first week, the Twitter question of all questions awaited an answer:  “Will today be THE DAY?”  Amid more pleasant weather for stage 7, heading east and south from Epernay to Nancy in a peloton largely driven by Ted King and Team Cannondale, that answer sat pending with the most anticipation so far this year.

To answer any questions about le maillot jaune, this is the easy one:  It remains on the same back it has for the past six days, as Vincenzo Nibali has yet to be overtaken overall.  But for today, oh so close– “by the skin of his bike shorts” to quote Liggett again– it turned out for Peter Sagan.  So was today THE DAY?  Unfortunately for Peter, though he absolutely could not have come any closer in edging out Matteo Trentin, by sheer millimeters that is, the much-anticipated answer is no.

So, so, SO close for Peter.  But no.

So, so, SO close for Peter. But no.

 

One grueling week has passed for now 198 minus 12 riders, not to mention today’s home-stretch wipe out for top-ten American Andrew Talansky.  And now they head for the hills.  Thanks Ted for the awesome Strava coverage!

 

 
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Posted by on July 11, 2014 in 2014 Tour de France

 

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Un Cours D’histoire

On this first day of rest— or at least of not racing– it’s the perfect time for a Tour de France history lesson.

 
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Posted by on July 8, 2013 in 2013 Tour de France, History

 

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Enough With Second.

No sooner did I wish for it yesterday than now it happened.  After his series of second-place finishes, and thanks to incredible teamwork, Peter Sagan finally got his win today in stage 7!

By more than a bike length!

 Meanwhile, what I hoped against two days ago came today after another crash and without much surprise.  That is, Christian Vande Velde is out, his last Tour cut short under less-than-desirable circumstances.

Then of course, the maillot jaune that yesterday went for the first time in Tour history to a South African rider remains with him today, having been passed among teammates from Simon Gerrans to Daryl Impey.  And from here we move on to the Pyrenees, where it could quickly change shoulders yet again!

 
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Posted by on July 5, 2013 in 2013 Tour de France

 

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