Rabu, 08 Juli 2009

2009 Tour De France Stage5

After a continued breakaway with 5 others, Thomas Voeckler of the Bbox Bouyges Telecom went abandoned with about 10 km to go to booty his aboriginal date win at the Tour de France. He rode out advanced with Anthony Geslin (FdJ), Marcin Sapa (Lampre), Albert Timmer (Skil Shimano), Mikhail Ignatiev (Katusha) and Yauheni Hutarovich (FdJ) for abundant of the hunt afore demography the win.

The hunt leaders were all together, so there should be no big changes in the General Classification. Fabian Cancellara gets the chicken jersey for one added day, alive that Lance Armstrong, Alberto Contador and the blow of Astana is breating bottomward his neck.

Today’s fifth date of the 96th Tour de France was a 196.5-kilometer hunt from Le Cap d’Agde to Perpignan. This is a moderately collapsed allotment of Southern France and the advance ran forth the Mediterranean Coast. The avenue did accomplish a mid-stage detour into the arresting area of the Couriers region, demography on two Cat 4 climbs afore it plunged aback to the bank to accord the sprinters addition befalling to shine.

As expected, Dutch cyclist Piet Rooijakkers did not alpha today afterwards falling in Tuesday’s aggregation time trial. He underwent seven hours of anaplasty to adjustment a burst forearm.

Some were pegging Thor Hushovd (Cervelo) to go for the win today, accepting lived in the finishing boondocks of Perpignan for a cardinal of years. Of course, addition from the Astana team, be that Lance Armstrong, Alberto Contador or Levi Leipheimer could be attractive to booty the chicken jersey abroad from Saxo Bank’s Fabian Cancellara.

Soon afterwards the start, there were two breakaway groups. The aboriginal consisted of Anthony Geslin (FdJ), Thomas Voeckler (BBox) and Marcin Sapa (Lampre). Those three were actuality chased by Albert Timmer (Skil Shimano), Mikhail Ignatiev (Katusha) and Yauheni Hutarovich (FdJ) who in about-face led the peloton. The two groups abutting armament by the 34km mark and had an advantage of 5′30″ over the gruppo.

By the 46km mark, the gap was 8′10″, admitting that about as far as the peloton would let them go. By km 84, the gap would appear bottomward to a added adequate (for the presumptive leaders) 3′30″. Columbia, Garmin and Astana are all putting riders at the advanced of the peloton.

The wind was alarming at about 40 km/h and was absolutely a agency throughout the day.

As the leaders accomplish their way over the Col de Feuilla, the top climber’s credibility go to Geslin, with Ignatiev demography additional and Voeckler third. The riders enjoyed a little decline run afore demography on the day’s additional rated climb, the 219m Cote de Treilles.

Robert Gesink (Rabobank) had a blast on the descent, and while he was up and moving, things did not attending abundant for him. He went to the aggregation car to be advised and two of his teammates captivated aback to cull him aback to the peloton if necessary. By the way, the 2nd set out abundance credibility went to Geslin, Timmer and Voeckler, in that order.

Meanwhile, up at the advanced of the peloton, Fabian Cancellara and the Saxo Bank aggregation were active the pace. It seemed that they capital to abstain the breach peloton botheration that bedeviled Monday’s race, or possibly seemed that they capital to comedy that bold themselves, alive that a about-face into the able littoral apprehension was coming.

With 60 km remaining, the advance was bottomward to 2 minutes, while the affliction Robert Gesink and his two teammates were blind added than a minute off the back.

A accumulation composed of Lance Armstrong, Alberto Contador, Andreas Kloden, Levi Leipheimer, Haimar Zubeldia, Bradley Wiggins and Carlos Sastre was active the hunt and the gap to the fugitives begins to bound erode. This hunt accumulation has managed to cull 1′30″ advanced of the additional peloton as well.

At the third average sprint, it was Sapa, Voeckler and Ignatiev in that order. With about 35 km to go, they still had 53 abnormal over the peloton. There was a accumulation of about 30 riders that alone about a minute off the aback of the peloton. Gesink managed to accomplish it into that accumulation afterwards authoritative a bent chase.

With about 30 km remaining, Astana, Columbia and Liquigas were active the clip for the chase.

With beneath than 10 km to go, the escapees still were out advanced by about a minute, but they were starting to able a little bit. Marcin Sapa & Anthony Geslin couldn’t accumulate up the clip and alone into no man’s land.

Voeckler absitively he capital to win today and went abandoned at about the 5km mark. He larboard Hutarovich, Timmer and Ignatiev behind. At this point, it was all over for the sprinters and Voeckler looked to be able-bodied in ascendancy of his fate

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