Friday, July 24, 2009

Tour de France - Stage 19 Wrap-up

Today's stage finished a bit ahead of schedule; the riders must want to rest-up for tomorrow's slog up Mont Ventoux. If you caught it, here's what you might have noticed:

1. Did you notice Carlos Sastre in a small group off the back of the peloton today? Look for him to win tomorrow; he has one of the fiercest uphill accelerations in the race and he has enough time between himself and the yellow jersey to warrant a longer leash.

2. Did you notice the Liquigas riders with him? Could tomorrow be a day for Roman Kreuziger? Could Roman at least partially validate Pavé’s pre-Tour expectations with a win on Ventoux?

3. Did you notice the rider (Rabobank?) hop the grassy roundabout to keep his position near the front of the peloton with 1.3km left? I think it was Freire; he's been known to make such moves in the past.

4. Did you notice Greg Van Avermaet coming home in 4th place? Too little, too late for the Silence-Lotto rider.

5. Did you notice Lance Armstrong stealing 4 seconds over the other GC men? Will someone be kicking himself this time tomorrow?

6. And finally, did you notice the new Shimano 10-tooth cog on Cavendish’s bike? Must be a prototype or something—he clearly has a gear the others don’t. He won't get the green he so desires (see below), but will 6 stage wins for Mark be a reality come Paris?

What about you? What did you notice? Share your comments—and predictions for tomorrow—below.


  1. Great job covering the tour. Always a good read, and particularly like the preview/recap format. Good stuff.

    For Cavendish to win 5, possibly 6 stages, is amazing. If only he could be a bit less of a wanker.

    Tomorrow should be good, to watch the podium battle. If LA or AK attack, what will Contador do? Two Saxo, two Astana and a Garmin. Plus a couple of other wild cards.

  2. Freire's move was sweet... Now, who was it a week ago doing the same thing? (minus the grass)

    Tomorrow's stage is exciting enough that I am considering getting up at 4am to watch it live!

  3. Personally I think Cav. still has a chance at green. As for Ventoux I'm putting all my chips on Lance. He wants it bad and I don't think anyone but maybe Contrador or the Schlecks can do anything about it.


Thanks for your comment! We'll take a look and add it to the site shortly.