Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Stage 11 - Tour de France

Courchevel to Briancon, originally uploaded by mightymerk.

The aggressive T-Mobile rider Alexandre Vinokourov returned to proper form (after getting left behind in yesterdays stage by Lance Armstrong) to take the Stage 11 win. In the process of this win he also cut his deficit to 4:47 (to Lance Armstrong). It was a brilliant rebound for Mr. Vinokourov who in my opinion remains one of the most spirited riders in cycling. He is also certainly not short on confidense or guts.

The final standing for Stage 11 are:

1. Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) TMO -
2. Santiago Botero (Col) PHO - at same time
3. Christophe Moreau (Fra) C.A - at 1’15"
4. Bobby Julich (USA) CSC - at same time
5. Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita) LAM - at same time
6. Lance Armstrong (USA) DSC - at same time
7. Cadel Evans (Aus) DVL - at same time
8. Levi Leipheimer (USA) GST - at same time
9. Mickael Rasmussen (Den) RAB - at same time
10. Georg Totschnig (Aut) GSt - at same time

French rider Chritophe Moreau is now in 3rd place, 2:34 behind the Yellow Jersey, which is a big relief for French cycling fans (who have been longing for a quality French performance for years).

The General Classification now looks like this:

1. Lance Armstrong (USA) DSC - 1,859km in 41h51’57" (43.902km/h)
2. Mickael Rasmussen (Den) RAB - at 38"
3. Christophe Moreau (Fra) C.A - at 2’34"
4. Ivan Basso (Ita) CSC - at 2’40"
5. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) IBA - at 3’16"
6. Santiago Botero (Col) PHO - at 3’48"
7. Levi Leipheimer (USA) GST - at 3’58"
8. Francisco Mancebo (Spa) IBA - at 4’00"
9. Jan Ullrich (Ger) TMO - at 4’02"
10. Andreas Kloden (Ger) TMO - at 4’16"

Posted by mightymerk, 9:56 AM


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