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Tour de France - Stage 9 Preview
By Podofdonny
Date: 6/29/2002
Tour de France - Stage 9 Preview

15.07 - Stage 9: Lanester - Lorient, Ind. Time Trial 55 km

And so finally the would-be contenders for the maillot jaune must show their hands. They should have spent the previous stages well protected and looked after by their team mates - but now the race of truth will make the first selection for those who want to stay in contention for the biggest prize in cycling.

Riders will leave from the Avenue Biloux from ten thirty at one minute intervals - with the final riders setting off at two minute intervals. The 52 kilometres are not flat - click here to see the profile.

Lorient - First held a stage in 1939 (Stage winner: Louviot) and for the last time in 1998 (Stage winner: Heppner).

Lance Armstrong is red hot favourite - although he has not won a time trial this year - Botero (Kelme) got the better of the Texan in the Dauphine Libere. It is worth having a look at that results that day:

1. Santiago Botero (Col) Kelme-Costa Blanca 52.30 (46.85 km/h)

2. Lance Armstrong (USA) US Postal Service 0.42

3. Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 1.49

4. Bradley McGee (Aus) La Francaise Des Jeux 2.12

5. Didier Rous (Fra) Bonjour 2.23

6. David Millar (GBr) Cofidis 2.30

7. Jonathan Vaughters (USA) Credit Agricole 2.39

8. Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) 2.42

9. Christophe Moreau (Fra) Credit Agricole 2.44

10. Victor-Hugo Pena (Col) US Postal Service 2.50

Two riders not competing that day were Igor GONZÁLEZ DE GALDEANO, who has been showing good form all season and has just taken the Spainish Time Trial ahead of Tauler and his brother Alvaro. He was looking supremely confident during the Tour of Germany - click here to see Anita's pictures - he may well push Armstrong very hard today. One should not discount Serguei Gontchar - the Fassa man will once again be pushing huge gears and might upset a few well laid plans.

The first ITT in the history of the Tour de France was the 22nd stage of the 1934 Tour de France, around Nantes, won by Frenchman Antonin Magne, who also won the Tour that year.

The longest ITT was won by Belgian Raymond Impanis in 1947 over 139 km (curiously his Directeur Sportif at the time was Antonin Magne). The first rider to exceed an average speed of 50 km per hour, was Dutchman Gerrie Knetemann, in 1977. His average speed was 50.058 km/h. Somewhat of an innovator, he was also the first man to try and use a one-piece skinsuit for a 1979 time trial in the Tour - but was prevented from doing so by the conservative Organisers.

The fastest ITT so far was set by Christopher Boardman. In the prologue of the 1994 Tour, he reached an average of 55.152 km/h. The fastest speed over 30 kilometres is held by Armstrong, set on stage 19 of the 2000 tour with an average speed of 53.986km/h.

In the 1993 Time trial at Lac de Madine Miguel Indurain’s puncture saved his little brother Prudencio from elimination for being outside the time limit.

Daily Peloton’s Stage Prediction

The world of cycling experts all have Armstrong winning the stage and taking yellow (“It would be pointless to pretend there is any-body else in the frame.”--Procycling Magazine). We disagree - Moreau will be super motivated - but the day’s honours will go to David Millar, now fully recovered from early season illness.

Tour Talk

“Bidon” – water bottle – always interesting on a stage like today to see what sort of aerodynamic designs the manufacturers have come up with for the time trial bikes.

Local Hero

Has to be the first Time trial winner in the Tour de France, Antonin Magne.

The first ever time trial was held on a split stage day in 1934. 81 kilometres road race in the morning, between La Rochelle and La Roche sur Yon, followed by a 90 kilometre time trial in the afternoon.

Vietto, who came 7th in the time trial also won the King of the Mountains competition that year – indeed he would have done even better had he not twice had to give his bicycle to team leader Magne in the Pyrenees. To read about the race go to

Stage 21b: La Roche sur Yon-Nantes, 90 km ITT

1. Antonin Magne en 2h32’05”

2. Lapébie à 1’06”

3. Geyer à 5’56”

4. S.Maes à 7’48”

5. Martano à 8’01”

6. Vervaecke à 8’40”

7. Vietto à 9’42”

8. Louviot à 9’58”

9. Büchi à 11’40”

10. Speicher à 11’41”

Antonin Magne was the time trialist of his generation – he won the Grand Prix des Nations three times running (1934, 35, 36), the Tour de France twice overall as well as ten stages. In 1936 he won the World Pro Race to add to his triumph in the 1927 Grand Prix Wobler (which was the unofficial world road race of the time).

After retiring from racing he stayed in the sport as Directeur Sportif for the Mercier team - with Louison Bobet, Rik van Steenbergen, Fred de Bruyne, Raymond Impanis and Raymond Poulidor being among the riders he coached. He died on September 8th 1983.

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