Tour de France official communication
Weather on Monday: In the morning fog, which will quickly disappear. Sunny and very warm. Temperatures between 27 and 30 degrees. Weak wind from south to southwest.
Cassani (Ita): Grazed leg
Marichal (Bel): Bruise of the right knee
Gonzalez (Esp): Injury in the face and bruise of the left knee
Pinotti (Ita): Bruise in the lumbar region
Dekker (PBS): Large graze on the hip, bruise on the left knee
Agnolutto (FRA): Bruise on the right hip
Moreau (FRA): Repeated bruises and graze of the knee
Decisions of the racing commissioners: -- none. --
Today's stage winner
Rubens Bertogliati - 10 facts
Age 23 - born Lugano (9/5/79)
Height - 180cm
weight - 73kg
heartbeat - 55 bpm
Nickname - Barrichello
Internet site - www.skyboom.com/rubens
Professional since - 2000 - always ridden for the Lampre team
Victories in Career - just one before today GP Chiasso 2002
Favourite authors - J. D. Salinger, Graham Hancock, Isaac Asimov, Charles Berltz, Odon Von Horvath, Dante Alighieri.
Best friend in the peloton? We reckon if it isn’t it should be Robert Hunter - his former team mate who advised him at the start of the stage to have a go in the final kilometre.
Daily Peloton readers might like to know that I have e-mailed Rubens our congratulations on his great victory.
Zabel in Green!
No change there then - he will be hoping green turns to yellow by the end of tomorrow's stage in his homeland. Will be very interesting to see how the Lampre team defend the Yellow and the Telekom try to prise it away from them tomorrow.
Green Jersey Standings
1 Erik Zabel (Ger) Team Telekom 36 pts
2 Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Lampre Daikin 35pts
3 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Lotto 26pts
4 Fabio Baldato (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 24pts
Mountains - ?
So who is in the polka dot jersey tonight? Christophe Mengin - and remember the jersey is worth money. Expect, amongst other things, the excellent FdJ team to try and hang onto this prize.
1 Christophe Mengin (Fra) FDJeux.com 22 pts
2 Stéphane Berges (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance 16
3 Ludo Dierckxsens (Bel) Lampre Daikin 15
And by the way!
Bjarne Riis, 1996 winner of the race and CSC team manager, has a handicap this tour. In the best CSC tradition of lightbulb changing of Jalabert and prologue riding by Hamilton, Riis took his dog out for a walk and broke his leg.
He can neither drive nor ride a bike - get well soon Bjarne.