Official Communication of the fifth stage
Weather on Friday:
In the morning sunny, becoming more cloudy as the day continues. First rain drops are expected in the afternoon. Weak but continuous rain, which will cause slippery roads. Wind in gusts up to 40km/h on the last kilometres. Temperatures between 17 and 20 degrees.
As maybe the peloton will split into echelons tomorrow towards the end of the stage - should liven up events.
Verbrugghe (Bel): Broken right collar bone (retired)
Pinotti (Ita): Broken nose - facial injuries - no brain injuries. Under observation in hospital
Bossoni (Ita): Grazes of both knees
Virenque (Fra): Substantial bruise of the the left knee
Mazzoleni (Ita): Graze of the left hand
Knaven (Pbs): Graze of the right hip
Gomez (Esp): Graze of the left knee
D Etxebarria (Esp): Graze of the left thigh
Hamilton (USA): Pain in the left shoulder
Sandstod (Dan): Pain of the left knee
Azevedo (Por): Toothache
Abandoned: Tom Steels
Decisions of the racing commissioners:
-- none --
Monsieur 500 Watts -- Kirsipuu’s awesome output on the ergometer.
Vincent Lavenu --Since turning professional in 1992 Jaan has always ridden for Mr Lavenu.
98 or 99? --Record books disagree on the number of victories.
Food --Jaan is a legendary eater according to team mates
Born --17.07.1969 in Tartu, Estonia.
Height --1m 79
Weight --80 kg
First ever victory --1992, Paris-Bourges for the Chazal team.
Website --No Jaan does not have one.
World Ranking --Currently lying 37th with 779 points.
End of the Green Hand Brigade
Tour de France organisers have requested PMU (sponsers of the green jersey points competition) to stop the distribution of the giant green hands to the crowds. The Australian Robbie McEwen (Lotto) complained on Tuesday in Reims to have received several "slaps" during sprint.
Yet another Australian in the peloton! Mark Webber, Formula One driver for Minardi and cycling enthusiast, followed today's stage in the car of the director of FDJeux.com, Marc Madiot.
12.07 - Stage 6: Forges-les-Eaux - Alençon 199 km
Another long day in the saddle as the riders head westwards across Normandy. Leaving the Porte des Gisors in the tiny (pop. 3600) spa town of Forges-les-Eaux. The last time the tour visited was in 1997 when Super Mario - Cipollini - sprinted home to victory.
Two category 4 climbs after 61 and 71 kilometres and three metas volantes are the main features of what looks like being a long hard day in the saddle. After nearly a week in of racing and riders beginning to lose ground a breakaway could succeed - however if Lance Armstrong is clear favourite for the overall the race for the Green Sprinters jersey is a different matter. Zabel will have serious competition this year from O’Grady, Freire, McEwen, Ivanov and Rodriguez. With these teams pushing to keep the race together the peloton will more than likely be together as the race speeds into Alencon. The town famous for its lace production and cattle markets first held a stage in 1984 (Stage winner: Hoste) and for the last time in 1995 (Stage winner: Gewis Team).
Daily Peloton’s Stage Prediction
Fassa Bortolo bring a solid team and will be looking to pick up stage victories - Serguei Ivanov has already shown this season he is capable of beating Zabel, and Cipollini in a straight sprint, when he took the Trofeo Luis Puig in February. A stage winner last year in Aix les Bains, Ivanov is our man for the day.
“Bonification” Time bonus: This takes the form of a deduction of so many seconds from the rider’s overall time, so improving his position in the race. Bonuses are most frequently awarded to the first three riders at the end of the stage (20, 12 and 6 seconds). Time bonus sprints were introduced for the first time in 1978.
Frank Hoste won three stages of the Tour de France in 1984 (including the one finishing in Alencon which was enough to give him the overall Green jersey as well).
In 1982 he won the Ghent Wevelgem, the four days of Dunkirk and one stage of the TdF as well as the Belgian National road championship race. He also won 2 stages of the Giro d’Italia and a stage of the Tour of Switzerland in 1983. He continued racing until 1990 when his last major success was the Omloop van de Westkust.