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Tour Notes - Stage 8
By Podofdonny
Date: 7/14/2002
Tour Notes - Stage 8

Official Communication of Tour de France

Weather on Monday: Sunshine with cloudy patches. North wind between 15 and 20 km/h. Temperatures between 19 and 24 degrees.

Medical Communication:

Nazon (Fra): Pain in the left knee

Oriol (Fra): Stomach pains

Seigneur (Fra): Pain in the left wrist

Bénéteau (Fra): Pain in the right knee

Morin (Fra): Foot Problems

Heras (Esp): Pain due to bruises

Pagliarini (Ita): Pain in the left knee

Moreni (Ita): No bone injury

Decisions of the racing commissioners:

Vogondy (Fra): 10 seconds time punishment because of holding to the team car.

Gonzalez Galdeano considers Lance Armstrong to be the favourite for the first time trial of the Tour in spite of his recent success against the Texan in the "race of truth." The Spaniard, with 34 seconds lead over Armstrong, said it would "a dream" to maintain the lead after Monday's ninth stage. "I'm going to try to have a good time trial - I'm against the best racer out there," he said. "It is a very important day for me and the team, whether I can defend the yellow or not I will give it a 100% effort. Yes I am a time trial specialist, however, so is Armstrong and I think he is favourite."

Oscar Freire has pulled out of the Tour de France, his Mapei team announced early Sunday. Freire, who won the second stage in Saarbrucken, Germany, fell late on in Saturday's seventh stage and was taken to a hospital for tests after suffering from back problems.

Today was not so much fun for Telekom’s Rolf Aldag following his fall on Saturday at the start of the race. He suffered a rib bruise and held out today despite having large problems. Before the start he had taken received painkillers. "Whether he can carry on is impossible to say. At the beginning of the stage Rolf had big problems. Today was a very difficult day for Rolf. He got over it, and I believe, he will continue," said Telekom team head Rudy Pevenage in Plouay.

Quickstep: The Belgian firm "Quick Step", manufacturers of veneer flooring systems, wants to continue sponsoring a cycling team after its current partner Mapei pulls out of the sport at the end of the season. Quick Step spokesman Philiep Caryn explained that the team hopes to continue in the tradition of Mapei and is currently seeking a co-sponsor. Negotiations are under way with an unnamed Belgian firm.

The target of "Quick Step" is it to hold onto "at least 50 per cent of the present Mapei-Quickstep team; in order to be able to continue as Top 10 team, we have already a whole set of drivers under contract: Tom Steels, Fabien De Waele, Frederik Willems, Paolo Bettini, Laszlo Bodrogi, Cadel Evans, Fabian Cancellara, Dmitriy Muravyev, Allan Howard Davis, and at the present time are in discussions with Oscar Freire," said Philiep Caryn.

Mapei announced their retirement from cycling on 25 June. The Italian company had run a team since 1993 which became the largest cycling team in the world. After the announcement of co-sponsor Quick Step had considered teaming up with Saeco or US Postal - now they have decided to lead the team themselves.

Bjarne Riis will have a special guest in the CSC team car on Stage 11 - Thursday July 18th. The Danish prime minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen will be spending the day watching the race between Pay and La Mongie - the first mountain stage of this years race. Riis commented, "We are very proud that the Danish Prime Minister honours us with his presence on what should be a very exciting day's racing."

Starting Times for tomorrows time trial - top ten:

15h37 Jalabert

15h40 Sastre

15h43 Peron

15h46 Hamilton

15h49 Armstrong

15h52 Serrano

15h55 Azevedo

15h58 Nozal

16h01 Olano

16h04 Jaksche

16h07 Beloki

16h10 Gonzalez de Galdeano

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

Riders will leave from the Avenue Biloux from ten thirty at one minute intervals - with the final riders setting off at three minute intervals. The 52 kilometres are not flat.

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 yellow jersey Igor GONZÁLEZ DE GALDEANO, who has been showing good form all season and has won the Spanish Time Trial ahead of Tauler and his brother Alvaro. 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 53.986 km/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 anybody else in the frame." --Procycling Magazine). We disagree - Galdeano will be super motivated - but Botero may well be the man of the day.

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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