95th Tour de France - Stage 10 Live
Stage 10 Pau - Hautacam, 156 km
Welcome to our live coverage of stage 10 and the continuing Pyrenees
climbers festival. The stage runs from Pau to the summit finish on the Hautcam
at 156 kilometers. Best wishes to our French hosts as they celebrate Bastille
day the French centennial anniversary. We have four climbs on the menu today:
38.5km - Cat. 3
Cote de Benejacq, (2,6 km avg. 6,9 %)
67 km - Cat. 3
Loucrup, 2 km - 6,9 %
106 km - Hors Category -
Col du Tourmalet, 17,7 km - 7,5 %
156 km - Hors Cat.
Hautacam, 14,4 - 7,2 %
The French riders will be motivated to win the Bastille day stage though they
may come up a bit short for the talent. As Nick Bull commented in his preview:
Either the ASO or French Cycling Federation aren’t telling us something, as the
chance of a French rider taking a stage win on Bastille Day looks rather remote.
In recent years David Moncoutie and Laurent Jalabert have obliged, however the
ride up to Hautacam (also the scene of this year’s Etape du Tour) looks destined
to be the first fighting ground for any would-be race winner.
Before this, the riders have to pass to ever-epic, 17.5km long Col du Tourmalet,
which is being used for the 48th time in the Tour de France. Interestingly, only
one of these visits has been for a stage finish back in 1974, where Jean Pierre
Danguillame took the honours. Being such a staple of the Tour, and also
considering in 2007, the Col d’Aubisque was used as a finishing summit despite a
lack of room for the Press and sponsors, may one suggest that the Tourmalet be
used in a similar role in the 2010 Tour?
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Yellow Jersey Kim Kirchen will be defending his leaders jersey with closest
rival Cadel Evans at 6 seconds. Evans may be a bit stiff getting stared today
from his crash yesterday. The other jerseys are for:
Green: Kim Kirchen, White: Andy Schleck, Polka dot: David de la Fuente
Today will be another decisive stage for the GC with the finish on the
Hautacam. Some contenders can bury there GC ambitions for another year if they
have a bad day.
The riders have just started in Pau. The official start is at 13:05 CEST.
The riders of Luxembourg are doing really well in this Tour with Kirchen and
the brothers Schleck. Luxembourg has three jerseys at the moment with two
riders. Kirchen with yellow and green and Andy Schleck with white. The last time
Luxembourg had the yellow jersey was in 1958 with Luxembourg hero and cycling
legend Charly Gaul.
Alejandro Valverde congratulates Riccardo Ricco at the start, on his win
yesterday. Both riders have to be at the front today if they are to maintain
their G.C. hopes. The official start is given. Stephane Auge (Cofidis) goes on
the attack; But he is immediately chased down. The next one to attack is of
course Thomas Voeckler. He gets the polka dot jersey on his wheel Tommy is going
155 km to go: Four leaders now: Stephane Auge, an Ag2r rider, one of
Euskaltel and one of FDJ, It's not Auge but Duque of Cofidis, all back together.
The next one to attack is Philippe Gilbert (FDJ) and he is caught. Gianpaolo
Cheula (Barloworld) on the attack now; he gets the company of the French
champion Nicolas Vogondy - and more riders are bridging across. About 30 riders
up front now; the bunch chases the group as it is too big to let go. Oscar
Freire (Rabobank) is in the break, no doubt hunting for more points at the
intermediate sprints to regain the green jersey
The gap of the break is growing as the pace in the bunch slows a bit. We have
24 leaders: Freire, Vogondy, Cancellara, Pozzato, José Ivan Gutierrez, Burghardt,
De la Fuente, Popovych, Fofonov, Duque to name a few. Rabobank is leading the
pace in the bunch now, the gap is 35 seconds.
143 km to go - Cheula, Isasi, Wegmann,
Augustyn, Fothen, Lang, Di Gregorio, Roy, Bertogliati, Seb. Chavanel are also in
the break plus 4 unnamed riders . Sebastian Langeveld and Joost Posthuma of
Rabobank are riding in front of the bunch for Rabobank.the gap of the 24 on the
bunch is down to 28 seconds. Crash in the bunch with Cavendish and Pate. Wegmann
seems to have a problem with his bike as he is riding with a very big gear. He
can't change gear I believe. Behind the chase has stretched the peloton and it
looks ready to split into two.
We have two intermediate sprints: Lamarque-Pontacq (km 44) and Pouzac (km 74,5)
The pace has dropped in the chase. Gap of the 24 up to 35 seconds, 47 seconds
the gap now. This seems to be the break of the day
The composition of the break of 24 is:
Popovych (SIL), Cancellara (CSC), Isasi (EUS), Gutierrez (GCE), Burghardt (COL),
Augustyn, Cheula (BAR), Pozzato (LIQ), LeMevel (C.A), Tosatto (QST), Dupont (ALM),
Fothen, Lang, Wegmann (GST), Feillu, Vogodny (AGR), Freire (RAB), Fedrigo (BTL),
Sebastien Chavanel, Di Gregorio, Roy (FDJ), Bertogliati, De la Fuente (SDV) and
135 km to go, the gap up to 1.38. Milram in
the lead of the bunch now. I don't understand why as they don't have a real GC
rider. OK they have Knees who may be a potential top 10 rider. The gap is down
to 1.20 now due to the work of Milram. Gap down to 1:10 - the break doesn't get
a pass to go as the group in front is too big.
The weather in the Pyrenees is good so far. dry and sunny. Gap down to 1.00 with
Milram still leading the pace in the bunch. They are now at the Côte de Benejacq,
the first of our category 3 climbs today is 2,6 km of climbing with an average
of almost 7%. The pace is very high as the chase continues... bring on the first
of the pain.
120 km to go - the gap down to 57
seconds. The gap on the climb is up to 1.14 again. Milram is not able to close
down the gap thus far. Bernhard Eisel (Columbia) is asking for the doctor as he
crashed a day ago as well. 1 km to the summit of the Benejacq.
The gap on the climb is up to 1.14 again. Milram is not able to close down the
gap thus far. Vaughters' Garmin/Chipotle comes to the front to help Milram the
Harlequins are now leading the pace. Vandevelde is in third place at 44 seconds
after ten stages. The question for many now is can Vandevelde keep his good GC
position after today's crucial stage.
De la Fuente takes the points on the Benejacq. He extends his lead in the KOM
ranking now. In 5 km we will have the first intermediate sprint. if Freire wins
the sprint he takes over the virtual lead for the green jersey again. The bunch
follows over the summit of the Benejacq at 1:16.
1405 CEST - 44 km. Freire has won the first
intermediate sprint ahead of Feillu and Pozzato in
Lamarque - Pontacq. The three time world champion is riding in the green jersey
as he is second to Kim Kirchen who has expressed an interest in contesting the
competition. You might say Oscar is now the "real" owner of the jersey;
but that depends on Kirchen finish today. If Freire can win the 2nd intermediate
sprint as well just before the Tourmalet he is 8 points in front of Kirchen.
1415 CEST - Popovych and Burghardt are not
working in the break as their duty is to control the break for their leaders
respectively Evans and Kirchen, Milram and Garmin have joined forces leading the
chase of bunch, the gap is down to 1.05.
103 km to go, the gap falls to56 seconds. The riders are now riding
through Lourdes. Lourdes is a Catholic shrine and well known site for pilgrims
seeking a cures for physical ailments. Lourdes has a population of around 15,000
inhabitants but is able to take in some 5,000,000 pilgrims and tourists every
season. Lourdes has the second greatest number of hotels in France after Paris
with about 270. 2008 is the 150th Jubilee of the apparitions, and larger crowds
than usual are expected to visit.
100 km to go - The combined efforts of
Milram and Garmin continue to reduce the gap now down to 45 seconds. It comes
down another ten second... the group will be caught by the Tourmalet. We now
have attacks in the break; some will want to start the climb with a bit of a gap
on the peloton.
94 km to go, Six leaders: Cancellara,
Freire, Fothen, Duque, Dupont and Remi di Gregorio of FDJ. The next and final
intermediate sprint for Oscar is in 13 km the gap 40 seconds.
1434 CEST - 90 km to go, The break is caught; the gap of the leaders up to 48
seconds. More attacks at the front of the peloton. We have 7 leaders and not six
leaders as there are two from FDJ. They are now on the climb of the Cat. 3
Loucrup. The 7th rider is Sebastien Chavanel. So recapping the seven leaders
Oscar Freire, Fabian Cancellara, Remi di Gregrorio, Sebastien Chavanel, Leonardo
Duque, Hubert Dupont and Markus Fothen, their gap is 52 seconds.
1 km to the top of the Loucrup - Duque takes the max points on the Loucrup but
no danger for the KOM jersey of De la Fuente. In the bunch Thor Hushovd attacks
they are 30 seconds down on the break. It's a crazy stage so far no rest and the
pace is damn fast. Hushovd is trying to bridge across to the break in
order to compete with Freire for the points and the 2nd and final intermediate
sprint of the day. The bunch is now 1.00 down on the break as the riders in
front are no danger to the G.C., but as I say that Laurent Lefevre (Bouygues)
attacks out of the bunch.
86 km to go- Hushovd has been caught. The
gap of the break is up to 1.17. Silence before the storm on the Tourmalet.
Fredy Bichot (Agritubel) in the counter-attack, but this is worthless because on
his own he can't brdige across. The gap will go up really fast now as the bunch
makes a general stop for natural break. The gap up to 2.00 The 2nd and final
sprint is coming now in Pouzac.
Freire is now leading the points ranking with an 8 points lead on Kirchen. The
gap - 2.45. The stage for Freire is already a success.
80 km to go the gap up to 3.21 The 2nd and
final sprint is coming now in Pouzac, and of course Freire takes the points
ahead of Duque... Mission accomplished for Freire he has added to his advantage
over Thor and Kirchen.
Our live coverage continues in:
Stage 10 Live
Col du Tourmalet, 106km (Hors Category)
Hautacam, 156km (Hors Category)
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