95th Tour de France - Stage 10 Live Part 3
On the descent of the Tourmalet the Hors Cat Hautacam looms ahead. 4
riders off the front Di Gregorio leads with six minutes. Riders dropped try to
regroup with the yellow jersey group...
Stage 10 Pau - Hautacam, 154km
1620 CEST - 32 km to go. Valverde is coming back; the gap between the
group Kirchen and them is 25 seconds. Dupont, Roy and Duque are 2.14 behind our
lone leader Rémy di Gregorio, with the peloton - yellow jersey group at 6.26.
30 km to go. Di Gregorio is in the valley
now, 12 km to the start of the climb of the Hautacam. The road continues to
descend slightly. Cancellara has waited on the group Kirchen. He is now in front and
hammering his pedals as the pace goes up in the valley; gap falls almost
immediately to 5.30.
26 km to go Caisse D'Epargne is now
leading the chase in the group Valverde, not sure how much they are behind. Di
Gregorio has 5.00 on the group Kirchen. This is worrying, they should have made
contact by now. Have Caisse d'Epargne put their eggs in the wrong basket?
Cancellara and Voigt are doing a two man time trial on the front until the ascent of the
Tourmalet before Sastre and the Schlecks have to take over.
Gap down to 4.00 for Di Gregorio; the group Valverde is already over 1.00
behind - bye bye GC ambitions. This is the biggest surprise yet, and we haven't
even hit Hautacam yet. The age old formula proven? Good Dauphiné equals a bad Tour?
Anyway, it's too early to judge. CSC still plugging away on the front,
destroying di Gregorio's lead at will. Down to 3'35". 3.20 for Di Gregorio.
CSC is going to unleash all three of their G.C. hopefuls on the coming climb. No
gifts on Bastille Day - di Gregorio is suddenly hemorrhaging seconds quickly.
Behind, Valverde and Cunego are at a loss to match the cohesion and power of
the CSC led group in front. The group Valverde/Cunego is already 1.40 behind
Incredible! They will loose 3 minutes or more and they haven't been soft-tapping
either this is a full out pursuit of the leaders group.
1635 CEST - 20 km to go, 3:00 gap. Duque,
Dupont and Roy are still in no man's land - the latter has done no turns on the
descent, trying to help his colleague. Cancy and Voigt still hammering the
pedals the gap falls to 2.40. Duque, Dupont and Roy must be close to being
1637 CEST - 19km to go, Di Gregorio has
2.30 on a motoring maillot jaune group. Just 5 km till the start of the race's
first summit finish, Hautacam. Dupont, Duque and Roy are caught by the CSC
express. So the situation: Di Gregorio in front with 2.10 on the CSC express.
Valverde and company already 2.30 behind.
Indeed, any GC hopes over for the Valverde/Cunego group. What a
disappointment for them. Actually it might have been expected as Valverde and
Cunego never showed any signs in the past 3/4 years to win a Grand Tour. Not
expected - Valverde won the first summit finish in 05 so while he might not win
le Tour, nobody could have EXPECTED them to lose 2.30 BEFORE the final climb...
OK Cunego won the Giro in 2003 but he had one competitor his own team mate
16 km to go, as Di Gregorio is down to 1.25. You have to feel for the young
Frenchman, he was powerless against a CSC cavalry charge today. The climb starts
in 3 km. Stijn Devolder is in a group with Carrara, Popovych and Aerts over 3.00
down I guess, as he is behind the group Valverde. Kirchen sits in at the back
with Andy Schleck, this group is strung out. Gap 1.00 to Di Gregorio.
1645 CEST - Under the 15km banner for the
bunch and they are 48 seconds down. Di Gregorio will be reeled in on the lower
slopes of this mountain. Di Gregorio is now on the Hautacam, gap 40
seconds; the group CSC express/Kirchen on the Hautacam. Moises Duenas
(Barloworld) in that front group Good ride from a Tour de l'Avenir winner. The
Valverde group almost 3.00 behind. Duque, Fothen, Cancellara, Freire the riders
of the former break out the back as the climb kicks in.
Di Gregorio had 15 seconds, Voigt still hammering the pedals. Cancellara
loses their wheels going
backwards so fast; he has a fun 12 kilometres left. He will probably lose 20 minutes
by the summit. Bernard Kohl is climbing well on Voigt's wheel, Efimkin is also there.
Evans just pops out, about six back - he is well-poised. Andy Schleck in last
wheel. Ricco attacks as Voigt falls off the front.
Di Gregorio has been caught. Fränk Schleck attacks - Piepoli responds and
counters. Andy Schleck drops off the back. More of a testing acceleration from
Schleck, not 100%. Fränk Schleck goes again... Kirchen is gone. Duenas dropped.
Piepoli and Efimkin right there, with Evans and Menchov near them. Only about 10
men in the lead group now. Cobo goes on the attack as Sastre reacts. Vandevelde still
hanging in there. Sastre attacks...
Fränk Schleck attacks, Piepoli reacts, Efimkin bridges across - three
leaders. Schleck took advantage of a tiny lull in the stop-start attacking.
Ricco loses contact. Cobo up there too.
10 km to go - Kohl, Evans, Menchov, Cobo,
Sastre and Vandevelde are behind our leading three. Kohl attacks - Cobo joins
Kohl. Vandevelde bridges up to them. Efimkin struggles out the back. Evans is in
trouble! Efimkin rejoins, he looks stuck to the tarmac as he grimly tries to
regain the attackers. Kirchen is 36 seconds down on Schleck, Piepoli and
Efimkin. Schleck leads under the 10km to go banner. Valverde with a chain
We now have 5 leaders as Cobo and Kohl bridge across. Cobo ramps up the pace
- Piepoli apparently wants this stage, is he going to get it? Kirchen already 56
seconds down. The Evans group is 35 seconds down on the quintet in front. A
reminder; Frank Schleck is best-placed of the men in front, 11th overall and
1'56" behind Kirchen. Evans attacks in the group, nobody
Yes, Kirchen is about to catch Evans and Co.. A huge acceleration from Evans!
No-one responds. But the guys with Menchov are back Evans is caught. The
break has 1.00 on the Evans group. We're almost halfway up this climb,
unbelievable action so far. Three leaders now as Kohl and Efimkin are off the
break Schleck, Piepoli and Cobo in front. Ricco, Sastre, Evans, Menchov, Nibali,
Vandevelde are the chasing group. Kirchen is 1.24 down and fighting to rejoin
the front of the race.
7 km to go - Ricco attacks and Sastre
takes a long time to react! Nibali is dropped, Vandevelde is 10 metres off the
back too, as Menchov accelerates. The rest follow, and Vandevelde is bravely
still up there. Cobo Acebo attacks in front, Piepoli doesn't react (of course).
Schleck has to pass. Saunier Duval going for a third win?
Kirchen is 1.47 down. Piepoli attacks with Schleck - Saunier Duval have tired
the CSC man. Is it going to be a 1-2 for Saunier? Two leaders now: Leonardo
Piepoli and Juan José Cobo. Cobo drops back from Piepoli, the Italian goes on.
Schleck and Cobo back together. We have a chasing group with Evans, Menchov,
Sastre, Ricco, Vandevelde and Nibali. Piepoli has 1.23 on the group Evans.
5km to go - Piepoli has 50 metres on
Schleck and Cobo. Goubert and Duenas are back with the Evans group too. Cobo,
Piepoli and Schleck back together. From one Luxembourger to another: Schleck
could take the maillot jaune. He needs 14 more seconds to leapfrog Evans. At the
5 km mark the gap is already 1.43 between them.
Back down the road to Hautacam, Valverde is really in trouble. He is getting
dropped by everyone. In front, the gap is up to 1.50 between the leading three
and the pursuers - the Luxembourg guys exchanging the yellow jersey today? The three in
front are NOW 2.00 in front of Evans. Fränk Schleck is now the new virtual
leader, but falls off the break. Parkeggio,
his motor seems to be empty.
3km to go - Cunego now passes Andy
Schleck. Cunego is 4.30 behind the three in front.
2 km to go - Kirchen is already 3.25 down Cobo and Piepoli in front, who
will they choose for the stage win, Piepoli or Cobo?
60 meters Piepoli leads Cobo... Photo ©
2008 Fotoreporter Sirotti
Final Km - Yesterday, it was all Piepoli, Piepoli, Piepoli. A first Tour
stage win for the 35 year old? or a first stage win for the 27 year old Cobo? Fränk Schleck is about 20 seconds
behind the Red Bird duo. Will Cadel Evans gain any time on Schleck to gain
the maillot jaune? Both must be near-empty. Cobo is dropped. Cobo has problems
following Piepoli. 500 mt to go, Piepoli waits on Cobo. What a show from Saunier Duval. Two
mountain stage wins in a row. Chapeau.
Piepoli is almost smiling, he knows that this is massive. and the winner of the
10th stage is...
Piepoli and Cobo celebrate. Photo ©
2008 Fotoreporter Sirotti
Juan José Cobo is 2nd; they both raise there arms. Here comes Schleck, he is
giving EVERYTHING he has. A Luxembourg champion to take the maillot jaune from
his compatriot Kirchen? Fränk Schleck comes in third 28 seconds down on the
Saunier Duval couple.
Here comes brave Bernard Kohl for fourth...1.05 down on Piepoli.
On the limit - Frank Schleck finishes. Photo ©
2008 Fotoreporter Sirotti
If Evans finishes at 2'18" or greater, Frank Schleck has yellow.1:30 down
with 400 meters to go... It'll be close, Evans might just take his first maillot
jaune... Efimkin is in as fifth 2.05 down, Evans crosses at 2.16?
Evans seems to have yellow with 1 or 2 seconds advantage. I think he's saved
it by two seconds? Incredible. He didn't look like he knew about it.
Cadel Evans is the new Maillot Jaune!
Cadel Evans and Denis Menchov finish a tough day in the saddle.
2008 Fotoreporter Sirotti
Kirchen still battles up the mountain, collecting polite applause. He's had a
great spell in yellow. Vandevelde saved Evans to keep the yellow jersey... if
Vandevelde didn't work Schleck would have has it. Nibali crosses at 3.40. Now Astarloza
at 3.57, the best Euskaltel finisher in the Pyrenees. Kirchen comes in at 4:19.
The Top 10 Stage 10
1. Piepoli Leonardo 179 Saunier Duval - Scott 4h 19' 27"
2. Cobo Acebo Juan Jose 173 Saunier Duval - Scott - 00' 00"
3. Schleck Frank 17 Team Csc Saxo Bank 00' 28"
4. Kohl Bernhard 115 Gerolsteiner 01' 06"
5. Efimkin Vladimir 104 Ag2r-La Mondiale 02' 05"
6. Ricco Riccardo 171 Saunier Duval - Scott 02' 17"
7. Sastre Carlos 11 Team Csc Saxo Bank 02' 17"
8. Evans Cadel 1 Silence - Lotto 02' 17"
9. Menchov Denis 131 Rabobank 02' 17"
10. Vandevelde Christian 191 Garmin Chipotle 02' 17"
Evans has 1 second advantage on Schleck. That is insane. What a fine stage.
Kohl has become a GC danger too, leaping into the top five.
300 metres to go for
Valverde, who has regained some energy. Sanchez is now in at 5.22, Cunego leads
Ten Dam and Valverde over the line... it's almost 6 minutes. Valverde,
Cunego and Ten Dam are now in at 5.50.
I think Freire keeps the green jersey, and Ricco takes both KOM and Maillot
Blanc; or in other words the polka dot and the white jersey.
Cadel Evans leads the G.C., Frank Schleck 2nd, Vandevelde 3rd at 38, Kohl 4th
at 46, 5th Menchov 57, 6th sastre 1'28, 7th kirchen 1'56, 8th Cobo
More riders finishing: Monfort, Pereiro and Kreuziger are in at 7.02, Sivtsov is in at 7.35,
and Schumacher a few seconds later. The damage is huge. This stage promised much
and hasn't disappointed, eh Bart? Phew, that was non-stop action for the last
15km. It was exciting stage, a little disappointing between the real favorites.
as Evans did the tactics in which he is damn good, following the others; but in
one way for CSC it's good that Lotto has the yellow jersey now they have to do
the work at the front.
Lots of men who never set the Tour alight before came to the fore - Cobo,
Piepoli, Schleck, Kohl... well, all the main favourites looked to be lacking.
They may well come back in the last week though. Indeed it could become an
interesting last 2 weeks; but they will have to gain at least a few more minutes on
Evans if they want to win the Tour. On that evidence though, none of the big
names appear to be that strong...
Oscar Freire comes in 14 minutes down on Piepoli, Devolder is now in at 14.35
Ouch, Tour contender, my assos. Stick to the cobbles for now Stijn. Popovych and
Aerts are now in at 16 minutes. Cancellara doesn't lose 20 minutes as Andy
predicted but he does almost 4 minutes faster.
The New Overall Top 20:
1. Evans Cadel 1 Silence - Lotto 42h 29' 09"
2. Schleck Frank 17 Team Csc Saxo Bank 00' 01"
3. Vandevelde Christian 191 Garmin Chipotle 00' 38"
4. Kohl Bernhard 115 Gerolsteiner 00' 46"
5. Menchov Denis 131 Rabobank 00' 57"
6. Sastre Carlos 11 Team Csc Saxo Bank 01' 28"
7. Kirchen Kim 41 Team Columbia 01' 56"
8. Cobo Acebo Juan Jose 173 Saunier Duval - Scott 02' 10"
9. Ricco Riccardo 171 Saunier Duval - Scott 02' 29"
10. Efimkin Vladimir 104 Ag2r-La Mondiale 02' 32"
11. Astarloza Mikel 22 Euskaltel - Euskadi 03' 51"
12. Nibali Vincenzo 67 Liquigas 04' 18"
13. Sanchez Samuel 27 Euskaltel - Euskadi 04' 26"
14. Valverde Alejandro 31 Caisse D’epargne 04' 41"
15. Valjavec Tadej 109 Ag2r-La Mondiale 05' 23"
16. Cunego Damiano 71 Lampre 05' 37"
17. Pereiro Sio Oscar 37 Caisse D’epargne 06' 01"
18. Schumacher Stefan 111 Gerolsteiner 06' 11"
19. Duenas Nevado Moises 56 Barloworld 06' 43"
20. Monfort Maxime 189 Cofidis Credit Par Telephone 06' 47"
21. Kreuziger Roman 65 Liquigas 07' 00"
Thanks for joining us for the live coverage of Stage 10. Thanks to Bart Hazen
and Andy McGrath for providing the commentary. Tomorrow is the first rest day
with action resuming on Wednesday in stage 11, 167.5 kilometers from Lannemezan
to Foix. Pruhomme. The course features two category three climbs with the cat 1
Col de Portel summit at 110 kilometers. The final Cat. 3 climb of the Col Del
Bouich summits at 145 km only 31 km from the finish a stage where anything is
possible from a successful early break or a late attack in the final 40 km. Read
Nick Bulls preview and predictions for
Stage 11 here.
Stage 11 Profile.
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