95th Tour de France - Stage 16 Live Part 3
On the hors cat climb of the Cime de la Bonette-Restefond 32 km to go and Stefan
Schumacher continues his brave solo attack as Valjavek drives the chase in the
first group with the peloton at six minutes and moving fast.
Stage 16 Cuneo - Jausiers 157 km
1615 CEST - 9 km to the summit - Stefan
Schumacher leads the Popovych/Valjavec group @ 48', the
Peloton @ 5'16"
Stefan Schumacher leads. Photo ©
2008 Fotoreporter Sirotti
the Yellow Jersey group now contains Arvesen, Schleck, Sastre, F Schleck (CSC),
Kohl (Gerolsteiner), Valverde (Caisse d'Eparnge), Menchov(Rabobank), Evans
(Lotto), Sanchez (Euskatel), Kim Kirchen (Colombia) and Vladimir Efimkin (Ag2R)
Kreuziger (Liquigas). No sign of Vandevelde...
Current situation 27 km to go:
- Popovych, Portal, Hincapie, Augustyn, Valjavec and Siutsou @23'
- Cungeo and Schzmidt @ 1'23
- Maillot Jaune group at 3'57
Tadej Valjavec pounds the front.
2008 Fotoreporter Sirotti
The leaders are now on the road that was only built in 1961, when local
residents decided they wanted this Mountain pass to become the highest
accessible point in France. I can only think that, as Schumacher is about to get
caught by our chasing group, that he should have ridden with Voeckler, Le Mevel
and Rosseler on the Lombarde. 18 seconds to Schumacher for the chase.
1622 CEST - Groupe Maillot Jaune trail
leading group by 3'12". Carlos Sastre takes over the pulling back in the group.
Evans on the wheel of Franck Schleck. Hincapie looks a good bet for the finish.
Valverde now takes over at the front of the Maillot jaune group. Kirchen can't
keep up and loses contact. Kohl looks very good, Kirchen rejoins behind. 6 km to
go and Schumacher is caught by the Popovych group.
25 km to go. In the group then we have
the two Schleck's, Sastre, Voigt(CSC), Evans (Lotto), Valverde (Caisse), Sanchez
(Euskatel) and Menchov (Rabobank). Voigt has drifted back into this group,
carrying many bidons. CSC have played a tactical blinder thus far, getting men
in breaks that have been called back when needed.
1628 CEST - Our leading group have 2'36"
over the Maillot Jaune group - they are: They are Popovych (Lotto), Arroyo
(Caisse), Portal, Valjavec (Ag2R) Hincapie (Colombia), Siutsou, Augustyn
(Barloworld), Schumacher (Gerolsteiner) and Casar (FDJ).
1631 CEST - Ag2R still doing the work
upfront, Dessel looks strong and is trying to tow Valjavec into a Top 10 place.
No time checks have been given out on how much time Vandevelde, Kreuziger and
Nibali have lost.
1635 CEST - 1km to the summit for our
leaders. 24.5km to go to the finish in
Jausiers. Wow, look at this mountain drops off on both sides not a shrub in site
nothing but the sun, screaming fans and rocks in sight. Augustyn attacks from
the lead group; is this merely for the KoM points?
1639 CEST - 23.5km to go, Summit of Cime
de Bonette Restefond: 1. Augustyn (Barloworld) Behind, the group have become
fragmented, though will probably rejoin on the descent.
Behind, Andy Schleck is doing a great turn for his brother gap down to 2:04.
Valverde has been dropped! He looks very uncomfortable. Kirchen has been blown
out too, and is right by Valverde. The Spaniard is using the Motorcycles to pace
1641 CEST - 21 km to go, the Maillot
Jaune group are 2'05" behind our leaders. They are on the descent now. This will
be a tough descent, no barriers and long drops round every corner. Augustyn has
crashed, he's gone straight down the climb. He looks hurt, he's fallen a couple
of metres down the climb, but it's so steep he can't get back up. He's bike has
fallen so far he's got to wait for the car for another. Augustyn simply missed
the corner and rolled off the road and down the hill and crashed in the gravel.
20 km to go, Further back, Valverde and Kirchen are working together to
rejoin the Maillot Jaune group. It looks as if they will regain the ground they
lost on the climb.
16 km to go - 1.43 gap. Kohl is
descending brilliantly, riders behind can't keep up.
1649 CEST - 15km to go, Upfront, Dessel,
Arroyo, Casar and Popovych are leading. Menchov has been distanced on the
descent. Our four leaders have 1'41" on the yellow jersey group.
1651 CEST - 12.7km to go - Evans leading
the Maillot Jaune group down this fast and technical descent as we approach
Jausiers Our four leaders are still together, and working well. They have a real
chance of staying away with a gap which is 1'13" to the chasers (Schleck group)
behind. Sammy Sanchez has attacked the descent and has ten second gap on the
1655 CEST - 10km to go for our Maillot
Jaune group. Sanchez is trying to escape this group and catch our leaders;
Kirchen is 18" behind the Schleck/Evans group. Riders flying down the descent
rock face on the right, drop off to the left as they go under the 9 km marker...
its going very fast now kms flying by.
1659 CEST - 4.5km to go; our leaders will
definitely stay away today. The Hincapie and Valjavec group are 32" back, and
Sanchez are further minute behind. The GC group are around 1'45" back. Casar is
struggling to stay in the wheel of Arroyo up front
1700 CEST - 3km to go Arroyo leading the
group at the front. Dessel looked ok on the climb, and is arguably the best
sprinter here. Menchov has 34 seconds to the GC group, not good for the Rabobank
1701 CEST - 1.5km to go. Sanchez has caught the second group, but won't get
to our leaders;
1702 CEST - 1km to go Popovych attacks Casar follows, everyone is still there
Dessel tries to get in the wheel, he does Dessel now goes, round the outside
He takes the final corner, nearly crashing, Desssel gets it!! What an
Cyril Dessel Wins!! Viva la France!
Vittoria Cyril Dessel!! Photo ©
2008 Fotoreporter Sirotti
Casar second, then Arroyo and Popovytch. Hincapie leads our second group home, 23 seconds behind
Sandy Casar leads Arroyo. Photo ©
2008 Fotoreporter Sirotti
Our GC group come in1'27" behind. Menchov and Kirchen now approach the line,
2'02" behind. That is a bad day for Menchov, his descending wasn't up to
scratch. No sign of Vandevelde yet.
Interview with Dessel: 'I'm very happy to
win a stage, the tactics were important and my goal was to get in a break. Until
now that's been very difficult... Augustyn attacked, and he was
unfortunate to fall, I just gave everything I could on the descent... I climbed
this climb with my father when I was 14'
George Hincapie leads Nicolas Portal Nicolas and Tadej Valjavec in.
2008 Fotoreporter Sirotti
Vandevelde and Kreuziger lose 4'04". Nibali loses 5'13" A fast climbing stage
covered at 34.7 km/h.
First call on the stage 16 results is: 1. Dessel, 2. Casar, 3. Arroyo, 4.
Popovych, 5. Hincapie, 6. Portal
GC Provisional Standings
1. Schleck 68h30'16
2. Kohl @ 7s
3. Evans @ 8s
4. Sastre @ 49s
5. Menchov @ 1m13
6. Vandevelde @ 3m15
7. Kirchen @ 3m23
8. Valverde @ 4m11
9. Sanchez @ 4'38
10. Valjavec @ 5m23
Official results below
A very happy Cyril Dessel stands on the podium and receives the cheers of the
fans. Frank Schleck arrives to receive his second maillot jaune and tosses his
flowers to the ladies at the front of the crowd. Shakes Bernard Hinault hands,
and goes off to sign yellow jerseys as Bernhard Kohl arrives to slide on the
polka dot jersey and get double kisses from the two lovely podium lasses.
Double Schlecks today as Andy steps to the podium to take the maillot blanc
of best young rider.
Thanks for joining us today for stage 16. Join us tomorrow for stage 17, 208
kilometers from Embrun to the summit of L'Alpe d'Huez for the final battle
in the mountains. The par cours has 4 climbs: the Cote de Sainte-Marguerite, 31km (3rd Category),
and three beyond category climbs:
Col du Galibier, 79km,
Col de la Croix de Fer, 156km and
L’Alpe du Huez.
The ball is in Team CSC's corner and they will have to attack and attack hard
to gain time on Cadel Evans if they want Frank Schleck or Carlos Sastre in
yellow when they arrive in Paris. I'm sure Bjarne Riis has something in his bag
of tricks already planned for the day.
In after race interviews Frank Schelck acknowledged his position, “I
absolutely have to attack tomorrow and try and break the others. We tried it
today... " He was also happy about his brother joining him on the podium
today, “Today is as nice as the stage before for me. Not just because I kept the
jersey but as Andy now has the white jersey. We didn’t expect that. We didn’t
ride for it but he’s got such class. He is the future and he’s going to win the
Tour one day.”
For Evans and Silence/Lotto, the task will be to keep his rivals close so he
can take the jersey in the the 53 kilometer time trial on stage 20.
We shouldn't count Denis Menchov and Rabobank out of the picture yet as
Menchov is the only rider fast enough to challenge Evans in the race against the
clock; but the Russian Vuelta winner will have to be attentive and aggressive
tomorrow following CSC's attacks and gain time on the Australian if he wants to
add the tour to his palmares. Short of a miracle day tomorrow and a the time
trial of his life Christian Vandevelde appears to be out of the race for the
yellow jersey... in sixth place on the G.C.
Official Results for Stage 16
1. Dessel Cyril 101 Ag2r-La Mondiale 4h 31' 27"
2. Casar Sandy 161 Francaise Des Jeux 4h 31' 27 - 00' 00"
3. Arroyo David 32 Caisse D’epargne 4h 31' 27 - 00' 00"
4. Popovych Yaroslav 7 Silence - Lotto 4h 31' 30 - 00' 03"
5. Hincapie George 47 Team Columbia 4h 31' 51 - 00' 24"
6. Portal Nicolas 38 Caisse D’epargne 4h 31' 51 - 00' 24"
7. Valjavec Tadej 109 Ag2r-La Mondiale 4h 31' 51 - 00' 24"
8. Schumacher Stefan 111 Gerolsteiner 4h 32' 30 - 01' 03"
9. Schleck Andy 16 Team Csc Saxo Bank 4h 32' 55 - 01' 28"
10. Kohl Bernhard 115 Gerolsteiner 4h 32' 55 - 01' 28"
11. Evans Cadel 1 Silence - Lotto 4h 32' 55 - 01' 28"
12. Schleck Frank 17 Team Csc Saxo Bank 4h 32' 55 - 01' 28"
13. Valverde Alejandro 31 Caisse D’epargne 4h 32' 55 - 01' 28"
14. Cunego Damiano 71 Lampre 4h 32' 55 - 01' 28"
15. Sastre Carlos 11 Team Csc Saxo Bank 4h 32' 55 - 01' 28"
General Classification After Stage 16 (Top 15)
1. Schleck Frank 17 Team Csc Saxo Bank 68h 30' 16"
2. Kohl Bernhard 115 Gerolsteiner 68h 30' 23 - 00' 07"
3. Evans Cadel 1 Silence - Lotto 68h 30' 24 - 00' 08"
4. Sastre Carlos 11 Team Csc Saxo Bank 68h 31' 05 - 00' 49"
5. Menchov Denis 131 Rabobank 68h 31' 29 - 01' 13"
6. Vandevelde Christian 191 Garmin Chipotle 68h 33' 31 - 03' 15"
7. Kirchen Kim 41 Team Columbia 68h 33' 39 - 03' 23"
8. Valverde Alejandro 31 Caisse D’epargne 68h 34' 27 - 04' 11"
9. Sanchez Samuel 27 Euskaltel - Euskadi 68h 34' 54 - 04' 38"
10. Valjavec Tadej 109 Ag2r-La Mondiale 68h 35' 39 - 05' 23"
11. Efimkin Vladimir 104 Ag2r-La Mondiale 68h 37' 14 - 06' 58"
12. Cunego Damiano 71 Lampre 68h 37' 59 - 07' 43"
13. Astarloza Mikel 22 Euskaltel - Euskadi 68h 38' 19 - 08' 03"
14. Schleck Andy 16 Team Csc Saxo Bank 68h 39' 17 - 09' 01"
15. Nibali Vincenzo 67 Liquigas 68h 39' 23 - 09' 07"
Stage 17 Profile
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