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Newsroundup - 7/11/2003 Updated
By Podofdonny
Date: 7/11/2003
Newsroundup - 7/11/2003 Updated

Petacchi beats the Badger's record

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Petacchi, the speed merchant from Spezia, not only won another stage victory today he also broke the record set by French legend Bernard Hinault of the number of stage wins in the Giro and Tour in the same season. Hinault had established the previous record in 1982 winning 4 stages of the Giro and Tour and the General Classification of the Tour. Petacchi’s 6 stage victories in the Giro and 4 (so far) in the Tour smash le Blaireau’s record.

Ever modest the 29 year old Italian was surprised when informed of his latest achievement and said -

"Well I have achieved something historical and it is an honor, but I will never will win Giro or a Tour like Hinault did."

As ever Petacchi was keen to thank his team mates when he spoke to French TV -

"Everything went as planned even though I was tired today because I have not really had time to recover I would like to thank my team-mate Nicola Loda who stayed with me while I was suffering. Today in the hills I was struggling, but the team worked so hard to get me back. I was wondering if my legs would be up to it. But I get better as the stage goes on and my legs get stronger when I see the finishing line."

"In Italy, we say that if you're third time lucky, the fourth time comes naturally," he said.

Tour Winners - Oldest

The Tour de France has been won 14 times by riders over 31 years old.

The oldest winner was Firmin Lambot who won in 1922, aged 36 years.

Gino Bartali in 1948 and Henri Pelissier in 1923 were both 34 years old.

Aged 33 years old, Leon Scieur in 1921, Firmin Lambot in 1919, Joop Zoetemelk in 1980 and Lucien Buysse in 1926.

Bjarne Riis in 1996, Maurice Garin in 1903, Maurice Dewaele in 1929 and Faustus Coppi in 1952, were all 32 years old.

Miguel Indurain in 1995, Federico Bahamontes in the 1959 and Ferdi Kubler in 1950 were all 31 years old when they took the yellow jersey.

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Tyler Hamilton

Team CSC’s captain, Tyler Hamilton, was still to be found in the peloton because yesterday’s new x-rays had not given any cause for alarm.

”The decisive test will come in the mountains. Today was tough but I got through in the same way that I have gone through the previous flat stages. The legs feel really good but it is still very painful when I have to move out of the saddle. I want to be part of the action in the mountains. It is not good enough just to be there. I guess we will just have to wait and see what the weekend brings”, said Hamilton.

For Bjarne Riis, today’s stage did not bring any surprises: ”The stage developed as we had expected. Again, it was very hot but I actually think that Tyler looked good out on the route. It is on the coming stages that the action really begins and we are all very excited to see how the team performs in the mountains”.

Official Tour Medical Communication

Guerini: Pain in the right knee

Zabel: Bruises and grazes to the left elbow and the right knee

Mercado: Somach problems

Wielinga: Bruise and grazes to the left hip

Manzano: Pain in the left knee

McEwen: Light bruising.

Armstrong's Bike

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This much is true, there’s no way one can ignore Lance Armstrong’s bike. This bike is special because not only its shape, but also its presentation was adapted. What meets the eye first is that the Madone 5.9 was provided with a very special design, especially for this Tour de France.

“A lot of black, some blue and a number of thunderbolts. It’s with this drawing that radiates power Lance rides through France”, Scott says.

Scott Taubert to his horror saw how Lance fell during the first bunch sprint. The fall looked bad and it was to be feared that the bike was badly damaged.

“The damage turned out to be not too bad”, we are told. “The bike itself remained intact and the parts that were broken, could be easily replaced. What’s more, we took more than one Modane 5.9 with us. Next to the model Lance rides on every day, he also has an identical bike with which he won the Dauphiné Libéré. Next to that, he also has a training-bike.”

While Lance pushes the pedals of the Madone 5.9, his team-mates still ride on the ‘old’ 5200. We asked what’s the difference between the two models and of course wanted to know why not everyone got a Madone 5.9.

“Just like all Trek-bikes, the Modane 5.9 is not made in series. What’s more, here we are confronted with a prototype that was especially developed for Lance”, Scott explains. “His team-mates only have to wait a little longer before they get the same model, most probably until January 2004. The public will be able to buy the bike somewhat sooner. If all goes as planned, the first Modane 5.9 will be available this August.

“The difference between the old and the new model is not in the weight (below you find a comparison between the two) but in the its shape and in the functional aspect. Tests in a wind-tunnel showed the way the Madone is shaped saves one minute over a 200 km stage. The seat stay extends back to clean the airflow over the rear wheel, while the down tube has an addition below the bottle cage and mounts to clean up the airflow over and around the bottom bracket, seat tube and down tube junction.

The Madone 5.9 in detail

Mainframe: OCLV®110 Carbon

Fork: Bontrager Race XXX Lite

Headset: Cane Creek S-6 Aheadset

Crankset: Shimano Dura-Ace 53/39

Front/Rear Derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace

Shifters: Shimano Dura-Ace

Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace, 11-23, 10 speed

Wheels: Bontrager Race X Lite

Tires: Bontrager Race X Lite 700x23c

Brakeset: Shimano Dura-Ace w/Shimano Dura-Ace STI levers

Handlebars: Bontrager Race Lite

Stem: Bontrager Race XXX Lite 31.8 7d

Saddle: San Marco Aspide Team Ti/leather

Seatpost: Bontrager Race XXX Lite

Weight: 2.43 lbs/1.1 kg (58 cm frameset)

Weight comparison 5200 and Madone 5.9

Frame: 1145 grams or 2,52 lbs (Madone 5.9: 1100 grams/2.43 lbs)

Fork: 345 grams or 0,76 lbs. (Madone 5.9: 339 grams or 0,75 lbs)

Total: 1490 grams or 3,28 lbs (Madone 5.9: 1439 grams or 3.17 lbs)

The Ritchey Report: Bike versus Crash

Ritchey, the bike component company, reports on how the teams it supports are faring in this edition of the Tour.

Four teams vying for podium spots at the Tour de France are putting their trust in Ritchey products; Jean Delatour, Gerolsteiner, Credit Agricole and one other (whose name we don’t have license to use!) are all equipped with the Ritchey WCS Bar and Stem. While winning the overall win away from Lance Armstrong and the other favorites will be a tall order, Ritchey riders will be looking for stage wins. Credit Agricole’s sprinting ace Stuart O’Grady is a front-runner for the green jersey and will be putting maximum torque into his Ritchey Bar and Stem, supporting the Ritchey mantra of stronger, lighter, faster! And Jean-Patrick Nazon (Jean Delatour) who has ridden like a superstar and is also keeping to the top of the KOM board is a Ritchey equipped rider - if you also look closely at the winning bike on Stage 2 you may see a Ritchey product as well, but we didn’t tell you...

Stage 1 of the Tour de France ended with a horrid wreck that produced fractured riders and bikes. Here are two photos of Davide Rebellin's bike.

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Click for larger image

Stage 3 as well ended with a much-publicized wreck involving Gerolsteiner rider Austrian Rene Haselbacher, who bumped shoulders with Robbie McEwen (Lotto-Domo) and Baden Cooke ( Ritchey's man in France, Andreas, sent the following picture of Rene after the stage, and was happy to report that Rene would be able to continue, and that the Ritchey WCS bar and stem survived perfectly! Another Ritchey supported rider, Credit Agricole’s veteran sprinter Stuart O’Grady, stated, “It's chaos again, mate, you just put your halo on and hope for the best.”

Rene Haselbacher after his crash

Please visit the newly designed Ritchey website here.

Stage 7 Preview - July 12: Lyon to Morzine, 226.5 km

Weather on Saturday stage: Lyon to Morzine. Sunny and hot. Temperatures 28 degrees in the morning, 27 degrees at the finish.

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When the Tour hits the mountains, the mountains hit back! First major climb of the Tour with the Cat 1 Col de la Ramaz. Fans will be experiencing déjà vu as the final kilometres of this stage were covered on stage 4 of the Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré. That day of high drama (Armstrong crashing, falling out with Halgand and a dramatic battle between himself and Mayo) will no doubt be repeated for some teams and riders. A very difficult stage for the yellow jersey team to control; the Spanish teams will be sending attacks up the road, and Simoni may well see this as his first opportunity to try and regain time lost in the TTT.

By the end of the stage a clearer picture should emerge on who is a contender, and which teams will have to rethink tactics and start going for stage victories as opposed to greater ambitions.

Courtesy Dauphiné Libéré

Courtesy Dauphiné Libéré - Col de la Ramaz

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