Criterium Dauphiné Libéré - Stage 3 Live
The Race of Truth in Bourg-de-Péage sure to shake up the G.C. but how much time
will Phillipe Gilbert hold onto by the days end against the lions of the
Stage 3: Bourg-de-Péage / Bourg-de-Péage - 43 Km
Welcome to our live coverage of Sage 3 a 43 km not so individual time trial sure
to change the general classification one more time before we go on to the stage
4 and the Ventoux and final selective stages of the "dress rehearsal" for the
Tour de France in July.
Today is a 43km time trial that should really show us who has a chance at
catching the Yellow and Blue Jersey wearer Philippe Gilbert and challenging for
The course has a Cat 4 climb early on, and is a rolling affair throughout.
This will really test the riders and favor the men like Landis, Vinokourov,
Leipheimer, and Hincapie. You can never count out guys like Dave Zabriskie and
Marco Pinotti either.
The current leader is, of course, the Italian Time Trial Champion Marco
Pinotti of Saunier Duval/Prodir.
There are about 85 riders left to start. Pinotti's time is 54' 42", and that is
a very fast ride.
1- Marco Pinotti 54.42
2- Nicki Sorensen 55.05
3- Sergio Paulinho 55.42
4- Peter Mazur 56.23
5- Bradley Wiggins 56.24
6- Lars Bak 56.35
7- Thomas Dekker zt
8- Leonardo Piepoli 56.50
9- Erik Dekker 56.51
10- Pierrick Fedrigo 57.11
Bernhard Kohl is now 4th . His time 55'43
In other news Jose Serpa (Colombia Selle Italia) is the new Continental Road
Race Champion of the Americas. Serpa a Columbian had some stiff competition from
the Brazilians who lead the medal count.
Out on the course right now is Wurth rider Vinokourov. He's looking strong.
2004 champ Mayo (Euskaltel-Euskadi) is coming across the finish line well back
of Pinotti's time. Mayo will have to try to win this race on Ventoux, where he
holds the record for the fastest ascent (from the 2004 Dauphine).
Mayo's time was 56' 19", 6th fastest so far. So the top three is still 1.
Pinotti at 54' 42", 2. Sorensen (CSC) 55' 05", 3. Paulinho (Wurth) at 55' 42".
Christophe "Bug-Taster" Moreau (AG2r) is on course. He is a decent time
trialist, and his tongue is out sampling the buzzing road cuisine of his home
0705 PDT - Leipheimer has set the best
time at the midway point. He is about 20" ahead of the best time. About 60
riders to go.
Moreau has a problem! His foot came out of the pedal, and he almost lost it
on a short climb. OUCH. He almost got his business squashed on the top tube. But
he kept it upright and avoided jeopardizing his future children, and managed to
get back underway. That will cost him about 10" though.
Some recent finishers times:
Jose ROJAS GIL (Würth Team) : 1'00'33
Uros MURN (Phonak) : 58'32
Jose Luis ARRIETA (AG2R Prévoyance) : 57'33
Stéphane SCHRECK (T-Mobile) : 58'05
Pietro CAUCCHIOLI (Crédit Agricole) : 57'04
0710 PDT - The French directors of the TV
images keep giving us shots of Moreau. Gustov comes in at 56' 22", not bad... in
the top ten so far. Now Landis is on course, winding through the course with his
funky new arms-up time trial position. It's the Kung Fu "Praying Mantis"
Landis is pushing a big gear. At the finish line, Azevedo of Discovery comes
in at 55' 46", which is 4th best so far. That's a good sign for the Portuguese
rider, who will be looking to have good form for the Tour where he will have
some chances to get some results of his own this year. Gusev of Discovery is
wearing the Russian Time Trial Champ jersey. At the finish, Leipheimer smashes
the best time by 37"! His time is 54' 05", and that will be a hard time to beat.
Gusev is going well, but he won't be likely to beat Leipheimer's time. Maybe
Landis will have a shot.
0718 PDT - Menchov sets the 2nd best time
at 7" behind Paulinho. Many riders have been slowing on the 2nd half of the
course, but Leipheimer got faster and faster towards the end. That was the key:
saving his bullets until the end. That shows how hard of a course this is. We'll
see if Menchov, who won the Vuelta a España last year, can hold his pace until
Astarloza (AG2r) finishes in 56' 47". That's good for about 8th so far. The
French directors keep showing shots of Gusev; he must be going very well on this
course. Of course, that Discovery / Russian TT Champ Jersey is freakin' cool
looking. Another cool kit they show is that of Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne). He's
looking strong, but we'll see what the clock shows.
0724 PDT - Oscar Sevilla (T-Mobile) crosses the
line with a decent time. Horner (Davitamon/Lotto) puts in a good time at 55' 49",
quite good as well. Sevilla was left off of T-Mobile's Tour de France squad, at
least the preliminary list. Maybe they are saving him for the Vuelta. The Tour
leaders for T-Mobile, Jan "U-Boat" Ullrich and Michael Rogers, will be riding in
the Tour de Suisse as their final prep race for the Tour de France.
Ullrich won that race in 2004, and Rogers almost won it last year,
surrendering the lead only on the final day in the mountains. Ullrich was kind
of pack filler last year. We'll see if Ullrich can find some better form and
work with Rogers for a T-Mobile win this year.
0729 PDT - Valverde, in the white suit of
ProTour leader, is on a climb now. No word on his times yet. Ok here's
something: Valverde was about 16" behind Landis at the 8.5km mark
Well now, Hincapie (Discovery) has just set the 2nd best time at the 8.5 km
mark, 6" behind Paulinho and about 2" faster than Landis. Great ride for big
George so far! For some reason, we're not getting shots of the start house.
We're only getting some time checks from the first part of the course. Strange,
0733 PDT - So nobody has come close to
Leipheimer's finishing time of 54' 05". Pinotti is still 2nd at 37" back. But
several big hitters like Landis, Valverde, Vinokourov, and Hincapie have yet to
come through. Zabriskie is also great at long, technical time trials like this.
In fact, Zabriskie won a similar stage in last year's Giro d'Italia. So he
could really pull one out. And of course at the 8.5km mark, he has just set the
best time at 14" faster than Paulinho and over 20" ahead of Hincapie and Landis.
No pictures of him yet though. Lame.
Now at the 28.5 km mark, Landis has set a time of 36' 16", which is 4" faster
than the previous best time of Leipheimer. So Landis of Phonak is going to
threaten his compatriot of Gerolsteiner for the best time. This could shape up
to be a big American civil war for the top five on this stage.
Here comes Menchov up to the finishing line: good time, 54' 53", 4th best so
far. Somewhere in there Popovych (Discovery) set the 3rd best time of 54' 45".
Still not close to Leipheimer at 54' 05" though.
Stuey "Donkey Kong" O'Grady (CSC) is on course and looking fast right now.
The Aussie is a darned good time trialist, but he shouldn't threaten the top of
the leader board at the end of the day.
0743 PDT - Lots of shots of O'Grady, but
none yet of his teammate setting the best time. Some day they'll show us shots
of Zabriskie, I'm sure. Oscar Pereiro (Caisse d'Epargne) puts in a finishing
time of 56' 11". Pereiro is a decent time trialist, but that time is over 2' 06"
back of Leipheimer, not what Pereiro was hoping for.
Vinokourov comes through with the 8th best time only, over a minute behind
Leipheimer. Vinokourov's time is 55' 29", 1' 24" behind Leipheimer. Ah, but
Grabsch of Phonak puts in the 2nd best time of the day at the finish with 54'
26". Great ride for the teammate of Landis.
Now shots of Hincapie! The king Disco duck is looking quite good on his time
trial bike. This will be interesting to see how he goes today. Can he be a real
Tour contender? We'll find out over the next few stages. Hincapie's long, lean
legs pound a huge gear into submission. His position looks a little high to me,
but I'm not a wind tunnel. It's definitely lower and more aero than it used to
be. He's just a big guy.
0753 PDT - Landis sets the best time! 53' 41",
and that is a 24" beating of his compatriot Leipheimer! Wow, Landis really
poured it on over the last section of the course. We'll see if Hincapie and
Zabriskie can challenge in the American battle for time trial supremacy. Of
course, men riding the Tour de Suisse instead of the Dauphine will factor into
the Tour de France time trials: big Jan Ullrich will be the big favorite in the
Tour time trials.
Wow, our firsts shot of Zabriskie shows him passing Egoi Martinez
(Discovery). Don't feel bad, Egoi, this dude is more aerodynamic than a stealth
bomber. Zabriskie is looking like he's going to blow everyone away today, but
his work is cut out for him with that time of Landis.
0758 PDT - Can Zabriskie beat Landis in
this time trial? Well he just smoked the best time at 28.5 km by 45"!! Zabriskie
is flying! Can he challenge big Jan in the Tour time trials? Ullrich, of course,
announced himself to the world by spanking none other than Miguel Indurain in
the 1996 Tour de France by over 1' to take his first Tour stage win. Ullrich was
2nd on GC that year behind his teammate Riis. He's the 800 pound gorilla of time
trialing, but Zabriskie looks like he might give him a challenge.
0803 PDT - Gusev of Discovery sets a
strong time! He is across the line in 54' 42". Valverde did well too, finishing
with a time of 54' 51". Strong times for both riders.
So David "Friskie" Zabriskie (CSC) is still smoking this course. He might
give them all a beating by over a minute. His form is perfect, just like his
sarcasm. That guy is a riot, very funny and nice and understated. It's a joy to
watch him torture the European press with his deadpan delivery: they can never
get his subtleties. Of course the British get him, but the French and Spanish
and Italian media members lose a lot in translation.
Voeckler (Bouygues Telecom) is 3' 20" down on Zabriskie at the 28.5 km check.
What kind of a beating is Z-man giving Gilbert, the race leader? Can Zabriskie
take the five and a half minutes he needs to take over the race lead? Well,
O'Grady finished in 3' 40" behind Landis. He didn't push hard at the end, so
he'll be just saving those bullets for the Tour de France. Hmmm... the media
swarm behind Zabriskie makes him look like he's going fast that he's kicking up
a wake of motorcycles.
0810 PDT - Here comes Mancebo, the AG2r
leader... 1' 56" back, 55' 38" for his time. That's pretty good for Mancebo, who
is a super duper climber, but not a great time trialist. These next two mountain
stages will be interesting.
Here's Hincapie! 54' 23" for the Big Hink, a very solid time for the
Discovery leader. That is 42" slower than Landis, and about 18" slower than
Leipheimer. George has improved his time trialing for sure: he has the 3rd best
time so far.
Here comes Dave Z! The Friskie one sets the best time at
52' 48", 53" better
than Landis. Well, he sure opened up that big can of Utah Whupass today! I
didn't know Utah had cans of whupass, but there you go! Zabriskie will win the
stage easily, but is this good enough to take the Yellow and Blue Jersey again?
Gilbert (FDJeux) is not doing badly: the race leader is only losing a little
more than 1' 30" to Zabriskie so far. He'll lose another minute or so, but he
should keep his Yellow and Blue Jersey by the end of the day. Well, Gilbert has
passed his 2' man Fabian Wegmann of Gerolsteiner! Gilbert really is having a
0820 PDT - Tommy V comes up to the finish
line over 3' behind Zabriskie. Voeckler is a great attacking rider, but time
trials don't seem to agree with him.
1 Zabriskie 52'48
2 Landis 53'41
3 Leipheimer 54'05
4 Hincapie 54'23
5 Grabsch 54'26
6 Pinotti 54'42
7 Gusev 54'42
8 Popovych 54'45
9 Lang 54'51
10 Valverde 54'51
11 Menchov 54'53
12 Sorensen 55'05
13 Martinez 55'11
14 Vandborg 55'17
15 Gilbert 55'28
16 Vinokourov 55'29
17 Chavanel 55'33
18 Azevedo 55'37
19 Mancebo 55'38
20 Paulinho 55'42
It looks like the top four spots are Americans. Interesting. Lance is sitting
somewhere having a beer, thinking, "Yep!" and smiling. Gilbert comes up to the
finish at 55' 28", losing 2' 39" to Zabriskie. Still, that's a decent ride for
sure. Gilbert will stay in the lead. Which means he won't lose that Blue and
Yellow Jersey until he gets blitzed on Ventoux tomorrow. If he can still hold it
after that, well, it would be a major feat.
0824 PDT - So David "Utah Whupass"
Zabriskie has won the stage with his time of 52' 48". He's up to 2nd on GC at 2'
1. Gilbert (FDJeux)
2. Zabriskie (CSC) @ 2' 47"
3. Landis (Phonak) @ 3' 48"
4. Leipheimer (Gerolsteiner) @ 4' 20"
5. Hincapie (Discovery Channel) @ 4' 24"
Zabriskie in the interview says that he sometimes has difficulty in the big
mountains, so it will be hard for him to win the GC in this race, but he will
try. He frustrates the French interviewers by refusing to say who is going to be
on the Tour team, saying that is the decision of Riis.
0830 PDT - Zabriskie smiles on the
podium. Or more like smirks. He is surely one of the elite in regards to the
time trial these days. It would be something if he could push Ullrich in the
Tour time trials. He'll have to leave it to his teammate Basso to challenge
Ullrich in the mountains.
Gilbert smiles on the podium in the Yellow and Blue Jersey. He's happy to be
able to hold off the flying squadron of American time trialists today. This is
really a breakthrough season for the Belgian, and he has really shown his
quality from the spring classics all the way up to this race.
Stage 4 will see some flattish terrain, until the riders get to Mont Ventoux.
That will be the first big showdown to see who really has their legs. There is
no hiding on Ventoux: either you have it or you don't.
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