Wednesday, July 13, 2005


TdF Stage 11: Vino Rebounds

VENOKOUROV RECOVERS, WINS STAGE. He may have collapsed on the climb to Corchevel, but Alexandre Vinokourov led the way up the highest climb in this year's Tour de France--the Col de Galibier--and finished Stage 11 a full 1'15" ahead of a chasing group that included Lance Armstrong and other contenders. With this effort, Vino demonstrated he not only has the capacity to continue to climb well, but has not necessarily given up his hopes for a top three finish in Paris on July 24.

DEFENSIVE DISPLAY. I was hoping for more fireworks on this day that included a Cat 1 and two HC mountains. But Discovery Channel controlled the peloton, rode defensively, and contained most attacks. Discovery Channel's power is demonstrated in the fact that they had 5 riders in the chasing group at the end of the stage. I suppose we can count on the "Disco Boys" to do more of the same in the stages ahead. I think the fireworks are over...for a few days. But wait until Sunday.

A few notes from Stage 11:

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