Wednesday, July 13, 2005
TdF Stage 11: Vino Rebounds
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:
- Christophe Moreau moved into third place overall. Good to have a Frenchman in the mix for the podium in Paris. France is long overdue for a Yellow Jersey champion.
- Colombian Santiago Botero moved into 6th place.
- Vinokourov erased 1'15" from his deficit to Armstrong and moved up from 16th to 12th. He still has a lot of time to make up if he is to be on the podium in Paris.
- Mickael Rasmussen continues to hold a solid lead in the mountains competition; he may well wear the Maillot Pois into Paris.
- Tom Boonen keeps the Maillot Vert...even though he crashed again and is more banged up.
- Alejandro Valverde, yesterday's stage winner, keeps the White Jersey of best young rider; he also keeps pace in 5th place.