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Stage nine - St Gaudens - Tarbes

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posted Jul 12, 2009

Cav went too fast for everyone and was out on his own at the front, they will correct the result later! :) ha ha

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comment by Kaiser (U10796859)

posted Jul 12, 2009

Cav sneaked over in fourth <ok>

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posted Jul 12, 2009

It's always useful to have exciting TdF stage wins in the year your team is looking for a new main sponsor!

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posted Jul 12, 2009

Peter, thanks for the updates today.
Which stage do you think will be decisive this year apart from Ventoux.

Tgsgirl, what is sporza?

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posted Jul 12, 2009

Fifth place for Peter Velits. I must have only heard his name three or four times, but last night he kept on popping up in my dream. I woke up not even sure if he was an actual cyclist or if I'd made the name up in my subconscious. I can't remember having dreamt about a cyclist before. Strange. Good work though Peter!

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posted Jul 12, 2009

1. Fédrigo
2. Pellizotti
3. Freire
4. Ivanov
5. Velits
6. Rojas
7. Van Avermaet
8. Lequatre
9. Ballan
10. Roche

I'm sure they mean Cav instead of Ballan though. It's easy to get that rainbow jersey confused.

Laurens Ten Dam is in pain. He sound absolutely miserable.

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posted Jul 12, 2009

Sporza = Belgian tv channel, v good for showing clips of the final km of races no English-speaking channels bother to show on their website, generally more reliable than other coverage

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posted Jul 12, 2009

Talksence -
Sporza is the Belgian TV station that airs the Tour. Generally very knowledgeable and reliable on their info. They have their own guy on a motorcycle in the race to check who's where.

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posted Jul 12, 2009

Finally, a guy who could be in the polkadots for a while longer - Egoi Martinez.

http://www.sporza.be/cm/sporza/wielrennen/Tour/090712_TDF_rit_9_verslag

For anyone who wants an example of those videos: laatste kilometer is final k, etappe is stage, doorkomst is passage.

Grupetto 19 (Cancellara) just crossed the finish line. Still no sign of Thor, Tom and Cav (unless they didn't show them and they somehow rode faster than Fabfab).

Pellizotti had a good day for the wallet! €5000 on the top of the Tourmalet he gets €2000 for combativité.

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posted Jul 12, 2009

Cav crosses the line now, at exactly 25 minutes, for the record.

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posted Jul 12, 2009

1408:
BBC Sport's Alex Murray on 606: "This looks like a complete waste of two decent climbs. Really can't see the point in putting potentially decisive climbs in and then placing them so far from the line as to render them pointless.
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I guess the Tour organisators wants to keep the tension and excitement till the end. If they did 3 stages with the finish on the top, it could already have been over by now which would be bad for the interest in TdF. The Alps still have to come and everyone wants the TdF to be decided on the Mt Ventoux.
Still, it's stupid to put the Tourmalet in the middle of a stage with 70km flat after it.

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posted Jul 12, 2009

Why are you calling him Federigo? His name is Fedrigo.

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comment by Rabster (U1010144)

posted Jul 12, 2009

Tour organisers should be ashamed of themselves.
The Team time trial is a joke plus three "mountain" stages that have proved sprinters can't climb...even then they give us a decent mountain followed by a 70Km downhill/flat run-in?
Just why are Sherwin and Liggett so pro-Armstrong? Did he once have a beer on the IOM?

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posted Jul 12, 2009

'...Sherwin and Liggett so pro-Armstrong...'

Needs confirming, but I think their commentary goes out in the USA???

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posted Jul 12, 2009

hi,

thanks for all the chat today - heck of a day's racing and great to see another breakaway stay clear.

apologies for the federigo - started off without the extra 'e' so no idea how it started to sneak in there. all rectified now.

as for the main stage to sort it out...afraid I can't look past ventoux - that is going to be one monumental day and the way lance has been talking, I wouldn't be surprised to see him go for bust on that. unless he's trying to bluff everyone and he's going to go for it the Alps.

fascinating race so far, can't wait for the resumption on tuesday <ok>

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comment by LSR (U11126263)

posted Jul 12, 2009

Lance has never "won" Ventoux. He once called it a "bast*rd!".

Contador & Schleck will attack on that day, and it will be fun seeing what Lance can do in response.

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posted Jul 12, 2009

Psychology is key to winning the tour. Thus far Armstrong has been the consumate team player while Contador has tried act the part of leader by staying on his wheel and letting Armstrong work harder leading the Astana team. Armstrong got his initial time advantage by being positioned at the head of the peleton chasing Columbia team with another Astana rider when the break occurred. Contador got his time advantage by breaking away from fellow Astana riders Lance and Levi near the end of a long climb. If Armstrong and Contador remain this close going into 20th stage it will be interesting to see who the team helps when the inevitable showdown comes. My money is on Armstrong!

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posted Jul 12, 2009

With Carlos looking like not being able to defend his jersey, the Schlecks not doing enough so far (or keeping powder dry till the Alps?), l think it is between LA and AC and LA will win because he can attack again and again up a mountain and he is a better time triallist than AC.

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posted Jul 12, 2009

The Columbia-team had Hincapie in sight for a posible stage win today, not Kirchen.

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posted Jul 12, 2009

Can't agree agricfowl. Contador has already demonstrated this tour that he's got acceleration that no-one else can live with on stage 8, and he was faster than LA in the initial time trial.

The one remaining ITT is 40k, with a 4k climb up the Cote de Bluffy. This will suit AC, as well as LA. How well each of them do could depend on how much the epic stage the day before (5 climbs) has taken from them and their powers of recovery.

As for being able to attack again and again, AC's the master at dealing with varying pace. The key though is to do one attack and make it stick, a la Sastre last year on the Alpe.

I just hope the Ventoux stage lives up to it's billing.

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