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Le Tour de France 2009 – Stage 19: Bourgoin-Jallieu > Aubenas, 178km



We left Bourgoin-Jallieu this morning, but first a quick run through some of the teams’ performances; Cervélo: their Tour has been a good one, Haussler and Hushovd have won stages and Thor has made himself a whole load of new fans by the way he has ridden in pursuit of green.

Astana: their Tour has been marvellous – even better than that if you go on the “no such thing as bad publicity principle.”

It’s the Tour – you gotta have a sunflower shot. Photo©Ed Hood

Saxo: have had a good Tour thru Fabian, Sorensen and the Schlecks – it could get better; in my memory, no brothers have ever shared a Tour podium – and that’s possible.

Garmin: haven’t won a stage, but they’ve made the headlines with Bradley; not to mention Farrar and Millar.

Liquigas: Pello in polka dots and Nibali top ten, enough said.

Euskaltel: a stage win and Astarloza in the top ten; probably more than they had hoped for.

Columbia = Cav.

Bert and Lance are never that far from each other – except on the team bus. Photo©Ed Hood

Caisse: Sánchez’s stage win means it’s a good Tour.

SkilShimano: have won nothing – except admiration and column inches; Rudi Kemna says that it’s his squad that’s getting all the press back home.

AG2R: Nocentini’s tenure in yellow has made it an excellent Tour – I’m still not sure about the brown, though.

Agritubel: finish at the end of 2009 but Feillu’s stage win and a resurgent Moreau have made it a good Tour for them.

B Box: two stage wins – a big, big result for the boys in blue.

Katusha: Ivanov saved the day; (even though I think he may be an alien)

Who’s left?

Rabobank: a grim Tour for the orange men – no question that the Tour was too much for Menchov after his battle with Di Cera in the Giro.

Francaise de Jeux: disastrous, especially with AG2R, Agritubel and B box all doing the biz.

Fiellu was slightly off the back, suffering a mechanical. Photo©Ed Hood

Cofidis: see F des J!

Lampre: dire, made worse by Liquigas’s good run.

Milram: Who? Were they here?

Quickstep: maybe their worst ever; even Chavanel couldn’t pull a rabbit out of the hat.

Silence: maybe even more disastrous than QuickStep’s – a Chernobyl of a Tour, in fact.

This was the year that Evans was to win!

With three stages left and being pragmatic; a Head will win on Ventoux and Cav will win on the Champs.

Therefore, if you want to win a stage; “today’s the day.”

Beautiful tree-lined avenues aplenty in this part of the world. It’s lovely here. Photo©Martin Williamson

Not being wise after the event, but we could see that it might well be together at the foot of the last climb.

The first 50 or 60 K were perfect for a break to ‘stick’ but then there were long, open stretches where it could be hunted down.

Cav makes it five – an amazing young man.

Cav: there’s nothing else to say, except; “the best sprinter in the world.”

Baroudeur stage? But nobody told Cav!