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Le Tour de France 2012 – Stage 16: Pau – Bagnères-de-Luchon, 197 km.

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As a colleague from another life used to say; ‘you should never drink on an empty head.’ A sentiment I can endorse as we sit in our hotel in Vielha, Spain. Having left Pau, there were no digs to be had in France near the stage finish at Bagnères-de-Luchon – the Tour is a black hole which sucks up every hotel room within an hour’s drive and we had to cross the border to get to our digs.

QuickStep, Saxo, Movistar and Euskaltel all did the same thing and are here in Vielha, too.

It took a bit of a struggle to find the digs, tucked up a back alley, but they’re sound – no wi-fi in the room but it’s good enough in the bar where we had a cerveza or two as we edited the pics, wrote the words and got our article organised.

It was nice and quiet until some English and Aussie Tour fans arrived – not that I have a problem with either nationality, but jings, they were loud.

The mountain air, San Miguel and excitement of watching le Tour roadside create a heady mix.  And perhaps they should remember that France is France – not Rochdale and gendarmes aren’t ‘friendly bobbies.’

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You don’t get views like this from the Press Room – glorious. Photo©Martin Williamson

We had our usual good day, driving the parcours; and all of France is happy with Tommy.

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Tommy Voekler heads for a great stage win and the polka dots. Photo©Martin Williamson

But it’s apparent that Nibali has settled for third; the attacks today were mere show-boating.

He’s distanced Evans enough not to worry in the time trial and it would be folly to risk that in ‘death or glory’ attacks.

It’s been apparent from the first hill top finish that Evans doesn’t have the form he did, last year.

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Ivan Basso keeps the speed high for Nibali, to distance Evans even more. Photo©Martin Williamson

Meanwhile, Wiggins and the Sky ‘clockwork soldiers’ tick ever onwards.

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Wiggins has things under control it appears. Photo©Martin Williamson

We were going to drive the full stage, tomorrow but have decided to change our plans; we’ll be hugely surprised if there are any ‘exploits’ and we received another one of those emails from ASO explaining complicated shenanigans for evacuating the mountain top finish.

Given that the ‘default setting’ for Tour traffic is chaos and ‘bouchons’ – a new French word we picked up, meaning ‘traffic jams’ – if the organisation warns you about how bad it’s going to be, then you best listen.

We’ve now decided on a mission for the start area; but we’ll find a bar and watch the finale.

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Hundreds of thousands of people can’t be wrong. Photo©Martin Williamson

The crowds today were maybe a wee bit less than one might expect in the Pyrenees but there are a number of factors in play – there were four major climbs to choose from, there are no Spanish riders in the race doing anything other than clinging on and the French fans, whilst happy to amble to road end or village square think twice about driving deep into the mountains and the subsequent nightmare to get home.

That will change perhaps, when and if Thibout Pinot, or one of the new generation French riders – maybe Demare, can challenge for the GC?

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Fabrice Jeandesboz concentrates on getting to the top of the Peyrousourde. Photo©Martin Williamson

There are a lot more Aussies on the race these last few years – not just for Cadel, but for GreenEDGE, too.

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Daft Aussie fans – we had to tell them to ‘put more life into it!’ for the photo! Photo©Martin Williamson

But many less Americans – that one’s not hard to figure out.

It goes without saying that there are many more English fans, roadside.

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Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa gets up the Peyrousourde as best he can. Photo©Martin Williamson

There’s little doubt that Wiggins will win, and that’s what counts, but it’s in the manner of Anquetil, Indurain and Armstrong.

Have a strong team, dominate the first time trial then close the race down.

The addition of a second long time trial to the race makes it even more ‘Brad friendly’ – it’s unlikely it will be the same format next year if ASO want their race to become a great competition again.

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Mark Cavendish was in the last group on the road. Photo©Martin Williamson

If it wasn’t for Sagan and the ‘exploits’ of the French riders, this would be one very lame Tour indeed.

As I’ve already said, we get the best of it, driving around the parcours and then watching a hi-ite in the finale, live – but if you’re watching on TV it’s been hard work.

On the subject of the parcours, it was glorious today – the Pyrenees are magical, the ranges stretch off forever into the heat haze.

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From the top of the Aspin. Photo©Martin Williamson

It’s a place where you can see that the earth has been stretched and splintered, with huge shards of rock pointing skywards.

One of these years, it would be nice to come and see these wonders without deadlines and traffic chaos.

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Michael Morkov was in the first big group today – great stuff! Photo©Martin Williamson

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Fredrik Kessiakoff lost his KOM lead today to Tommy Voekler. Photo©Martin Williamson

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Albasini feels Martin is standing too far out in the road. Photo©Martin Williamson

We’ve been listening to ‘podcasts’ during this Tour – my introduction to this new form of communications.

The interviews on the ITV 4 podcast with Chris Boardman and Ned Boulting are good – they spoke to Brajkovic today and it was good to hear a man just speak honestly about his race and his prospects with no spin.

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Janez Brajkovic is in 8th place, and realistic about this being his level. Photo©Martin Williamson

Seventh or eighth is my place and I’m happy with it,’ similarly, Evans was honest about the fact that his Tour is over.

Bradley explained that another day had been ‘ticked off’ but thankfully didn’t mention ‘boxes.’

But as Dave said of Tommy Voeckler, ‘Man of the Day’ – it’s very hard just to get in a break in a race like the Tour.

And to consistently get in the right one is something that only the smartest of riders can achieve.

For all of his tongue exposing, jersey flapping, rocking and rolling, Voeckler is a quality rider and the Tour would much the poorer without him.

VeloVeritas would like to say; ‘Chapeau, Monsieur Voeckler!’

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The QuickStep mechanics were amusing themselves by squirting water at the lasses. This guy got them back. Photo©Ed Hood

Result - Le Tour de France 2012 - Stage 16, Pau - Bagnères-de-Luchon

Stage Result

1 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar 5:35:02
2 Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank 0:01:40
3 Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel – Euskadi 0:03:22
4 Alexandr Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
5 Brice Feillu (Fra) Saur – Sojasun 0:03:58
6 Jens Voigt (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan 0:04:18
7 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin – Sharp 0:06:08
8 Simone Stortoni (Ita) Lampre – ISD
9 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha Team
10 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:06:11
11 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:07:09
12 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling
13 Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling
14 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale 0:08:07
15 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team
16 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team
17 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack-Nissan
18 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team
19 Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Movistar Team
20 Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack-Nissan
21 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team 0:08:48
22 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar
23 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 0:10:01
24 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel – Euskadi 0:10:46
25 Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team
26 Christophe Kern (Fra) Team Europcar
27 Maxime Monfort (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan 0:10:54
28 Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha Team
29 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha Team
30 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar Team
31 Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling
32 Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre – ISD
33 Andreas Klöden (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan
34 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Omega Pharma-Quickstep
35 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:11:56
36 George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing Team
37 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team
38 Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team
39 Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
40 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
41 Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
42 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
43 Pablo Urtasun Perez (Spa) Euskaltel – Euskadi
44 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:14:07
45 Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana Pro Team 0:14:17
46 Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 0:15:17
47 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Movistar Team
48 Dominik Nerz (Ger) Liquigas-Cannondale
49 Jorge Azanza Soto (Spa) Euskaltel – Euskadi
50 Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Saur – Sojasun 0:15:54
51 Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur – Sojasun
52 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Argos-Shimano
53 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team 0:16:38
54 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank 0:18:01
55 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
56 Stephen Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing Team 0:20:25
57 Michael Rogers (Aus) Sky Procycling
58 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep
59 Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar Team 0:21:17
60 Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Movistar Team
61 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar 0:21:31
62 Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 0:22:14
63 Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Saur – Sojasun 0:22:15
64 Michael Morkov (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank
65 Stuart O’Grady (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team
66 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin – Sharp
67 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol Team
68 Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quickstep
69 Kevin De Weert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep
70 Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team
71 Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Saur – Sojasun
72 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat
73 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale
74 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar
75 Christian Knees (Ger) Sky Procycling
76 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Katusha Team
77 Yann Huguet (Fra) Argos-Shimano
78 Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:24:57
79 Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre – ISD 0:26:20
80 Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:27:33
81 Koen De Kort (Ned) Argos-Shimano
82 Francis De Greef (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team
83 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team
84 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) RadioShack-Nissan
85 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team
86 Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
87 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team
88 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
89 Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat
90 Federico Canuti (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
91 Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
92 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
93 Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat
94 Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel – Euskadi
95 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
96 Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
97 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank
98 Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank
99 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quickstep
100 Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team
101 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling
102 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat
103 Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Garmin – Sharp
104 Roy Curvers (Ned) Argos-Shimano
105 Albert Timmer (Ned) Argos-Shimano
106 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale
107 Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
108 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team
109 Juan Horrach Rippoll (Spa) Katusha Team
110 Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team
111 Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
112 Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha Team 0:27:54
113 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team
114 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 0:30:11
115 Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
116 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin – Sharp
117 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar 0:30:38
118 Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
119 Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank
120 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
121 Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
122 Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar
123 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol Team 0:33:04
124 Kristijan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Cannondale
125 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Saur – Sojasun
126 Martin Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quickstep
127 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Belisol Team
128 Baden Cooke (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team
129 Julien Simon (Fra) Saur – Sojasun
130 Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank
131 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur – Sojasun
132 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin – Sharp
133 David Millar (GBr) Garmin – Sharp
134 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Sky Procycling
135 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
136 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre – ISD
137 Bert Grabsch (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep
138 Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Argos-Shimano
139 Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
140 Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat
141 Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team
142 Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol Team
143 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team
144 Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
145 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
146 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Belisol Team
147 Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Katusha Team
148 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Sky Procycling
149 Juan José Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank
150 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank
151 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:33:52
152 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team
DNS Frank Schleck (Lux) RadioShack-Nissan
DNF Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre – ISD
DNF Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
DNF Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha Team

Overall Classification

1 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling 74:15:32
2 Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:02:05
3 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:02:23
4 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team 0:05:46
5 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack-Nissan 0:07:13
6 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:07:55
7 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:08:06
8 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team 0:09:09
9 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar 0:10:10
10 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 0:11:43
11 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale 0:11:47
12 Andreas Klöden (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan 0:13:14
13 Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack-Nissan 0:13:39
14 Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank 0:14:43
15 Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur – Sojasun 0:20:12
16 Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha Team 0:21:06
17 Maxime Monfort (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan 0:21:26
18 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel – Euskadi 0:21:41
19 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar Team 0:22:47
20 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha Team 0:24:20
21 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:33:57
22 Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 0:35:11
23 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar 0:37:19
24 Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 0:42:43
25 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:44:37
26 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre – ISD 0:46:27
27 Michael Rogers (Aus) Sky Procycling 0:46:29
28 Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team 0:48:22
29 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 0:51:02
30 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:52:11
31 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:53:21
32 Alexandr Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:53:41
33 Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Movistar Team 0:55:38
34 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha Team 0:59:38
35 Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel – Euskadi 1:00:44
36 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale 1:02:38
37 Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling 1:09:11
38 George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing Team 1:09:42
39 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 1:09:51
40 Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 1:11:27
41 Jens Voigt (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan 1:11:36
42 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team 1:16:43
43 Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team 1:18:26
44 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 1:18:49
45 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team 1:19:09
46 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin – Sharp 1:19:38
47 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 1:20:14
48 Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana Pro Team 1:21:57
49 Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Saur – Sojasun 1:23:13
50 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin – Sharp 1:24:22
51 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank 1:25:18
52 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar 1:26:52
53 Dominik Nerz (Ger) Liquigas-Cannondale 1:27:05
54 Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team 1:28:30
55 Kevin De Weert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 1:29:52
56 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Movistar Team 1:30:31
57 Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 1:31:16
58 Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 1:31:32
59 Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 1:32:52
60 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 1:33:03
61 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team 1:33:53
62 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling 1:33:57
63 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar 1:35:21
64 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team 1:35:25
65 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale 1:36:42
66 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Katusha Team 1:36:46
67 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 1:37:35
68 Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 1:38:47
69 Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 1:39:43
70 Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 1:40:39
71 Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre – ISD 1:42:19
72 Simone Stortoni (Ita) Lampre – ISD 1:44:38
73 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 1:46:31
74 Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Movistar Team 1:47:18
75 Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 1:48:29
76 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) RadioShack-Nissan 1:49:39
77 Jorge Azanza Soto (Spa) Euskaltel – Euskadi 1:53:11
78 Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Saur – Sojasun 1:53:44
79 Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 1:56:19
80 Martin Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 1:56:33
81 Michael Morkov (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank 1:57:00
82 Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 1:57:43
83 Christian Knees (Ger) Sky Procycling 1:58:29
84 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 1:59:57
85 Stephen Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing Team 2:00:13
86 Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre – ISD 2:00:34
87 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar 2:02:42
88 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol Team 2:03:30
89 Stuart O’Grady (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 2:07:12
90 Brice Feillu (Fra) Saur – Sojasun 2:07:35
91 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 2:07:57
92 Christophe Kern (Fra) Team Europcar 2:08:19
93 David Millar (GBr) Garmin – Sharp 2:09:05
94 Federico Canuti (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 2:10:45
95 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 2:11:32
96 Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 2:12:24
97 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Belisol Team 2:12:47
98 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 2:14:02
99 Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel – Euskadi 2:14:05
100 Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank 2:14:56
101 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 2:15:19
102 Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 2:15:36
103 Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 2:16:08
104 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team 2:16:24
105 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin – Sharp 2:16:45
106 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team 2:16:47
107 Koen De Kort (Ned) Argos-Shimano 2:17:13
108 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 2:19:07
109 Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha Team 2:20:27
110 Kristijan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Cannondale 2:20:47
111 Julien Simon (Fra) Saur – Sojasun 2:21:34
112 Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 2:22:15
113 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Argos-Shimano 2:23:13
114 Baden Cooke (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 2:23:41
115 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank 2:24:17
116 Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 2:26:48
117 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 2:27:33
118 Francis De Greef (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team 2:27:54
119 Juan Horrach Rippoll (Spa) Katusha Team 2:28:04
120 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 2:29:26
121 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol Team 2:29:33
122 Bert Grabsch (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 2:30:59
123 Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 2:32:21
124 Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol Team 2:32:35
125 Pablo Urtasun Perez (Spa) Euskaltel – Euskadi 2:33:56
126 Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar Team 2:34:12
127 Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 2:35:02
128 Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Saur – Sojasun 2:35:08
129 Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 2:36:55
130 Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank 2:37:21
131 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 2:37:59
132 Roy Curvers (Ned) Argos-Shimano 2:39:28
133 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Belisol Team 2:40:58
134 Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank 2:41:36
135 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank 2:41:42
136 Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar 2:43:25
137 Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team 2:43:48
138 Yann Huguet (Fra) Argos-Shimano 2:44:46
139 Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 2:45:41
140 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Saur – Sojasun 2:46:10
141 Juan José Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank 2:48:01
142 Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Argos-Shimano 2:49:30
143 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Sky Procycling 2:50:33
144 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Sky Procycling 2:50:38
145 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 2:50:53
146 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 2:56:19
147 Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 2:57:50
148 Albert Timmer (Ned) Argos-Shimano 2:58:28
149 Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Katusha Team 3:00:40
150 Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Garmin – Sharp 3:01:11
151 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur – Sojasun 3:09:41
152 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin – Sharp 3:13:24

Ed Hood and Martin Williamson
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The Two Day Theory: TdF 2010 Stage 4 (bunchie)

Two Day Theory. It is a very fortunate thing that the situation that Garmin-Transitions is in during this Tour is a first time for all of us involved. The fortune I speak of is partly that we've never had to deal with nigh on half of our team all being pretty badly wounded on the one descent, and partly that the fretting resulting from this would leave us, the staff, nervous wrecks. I have made up a totally anecdotal "two day" theory regarding peoples' responses to injury and trauma. It's completely without scientific evidence or backing, but does explain a pattern of behaviour that I have regularly seen over the years.

Le Tour de France 2013 – Stage 4: Nice > Nice, 25km TTT. GreenEDGE Edge It!

'GreenEDGE will be on a high' we said of their chances in the TTT – and they exploited it in the best way possible. There’s a lot of luck involved in professional cycling and it was Sky and QuickStep’s turn for that particular lady to desert them, this time around.

The Carnage Continues – TDF 2012 St 4

Andre Greipel, the big man with enough horsepower to be a chance at beating Cav in a straight sprint took the stage win today. We, the fans unfortunately didn’t have tthe chance to see the two great men going head to head as they did on Stage 2 (one of the best sprints I’ve ever seen) as Cav was caught in a crash and hit the road a couple of km from the finish. The Carnage Continues...

Le Tour de France 2006 – Day 2: Prologue Parcours Recce, Strasbourg

I walked in to the press room this morning and one of the guys from French radio told me that Ulrich and Sevilla were gone - sent home by T-Mobile due to their involvement in Operacion Puerto, the Spanish drugs bust. Le Tour de France 2006.

Mark Cavendish at the Tour de France 2012 – He’s THAT good!

2012 Tour de France: one sprint stage, one stage win for Mark Cavendish. The world champ was sensational in the finale of last night’s stage. He squeezed by “The Gorilla” Andre Greipel who ran off the back of a beautifully organised leadout train.

Le Tour de France – Day 7: Stage 19, Roanne to Montlucon, an day with Emma Davies Jones

Bonjour 08.30 we're just getting ready to roll. This is our second F1 hotel of the trip, Grenoble two nights ago and here, last night, basic but clean and the beds work fine - 33 euros for the two of us, so musn't grumble. It's another beautiful day in France, more that can be said for St. Etienne, which seems to be re-inventing itself as a 'Techno Town.' The old part of town is fine though, we had an excellent pizza in a little restaurant last night. Motorbikes and Emma Davies Jones!

At Random

Copenhagen Six Day 2013 – Day Six

'Are you ready, boys?' asks ex-pro and new Copenhagen Six Day 2013 race organiser, Michael Sandstød. Then he adds with a grin; 'Enjoy your last hour in Copenhagen!' I'm holding Michael Mørkøv on the start line for the final chase.

World Road Race Championship 2007 – Day 4: Espoirs Road Race

It was warm today at the World Road Race Championship 2007. It's a cliche, but what a difference nice weather makes. The ladies race was on first: I have to rant, I'm afraid. What is Jeanie Longo doing? What is the French Federation doing? What is the UCI doing? It's not good for the sport for a woman who looks about 60 to finish in the bunch; she's a remarkable athlete, no doubt. But that's not the point, it's time to stop, Jeanie. Now! OK, I feel better now.

Robert Hassan – Looking Forward to the Next Premier

A third place in last Sunday's Drummond Trophy alerted us to 18 year old Robert Hassan's form, so we thought we better have a word. His dad introduced him to cycling five years ago, initially mountain biking, and has mentored him ever since then, with Robert getting more into the road scene as he turned Junior a couple of years ago...

La Vuelta a España 2014 – Stage 18; A Estrada – Monte Castrove en Meis, 173.5 km. Fabio Aru with Froome Calling the Shots

‘Alberto defends lead in spite of heavy bombardment at Monte Castrove en Meis,’ says the Saxo-Tinkoff press release – with Chris Froome the man in charge of the howitzers. Christopher may not be stylish but the man is a bike racer – and that has to be respected. The tactic is simple, when the road goes up and the pace eases back a notch – attack! It nearly netted him the win today but Aru is young, hungry, skinny and pretty quick for a mountain man. But Froome did climb to second on the ‘virtual’ podium and claw back some time on Contador.

Ryder Hesjedal – On his Tour crash, the Olympics, the Worlds, and Beijing

Garmin’s Ryder Hesjedal came out of the Giro in shape of his life, with his morale sky high after his historic win. He rested well after Italy, resumed training and was in great shape for the Tour de France. He rode strongly in the prologue and managed to keep out of trouble – until stage six.

Craig Maclean – Totally Focused on Beijing

It would have been his 13th Worlds; but for the first time since 1996 there will be no one from Granton-on-Spey on the British track team, when the series kick off in Manchester in a week-or-so. VeloVeritas caught up with Craig Maclean on the day 'The Guardian' told us that he won't be pulling on a GB 'speed suit' for the team or individual sprints.