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Stages 4 and 5

Stage 4 saw the riders speed up quite a bit from their leisurely ride of the day before. It also introduced a few more climbs. Since I'm drunk I can't remember much about it other than that is was faster and Thor Hushovd won. The end.

Stage 5 sped up even more and had the first serious climbs of the Tour. There was an early breakaway by some serious riders that held out over the last climb to the finish. Sylvain Chavanel was in the breakaway and took an outstanding number of points for the King of the Mountain. If he can at least stay at the front of the peloton for the summits from here on out, he can win KotM for the tour. There were lots of accidents and mechanical failures in today's stage that included many of the Tour hopefuls and leaders. The most dissapointing of them was by Vinokourov who took a really hard fall that almost ripped his shorts off! He had a HUGE hematoma on his ass and ended up finishing a minute behind the peloton. I was really stoked that Hincapie might win the stage but he went a bit early and Filippo Pozzato took the stage, with Hincapie back in the main body. The truly amazing part of today's race was that Fabian Cancellara IS A MACHINE. This time trialist really wanted to hold onto his yellow jersey and, even after he almost wiped out on the final descent, he did. He stayed near the front of the pack during much of the race. No one expected this guy to be such a serious contender. If he can keep this performance up in the Alps, he may have a chance at the win. Zabel finished fifth and took the green jersey. An interview with Levi showed him pretty fresh at the end of the race. He said they were going to fly over the Alps. ;)

Tomorrow's stage is relatively flat. Saturday the serious punishment comes for the peloton, and more cycling gods will be born.



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Jul. 13th, 2007 01:35 am (UTC)
You are so cute when you talk all cycling geeky.

We should go for a ride soon. Cider House? Sebastopol Brewery?
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