Le Tour 2011

Typically the Tour takes a week or so and a few mountains to warm up, but we have already witnessed some pivotal moments.

Stage 1: A spectator juts out and brings down most of the peloton in a domino effect.


Alberto Contador was caught behind and the leading group put pedal to the floor. The damage: 1’20”.

Stage 4: A clever stage where the climb at the finish gives everyone a chance. Here we see climbers, sprinter, rouleurs and Vinokorovs all in the mix.

Alberto really, really, really wants this one.

Cadel puts on his race face.

Andy – wants the anger out of his stomach.
Thor – God of Thunder wants to stay in yellow
Vino – wants redemption
Philippe – wants something on his birthday
Fränk – wants to be like Andy

Cadel hurls the bike forward…

…and wins by a centimetre. Then, in what may turn out to be a crucial psychological victory, Contador starts a premature fingerbang.

Cadel stares him down with one of his “chiselled Thunderbird” looks.

And in anguish, Alberto withdraws the finger.

In summary: Cadel is attacked during a nature stop at 30km to go; a bike change (15km); BMC riders Burghardt and Hincapie bring him back; stage win. Cadel: “I can’t believe that I managed to beat Philippe Gilbert having led him out into a headwind.” This was an awesome race.

To the victor go the spoils. In this case a bunch of power bar flowers and a what looks like a plastic statue of a water bottle.

The GC? Here is the official top 15 after stage 4

1

Thor Hushovd

13:58:25

2

Cadel Evans

0:00:01

3

Fränk Schleck

0:00:04

4

David Millar

0:00:08

5

Andreas Klöden

0:00:10

6

Bradley Wiggins

7

Geraint Thomas

0:00:12

8

Edvald Boasson Hagen

9

Andy Schleck

10

Jakob Fuglsang

11

Tony Martin

0:00:13

12

Peter Velits

13

Tejay Van Garderen

14

Christopher Horner

0:00:18
15

Levi Leipheimer

I don’t want to bring out the red texta just yet. There are innocent spinters still in there who should be spared the anticipated carnage once we apply our strict VXE doping-association criteria.

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2 Responses to Le Tour 2011

  1. ducatiboy says:

    I don’t think anybody has ever really understood the term “chiselled” until they have seen Cadel’s face in the midst of the Deathstare

  2. 888riley says:

    Great summary Mark. I think Bert’s face says it all as he fires off a blank. And I knew Cadel could be ferocious, but he’s clearly spent the off-season working on his Death Stare. I hope he’s kept something apocalyptic in his warchest of angry looks for later in the race

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