Outdoors Magazine

Tour 2011: Back To Racing

Posted on the 12 July 2011 by Kungfujedi @Kungfujedi
Tour 2011: Back To Racing
Following the rest day yesterday, the riders at this year's Tour de France went back out onto the road today, where they continued their ride through the French countryside. The day started with wind, rain, and even hale at the start, and ended with a clash of sprinters at the end.
Stage 10 was another hilly affair, with two Category 3 and 4 climbs. Despite that however, it was a blisteringly fast ride that had the Peloton sweeping across the course in a very workmen like fashion. When it was all said and done, the top sprinters in the sport had may there way to the front, and a mad dash to the finish saw André Greipel of Omega Pharma out sprint Mark Cavendish to the line after 158km (98.17 miles) of riding. Jose Rojas finished third a short distance back.
As a result of the sprints today, Cavendish made up ground in the race for the Green Jersey, which still sits on the shoulders of Philippe Gilbert. Cav is still in third place in that competition, behind Rojas, but the gap has narrowed considerably, which should mean some real spirited rides in the stages to come. As expected, French rider Thomas Voeckler remains in Yellow today, Johnny Hoogerland keeps the Polka Dot Jersey. Hoogerland suffered through the ride today with 33 stitches in his legs following the horrific crash on Sunday that sent him into a barb wire fence. Dutch rider Robert Gesink held on to the White Jersey today as well.
Tomorrow's stage is the calm before the storm. It features a 167.5km (104.7 miles) of racing between Blayes-les-Mines and Lavaur. The course will once again undulate across the French countryside, but will only have a single Cat 3 and 4 climb. An intermediate sprint point, almost exactly in the middle of the stage, will provide some fireworks as Cavendish looks to close the gap on the Green Jersey even further. Otherwise, it is unlikely that tomorrows stage will provide any major changes in the standings.
On Thursday, the Pyrenees loom at last.
One other note, RadioShack rider Yaroslav Popovych has retired from the race due to a fever. He is the third rider from that team to go home, following Chris Horner, who left with a broken nose and a concussion, and Janez Brajkovic, who withdrew with a broken collar bone. Levi Leipheimer and Andreas Klöden are also riding with injuries sustained in various crashes throughout the first week of the race. It is safe to say that the RadioShack squad is one beat-up unit at the moment.

You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Shilo Sanders- Son Of Deion Sanders Thanks Courts For Allowing Him To Live With...

    Shilo Sanders- Deion Sanders Thanks Courts Allowing Live With Pilar

    ChristianNews Shilo Sanders, the son of NFL Hall of Famer,  Deion Sanders took to twitter to “thank” the courts for allowing him to live with his mother, Pilar... Read more

    The 04 August 2017 by   Firstladyb
    SPIRITUALITY
  • “I Feel Great”

    Feel Great”

    Jakub went to his doctor's office believing that he had a back injury, but returned with a chocking diagnosis instead. He had type 2 diabetes - in spite of... Read more

    The 04 August 2017 by   Dietdoctor
    DIET & WEIGHT
  • July Allotment Recap (2/2)

    July Allotment Recap (2/2)

    Sunday afternoon saw us return bravely to 24a even though there were more thundery showers foretold by the weatherman. I will admit that I guffawed at the... Read more

    The 04 August 2017 by   Chrryblossomtat2
    GARDENING, HOME
  • Culinary Delicacies in Croatia- What to Eat and Drink in Croatia

    Culinary Delicacies Croatia- What Drink Croatia

    In my earlier post, we spoke about how Croatia is a stunning European destination, let us now see what are the culinary delicacies in Croatia or what you can... Read more

    The 04 August 2017 by   Kash Pals
    FOOD & DRINK, A-CLASSER
  • #Golf Training Aids Spotlight: The Delta Putt

    #Golf Training Aids Spotlight: Delta Putt

    Do you consider yourself to be a strong putter or do you feel you could improve your make percentage on the green? Most amateurs could use help with the flat... Read more

    The 04 August 2017 by   Golfforbeginners
    GOLF, SPORTS
  • Three Incredible Hikes in Southern Iceland3 Min Read

    Three Incredible Hikes Southern Iceland3 Read

    Nature takes center stage in Iceland, where there's a stunning view around every bend: massive glaciers, expansive lava fields, powerful waterfalls, black sand... Read more

    The 04 August 2017 by   Healthytravelblog
    TRAVEL
  • What I Wore: Daytime Pajamas

    What Wore: Daytime Pajamas

    Pajama top: ELOQUII (14) | Pajama pants: ELOQUII (14) | Shoes: ASOS (similar) | Earrings: J. Crew ( same in different colors, similar concept in same color) |... Read more

    The 04 August 2017 by   Wardrobeoxygen
    FASHION, SELF EXPRESSION, SHOPPING

Magazine