Thursday, July 19, 2018

Tour, Stage 12: On Top of the World

While it was Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale) who went first, it was Geraint Thomas (Sky) who took the stage win.  Thomas takes his second stage win and increases his lead over his teammate and team captain Chris Froome.  Froome was fourth on the day with Bardet holding on for third.  For the second day in a row Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) took second on a mountain top finish.  The Dutchman got two more real seconds on Froome and another six bonus seconds.  However, Team Sky still has a very powerful one two to throw at any other GC hopefuls as we head down towards the Pyrennes.  Tomorrow will be a day for the sprinters, at least those that are still left in the Tour.

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Tour, Stage 12: Lining Up for a Sprint

The finale of the 12th stage atop Alpe d'Huez was a bit uncommon.  Normally, it is a sole rider that comes to the summit with a big gap on all of his competitors.  Today that should have been Steven Kruijswijk (Lotto NL Jumbo) but he was caught by the big boys on GC with about 3 kilometers left to race.  At one point the foursome of Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb), Geraint Thomas & Chris Froome (Sky) and Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale) were riding four abreast, waiting to see who would go first.  It was Bardet.  While these four were shadow boxing, Mikel Landa (Movistar), rejoined and two more riders were fast closing in.  It was looking like it was going to be a bunch sprint on a mountain top finish.

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Tour, Stage 12: Cheers, Boos & Mayhem

The 21 corners of the climb up Alpe d'Huez are claimed by different nationalities.  As Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale) rode through the wild crowds of the Dutch Corner, the fans cheered, jeered and set of flares in a mainly drunken frenzy.  They were all the more excited because it was a Dutchman, Steven Kruijswik (Lotto NL Jumbo) who was leading up the climb.  They, unfortunately released a torrent of jeers and boos when Chris Froome (Sky) came through the crowd.  Many are not satisfied with the results of his abnormal tests from the Veulta.  Even worse, it appears that a fan knocked Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) off his bike on the climb.  He wasn't hurt, but it did ruin his chances for the stage win.

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Tour, Stage 12: What Sky Does

Team Sky is a very effective team.  They have the budget and the riders to simply grind everyone else into dust.  At the base of the Alpe d'Huez they still had four guys on the front.  Michal Kwiatkowski was just about done doing what he could do, but that left Egan Bernal to take up the pace making.  Still sitting in the wings were Geraint Thomas, in the Maillot Jaune, and Chris Froome the defending Tour champion.  On their wheel was Primoz Roglic (Lotto NL Jumbo) happy that he has a man up the road, thus taking the pressure off of him to attack the Sky train.  It does leave the other teams and riders trying to figure out just what they can do to take the stage and/or the Tour.

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Tour, Stage 12: Good Legs

In interviews the racers talk about their legs as if they were something independent of themselves.  Riders will say, "if the legs are good" or "I just didn't have the legs today."  It always strikes me as a little odd.  That being said, Steven Kruijswijk (Lotto NL Jumbo) must have been having great legs at the base of the Col de la Croix Fer.  He had been out in the early break all day, and when he left the others he was riding into the virtual yellow jersey.  Kruijswijk started the day in sixth place just over three minutes off of the lead of Geraint Thomas (Sky).  He hoped that the peloton would be more concerned with each other to bother trying to chase him down.  I am sure his primary goal was the stage, but a Maillot Jaune would be a very welcome extra benefit.  Spoiler Alert!  He was chased down with just a few kilometers to the end atop Alpe d'Huez.

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Tour, Stage 12: Setting the Stage

Pierre Rolland (EF Education First) left the lead break away group in the valley, just after the feed zone.  There is some controversary that he attacked as his breakaway companions were rooting through their musettes.  Rolland jumped free and went up the Lacets de Montvernier on his own.  He was on a campaign to repeat his stage win atop the Alpe d'Huez.  Problem is he has another big challenge of the Col de la Croix Fer before he even reaches the base of d'Huez.

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This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

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Tour, Stage 12: Loosening Up

After many attempts to get a group off the front, a big bunch escaped on the climb of the Col de la Madeleine.  The first two over the top were Julian Alaphilippe (Quick Step) and Gregor Muhlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe).  Alaphilippe added another twenty points to his lead in the King of the Mountains Jersey, pretty much ensuring that he will hold the Maillot a Pois all of the way to the Pyrennes.  If one rider takes all of the remaining climbs then he could lose it, but that his highly unlikely.  The GC men will be racing for time and the stage win atop the fabled Alp d'Huez at the end of the day.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Tour, Stage 11: Sprinting for Yellow

At the end of the day, it was Geraint Thomas (Sky) who had the legs to ride everyone off of his wheel.  Perhaps Chris Froome (Sky) let his teammate go, but Thomas was able to get around his former teammate, Mikel Nieve (Mitchelton-Scott) and ride on to take the stage and the Maillot Jaune.  Behind, Froome and Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) came to the line together.  Dumoulin got a little cheeky and jumped Froome with a 10 meter sprint for second place.  While it was more a bit of a subversive dig, it did give him two bonus seconds over Froome.  So it was only Dumoulin who was able to put any time into the defending 2017 Tour winner. The Alp d'Huez stage tomorrow should prove to be very enlightening on how this race will end up in Paris.

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Tour, Stage 11: Working for Seconds

Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) went out on the offensive in the final kilometers of the climb up to La Rosiere.  Dumoulin went off and opened up a gap.  He did bridge across to Damiano Caruso (BMC) who had been in the break all day.  At this point, Geraint Thomas (Sky) left his team leader Chris Froome behind and gone in search of Dumoulin.  Sky was in a great position, Thomas is poised to take the yellow jersey, and should anyone counter his move, then Froome is free to attack and move himself further up the general classification.  Thomas is looking behind to see if it is Froome, or someone else coming up to this trio.

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Tour, Stage 11: Two More Are Coming

Mikel Nieve (Mitchelton-Scott) looked over at his break away companions.  I'm not sure if he was letting them know that Nicolas Edet and Daniel Narvarro (Cofidis) were coming up to them, or if he was about to attack Damiano Caruso (BMC) and Warren Barguil (Fortuneo Samsic).  They were on the way up La Rosiere, the final climb of the day.  Unlike yesterday, there would be no riding down the other side of the mountain.  Today the stage would end on top of the Catagory 1 climb.

And yes, Nieve, went on the offensive, riding everyone off of his wheel.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

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