Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Tour, Stage 16: Again!


It was Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) spreading his arms wide in celebration in downtown Nimes.  Ewan said he had extra motivation because his brand new daughter and his wife were watching from the stands.  It was enough to get him to the line ahead of Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick Step), taking fourth was Peter Sagan (Bora Hansgrohe).  Sagan might of loss a couple of sprinter's points to Viviani but he may have now reached an insurmountable lead in the competition for the Maillot Vert.  In frame, but finishing tenth, was Andre Pasqualon (Wanty Gobert).  Now it is on to the rough days in the Alps before Paris.

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Tour, Stage 16: Still Ahead


The five man break was still of the front with just over five kilometers to the line in Nimes.  Alexis Gougeard (Ag2r La Mondiale) wasn't about to stop driving the pace, even if the peloton was literally just around the corner.  Lukasz Wisniowski (CCC), Stephane Rosetto (Cofidis) and Paul Ourselin (Total Direct Energie) were willing to help with the effort but it was clearly doomed.  Still nothing ventured, nothing gained.

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Tour, Stage 16: Just One Point


It was five off the front for today's break.  They had little chance of surviving with the sprinters wanting one more stage before the Alps.  This is Lukasz Wisniowski (CCC) just behind Alexis Gougeard (Ag2r La Mondiale) as they got over the only catagorized climb, the Cote de Saint Jean du Pin.  Along the roads of France, the French have been out in droves to cheer on their Maillot Jaune.

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Tour, Stage 16: Iceman Cometh


It has gotten quite hot in the south of France for stage 16 of the Tour.  Here Tony Martin's (Jumbo-Visma) comes up to pass him a nylon stocking full of ice.  His teammate then drifted down the peloton handing out ice pack from his musette to every member of the Dutch team.  A big part of surviving the stage (and the rest of the Tour) will be staying as cool as possible and fully hydrated.

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Sunday, July 21, 2019

Tour, Stage 15: Easy as Pie


This evening while photographing these watercolors I started laughing out loud.  It struck me that I had named this piece "Easy as Pie" and then thought that this is Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott).  Now what amused me was the thought of the nursey rhyme, "Simple Simon was a Pie Man."  Well, I thought it was funny.  Yates had the time to get his kit just so for the photographers as he claimed his second mountain top finish in this year's Tour.  Yates is the only other rider besides the Maillot Jaune to have one a second stage.  I believe that leaves us at thirteen different stage winners in fifteen stages, and still no clear indication on who will wear the final Yellow Jersey in Paris in a week's time.

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Tour, Stage 15: Playing for Keeps


The final climb of the day up the Foix Prat d'Albis was proving to be the challenge that was expected.  The next to go on the offensive was Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) hoping to repeat his stage win from the day before.  He did not, but he did move himself into fourth overall.  Glued to the Frenchman's wheel is Egan Bernal (Ineos) in his Maillot Blanc of Best Young Rider.  This was an attack that the Maillot Jaune, Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step) had to respond to.  Behind Bernal's teammate, Geraint Thomas was starting to recover on this climb.  Alaphilippe looked to be letting the gap go.  He does have over two minutes to play with, but he surely doesn't want to give up a second of his advantage.  Stuck on the Frenchman's wheel is Emaunel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) doing his best to climb the mountain and the general classification.

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Tour, Stage 15: Stretching the Elastic


With two guys up the road, Lennard Kamna (Sunweb) could feel the elastic stretching to the breaking point as Mikel Landa (Movistar) kept going on up the final climb, the Foix Prat d'Albis.  Landa had come from the peloton so it could be argued that his legs were fresher than Kamna who had been off the front for 178 kilometers.  I should point out that Landa's yellow race numbers designate that his team, Movistar, is leading the team competition, a lead they reclaimed yesterday on the Tourmalet.

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Tour, Stage 15: You Do You


"You do you." is not one of my favored expressions.  It oft carries a bit of a nasty edge to it, implying the the "you" you do is somehow sub-par.  Tony Gallopin (Ag2r La Mondiale) was less than pleased with Nairo Quintana (Movistar) not helping chase those off the front of the early break.  In Quintana's defense, he did have three teammates trying to join up with this group.  Of course, that was not something Gallopin wanted to see happen, nor did he want the Movistar team to have the advantage of numbers.  Gallopin did not have any luck getting the Colombian to pull through.  And yes, the chaser caught on (and then went on from there).

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Tour, Stage 15: Leading Up the Hill


Sure that he had the legs to leave everyone behind, Simon Geschke (CCC) went off on his own on the climb of the Mur de Peguere.  Geschke has been the main chaser of break aways for his team over the years so he must have been excited to be off the front for himself.  He does have one Tour stage win in his resume, but that wouldn't diminish his joy in claiming another.

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Tour, Stage 15: Who's Coming?


The break took quite a long time to get established today, and it was rather large once it did.  The peloton was looking at three catagory one climbs, the final being a mountain top finish.  Given what played out on the Tourmalet yesterday, it was looking like it would be another decisive day.  On the first of the big climbs, the Port de Lers, it was Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) looking back over his shoulder to see who was following his attack.  On his left shoulder was Julien Bernard (Trek-Segafredo) and behind him were Sebastien Reichenbach and Rudy Mollard both on Groupama-FDJ.  All for were in the break to be able to help their team leaders on the final climb of the day.  Should the leaders not bridge up to them, then they could race for stage honors for their respective teams.

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