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Man oh man….I was cheering my brains out for Yauheni Hutarovich to win today’s stage. Hutarovich was in the Lanterne Rouge for the first two days and it would have been an amazing victory for him today. He was in the break of 6 for 185km and was the best sprinter of that lead bunch. However, being a sprinter also means he’s inherently lazy and didn’t respond when Voeckler attacked which very well could have cost him the win. Instead he got swallowed up in a dramatic finish and ended up 91st. How much of a bummer would that be????
Alan Perez Lezaun came in 149th today and is 22′ 10″ down on GC today and has a firm grip on the Lanterne Rouge. As bad as his current standing is for this TdF, he does appear to be progressing as a pro bike rider. In 2008 he has some respectable placings in the Giro and Vuelta. He’s 27 years old and seems to have a knack for doing fairly well in the long races with short sharp climbs. We might see a good result out of him on stage 12 of the Tour.
Viva la Lanterne Rouge!