Rotterdam to Brussels – A Chaotic Finish

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It was the predictable formula for the beginning of today’s stage.  The usual small breakaway that got away and then doomed in the final kilometers.  That’s not to say that the stage wasn’t interesting.  It was a crash riddled day starting with a few minor crashes involving Adam Hansen (fractured his collarbone but finished), and a dog taking down Ivan Basso and David Millar.  In the final kilometer Jez Hunt took out Cavendish and Freire Cavendish caused a crash on the final bend ruining their chances in the sprint.  The Grand Finale was in the last 100m where 3/4 of the peloton came to what looked like a slow motion pile-up.

Petacchi came out unscathed just like in the Tour of Suisse and held off the sprinters to take the win.  Lloyd Mondory (AG2R) tried to have a go in the sprint but ended up bring down himself and catching up Tyler Farrar ruining his chances.  What a messy stage to start off the Tour de France.  Nothing we haven’t seen before though.

Stage Results:

1 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini 5:09:38
2 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team HTC – Columbia
3 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team
4 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team Katusha
5 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux
6 Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo
7 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne
8 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram
9 Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel – Euskadi
10 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto

Other Aussies…

14 Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Milram
26 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervelo Test Team
28 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team
71 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des Jeux
79 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Sky Professional Cycling Team
114 Stuart O’Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank
148 Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Omega Pharma-Lotto
183 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team HTC – Columbia
190 Adam Hansen (Aus) Team HTC – Columbia


“He did a classic Lloyd Mondory move,” Farrar told Cyclingnews as he dragged his bike to the team bus. “He decided to try and commit suicide into my back wheel with 300 meters to go when I was with Petacchi and Renshaw.”

Happy belated 65th birthday Eddie (June 17)


TdF Quiz

By our trivia master, Sam

Yesterday’s BMC messenger bag trivia prize goes to Seanmymurphy. Please get in touch with me and provide your shipping details (cyclingtips at gmail dot com)

Yesterday’s quiz answers:

1. In the 1989 Tour prologue in Luxembourg, the previous year’s winner Pedro Delgado missed his start because he was warming up in the back streets and got lost.

2. The first and only Aussie to complete all three Grand Tours (Giro d’Italia, Tour De France, Vuelta Espagna) in the same year was Neil Stephens.

3. Cadel Evans first won a yellow jersey in the TDF on stage 10-15 in 2008

Today’s Quiz

Today’s quiz prize is brought to you by Wattbike.  Wattbike will be giving away one CyclingTips jersey and knicks worth $350 to anyone in Australia who can answer these trivia questions, give some insight to today’s stage, or make us fall off our chair laughing.

1. Alan Peiper is currently Directeur Sportif for Team Columbia High Road and rode 5 Tour de Frances as well as winning a stage of both the Tour De France and Giro d’Italia. Which cycling club was he originally a member of in Melbourne?

A. Hawthorn Cycling Club.
B. St.Kilda Cycling Club.
C. Hell Ride Vets.

2. What prizes did Neil Stephens win for his stage win in 1997?

A.€38,000, his bodyweight in cheese and a bike made of chocolate.
B.€500 and a small trophy of a French eagle.
C. A new bike and helmet.

3. Who was the lowest team budget in the 2009 Tour?

A. Euskatel-Euskadi with €2.5 million
B. Saxo Bank with €4million
C. Skil-Shimano with €3million

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