Peloton is close to having a trackstand competition. Winner gets Sagan's wheel in the finale.
I don't think that's a great prize, Caley.
Jens is fluent in at least three languages, and genuinely enjoys chatting with people, fans, teammates, even media. Most of the time. He was hanging out in a lawn chair for hours after the TT the other day, just enjoying himself and some lunch in the shade of a tree.
Cavendish and Wiggins were world champion partners in the madison on the track, the best event on the oval in my estimation. The UCI, of course, removed the madison from the Olympic track program for 2012.
Once again, our breakaway of five riders has an advantage of 12:43 with 49km to go. The escapees are: Gautier (Europcar), Martinez (Euskaltel), Millar (Garmin), Peraud (Ag2r La Mondiale) and Kiserlovski (Astana).
Sky is on the front of the bunch, happy to see the break go to the line.
Name the Olympic mountain biker.
And the color of his medal.
Bing bing. Peraud is off to London after the Tour to hunt more precious metal... or medal.
Yep! Peraud has been selected for the cross country race at the London games as well, along with Julien Absalon and Stephane Tempier. He'll race the World Cup in Val d'Isere at the end of July as well. The Olympic XC race is at the end of the Games, though, on August 12, which should be enough time for him to recover.
Ahh, Holecombe took the Holeshot. Beat me again.
Speaking of MTBers, Peter Sagan, Tom Danielson, Ryder Hesjedal and Cadel Evans are all former pro cross-country racers.
Peraud did not make the French road selection, Ian.
Good morning, Mr. Rogers.
Ah yes, and Kessiakoff, of course
The other rider we wrote about, who is not in this race, is RSNT rider Jakob Fuglsang, who was a world U23 XC champion
So I'm coming into this race a little late, just seeing that David Montcoutie crashed out with a broken collarbone. That's really terrible news for the French Cofidis rider, as this was his last Tour de France; that crash may end up being the final race day of his long, respected career.
Boy, a stage win for David Millar from this breakaway would go a long way to ease Garmin's woes at this Tour...
Just a reminder, it's 40km to the finish for the leaders, gap at 12'21"
That's a great question for Caley Fretz!
Thanks much Dennis. We love hearing that.
Indeed we do, Dennis. Thanks!
Matt: Give Caley a nudge to answer these questions about Wiggo's shoes and chainrings, please.
From LeTour.fr: When the leaders were 50km from the finish, they had the maximum gain of the day (12'50"). They are now 31km from the line in Annonay and have a lead of 12'00" on the peloton that continues to be led exclusively by the Sky team.