It seems no matter which way I record, Scribble flips the video. I give up. You all can just stand on your heads.
Matt: Tyler will surely try today. As for Levi, I think it's less a case of being conservative, and more a case of doing all he can. He's hit the deck several times, and his form is not what it's been in the past. But yes, I can see him trying to win a stage in the Pyrenees.
JB: Correct, CVV is still searching for that elusive TDF victory.
With 75km to go, the six at the front have a lead of 6'35".
good morning all. what have I missed today?
Hey there Brent Bookwalter! Thanks for joining us today.
The good news: No tacks on course.
It took 50km for the break to stick. That's the part of bike racing most folks never see (on TV), the brutal opening kilometers of attacking.
a tack free day is a good day
Better news: Matt and I found coffee near the press room.
The six escapees are in Marciac (89.5km) which is where the feedzone of stage 15 is. They are 5'45" ahead of the peloton that continues to be led by Sky.
those were some good pictures of the Sky guys trying to calm things down and let the break go from the first part of the stage
I would be happy to be there! not sure they are gonna make it at this point though
Brent, what was going through your mind when watching Cadel looking for a rear wheel at the summit of the Mur de Péguère?
I was feeling his frustration! to puncture is one thing but to have it caused by tacks... thats another. you could tell the top of that climb was madness with the fans anyway, and to be stuck there with no wheel.... Ugh!
*puncture... not punter haha
We got ya, Brent: there's an edit feature on this here update mechanism.
even the cycling coverage is high tech these days...
question... how many teams still have all 9 riders left in the race?
Good question, Brent. I don't know the answer, but not many. Paul Sherwen said this morning that FDJ still does, and it's one of the only ones left.
regarding sky's efforts with the chase.... racing for the win is much different than racing for 7th. With the lumpy profile at the finish, some are saying its a good olympic test for Cav
most definitely... it seems that "crazy" is often the norm these days in bike racing. the stakes at the Tour are just much higher and so the drama plays out in a more intense way.
Leaders 10km from intermediate sprint.
Voeckler (EUC), Vande Velde (GRS), Fedrigo (EUC), Devenyns (OPQ), Dumoulin (COF) and Sorensen (STB) are still at the front of the stage with a significant advantage: 5'25". They are at the 91.5km, 10km from the site of the intermediate sprint.
The maximum gain was 6'25" at the 79km mark.
I will say that in my experience, the TDF is especially nuts because the peloton is so large and the stakes are so high, among other reasons
regarding Tejay, I agree. He made the best call he could in the heat of the moment. If one of the other guys was only 10 seconds behind Cadel, no one would even be discussing it today.
It is an interesting discussion, however, weighing the importance to BMC of protecting Tejay's white jersey versus sacrificing it to keep Cadel in contention for the podium.
very true. but regardless of the importance or plan... its a "heat of the moment" situation with tons of variables that really cannot be imagined unless you have actually been in that moment, at that place.
From LeTour.fr: With the lead of the escapees now at 5'20" there are two Lotto-Belisol riders at the head of the peloton and assisting with the chase of Voeckler, Vande Velde, Fedrigo, Devenyns, Dumoulin and Sorensen.
Brent, team loyalties aside, do you think it's still possible for Evans or Nibali to win this Tour?
we see time and time again that "anything" is possible in this sport. obviously the opportunities to take back time are far fewer than they were a week ago, but they have surely not given up
@birilloTheDog Horner wrote on Twitter that he'd had double leg cramps and had to dismount his bike
With Sagan now leading the points competition by almost 100 points, will anyone even contest the intermediate sprint for 7th place?
Nope, Sagan ducked ahead of the bunch to pinch the nine points for seventh place, 5'20" behind the escapees. The Liquigas rider now has 340 points.