Sounds like Philippe Gilbert gave the dog owner whose dog took down 12 riders a piece of his mind. BMC directoer sportif said, "The dog was stronger than Gilbert..."
Looks like Roy (FDJ) and Hansen (Lotto) have attacked the break and have a bit of a gap.
Used race bikes often become training bikes for riders on the team. Once the're used up a bit more, they are sold. While owning an old team bike sounds cool, for the most part I discourage my friends from buying one. They're usually pretty tired.
Gap as short as 40 seconds.
The leading duo had 20" on the original break.
Hansen and Roy charging hard.
18k to go. The field will ramp it up and leave the capture to the last minute.
Mr. T.G. Taylor! Good to have you here. Readers, this man taught me just about everything I know about bike racing. By extension, I think it's his fault when I'm wrong as well.
15k to go. Field is 10" behind the chase, and 30" behind Roy and Hansen.
Caley: Is he the one that told you Froome was going to win?
Hansen and Roy still out front; the rest of the break has been caught.
No... But I maintain that he could have, and that he is unquestionably the strongest rider in this race. But that's bike racing — the strongest rider doesn't always win.
Oh, there's no doubt he's the best climber in the race, even if it's unattractive in it's form.
If we wanted such a predictable result, this race would be 21 time trials in a row.
I tend to agree with Caley on this one...
Vino attacks on the descent.
Ehb, it depends on the day. Some teams don't have a bike sponsor who offers a variety of bikes. Cervelo for example, has the R5 (a climbing bike) and the S5 (a flat fast day bike). Similar to Lotto who can choose from a Helium, a Helium SL, and Noah Fast Break (the aero bike that Greipel typically rides). Then there's Europcar who can choose between the Colnago C59 and the M10, which are very very similar.
And as we know, climbing doesn't have to be pretty to get it done.
Recall Cadel, last year, tracking down Andy Schleck. Not pretty. But effective.
And just behind in the TT's, Chris. Matt and I did the math last night. If you subtract the flat (90 seconds), he only has 35 seconds to make up on Wiggins. Add maybe another 30 buffer for the TT tomorrow. There is no question he could have taken a minute in the mountains.
Pretty is always better, especially when it comes to climbing. Pretty = efficiency... i.e. souplesse.
Zero question. But, as they say, "It is what it is." Froome, atop the finish last night must have said: "I'm just doing my job" about 15 times. And, he was right.
Back to the break, Hansen, Vino, and Paolini.
Chasers, Roy and Nuyens are in sight of the three leaders
GreenEdge will be looking to salvage its Tour today.
Chris: Contador is a great example of this mythical souplesse of which you speak, non? Aside from that... I'd rather win than look pretty coming in 10th, wouldn't you?
Lots of conjecture going on here. The biggest difference between Froome and Wiggins is that Wiggins has had the pressure of leading a team. Froome has been able to come out, with little pressure, and ride well. There are no "what ifs" in the real world. And again, his job is to help Wiggins. Wiggins has what will probably be seen as the winningest stage race season ever.
1K to the summit of the last Cat. 4 climb. 11K to the finish.
Stuart O'Grady, in his 16th Tour, leads the chase in the peloton.
Ditto Nick. Wiggo is the team leader. Froome never had a shot at winning the Tour. He was hired to win it for Wiggo.
So which team is hungriest for a win? Orica and Euskatel haven't produced yet.
Ag2R, Cofidis haven't delivered either.
Logan: I wouldn't say never. Sean Yates told me it was a good thing he flatted on stage 1, because it clarified the pecking order. Now, I'll get back to the stage.
Orica on the front of the field now.
10km to go. Vino leads over the last climb.
Vino ATTACKED over that last climb.
Vino looking like Cancellara at San Remo, pulling his breakmates along like a steam engine.
Kloden and Roche are off the front as well.