Good morning everybody and welcome to the final day of the 99th edition of Le Tour de France! The peloton is still rolling nice and easy toward Paris.
From our friends colleagues at letour.fr: Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank will have a rider on the podium today as Chris Anker Sorensen has been voted the most aggressive rider of the 99th Tour de France. He was on the attack during both stages in the Pyrenees and, on the day to Peyragudes, he sliced his fingers in an accident... but still battled on to finish 24th in the stage.
He is ranked 14th overall and is third in the climbing classification.
This is the second year in a row that teammates are sharing the final podium in Paris. Leopard-Trek teammates (and brothers) Andy and Frank Schleck were both on the podium last year.
The stage isn't totally flat today. The peloton is on the first of two Category 4 climbs for the day. Voeckler has been allowed to roll over the top first.
I would expect (and hope) that they're showing more commercials now, so that when the racing picks up on the Champs, they don't have to break for commercial.
Well deserved for Chris Anker. We've run analyses of his power throughout the Tour and should have his final-week numbers early this week from TrainingPeaks.
Not to mention he nearly lost a couple fingers and needs a skin-graft tomorrow.
Bonjour from Paris! We can see the tip of the Eiffel Tower from the press room today, and will be heading out to the Champs-Élysées shortly.
Luis Leon Sanchez looks happy. He's had a great Tour after suffering through injuries in week one.
Unfortunate polka-dot placement in Voeckler's crotchal region today.
TJVG looking good in the field. He's riding a special white BMC today, which he wasn't allowed to touch until this stage. It's been ready for days.
Chris Anker Sorensen ended up with the most combative prize this year. He's certainly deserving — multiple days in the break, and he finished that final Pyrenean stage with bits of his hand missing. Hard as nails, that man.
Aaand it posted it anyway. Apologies.
53K down and 67K to GO! They aren't in much of a hurry though.
I was racing criteriums against Cantwell two years ago at SuperWeek. Crazy seeing him at the Tour.
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AND HERE WE GO! Big George Hincapie leading the bunch across the Place de la Concorde and onto the Champs.
Sky (Wiggins) decided that this being George's final and record setting Tour, that he should lead them across the Finish.
The last rider to have this honor, that wasn't on the winning team, was Viatcheslav Ekimov on his last Tour.
Attacks are starting to come now.
Can you imagine the impact the roar of that crowd has on the peloton psyche? Incredible.
Gooood morning Mr. Dave Towle. Welcome to the show!
Thanks Logan, thanks for having me!
For those of you who have not been to the biggest races (and almost every National Championship) in the last ten years, Dave is the voice of American bike racing.
Dave, what does the rest of the season have in store for you?
Dave, I know it's a long ways off, but I hope we'll see you in Louisville for CX Worlds.
Hondo and Voigt are still up the road, but they're not gaining any ground
I'm headed to Reno for the Tour de Nez next week. After that it's the LHM Tour of Utah, USAPCC and Masters Road Nationals in Bend. August is one of my favorite months!
I had a great conversation with Jens Voigt after the first time trial in Besancon. Look for excerpts of that, where we talked about all things cycling, in the September issue of Velo. What a character.
I was wondering why Jens wasn't co-leading the field across Place de la Concord, but now I see its because he told the field that he would be attacking right away.