Stage 11 race report
The first ITT of the Tour was made for the chrono specialist: flowing rollers with plenty of open fast roads. With the finish coming into the stunning Mont-Saint-Michel, the course was open and buffeted by winds. Incidentally, some MSM workers were striking in opposition to discontinuation of a shuttle service that saved them a 500m walk. The strike was an escalation of action that earlier in the week saw workers waiving fares for visitors to the site. And of course, record crowds were expected in conjunction with le Tour.
Right, the wind: the first 12km was mainly a cross tail though coming back around from the 19km mark a block head. And as it was near the coast the wind does nothing but pick up during the day. The later starters, as it seems to always be unless it rains early, were to cop conditions tougher than the earlier starters.
The risk for all starters, and particularly those starting later with a stronger initial tail wind, was to go too hard at the start and be cooking with fumes on the return leg into the wind.
The early leader was Svein Tuft before Thomas de Gendt beat his mark by 20 seconds. Then Tony Martin mounted up like a Regulator in the start house and blew away the competition beating De Gendts time by 1 minute averaging 54+kph.
Back out on the course and Cavendish copped a urine spray from an irate spectator. Are we sure it wasn’t R Kelly at the Tour?
Anyhow lets get back to talking about DER PANZERWAGEN. Allan Peiper, who used to be Martin’s DS at High Road, commented this morning that it was normal for Martin to use a 58-tooth big dog for a TT like this one. 58! That is awesome. The thing probably hits the road when he turns the corners..
And yes well, it was a TT so we need to weave up material where we can and these little crackers comes courtesy of letour.fr:
“After 1,710km of racing, the overall leader Chris Froome (SKY) has an advantage of two hours, one minute and 13 seconds over the rider in 182nd place, Murayev (AST). Converted to distance that’s a difference of 82.5km.”
At the other end of the spectrum:
“If the 1’25″ deficit that Valverde has on Froome in the general classification were converted into distance, then it would equate to 964m”.
That’s a fair difference…
Also it’s time to award the Rasmussen award. An award given out to the most pathetic performance in a TT. It was inspired by his amazing TT in the 2007 Tour which can be seen in all its glory here.
Pierre Rolland set a high standard early and Andy Schleck gave it a good crack, coming in 4:44 down, but then we have young Ryder Hesjedal who won the Giro last year and managed to finish 5:02 down. A stunning effort. He is either ill, injured or just CBFed. Whatever the reason, he’s the recipient of the 6th Annual Rasmussen Award for Ordinary Time Trialing.
Back to the action and no one was close to threatening Martin’s time until a man by the name of Froome, in a little race called the Tour de France, in the sport of professional cycling, beat Martin’s first intermediate time by one second. By the second intermediate it was two seconds before the stiff headwind home. There was a chance he would fade coming into the end as previous riders had and so it came to be, with Froome dropping 14 seconds in the final split and coming in second.
DER PANZERWAGEN UBER ALLES!
Stage 11 tipping report
It is bloody crowded on the top step of the podium with an incredible 398 people backing der panzerwagen. Jah?
A mere 35 people had Froome in second but there was nobody on De Gendt. Porte and Kwiatkowski were also well represented. We have to go down to Conrad Bates in 664th place for a unique tip with Tom Dumoulin. In 665th position is Gavin Schulze with Castroviejo, also unique. Both exceptionally good tips.
Actually, back in the day when this was a smaller ordeal we had stage win prizes. Every few years we would flirt with a rule dictating that the stage win went to the best finishing, uniquely-tipped rider. So in this case the stage win would have gone to Conrad for Dumoulin. The advantage is that it really forces people to focus on either stage wins or GC, both of which paid good prize money. And of course it causes excellent time blowouts and high levels of stress. All the hallmarks of an excellent tipping competition.
At the arse end, Don Sitikhant tipped Stuey O’Grady who must still be suffering from the exertion required for AC/DC. Aside: VeloTipper saw AC/DC back in Melbourne a few years ago and we were absolutely blown away. For a group of blokes who – by any measure – should be dead, they have an astonishing amount of energy. Could have made excellent cyclists until the first doping control…
Right, we digress.
In the overall there’s no change to the pointy end. Julian Chipper still holds a 14 second lead over Nicholas D’Ambrosio. Daniel Scheiner is in 3rd, a further 2 seconds adrift. Neil Mylott and Joel Watson are both 20 seconds off the pace in 4th/5th, which Neil takes on countback.
The next few stages will likely see no change to the GC…unless someone has a disaster or someone in the top 20 odd manages to pick a break and pull back a minute or so. We’ve finally sorted the wheat from the chaff – the top 100 are split by nearly 4 minutes, whereas a few stages ago there were something like 500 tippers within 5 minutes of the lead.
No change to the other categories.
So that’s it, the first TT run and done. A few days of downside tipping (stages where there’s no real upside for the GC contenders) and then it goes mental on the weekend. Lots of people have burned Froome – and let’s not muck about, he’s the pick of the bunch if he wants the win. So we’ll have some excellent reshuffling. But until then…stay safe.
We’ll be running the Cofidis line up, hoping to stick a 25 minute break.
Stage 11 visual representation of rider times
General Classification tipping ladder top 50 after stage 11
|1||Julian Chipper||1 day(s), 18:28:47||194||33|
|2||Nicholas D’Ambrosio||1 day(s), 18:29:01||218||30|
|3||daniel scheiner||1 day(s), 18:29:03||98||38|
|4||Neil Mylott||1 day(s), 18:29:07||184||30|
|5||Joel Watson||1 day(s), 18:29:07||180||30|
|6||Nick Lothian||1 day(s), 18:29:21||224||30|
|7||George Bogus||1 day(s), 18:29:21||223||30|
|8||Riley Tempany||1 day(s), 18:29:21||217||30|
|9||Chris Neal||1 day(s), 18:29:21||217||30|
|10||Brett Mckenzie||1 day(s), 18:29:21||187||31|
|11||Guthrie Finlay Collins||1 day(s), 18:29:21||139||30|
|12||Troy Bryant||1 day(s), 18:29:21||211||35|
|13||andrew crowd||1 day(s), 18:29:21||221||30|
|14||Remy Giuliani||1 day(s), 18:29:32||109||30|
|15||Michael Janetzki||1 day(s), 18:29:49||130||31|
|16||Nick Weeks||1 day(s), 18:29:52||198||33|
|17||Aaron Leavy||1 day(s), 18:29:52||172||31|
|18||Marcus Cairney||1 day(s), 18:30:02||160||28|
|19||Craig McCulloch||1 day(s), 18:30:03||176||31|
|20||Andrew Collins||1 day(s), 18:30:03||137||31|
|21||Jason Murfitt||1 day(s), 18:30:03||140||33|
|22||brenton thain||1 day(s), 18:30:12||162||30|
|23||Andrew Irwin||1 day(s), 18:30:12||116||20|
|24||Michael Jones||1 day(s), 18:30:12||182||28|
|25||Tim Lawrence||1 day(s), 18:30:12||139||30|
|26||Paul Ruskin||1 day(s), 18:30:13||183||20|
|27||Dane Cash||1 day(s), 18:30:13||170||20|
|28||Correy Edmed||1 day(s), 18:30:15||149||21|
|29||Daniel Howitt||1 day(s), 18:30:15||113||20|
|30||buds fuller||1 day(s), 18:30:16||216||30|
|31||james monahan||1 day(s), 18:30:20||122||22|
|32||Allan Weatherley||1 day(s), 18:30:23||151||28|
|33||Rhys Buzza||1 day(s), 18:30:23||76||28|
|34||Chris Harmer||1 day(s), 18:30:26||61||21|
|34||Andrew Clark||1 day(s), 18:30:26||61||21|
|36||Zach Tempany||1 day(s), 18:30:29||246||20|
|37||Nick Anskey||1 day(s), 18:30:29||257||20|
|38||Luc Delaney||1 day(s), 18:30:29||225||20|
|39||Simon Haydon||1 day(s), 18:30:34||199||20|
|40||Jonathan Bertram||1 day(s), 18:30:41||132||18|
|41||Jimmy Gordon||1 day(s), 18:30:42||163||30|
|42||Martin Tran||1 day(s), 18:30:50||180||5|
|43||Keith Wong||1 day(s), 18:30:50||186||25|
|44||Rowan Smith||1 day(s), 18:30:52||225||0|
|45||Evan Dix||1 day(s), 18:30:52||169||25|
|46||Zachary Houvener||1 day(s), 18:30:52||127||1|
|47||Alistair Brown||1 day(s), 18:30:52||132||0|
|48||Patricia Zumsteg||1 day(s), 18:30:58||149||4|
|49||Chris Seglenieks||1 day(s), 18:31:01||168||30|
|50||Jackson Ankers||1 day(s), 18:31:06||192||0|
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