09 July 2011

Stay on the wheel - news after Stage 8 TDF

A quiet traditional stage in the rain

Yesterday I was curious what the other riders that crossed the finish line near Chris Horner where thinking, Gert Steegmans was one of those men, this morning the Quickstep team tweeted that Steegmans had written his girlfriend and daughter's name on his bandaged wrist. A simple but meaningful act. These are professional cyclists who likely have seen it all. Most have probably racked up a couple concussions each by this point in their careers. They were probably less phased by Horner's crash then the fans were. Yet this season has brought a number of glaring head injuries to fellow riders. Break a body, no problem a cyclist heals, but as Tom Boonen expressed yesterday upon abandoning the tour, "this is my head".
My mother said today, "I keep thinking about Chris Horner, especially after seeing him at the Tour of California when he was saying "walk with me"". He was so relaxed and yet jazzed to be there in California, totally in his element. Horner is naturally a chatty guy, yesterday's chatter was difficult audio to shake. I hope we soon hear the quick-minded Chris Horner we have become accustomed to. Glad he is resting and recovering. Chris Horner Shows Marked Improvement
Chris Horner teasing the interviewers last May. Photo by PedalDancer.com
It is fun to see the riders I just saw in May at the Tour of California or last July in France doing so well in this years Tour de France. Today we saw a very strategic Tejay Van Garderen win the most aggressive riders jersey (red dossard) and the polka-dot jersey, but not the stage win. VIDEO: Tejay Van Garderen Post Stage 8

Tejay deep in thought last May. Photo by PedalDancer.com
Rui Costa won Stage 8 today to Super-Besse. Here is my picture of Rui Costa from the 2010 Tour de France in Paris.
Rui Costa, Photo by PedalDancer.com
It appears even the cars are crashing Tour de Pez: Staying Power
Saxo-Bank team car crunch today, Photo by PezCycling
RECOMMENDED NEWS AND VIEWING FOR THE DAY FROM STAGE 8 TDF  
VIDEO: Riders talk about their roommates (OZ Cycling) a fun one! 
VIDEO: nice shot Cadel you nailed Cav (OZ Cycling) 
O'nev cyclismo photgraphia - more fantastic daily photos from this photographer 
Behind the Lines: A Walk Through the Village - feel like a fan at a start village
Stellar climbing keeps Hushovd in Tour de France lead (CyclingNews)
Andreas Klöden: Tour de France enigma hanging in there (VeloNews)
The men behind Cadel (The age)
VIDEO: Breakfast with Bernie  (VeloNews)
Hardly Serious with Jens Voigt - after Stage 8  (Bicycling) 
VIDEO: Finally Frank! Frank Schleck Pre Stage 8 (Bicycling) 
VIDEO: Tour Talk With Frankie and James Stages 8 and 9 (Bicycling) - enjoy the Pastis!
VIDEO: How did I miss OZCycling before Bad Tour Translation episode 1
Read all of these and you will be up-to-date with what is happening at the 2011 Tour de France after one week of racing.
Tomorrow I haven't a clue exactly where we are going in the Tour, some parts of France I do not know as well as other parts. I am going to wake up early and be pleasantly surprised instead. I'll leave all the calculations up to Bernie and the strategy up to Tejay and JV. All I know is Philippe Gilbert changed jerseys yet again - he is back in green by 1 point.

CLASSIFICATION STANDINGS AFTER STAGE 8
51 HUSHOVD Thor TEAM GARMIN - CERVELO 33h 06' 28"
32 GILBERT Philippe OMEGA PHARMA - LOTTO 187 pts
178 VAN GARDEREN Tejay HTC - HIGHROAD 5 pts
41 GESINK Robert RABOBANK CYCLING TEAM 33h 07' 56"
WHO WON THE STAGE
COSTA Rui Alberto
GC STANDINGS AFTER STAGE 8 TDF
1. HUSHOVD Thor 51 TEAM GARMIN - CERVELO 33h 06' 28"
2. EVANS Cadel 141 BMC RACING TEAM 33h 06' 29" + 00' 01"
3. SCHLECK Frank 18 TEAM LEOPARD-TREK 33h 06' 32" + 00' 04"
4. KLÖDEN Andréas 74 TEAM RADIOSHACK 33h 06' 38" + 00' 10"
5. FUGLSANG Jakob 13 TEAM LEOPARD-TREK 33h 06' 40" + 00' 12"
6. SCHLECK Andy 11 TEAM LEOPARD-TREK 33h 06' 40" + 00' 12"
7. MARTIN Tony 175 HTC - HIGHROAD 33h 06' 41" + 00' 13"
8. VELITS Peter 179 HTC - HIGHROAD 33h 06' 41" + 00' 13"