19 July 2013

Tour Travel - Tour de France after Stage 19

Stage 19 Results and Stage 20 Race Day Planning

Crashes, Rain, and the Haute-Savoie

Another day closer to Paris and Froome looked vulnerable during the stage and exhausted after the stage. I began watching the stage mid-way through today and hadn't realized so many riders had crashed out. I couldn't figure out why 5 withdrawals were already listed so soon on the official letour.com website. I later learned there had been some serious crashes in today's stage - 5 withdrawals plus other crashes where riders continued to ride.

What a heartbreak to withdraw on Stage 19 of 21. A bit unexpected on a day when the roads were expected to be relatively safe but tough. Later the rain fell hard on the Col de Croix de Fry, the last climb of the day. It appears when it rains it pours in the Alps. I remember the roads in this region of the Haute-Savoie as being wide and well-maintained. But waves of water rolled across the tarmac on the descent, keeping the riders on edge from escaping inside themselves from the pain and remaining hyper alert to the dangers of the road.

Exhaustion showed on the faces and in the walks on and off the podium after today's stage. Chris Froome looked tired and even asked if the post stage interviews could be brief.

One more relatively short stage remains tomorrow, with a killer climb at the end (Annecy-Semnoz). Stage 20 of the 2013 Tour de France was this year's l'Etape du Tour. The citizen ride took place on July 7th with 11,475 participants (read more: Tour Travel - L'Etape du Tour By Pedal Dancer, or Notes From the Scrum: Bon Courage By VeloNews).

Highly Recommended: I really enjoyed the live blogging today by Michael O'Reilly at the Sydney Morning Herald. It was a refreshing break to hear the race reported from the Aussie point of view. Michael does the same thing I do, but lots more and live with the fun input of fellow Aussies. I enjoy it very much. Read the live blog along with your TV/online coverage; find the link button here. Read over his previous stages at On Your Bike Blog FB page.

I am also super impressed with the entire media production company that is Team SKY providing good daily coverage of the race, albeit a bit biased.

RESULTS STAGE 19
Rui Costa with his friends and family on the Avenue des Champs-Élysée in 2010. Photo © by Karen at Pedal Dancer®
Rui Alberto Faria da Costa   Photo © by Karen at Pedal Dancer®
Stage 19 Results
POR  1  FARIA DA COSTA, Rui Alberto (MOVISTAR TEAM)   5:59:01
GER  2  KLÖDEN, Andreas (RADIOSHACK LEOPARD)           +   48
BEL  3  BAKELANTS, Jan (RADIOSHACK LEOPARD)            + 1:44
FRA  4  GENIEZ, Alexandre (FDJ)                        + 1:52
ESP  5  NAVARRO GARCIA, Daniel (COFIDIS)               + 1:55
BEL  6  DE CLERCQ, Bart (LOTTO BELISOL)                + 1:58
NED  7  GESINK, Robert (BELKIN PRO CYCLING)            + 2:03
ITA  8  DE MARCHI, Alessandro (CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING) + 2:05
ESP  9  NIEVE ITURALDE, Mikel (EUSKALTEL EUSKADI)      + 2:16
General Classification after Stage 19
GBR  1  FROOME, Christopher (SKY PROCYCLING)          77:10:00
ESP  2  CONTADOR VELASCO, Alberto (SAXO-TINKOFF)       +  5:11
COL  3  QUINTANA ROJAS, Nairo Alexander (MOVISTAR TEAM)+  5:32
CZE  4  KREUZIGER, Roman (SAXO-TINKOFF)                +  5:44
ESP  5  RODRIGUEZ OLIVER, Joaquin (KATUSHA)            +  5:58
NED  6  MOLLEMA, Bauke (BELKIN PRO CYCLING)            +  8:58
DEN  7  FUGLSANG, Jakob (ASTANA PRO TEAM)              +  9:33
ESP  8  NAVARRO GARCIA, Daniel (COFIDIS)               + 12:33
ESP  9  VALVERDE BELMONTE, Alejandro (MOVISTAR TEAM)   + 14:56
POL  10 KWIATKOWSKI, Michal (OMEGA PHARMA - QUICK-STEP)+ 16:08
NED  11 TEN DAM, Laurens (BELKIN PRO CYCLING)          + 16:09
USA  12 TALANSKY, Andrew (GARMIN SHARP)                + 16:24
Classification Jerseys - after Stage 19
YELLOW - Christopher Froome (SKY)
GREEN - Peter Sagan (Cannondale)
POLKA DOT - Christopher Froome (SKY) / wearing: Pierre Rolland (Eropcar) 
WHITE - Nairo Quintana (Movistar)
COMBATIVE - Pierre Rolland (Eropcar)
TEAM - Team Saxo-Tinkoff
LANTERNE ROUGE - Svein Tuft (Orica-GreenEDGE) + 03h 58' 40"
STAGE  -  Rui Costa (Movistar)
Full list of overall GC standings here: General Classification standings 2013 Tour de France

Withdrawals from the 2013 Tour de France: 28 riders - after Stage 19
#132 Yoann Bagot (Cofidis) dehydration, withdrawal during Stage 3
#66 Andrey Kashechkin (Astana) withdrawal (Stage 3)
#14 Ted King (Cannondale) time cutoff (TTT Stage 4) "HD, hors relai"
#83 Maxime Bouet (ALM) DNS Stage 6
#73 Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ) abandon during Stage 6
#67 Fredrik Kessiakoff (Astana) withdrawal during Stage 6
#21 Jurgen van den Broeck (Lotto) DNS Stage 6, injury
#61 Janez Brajkoiv (Astana) withdrawal after Stage 6 injuries, DNS Stage 7
#179 Christian Vande Velde (Garmin) withdrawal Stage 7, shoulder injury
#146 Andriano Malori (Lampre) withdrawal Stage 7
#142 Matteo Bonon (Lampre) withdrawal Stage 8
#174 Rohan Dennis (GRS) DNS Stage 9
#38 Michael Schär (BMC) DNS Stage 9
#126 Jose Ivan Gutierrez (MOV) Withrawal Stage 9
#95 Benjamin Noval Gonzales (Saxo) Withdrawal Stage 9
#4 Vasili Kiryinka (SKY) finished outside time limit on Stage 9
#2 Edvald Boasson Hagen (SKY) fractured shoulder Stage 13
#208 Danny Von Poppel (Vacansoleil) DNS Stage 16 
#71 Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) DNS Stage 16  
#113 Gorka Isaguirre (Euskadi) DNS Stage 17
#81 Jean Christophe Perraud (ALM) Withdrawal Stage 17, fractured shoulder
#68 Alexy Lutsenko (Astana) Withdrawal Stage 18
#72 William Bonnet (FDJ) Withdrawal Stage 18
#28 Marcel Sieber (LTB) Withdrawal Stage 19
#135 Christophe Le Mevel (Cofidis) Withdrawal Stage 19
#172 Jack Bauer (GRS) crash, Withdrawal Stage 19
#199 Tom Veeler (Argos-Shimano) Withdrawal Stage 19
#202 Kris Boeckmans (Vancansoleil) Withdrawal Stage 19

Vichot crashed - continuing to race. (video of crash)
Svein Tuft crashed on the Col du Glandon - continuing to race, but dropped to Lanterne Rouge.
Stage 19 Official Highlights (03:34 English)aso

Photos of the day
Which way to the Col de Croix de Fry?  Photo from Michael O'Reilly's Live Blog
The peloton on the first climb of Col du Glandon. Photo Team SKY
Oh this sport hurts. Alberto Contador and Richie Porte lead Chris Froome through the rain.  Photo Team SKY
Rui Costa in the rain.  Photo Team SKY
*And did you see this super nifty fans fans wherever you turn 360˚ shot of Alpe d'Huez from yesterday's stage (just start swiveling the image). Very cool (google earth type mapping meets the TDF).

RACE DAY PLANNING STAGE 20

Stage 20  Saturday, July 20th  Annecy - Annecy Semnoz

More climbing tomorrow. Remember when there used to be sprint finishes in the Tour de France? Awh, those were the days.

Km 12.5 - Côte du Puget 5.4 kilometre-long climb at 5.9% - category 2
Km 17.5 - Col de Leschaux 3.6 kilometre-long climb at 6.1% - category 3
Km 43.0 - Côte d'Aillon-le-Vieux 6 kilometre-long climb at 4% - category 3
Km 51.0 - Col des Prés (1 142 m) 3.4 kilometre-long climb at 6.9% - category 3
Km 78.5 - Mont Revard 15.9 kilometre-long climb at 5.6% - category 1
Km 125.0 - Annecy-Semnoz 10.7 kilometre-long climb at 8.5% - category H

Location of Stage 20 TDF
Looping around Annecy Stage 20 TDF route map
The incredible steepness of being that is Annecy-Semnoz (final climb)
Will it rain again tomorrow?

82 °F and a 20% chance of a thunderstorm
Lake Annecy in the rain in 2007  Photo by Karen at Pedal Dancer®
Can we go to Paris yet - YES!!!!

I felt the urge to check in with Team Orica-GreenEDGE after Stage 19 (video below), since Orica-GreenEDGE sort of started the 2013 Tour for all of us with a giant roar. I was also hoping Svein Tuft was doing okay after his crash today. The team and staff are definitely looking tired, but ready to party in Paris. Aren't we all?!

Orica-GreenEDGE Backstage Pass - before and after Stage 19

If you haven't seen their latest musical release watch OGEROCKS - Alpe D'Huez hit video filmed yesterday.

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