Tour de France Stage 12: Lance Armstrong recovers from tire trouble

July 17, 2009 by · 1 Comment
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Lance Armstrong avoided disaster in Thursday’s 12th stage of the Tour de France after puncturing a back wheel tire with just 37 miles left in the 131-mile ride from Tonnerre to Vittel.

Armstrong was still third overall and riding comfortably in the main pack when a wheel-flat forced the seven-time Tour champion to the side of road for repairs as the pack sped away to Vittel.

Fortunately for Armstrong, his Astana teammates were right there to replace the punctured tire and help Armstrong catch up without suffering a significant loss.

“It is stressful with the crashes, on a stage like this where you have nothing to gain and then you lose everything because of a crash or a split in the group,” Armstrong had warned before the start of the stage. “You have to pay attention and try to avoid a crash.”

That is just what Armstrong did, despite the perilous puncture to his tire on the stage’s final stretch. Armstrong remains in third, eight seconds off the lead of Italy’s Rinaldo Nocentini, with the famous Alps mountain stages approaching.

Armstrong has historically excelled in the Alps, and is well within striking distance to overtake the yellow jersey.

Armstrong’s teammate and budding rival Alberto Contador of Spain stayed in second place overall, six seconds off the lead.

Nicki Sorensen of Demark won the stage for his first individual win at the Tour, finishing 48 seconds ahead of France’s Laurent Lefevre.

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Tour de France Stage 12 Update

July 16, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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Lance Armstrong recovers from tire trouble

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Lance Armstrong avoided disaster in Thursday’s 12th stage of the Tour de France after puncturing a back wheel tire with just 37 miles left in the 131-mile ride from Tonnerre to Vittel.

Armstrong was still third overall and riding comfortably in the main pack when a wheel-flat forced the seven-time Tour champion to the side of road for repairs as the pack sped away to Vittel.

Fortunately for Armstrong, his Astana teammates were right there to replace the punctured tire and help Armstrong catch up without suffering a significant loss.

“It is stressful with the crashes, on a stage like this where you have nothing to gain and then you lose everything because of a crash or a split in the group,” Armstrong had warned before the start of the stage. “You have to pay attention and try to avoid a crash.”

That is just what Armstrong did, despite the perilous puncture to his tire on the stage’s final stretch. Armstrong remains in third, eight seconds off the lead of Italy’s Rinaldo Nocentini, with the famous Alps mountain stages approaching.

Armstrong has historically excelled in the Alps, and is well within striking distance to overtake the yellow jersey.

Armstrong’s teammate and budding rival Alberto Contador of Spain stayed in second place overall, six seconds off the lead.

Nicki Sorensen of Demark won the stage for his first individual win at the Tour, finishing 48 seconds ahead of France’s Laurent Lefevre.

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Tour de France Stage 11 Results – Mark Cavendish Win Again

July 15, 2009 by · 1 Comment
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Mark Cavendish wins. Photo copyright Fotoreporter Sirotti.

Mark Cavendish wins. Photo copyright Fotoreporter Sirotti.

The Tour de France Stage 11 had the same results as the Tour de France Stage 10 results in two ways. After the Tour de France Stage 11 results, the top three contenders in the Tour de France are still in the same place. In addition, the Tour de France Stage 11 results brought yet another win for Mark Cavendish. Although Mark Cavendish is nowhere near the overall leaders, the Tour de France Stage 11 results brought him his fourth stage win, and brought him the Tour de France green jersey as well.

The Tour de France Stage 11 was mainly decided on the final sprint of the stage, in which Mark Cavendish took over. Cavendish took command late to win his fourth Tour de France stage out of 11, stealing the headlines for the second day in a row.

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