Tour Weekly Recap: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Nine stages of the Tour de France are complete. Monday is a rest day. Time to take a look at what’s happened over the first week.

goodTHE GOOD (Le Bon)

  • Lance Armstrong returns to the Tour after a three-year retirement.
  • Switzerland’s Fabian Cancellara wins the stage one time trial in Monaco, which puts him in the yellow leader’s jersey.
  • Spain’s Alberto Contador, once a lousy time trialist, beats his teammate Armstrong by 22 seconds in the opening day time trial.
  • Britain’s Mark Cavendish proves he is the world’s fastest sprinter after winning two flat stages.
  • Britain’s Brad Wiggins of U.S. Team Garmin Slipstream turns heads, staying in the top six in the overall classification.
  • Frenchman Thomas Voeckler, who wore the yellow jersey for  nine days in the 2004 tour …. won his first tour stage.
  • Italy’s Rinaldo Nocentini is in yellow for the past three stages.
  • Spain’s Luis Leon Sanchez wins in the Pyrenees the same day his team leader quits.
  • Team Astana wins the team time trial.
  • Three Americans– Armstrong, Levi Leipheimer and Christian Vande Velde– are in the top ten.

badTHE BAD (Le Mauvais)

  • The Tour’s anticipated main contenders give little for fans to cheer about.
  • Australia’s Cadel Evans fails all attempts to breakaway from peloton.
  • Spain’s Carlos Sastre, who won last year’s Tour, is three minutes back in the overall standings.
  • Russia’s Denis Menchov fell during the team time trial.
  • Team radios are banned in stages ten and eighteen.
  • AG2R takes overall team standings ahead of Astana by three seconds.

uglyTHE UGLY (Et le Vilain)

  • Contador attacks Armstrong and the peloton on the climb to Arcalis.
  • Fan who falls in the middle of the road causes race to stop temporarily.
  • Rabobank’s Lauren Ten Dam goes over the handlebars riding out of the Pyrenees.
  • Belgium’s star sprinter Tom Boonen, allowed in the tour at the last minute despite snorting coke, crashed and hasn’t recovered.

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2 responses to “Tour Weekly Recap: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

  1. Animal

    “Germany’s Brad Wiggins”???? WTF?

    • letourbabe

      Ah, thanks for pointing out my mistake! Yikes! Brad Wiggins is British not German. Danke! Oh, I mean “cheers!”

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