The Shack gets Payback

RadioShack’s Paulinho wins Bastille Day stage into Gap

Paulinho nips Kiryienka at the finish line.

Sergio Paulinho cleverly out-sprinted a world champion sprinter to win Stage 10 of the Tour de France– 111 miles through sweltering 95-degree heat in the Alps. It was the first stage victory in this Tour for RadioShack, which now has something to celebrate after its team leader Lance Armstrong crashed on Sunday, losing 12 minutes to the top contenders and any chance of an eighth Tour championship.

Paulinho and Vasil Kiryienka of Caisse d’Epargne were the last survivors of an early break of six riders. The peloton finished the race 14 minutes behind them. But the time gap didn’t matter to Saxo Bank’s Andy Schleck, who still retains the Tour leader’s yellow jersey.

Armstrong rides around fallen Beloki.

Of memorable note today, the tour traveled the same precarious road where in 2003 Joseba Beloki slid on the hot tar, crashed and broke his arm and leg. At the time, Armstrong was right on Beloki’s rear wheel but skirted around the fallen rider, crossed a field and caught back up with the break. That crash ended Beloki’s cycling career, and Armstrong went on to win his fifth Tour de France. During today’s stage, a banner and yellow line mark the spot across the field where Armstrong escaped injury.

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One response to “The Shack gets Payback

  1. Tim

    On the UK coverage, they walked us through Armstrong’s path that day, and it really showed just how steep and bumpy the field was. If he had hesitated a second and tried entering the field 10 metres later, the bank is too steep to ride down and he would undoubtedly have fallen. It also showed how big the ditch he hopped over to rejoin the road is.

    It was an amazing piece of quick thinking and coolness under pressure by Lance. If he hadn’t done what he did in the blink of an eye, he would have lost the 2003 Tour that day, and the race in 2004 and 2005 would have been completely different as a result.

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