Tuesday, July 21, 2009

TdF: stage 16

Even through today's 2 big climbs (notwithstanding one being Le Petit St Bernard), the top of the GC stayed the same.

Spaniard Mikel Astarloza won the stage. Astarloza was especially enthusiastic when crossing the finish line, and long-time cycling commentator Phil Liggett said, "The joy on his face was pure and refreshing to see":

Initially Lance couldn't keep up with his peers in the standings, but he attacked his group and bridged the gap on the road, so he didn't lose any more time today. Lance tweeted,
St16 done. Pretty tough day w/ 2 loooong climbs. Felt a lot better today. Team did an excellent job of controlling the race. 3 countries too
German Jens Voigt crashed on a descent and fractured his right cheek bone and suffered a concussion, but is improving at the hospital.

This Tour is unusually close with the top 10 being separated by a scant 4 minutes with only 4 real stages to go. Tomorrow will be a very hard day due to its 5 big climbs.

In other cycling news, Lance says:
Making a very cool announcement on Thursday re: a new American partner for our team in 2010 (and beyond). Stay tuned!

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