Dave's Dogmatic Dribbles
Tour de France - Stage 5.
Tour de France - Stage 5
There wasn?t much expectation for Lance to keep yellow, but that didn?t make for a boring stage. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /?>
For the most part, Voeckler, Piil, O?Grady, Casar, and Backstedt broke away early and had as much as a <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /?> lead.
The rest of the field was involved in a crash fest. The wind and rain contributed to the falls. I also believe the tension of the 2004 Tour is higher due to the inevitable 6 th straight win by Lance! Heras, Boogerd, Petacchi, Beltran, Vicioso, Rubiera, McEwen, Bettini, and Kessler are a few of those who crashed. I think it would probably be easier to say who didn?t! Lance, Tyler, and Jan are all safe.
I have formally submitted a request to Jean-Marie to give a ?crash? jersey after each stage to the rider who suffers the most falls! I am still awaiting a response from him (I think he?s mad about my stupid rule comment from yesterday, hehe). My vision of the jersey would have a red cross and band aids on it. I?m sure a sponsor such as Johnson and Johnson would step forward! On a serious note, it is unfortunate to see McGee withdraw after being unable to endure further pain.
I?m still waiting for Cipo and Petacchi to have a duel. Cipollini was dropped early but came back to finish with the peloton. Petacchi came in about a minute later. USPS did a significant amount of work up front and T-Mobile slid in front for the last few miles.
The battle at the end among the five leaders was entertaining. As expected, O?Grady wins but French champion Voeckler is in yellow. I think the plan from the start of today?s stage was for Brioches La Boulang?re to put him in yellow. This is a fitting reward to the French National champion. He deserves it for his hard work.
Roadcycling.com caught up with
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