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89th Tour de France - Grand Tour
France, July 6-28, 2002
Complete Live Report
Start time: 12:39 CEST
There are however three time bonus sprints, at Brunvillers-La-Motte (74 km), Grandvilliers (117 km), and Forges-Les-Eaux (150.5 km). If the peloton is still together at these places, expect Erik Zabel to contest the sprints in order to keep his green jersey. That said, he may wish to save himself for the final bunch kick, in order to win the stage.
On the other hand, a breakaway might stay away today into the steady westerly wind, but we'll see.
Although Sandst°d was a strong member of the team, they would have lost at least 30 seconds in waiting for him before they eventually decided to continue on without him. After that their rhythm was disrupted for the final 20 km, and the 46 second deficit they finished with at the end cost them the top spot. But that's racing.
13:02 CEST - 17 km
13:19 CEST - 31.5 km
There has been an attack by seven riders: Viatcheslav Ekimov (USPS), Jakob Piil (CSC), Jimmy Casper (FDJ), Rik Verbrugghe (Lotto), Marco Serpellini (Lampre), Unai Etxebarria (Euskaltel) and Massimo Apollonio (Tacconi). They have 15 seconds at 31 km.
We spoke with Tacconi Sport's Dario Frigo in the village this morning, and asked him about yesterday's team time trial (Tacconi lost 3'45 to finish 18th):
"We thought we wouldn't lose as much time yesterday. We kind of had bad luck. Partly because we had a flat at the beginning and the team didn't ride as well as we thought we would."
Are you disappointed? Yes, we're disappointed. To already lose 4 minutes to guys like Armstrong, Beloki, De Galdeano is a lot if I'm going to get on the podium."
How do you feel? "I'm disappointed from yesterday but piano, piano. I'll try to pick myself up and I'm already thinking about the time trial in Lorient to get back time I've lost."
Note: Frigo is the current Italian time trial champion, and won a time trial stage of the Giro d'Italia last year.
13:36 CEST - 45 km
13:46 CEST - 52 km
13:56 CEST - 60 km
Cyclingnews spoke with Mario Chiesa (Fassa Bortolo director) in the village today: "We don't really have anyone for the GC in this race so we came to the Tour to win some stages," he said. "We have guys for flat stages like Ivanov and Basso and mountain stages like Belli. For the time trial stage, Gontchar could do a good ride. We take it day by day since we don't have a big team leader."
When asked why sprinter Alessandro Petacchi wasn't in the team, Chiesa replied "Petacchi has already raced a lot this season. He's had big successes. He's had a full season from the beginning and has already raced the Giro. He's supposed to do the Vuelta so he never planned to do the Tour. "
14:04 CEST - 68 km
14:13 CEST - 75 km
either Erik Zabel nor Robbie McEwen was in the break and Baden Cooke won the sprint in front of Karsten Kroon and Stefano Casagrande.
The break now has 15 seconds lead.
14:20 CEST - 81 km
For more info about Floyd Landis, he is submitting a daily diary for Cyclingnews, which you can access here. Also, part one of our detailed interview with him can be found here, under The Legend of Landis.
14:30 CEST - 89 km
Rubens Bertogliati (Lampre) is chasing back on through the caravan, after a mechanical.
14:34 CEST - 92 km
It's reported that Tom Steels (Mapei-Quick Step) has given up. Bad luck for the Mapei sprinter, who was looking for form ever since the Tour started. Today has been brutally fast.
14:41 CEST - 97 km
Richard Virenque cruises out the back of the peloton, and wants something, but it's not clear what yet. His team car drives up, but he doesn't seem interested.
He's waiting for the race doctor, as he has a problem with his knee.
14:51 CEST - 101 km/94 km to go
The main peloton is at 10 seconds, and another group is chasing them. The wind is really making it tough.
We spoke with Johnny Weltz (CSC director) this morning about yesterday's team time trial, and today's tactics.
"I don't think ONCE will defend the yellow jersey by riding hard. They have to ride 200 km today and again tomorrow and I don't think that's their intention. (Note: Weltz used to be on ONCE). I think they're more likely to put a guy in the breakaway. And of course they have the option to get the jersey with another guy. I don't think it's their intention to use all their guys before the mountains.
On Jalabert's posibilities of getting the jersey: "It's not like an exhibition here. I don't think it would be too wise for the other teams to give Jalabert 10 minutes. Jalabert is not obsessed enough to contest every bonus sprint to try to get the jersey."
"After the prologue and the first couple of stages, and then after seeing the TTT course, Jalabert said he thought we can win the time trial and take the yellow. I think there's going to be another opportunity."
14:58 CEST - 107 km/88 km to go
15:04 CEST - 112 km/83 km to go
15:11 CEST - 117 km/78 km to go
The gap to the peloton is now 2'07
Note: Tom Steels' abandonment at the feed zone was the first in this year's Tour. There are now 188 riders in the race.
15:21 CEST - 125 km/70 km to go
The riders in the break again: Ludo Dierckxsens (Lampre), Michael Sandstod (CSC), Christophe Edaleine (Jean Delatour), Jaan Kirsipuu (Ag2r), and Stefano Casagranda (Alessio). Edaleine is the best placed, 111th on GC at 4'47.
15:28 CEST - 130 km/65 km to go
It's been announced on French TV that Laurent Jalabert has extended his contract with CSC-Tiscali for another year.
15:36 CEST - 135 km/60 km to go
15:42 CEST - 140 km/55 km to go
The average speed in the third hour was 43.5 km/h, with the overall average for the stage 46 km/h. At this rate, the race will finish before 17:00.
15:50 CEST - 147 km/48 km to go
15:54 CEST - 151 km/44 km to go
Behind them, the peloton has picked up the tempo with Credit Agricole, Lotto-Adecco and Francaise des Jeux doing the work. The gap is now 4'30.
16:03 CEST - 156 km/39 km to go
Today's stage finishes in Jacques Anquetil's birthplace in Rouen. Anquetil was one of the greatest French riders, winning five Tours de France (1957, 1961, 1962, 1963 and 1964). There is a memorial in Rouen dedicated to his exploits.
16:10 CEST - 160 km/35 km to go
Surprisingly, Telekom hasn't assisted the chase yet.
16:20 CEST - 168 km/27 km to go
16:24 CEST - 172 km/23 km to go
McEwen is sitting in about 15th wheel behind the Credit Agricole/Lotto train. Just behind him is yellow jersey wearer Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano. Fabien de Waele is also helping the chase, despite not having his friend Tom Steels in the race any more. He hopes to get Oscar Freire up for another stage win.
16:29 CEST - 177 km/18 km to go
A big fall in the back of the peloton takes out most of the Euskaltel team, and possibly Rik Verbrugghe (Lotto). Pinotti (Lampre) looks bad too. He is lying on the ground, not moving. The race doctor is treating him. Verbrugghe is ok, and gets on his bike.
16:34 CEST - 179 km/16 km to go
16:37 CEST - 183 km/12 km to go
There is a very real chance that the five leaders will stay away, as their gap is still 1'55 with 12 km to go. The best sprinter is obviously Kirsipuu, but things change in a break as he won't have a leadout train.
16:40 CEST - 185 km/10 km to go
16:43 CEST - 187 km/8 km to go
1'18 with 8 km to go.
16:46 CEST - 190 km/5 km to go
The peloton pass under 5 km to go at 57 seconds.
16:49 CEST - 193 km/3 km to go
45 seconds lead.
16:50 CEST - 194 km/1.5 km to go
It doesn't work.
16:51 CEST - 195 km/0 km to go
McEwen wins the bunch kick for 6th, in front of compatriots Stuart O'Grady and Baden Cooke. Erik Zabel still didn't look fast, placing 9th in the stage.
1 Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Ag2R Prevoyance 4.13.33 2 Michael Sandst°d (Den) CSC-Tiscali 3 Ludo Dierckxsens (Bel) Lampre Daikin 4 Stefano Casagranda (Ita) Alessio 0.03 5 Christophe Edalaine (Fra) Jean Delatour 0.08 6 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Lotto-Adecco 0.33 7 Baden Cooke (Aus) FDJeux.com 8 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Credit Agricole 9 Erik Zabel (Ger) Team Deutsche Telekom 10 Andrej Hauptman (Slo) Tacconi Sport General classification after stage 5 1 Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano (Spa) ONCE-Eroski 2 Joseba Beloki (Spa) ONCE-Eroski 0.04 3 Lance Armstrong (USA) US Postal Service 0.07 4 J÷rg Jaksche (Ger) ONCE-Eroski 0.12 5 Abraham Olano (Spa) ONCE-Eroski 0.22 6 Roberto Heras Hernandez (Spa) US Postal Service 0.25 7 Isidro Nozal (Spa) ONCE-Eroski 0.27 8 JosÚ Azevedo (Por) ONCE-Eroski 0.28 9 George Hincapie (USA) US Postal Service 10 Marcos A.Serrano (Spa) ONCE-Eroski 0.30