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89th Tour de France - Grand Tour

France, July 6-28, 2002

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Stage 10 - Tuesday July 17: Bazas - Pau, 147 km

Complete Live Report

Start time: 14:00 CEST
Estimated finish time: 17:25 CEST

12:56 CEST    
Welcome to the Cyclingnews coverage of the tenth stage, a short run southwards through deep France, the sparsely populated and gastronomically influential south-west of the country, starting in Bordeaux wine country, first through the flat forests of the Landes, and then once past Roquefort (not the one where they make the cheese) into the gently rolling country towards Pau.

The short stage distance and its being the last day before the mountains start mean that it will probably be a day for the race's lesser lights, but with a lot of people wanting to take the chance of a stage win before the big guns start firing and a bit of a tailwind, it will probably be a run off pretty fast. There are already a good number of spectators out along the course enjoying the pleasant sunny day and temperatures of around 25°C

14:22 CEST    10 km/137 km to go
Despite the weather, today's stage has started under storm clouds, although it could well be a storm in a teacup, with the news that the yellow jersey, Igor González de Galdeano, tested "positive" (or rather slightly over the generally applicable limit) for salbutamol after stage 6; he has a medical certificate to use the stuff as an asthma treatment and has not committed any breach of the rules and no action has been taken (by the authorities, that is; lots of action by journalists, though ...).

As expected, the start of the stage has been lively with repeated attacks. A group of five riders has already gone 14 seconds clear: Nico Mattan (Cofidis), Leon Van Bon (Domo), Iñigo Chaurreau (AG2R), Martin Hvastija (Alessio) and Rob Hunter (Mapei). This is not promising breakaway country, though, with the long straight roads through France's largest forest meaning they will need about five minutes to get out of sight of the peloton.

14:45 CEST    
Unsurprisingly the break is brought back, and is followed by another quartet, but they have little more joy and the field is back together, although attacks are going constantly without success. The average speed is somewhere in the region of 50 kph+ at the moment. At the back of the field, Jaan Kirsipuu has mechanical problems but they are sorted out on the move.

The day's first formal point of interest is the first bonus sprint at Roquefort, after 43.5 km; although the time bonuses are no longer of much importance, the points are, and there are quite a few Telekom and Lotto jerseys massing near the front already.

14:56 CEST    43 km/104 km to go
The pace has had a first victim, with the announcement that the yellow jersey's big brother Alvaro has retired.

A small Australian combine, perhaps, as Stuart O'Grady almost manages to come second in the sprint behind Robbie McEwen. But Zabel took it, and was only holding the green by two points before the stage so McEwen is now equal on points with him.

Jacky Durand chooses the aftermath of the sprint as an opportunity to attack; Fred Rodriguez goes with him but again it comes to nothing.

15:09 CEST    50 km/97 km to go
Some far more serious news than a made-up doping story; very sadly, a seven year old boy has been run over by one of the vehicles in the publicity caravan ahead of the race and is reported to have died in hospital.

15:25 CEST    62.5 km/84.5 km to go
At Mont-de-Marsan the riders are a few minutes up on their fastest schedule (calculated at 44 kph), but Mario Cipollini's record speed for a road stage (50.335 kph) is probably not under threat, since the remainder of the stage is quite a bit bumpier than it has been so far.

On the run into the town a group of a dozen riders got more than half a minute clear; they included US Postal's Floyd Landis, whose excellent time trial ride makes him a bit too much of a GC threat to be let go too easily, and former white jersey wearer Isidro Nozal (ONCE), one place behind him. This group has now split up again and reformed without those two, which may give them a chance.

15:30 CEST    75 km/72 km to go
The eleven leaders now have 50 seconds and are:
Constantino Zaballa (Spa) Kelme - Costa Blanca
Nico Mattan (Bel) Cofidis, le credit par téléphone
Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Credit Agricole
Enrico Cassani (Ita) Domo - Farm Frites
Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) La Française des Jeux
Jerome Pineau (Fra) Bonjour
Pedro Horillo (Spa) Mapei - Quick Step
Ludo Dierckxsens (Bel) Lampre - Daikin
Unai Etxebarria (Ven) Euskaltel - Euskadi
Andy Flickinger (Fra) AG2R Prévoyance
Patrice Halgand (FRA) Jean Delatour

Just a few km to the day's second bonus sprint at Grenade-sur-l'Adour now.

15:37 CEST    80 km/67 km to go
At the sprint Andy Flickinger surprisingly out jumps Stuart O'Grady; French champion Nicolas Vogondy takes the third place.

Time trial winner Santiago Botero has punctured at the back of the race but gets a good change and should make it back safely despite the speed.

15:49 CEST    86 km/61 km to go
The race has now moved out of the forest onto smaller roads in more arable country. The break have pulled the gap out to more than two minutes ahead of a bunch which is now led by the ONCE team en masse.

Laurent Jalabert punctures and is brought back up to the bunch with help from his roommate Paul Van Hyfte. Just a few km to go to the first of the day's three fourth-cat climbs at Eugénie-les-Bains.

15:57 CEST    98 km/49 km to go
Patrice Halgand takes the money on the climb ahead of Vogondy and Horillo. Nobody can take away Christophe Mengin's spotty jersey today., however.

Laurent Jalabert has a second bike change in a handful of kilometres and has to chase back once again.

16:16 CEST    107 km/40 km to go
The lead has now more or less stabilised at around three minutes; the leading eleven are riding well together, while behind them it is still the pink ONCE train keeping up the pace for a far calmer bunch than we had in the early kilometres.

16:23 CEST    113 km/34 km to go
The day's second climb, the Côte de Boucque, is a stiff little pitch on a winding little back road; Halgand again sets the pace and gets a few yards clear, with once again Vogondy and Flickinger following up. The final bonus sprint is only 3 km from the top of the climb, so the Zabel/McEwen show will have to wait until later for its next instalment.

16:28 CEST    116 km/31 km to go
The sprint in Arzacq-Arraziguet is taken by Stuart O'Grady who sprints ahead with the others not bothering to contest it; birthday boy Nico Mattan and Pedro Horrillo take the next two places. The lead is stable at three minutes; it looks as though this break is going to go the distance now.

16:45 CEST    126 km/21 km to go
The day's third listed climb is the fourth category Côte de Auga; Nico Mattan has a go half way up but doesn't get anywhere, and Halgand again jumps away for the points, suggesting that he has bigger ambitions with tomorrow's climb of the Aubisque almost in sight. The group is fragmented by the limb, and the Etxebarria is definitively lost. The lead has climbed to three and a half minutes.

The four strongest riders of the break are now 21 seconds clear of their former companions: Ludo Dierckxsens, Stuart O'Grady, Patrice Halgand and Jérôme Pineau are away with no more natural obstacles between them and the finish in Pau.

16:56 CEST    137 km/10 km to go
Coming onto the straight main drag into Pau, the leading quartet have 37 seconds lead over the six chasers who have not given up yet, with the convoy around the break visible ahead of them. Halgand is and looks to be suffering a touch more than the others. O'Grady is clearly the fastest on paper - and the others will know that - but can he fulfil his potential here?

16:57 CEST    140 km/7 km to go
Halagnd attacks and the others just look at one another (and mostly at O'Grady). He has a good 100m or so gap

17:00 CEST    142 km/5 km to go
O'Grady, Pineau and Dierckxsens get the chase together, but Halgand tucked in on the painted cycle lane on the right of the broad straight road is giving it everything. Did they hesitate too long>

17:02 CEST    144 km/3 km to go
Into the outskirts of Pau and the Halgand is still going away, fifteen seconds clear. He's rocking and rolling but the pain looks to be worth it.

17:05 CEST    146 km/1 km to go
With 20 seconds at the flamme rouge Halgand has it sewn up.

17:07 CEST    Finish
Halgand takes the win comfortably, and Pineau jumps the other two to take second with a brief outburst of amateur theatricals of the head-clutching, handlebar-banging kind (having done the least work in the chase); O'Grady and Ludo sprint it out for third, and O'Grady gets it.

Pedro Horillo takes the sprint from the second group.

A shattered-looking Etxebarria stays away from the bunch to take 11th place, while behind the sprinters line up.

McEwen gets boxed in, but escapes and gets past Zabel but not past Baden Cooke who is 12th; McEwen will take the green jersey in any event.


1 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Jean Delatour                  3.00.15 (48.93 km/h)
2 Jerome Pineau (Fra) Bonjour                             0.27
3 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Credit Agricole                    0.33
4 Ludo Dierckxsens (Bel) Lampre Daikin
5 Pedro Horillo (Spa) Mapei-Quick Step                    1.00
6 Andy Flickinger (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance
7 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) FDJeux.com
8 Nico Mattan (Bel) Cofidis
9 Constantino Zaballa (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
10 Enrico Cassani (Ita) Domo-Farm Frites                  1.02
11 Unai Etxebarria (Ven) Euskaltel-Euskadi                3.29
12 Baden Cooke (Aus) FDJeux.com                           3.57

General classification after stage 10

1 Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano (Spa) ONCE-Eroski         36.25.35
2 Lance Armstrong (USA) US Postal Service                 0.26
3 Joseba Beloki (Spa) ONCE-Eroski                         1.23
4 Serguei Gontchar (Ukr) Fassa Bortolo                    1.35
5 Santiago Botero (Col) Kelme-Costa Blanca                1.55
6 Andrea Peron (Ita) CSC-Tiscali                          2.08
7 David Millar (GBr) Cofidis                              2.11
8 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Credit Agricole                    2.15
9 Raimondas Rumsas (Ltu) Lampre Daikin                    2.22
10 Tyler Hamilton (USA) CSC-Tiscali                       2.30
11 José Azevedo (Por) ONCE-Eroski                         2.45


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