Velominati Super Prestige: Le Tour de France, Stage 20

Velominati Super Prestige: Le Tour de France, Stage 20

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Reach for your recovery drink of choice, grab a little massage if you can, load up on carbs tonight, and get ready for the ultimate showdown for final Tour glory tomorrow to be contested in 41 kilometers contra la montre. I’m talking about the fans, not the riders, obviously. Because these last two days have nearly killed us.

This is anyone’s time trial. At 41km, it’s just long enough for Cadel to pull one out, and it’s just short and hilly enough for Andy to retain enough of his lead. Sure, Evans will certainly beat the Grimplette, but by how much? In last year’s final ITT, Andy almost pulled out the upset, until the wind kicked up and the youngster’s sit up and beg TT position had him more sail that sailor. It’s hilly enough to give the climbers a chance of staying in it, and the long descent to the finish will play to the fastmen against the clock.

Will his new Maillot Juane play Redbull to Andy and give him wings? Or will the scent of Yellow drag the Cadelamonster to his prize? Both Andy and Cadel know what it’s like to stand on the second step of the podium. Neither wants to stand there again. And both riders are different men than they were the last time it happened. Both have been hardened by the bitter taste of defeat that lingers long on the tongue.

I, for one, can hardly take it any more. Vive le Tour.

You know the drill, get your picks in by 5am Pacific tomorrow morning. Good luck.

 

 

// Velominati Super Prestige

  1. And @Sgt takes the Le Tour VSP. Rockin’ race, incredible TT by Evans, who rode a perfect Tour from start to finish. Amazing that he was as strong on day one as the second last. Un be fuckin’ leivable.

    Final Race Results
    1. EVANS Cadel
    2. SCHLECK Andy
    3. SCHLECK Frank
    4. VOECKLER Thomas
    5. CONTADOR VELASCO Alberto

    Final VSP Results
    1. sgt (45 points)
    2. earnest (44 points)
    3. D-Man (43 points)
    4. il ciclista medio (43 points)
    5. velomihottie (41 points)
    6. seemunkee (41 points)
    7. benjamin (39 points)
    8. needmoreV (38 points)
    9. Bianchi Denti (38 points)
    10. Jamin (33 points)
    11. Alex (33 points)
    12. Nate (33 points)
    13. scaler911 (30 points)
    14. Gerard (29 points)
    15. brett (29 points)
    16. Cyclops (28 points)
    17. R00td0wn (28 points)
    18. ben (27 points)
    19. Rose City Rolleur (26 points)
    20. diablo (26 points)
    21. GluteCramp (26 points)
    22. tony macaroni (24 points)
    23. Ian McCulloch (24 points)
    24. mcsqueak (24 points)
    25. ramenvelo (24 points)
    26. Ron (24 points)
    27. G'phant (24 points)
    28. Steampunk (24 points)
    29. Souleur (24 points)
    30. drsoul (24 points)
    31. Marcus (24 points)
    32. Pedale.Forchetta (23 points)
    33. usanz (23 points)
    34. Ankush (22 points)
    35. Joe (22 points)
    36. Roadslave525 (22 points)
    37. Andreas (22 points)
    38. xyxax (22 points)
    39. Rob (22 points)
    40. Buck Rogers (21 points)
    41. Velo Kitty (21 points)
    42. Dan_R (21 points)
    43. olliewm (21 points)
    44. Mikael Liddy (21 points)
    45. blaireau (21 points)
    46. Scuba Steve (21 points)
    47. toomanytreks (21 points)
    48. anotherdownunder (21 points)
    49. Erik (21 points)
    50. eightzero (20 points)
    51. bkwentz (20 points)
    52. harminator (19 points)
    53. Jeff in PetroMetro (19 points)
    54. Paco (18 points)
    55. AD (18 points)
    56. Collin (16 points)
    57. ChrisO (16 points)
    58. Sprider (16 points)
    59. joker (13 points)
    60. MikeyEyesore (12 points)
    61. heath (12 points)
    62. Mikeweb (12 points)
    63. CanuckChuck (12 points)
    64. Roberto Marques (12 points)
    65. Troy (12 points)
    66. mouse (12 points)
    67. Netraam (12 points)
    68. Oldschooly (12 points)
    69. wiscot (10 points)
    70. Marko (10 points)
    71. frank (10 points)
    72. CJ (10 points)
    73. Xponti (10 points)
    74. Patrick Mason (9 points)
    75. Aidas (9 points)
    76. wgwalmsley (9 points)
    77. DarkWing (9 points)
    78. al (9 points)
    79. Godsight (9 points)
    80. Durishin (9 points)
    81. Hawkeye (9 points)
    82. Chris (9 points)
    83. Nof Landrien (9 points)
    84. MikeC (9 points)
    85. doug s (9 points)
    86. pakrat (9 points)
    87. Jeff Hagen (9 points)
    88. G'rilla (9 points)
    89. Harry (9 points)
    90. Oli (8 points)
    91. Andrew (8 points)
    92. snoov (7 points)
    93. Bongo (7 points)
    94. paolo (7 points)
    95. Sam (7 points)
    96. Nathan Edwards (6 points)
    97. RedRanger (6 points)
    98. jeremy clark (6 points)
    99. zalamanda (6 points)
    100. Gianni (6 points)
    101. TomC (4 points)
    102. LA Dave (4 points)
    103. austin (3 points)
    104. Dr C (0 points)
    105. mouse (0 points)
    106. Zoncolan (0 points)
    107. Jonny (0 points)
    108. minion (0 points)
    109. ralasdair (0 points)

    110. Scuba Steve (0 points)

  2. I’ve never heard the Aussie national anthem. Is it played by beating rocks on dingo heads?

  3. Just woke up at 3am to watch, and missed Cadel’s ride! But AWESOME!

    Congrats to a deserving winner, and a great battle from the Swivels over the 3 weeks, and Tommy 5! Amazing Tour…

  4. Chapeau, Cadel! Congratulations, Australia!

  5. @frank
    Our PM tried it when we won the Americas Cup!

    What a gutsy effort from cadel not to give up on grand tours after the last few years. Such belief in himself in the face of so many doubters (me included.)

    30 years ago the first non- euro put on a yellow jersey. His name was phil Anderson

    Massive Sunday on the piss coming up!

  6. I’m gonna say it one more time: the Tour is for the best rider on all terrain. You can have one weakness if you’re good enough at another discipline. But you can’t have two.

    Andy, Fränk: if you want to win the Tour ever, you’re going to have to learn to descend and/or TT. All it takes is practice.

  7. Sweet – podium!

    Oh, yeah, CADEL WON IT!!! I”M ACTUALLY SHOUTING THIS OUT LOUD AS I WRITE THIS IN CAPS!!!

    Hooray! I haven’t felt this happy since I was a kid on Christmas morning!

  8. And the results for the TT, which i almost forgot about…

    Final Race Results
    1. MARTIN Tony
    2. EVANS Cadel
    3. CONTADOR VELASCO Alberto
    4. DE GENDT Thomas
    5. PORTE Richie

    Final VSP Results
    1. camh (7 points)
    2. TomC (5 points)
    3. heath (5 points)
    4. Andrew (4 points)
    5. Cyclops (4 points)
    6. anotherdownunder (4 points)
    7. Velomihott (4 points)
    8. xyxax (4 points)
    9. Rob (4 points)
    10. harminator (4 points)
    11. scaler911 (4 points)
    12. R00td0wn (3 points)
    13. tony macaroni (3 points)
    14. sgt (3 points)
    15. Rose City Rolleur (3 points)
    16. seemunkee (3 points)
    17. Marcus (3 points)
    18. Leroy (3 points)
    19. earnest (3 points)
    20. Erik (3 points)
    21. Jamin (3 points)
    22. Marko (3 points)
    23. mcsqueak (3 points)
    24. Alex (3 points)
    25. snoov (3 points)
    26. Eightzero (2 points)
    27. Bongo (2 points)
    28. RedRanger (2 points)
    29. VeloVita (2 points)
    30. AD (2 points)
    31. Gerard (2 points)
    32. G'phant (2 points)
    33. Roadslave525 (2 points)
    34. il ciclista medio (2 points)
    35. mouse (2 points)
    36. brett (2 points)
    37. Jeff in PetroMetro (2 points)
    38. olliewm (2 points)
    39. Steampunk (2 points)
    40. Oli (2 points)
    41. ramenvelo (2 points)
    42. pakrat (2 points)
    43. Bianchi Denti (2 points)
    44. Ankush (2 points)
    45. CJ (2 points)
    46. Ron (2 points)
    47. joe (2 points)
    48. wiscot (1 points)
    49. frank (1 points)
    50. Collin (1 points)
    51. benjamin (1 points)
    52. Godsight (1 points)

    53. Chris (1 points)

  9. @Erik

    Well, they TT better than Rasmussen.

    24 carat Gold.

  10. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH YESSSSSS!
    Wow, I’m actually speechless I’m so excited.
    WOW
    (yes I’m from Australia and have cheered Cadel for years, I thought he’d get Carlos but the wait has been worth it)

  11. You little ripper Cadel! Talk about an iron will, that was an astonishingly strong mental effort, forget about the TT’ing.

    Still chances to win his bike (raced in the Worlds and Lombardy) and help kids with Cerebral Palsy at the same time – check out Cyclingtipsblig.com entry on 21 June.

    Yeeeaaahhh!!! See you up on the mountain at Kingkake this summer Cadel…

  12. @Marcus

    @frank
    Our PM tried it when we won the Americas Cup!
    What a gutsy effort from cadel not to give up on grand tours after the last few years. Such belief in himself in the face of so many doubters (me included.)
    30 years ago the first non- euro put on a yellow jersey. His name was phil Anderson
    Massive Sunday on the piss coming up!

    Good call Marcus – Phil was the beginning of the Anglo invasion.
    Big celebration time.

  13. I don’t want to be too charitable to the Schleck fellas here after a less than stellar time trial, but give credit where credit is due and don’t take away too much from the brothers Grimp. 16th and 17th at 2 minutes out in the final TdF TT obviously didn’t cut it, but it’s also not terrible in the way folks are making it out to be. Should they work on the TT skills (and mental approach)? Yes. Does it stand in stark contrast to other yellow Jersey TTs of the recent past? Yes. But as this a horrible display of te anti-V? I don’t think so.

    The bottom line here is that the Schlecks didn’t lose the tour as much as Cadel simply won it. He won it in the time trial, sure, but he also won it yesterday on Alps D’Huez and especially the previous day in his one-man assault on the final climb. Reclaimed 2 full minutes from Andy, with a full host of favorites in tow. Pure V. Yes the Schlecks are weaker in the TT, but the real difference here was how Cadel was able to hang with their strength in the mountains, then recover and dominate contre le montre. Chapeau to Good Cadel.

  14. @Abdu Whereareyou

    Sorry a bit pissed and a lot excited..

    That would be Cyclingtipsblog.com (damn auto correct) and July 21 posting.

  15. @frank

    I’ve never heard the Aussie national anthem. Is it played by beating rocks on dingo heads?

    Here it is…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OE0dQNxA3xo

  16. sgt just blew up the overall VSP with those 30 points! Big shake up in the VSP due to Le Tour.

    I’m slipping away, better work on my TTing skills…

  17. @harminator
    Surely it’s Khe Sanh?

    For any Aussies reading this who were watching SBS, can anyone tell me if Tomo had a boner while he was talking to Matt White? Man that guy was overexcited..

  18. Who is this chap? Showing up at Alpe d’Huez in white bibs?! Unless my eyes are so bleary from all the racing, that is not in fact Thor (in an Italy jersey!).

  19. @Abdu Whereareyou

    @harminator
    Surely it’s Khe Sanh?
    For any Aussies reading this who were watching SBS, can anyone tell me if Tomo had a boner while he was talking to Matt White? Man that guy was overexcited..

    Mate, Don’t mention the war! This internet thing is international.

    And Tomo won’t have to renew his viagra script for years!

  20. Remember the Death of the Grand Tour? Yeah, well, Cuddles can do it all. Frandy can climb, they have a great team…they can’t TT or get their asses down a mountain. Yes, this is hard, hard stuff. Dangerous even. But you just got the feeling that Cuddles was licking his chops in the start house, and Frandy were both just looking over their shoulders. Like they did all race, one move on the Galibier notwithstanding.

    But hay, Cuddles sure made that BMC Time Machine look good today, hunh? That image should supplant his difficulty yesterday. I sure would like to see what broke.

  21. @frank

    I’m gonna say it one more time: the Tour is for the best rider on all terrain. You can have one weakness if you’re good enough at another discipline. But you can’t have two.
    Andy, Fränk: if you want to win the Tour ever, you’re going to have to learn to descend and/or TT. All it takes is practice.

  22. 2 HOURS AGO NEAR GRENOBLE;;;

    FIRST PHOTOS ARE COMING SOON ;;;

    WAIT FOR IT §§§ !!!

  23. EVANS

    SCHLECKs

    VOECKLER

    CUNEGO

    CONTADOR

  24. @Ron
    Outside of the bibs, I’m not seeing too many violations.

    On another note, Levi just needs to hang it up. Pretty sad showing from the Eggtimer.

    I’m already feeling a TDF hangover creeping on and we are not even to Paris. Have to admit, today was a flagrant Rule #62 violation during my AM ride. I had to have the live stream going in one ear as I rode my favorite climb. It gets you pretty pumped hearing Phil and Paul shouting out the time gaps for Cadel and Andy. What a way to start my Saturday.

    Now, time to turn Netflix, settle in with a cold Fosters and wach a little Crocodile Dundee. May have to even throw a few shrimp on the bbq later just to celebrate. (Am I missing any stereotypes?)

  25. Thank you Alpin!

  26. Amazing pictures – and what great luck to be able to be there to take them!

    For the record, Pierre Rolland will end France’s TdF drought. Not next year, but he looks to have what it takes to be the first Frenchman since Hinault to win the home tour.

  27. Tweet from the ET says his “bad luck continued today.” Did he crash, mechanical? Or just suck?

  28. Sorry for the quality ! Most photos are mostly bluuuury ( my old Pentax isn’ TT compliant ..at 40km/h , it just stops going… it does like myself and stay in foetal position , detached from reality, ignoring the fact that i suck on the flat).. a french-japanese guy next to me was really doing amazing “professionnal” shots with proper gear..well, i do what i can !

    However, it was really nice to be there !!!!

    Quel beau tour, n’est-ce pas?

  29. I need a cigarette and a nap after watching that. Damn good job Cadel.
    @alpin – Thanks for the pics. Lucky you to be there.

  30. Thanks Alpin, those are great photos. I checked in first here this morning to see if Cadel had won and instead found Leroy. But – Thanks again Alpin, they are fantastic photos and it’s great to see shots that arent’ cropped for the magazines and websites – love some of the spectators in the photos who, couldn’t care less, then some who look like their heads are going to explode.
    And Cadel, Im speechless. The aero properties of the bumchin are now proven in the TDF: Aussie supermodels will be lining up for surgery. Classrooms of Aussie children will be filled with Cadels and Cadelinas. Go you fucken little ripper!

  31. @pakrat
    Enjoy the Fosters. Australians don’t! They haven’t sold it here for about 30 years!@eightzero

    Tweet from the ET says his “bad luck continued today.” Did he crash, mechanical? Or just suck?

    Can only guess that eggtimers autocorrect must have inserted “luck” when he wrote “form”.

  32. @Minion

    you’ right about spectators…..like these two more!

    casual saturday eating a fruit outdside / totally concentrated to main²tain a 50km/h average

  33. This guy looked to me like a disguised super-villain retired in Florida.

  34. Sadly Blundstone are now mostly made in NZ rather than their Tasmanian home.
    But don’t worry there will be heaps of Blunnie wearers celebrating Cadel.
    We’re just waiting on Matt Goss to get some stage wins next year, and then for Richie Porte to be on the podium in a couple of years.

  35. @Joshua
    +1. The Schlecks used to be terrible at TTs. They are now merely a bit below average. But as @frank noted, they still need to improve their weaknesses.

  36. @Alpin


    This guy looked to me like a disguised super-villain retired in Florida.

    Nah. That’s just Brett hanging on out Aussie Sunday/Real World Saturday.

  37. Wow – what a stage. My plans were sweaty and my heart was thumping cheering on our Aussie cadelephant in the wee hours this morning. I’ll be buzzing for days from this one. Cadelephantitus in bucketloads this tour. He won it on the slopes of the Galibier when he. hauled the rest of the peloton with him clawing back Grimplettes lead. He was the most complete rider of this TdF and a well deserved winner. And wow I came 4th. In the Superprestige! Damn just off the podium!

    Woohoo Cadel!!!

  38. @Joshua

    I don’t want to be too charitable to the Schleck fellas here after a less than stellar time trial, but give credit where credit is due and don’t take away too much from the brothers Grimp. 16th and 17th at 2 minutes out in the final TdF TT obviously didn’t cut it, but it’s also not terrible in the way folks are making it out to be. Should they work on the TT skills (and mental approach)? Yes. Does it stand in stark contrast to other yellow Jersey TTs of the recent past? Yes. But as this a horrible display of te anti-V? I don’t think so.
    The bottom line here is that the Schlecks didn’t lose the tour as much as Cadel simply won it. He won it in the time trial, sure, but he also won it yesterday on Alps D’Huez and especially the previous day in his one-man assault on the final climb. Reclaimed 2 full minutes from Andy, with a full host of favorites in tow. Pure V. Yes the Schlecks are weaker in the TT, but the real difference here was how Cadel was able to hang with their strength in the mountains, then recover and dominate contre le montre. Chapeau to Good Cadel.

    Agreed completely. Pretending that Frank and Andy were pussies only cheapens Cadels win.

    I say Chapeau to all the riders in the top 10; almost without exception, they showed some serious class in this, one of the best Tour ever.

    None of these guys are soft. This was hard racing, and let’s remember that this was a race where the strongest rider won – it was not a matter of softest who lost. Cadel was superior against a very strong competitor in Andy Schleck, who did not make it easy for him. That only goes to give credit to Cadel.

    This after a stalemate in the Pyrenees and Andy gambling everything he had on the only way he could possibly win this Tour: a long-distance hail-mary. And it almost worked.

    The next day, Contador, the guy who has won every Grand Tour he had entered since 2007 (with the notable exception of this one) tried the same tactic and was caught again before the last climb. That should tell you a little something about how hard it is to make a move like that stick.

    Andy lost the Tour, but he went down after burning all his matches on the only chance he had. I say Chapeau to les Freres Grimpeur for their work. And Chapeau to Cadelephant for riding a near-perfect Tour and taking a well-deserved win. And, lastly, Frandy need to get on a TT bike and train with Faboo on both TT’ing and descending.

    That reminds me: as most of you know, my name is pronounced “Fronk”, not “Frank”. At work, I joke that “Frank” is an asshole, a complete fuckup who never does anything right. “Fronk” is a great, charming, intelligent man who always exceeds expectations. “Be careful which one you invite to meetings.”, I always tell people who mess up my name.

    I think Les Freres Grimpeur, Grimpelder, and the Grimplette are amazing athletes who channel the V. I think Frandy are a couple of guys who suck at TT’s and complain when a sketchy descent is included in a race.

  39. @Alpin
    A+1. Phenomenal photos. You’ve made my day again.

    @eightzero

    Remember the Death of the Grand Tour? Yeah, well, Cuddles can do it all.

    That’s exactly right. But he’s not the best at any of it, which is why this was such a great Tour. Death of the Grand Tour was based on riders like Contador winning on the mountaintops as well as in the TT’s. Cadel limited his losses in the mountains and took advantage of his strength. He’s good enough in all disciplines to win the Tour, but he only took home one stage, a short, steep finish that was more suited to classics riders than climbers or TTers.

    You couldn’t ask for a better example of how to resurrect the Grand Tour: have a rider win who excelled at all disciplines but was the best in none of them.

  40. @frank

    I think Les Freres Grimpeur, Grimpelder, and the Grimplette are amazing athletes who channel The V.

    A-Merckx to that. As they say, there’s a reason we play the games.

    I am just beside myself at how well Cuddles played that game. He’s a hard, hard man.

  41. Cadelephantitus:
    Riding in yellow with a fractured elbow last year.
    Coming second twice.
    Sticking to his guns in terms of riding style despite his distractors.
    THAT stage win at the Giro (Stage 7 2010)
    World Champion 2009.
    Being a tour contendor on Omega – Pharma with limited team support.
    Having the common sense to give up mountain bikes to ride with the grown ups.
    And he’s ben knocking on the door for a decade, riding through the Lance/Lance V2 era, Contador’s dominant performances. Get me to a doctor cos I’m raging with it.

  42. @Abdu Whereareyou
    Tomo went a little Daryl Somers on us, and I’m sure he held back a man cry of joy!
    So happy for Cadel and his team, and so happy for Australian cycling for what Cadel and all aussie riders, past & present to lay down the path of respect aussies have in a friggin tough as sport.
    How many Pro teams now have a aussie in its management?!

    I’m up for a proud man cry in Paris!

  43. @Alpin

    He will be introducing the mirror to FrAndy so they can keep their heads facing straight down the road!
    Did Cadel ever really look over his shoulder this whole tour?!!!

  44. @frank
    Well said, Frank!

  45. @ Minion – spot on. Don’t forget pipping c-odor on the line at Fleche W, too!

    That Giro stage is still perhaps the greatest I’ve watched.

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