Monday, July 28, 2014

Vincenzo Nibali wins the 2014 Tour De France

Congratulations to Vincenzo Nibali on winning the 2014 Tour De France!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

TDF Stage 20 Report and Results and Stage 21 Preview 2014 Tour De France


54k from Bergerac to Perigueux; Rolling.
Weather: Sunny, mid 80sf.

The race against the clock shuffled the standings today on stage 20 of the Tour De France. The riders attacked a 54km individual time trial in one of the tightest podium races in recent years. Only utter disaster would have unhinged Vincenzo Nibali from his overall lead, but the rest of the podium would be decided on Saturday's race of truth.

Five-time Vuelta A España podium finisher (and 2009 Vuelta winner) Alejandro Valverde has been looking for a Tour De France podium finish, and today's ITT may be one of his last chances to accomplish that feat. With recent Giro d'Italia winner Nairo Quintana looking like the near-future of Movistar's Grand Tour GC hopes, Valverde, at 34, is running out of time.

Stage 20 ITT Profile

Two Frenchman came into the stage vying with Valverde for podium positions. Veteran Jean-Christophe Peraud of AG2R, and young climbing star Thibaut Pinot of FDJ. Last year JC Peraud started the stage-17 time trial with a broken collarbone, and then crashed out on the course, falling on the same right shoulder.  Today he had his chance for redemption. Pinot showed this year that he conquered some demons and was ready to prove his right to stand with the best...