Thursday, July 15, 2010
Several sprinters will be looking to win this stage. Thor Hushovd will be looking to cinch his title as Green Jersey winner. Currently he is only 7 points ahead of Alessandro Petacchi with 138 points, while the winner of stages one and four Petacchi has 131points. McEwen has 116 points while Rojas (GCE) has 98 and Cavendish has 97.
Robbie Hunter, sprinter for Garmin Transitions crashed yesterday and is out of the race with a fractured radial head of his right arm, according to Letour.fr.
Versus is pumping Levi Leipheimer as a possible podium finisher at the Tour. Yesterday they had several re-runs of Jens Voight's epic crash last year on the descent to Bourg Saint Maurice in last year's Tour. It was one of the scariest crashes in racing that didn't end in a fatality, and one very short video shot shows Voight in the hospital with stitches all over his body. A sobering wake-up to the dangers inherent in bike racing.
The town of Bourg les Valence is home to a cartoon making facility, Rhône-Alpes region Image Centre, and is bordered by the Rhone River.
They are also the first town in the Drome area to make electric bicycles available to its residents.
Posted by Jen B at 7:33 AM