Andrei Kivilev (who lost his podium spot in the time trial) was so nervous on the starting ramp that it looked like if you said 'boo,' he would fall off of the starting ramp. The Cofidis rider packed a little gel up his shorts leg for the ride.
The 2001 Tour de France is over. American Lance Armstrong has made it three-in-a-row, Lampre's Jan Svorada earned one of the Tour's most prestigious stage wins and Erik Zabel took his sixth consecutive points jersey.
Read the full story on the VeloNews Tour de France page. We also have complete results, a post stage wrap-up by Bryan Jew, analysis by John Wilcockson, race images from Graham Watson and Casey Gibson and a look at the technology used in this race by Lennard Zinn.
The Tour has bad memories of Brive-la-Gaillarde, where Thursday’s stage 17 begins. It was here in 1998 that the Festina team was excluded from the Tour de France in a late-night announcement by race director Jean-Marie Leblanc. The decision was made after firm evidence came through that the Festina team –- then ranked No. 1 in the world –- had used an organized system of doping, and that the team had intended using the cache of drugs seized from a Festina team car the previous week. This year, there have been no drug scandals, and only one rider has tested positive since the race began. That
4:59 p.m. Here are the preliminary top-ten: 1. BAGUET Serge BEL LOT in 4:13:36; 2. PIIL Jakob DEN CST at 00:00; 3. LELLI Massimiliano ITA COF at 00:05; 4. SVORADA Jan SLO LAM at 00:13; 5. NAZON Damien FRA BJR at 00:13; 6. ZABEL Erik GER TEL at 00:13; 7. O'GRADY Stuart AUS C.A at 00:13; 8. VAINSTEINS Romans LAT DFF at 00:13; 9. PETACCHI Alessandro ITA FAS at 00:13; 10. CAPELLE Christophe FRA BIG at 00:13;
Stay tuned for a complete post stage wrap-up and results, including details on the ever-tightening green jersey race between Stuart O'Grady and Erik Zabel.4:54 p.m. They MADE IT!
The Tour de France loves to give out second chances. And this year, it seems like they’re everywhere. Of course, there’s Lance Armstrong, who’s living out his second life after his recovery from cancer. But after that, there are plenty of other less monumental examples. Laurent Jalabert, for example, has transformed himself from a perennial July disappointment into a new, aggressive, attacking Tour rider who’s taken two Tour stage wins and the polka dot jersey this year. And on Thursday, the Tour was introduced to Serge Baguet, who really is living out a second career.
Saturn dominated the first day of the 2001 Canadian National Road Championships, with Eric Wohlberg and Lyne Bessette winning their respective time trials. The national championships are being held in the town of Dieppe, New Brunswick, on the east coast of Canada.
The elite men covered 2 circuits of the 20 kilometer road race course, while the women and espoir men did two loops of a shortened 13 kilometer circuit. Both were rolling, with no major climbs. Conditions were perfect, except for a very strong wind that was in the face of riders as they finished.
Bessette's main rival was
Rolf Sorensen clearly must have planned on going for it on the hilly road to Sarran, since he had pulled out his ADA wheels for the task. But the CSC-Tiscali Sorensen who was in the breakaway and ended up fourth was Nicki Sorensen.
Rolf’s ADAs look very similar to the Lightweight wheels that Armstrong used in the uphill time trial to Chamrousse and that Jalabert used on some mountain stages, but there are important differences. While both brands have carbon hub shells, the carbon-Kevlar spokes on Lightweights are flat, while those of ADAs are round and made of carbon wrapped in Kevlar