Just catching up…. – Tour de France 2011

On yesterdays race news, i missed it last night. Loving this quote by Alasdair Fotheringham in Plateau de Beille for the Independant; “Voeckler has improved enormously since he first burst on to the scene in 2004 when he unexpectedly took the Tour lead. That year, Voeckler defended the yellow jersey on the very same climb of Plateau de Beille against Lance Armstrong. However the inroads the Armstrong made that day made it obvious that Voeckler was really keeping the jersey warm for the American.”

So it appears Thomas Voeckler has really grabbed this tour by the scruff of it’s neck, clearly his climbing prowess has improved dramatically over previous years from what i understand. I caught the tail end of a news bulletin this morning where Voeckler was quoted as saying “He couldn’t believe it himself” (In French obviously!). Apparantly Voeckler had believed he would lose the lead as soon as the race hit the mountains, but that was clearly not the case yesterday, and he looked comfortable defending his position.

The French TV commentator’s vociferous encouragement for Voeckler
to attack at the 17 kilometre point of the climb of Plateau de Beille, fell on deaf ears when Voeckler held all the pre-race favourites and can be heralded as a major achievement, meaning the Europcar rider is now a serious contender for the podium in Paris. What the French are secretly hoping for, of course, is the overall win, which has remained out of their clutches since Bernard Hinault in 1985.

Today is the sprinters domain again…..

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