Thursday, May 24, 2007 presents the 23rd Tour de l'Aude

Neben moves from 19th to 7th in the GC.
Arndt extends her advantage from 1 to 18 seconds.
---------------------------- presents the 23rd Tour de l'Aude: "The toughest stage of the 23rd Tour de l'Aude continued to sort the general classification contenders from the pretenders, as the peloton faced two brutal Hors Categorie climbs. As the peloton rolled back into Osseja some 110 kilometres after starting in the city, it was a lone rider that crossed the line, Fabiana Luperini (Menikini-Gysko), some 2.16 minutes ahead of second placed Claudia Hausler (Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung).

The day's action got underway at the first of the two major climbs, the 1836 metre high Col du Calvaire, where the first major attack took place. Russian Natalia Boyarskaya (Fenixs - HPB) and B�atrice Thomas (France) broke away as the peloton settled into a rhythm on the climb.

The duo stayed away for the massive ascent, forcing a higher pace to develop within the chasing bunch which inevitably led to a divide in the field similar to yesterday's stage. Riders in the pursuing bunch caught Boyarskaya and Thomas by the second climb, the 1866 metre Col de la Llose, a much more dramatic climb than the previous."


oldmanandhisbike said...

The "Classy climber" strikes. Maybe there is something to this poetry thing . . . :^)
Are we ever going to see this on TV? Ad why not?

sydney_b said...

Oldman's a poet and a punner. I'm going to have high expectations now.

sda said...

enough with the Tour de l'Aude. How do you feel about your first outing the Quad Cities?

Remember, its all about the hole-shot at Snake Alley.

Go get 'em.