Moncoutie goes home ... and wins!
A big day for Cofidis David Moncoutie. After the usual fast start and non-stop attacking, three riders got away from the peloton. Egoi Martinez of the Euskadi team, Juan Antonio Flecha of Fassa Bortolo and Moncoutie of Cofidis.
With about 10 kms to go, Flecha attacked, Martinez responded and pulled Montique back to Flecha. The moment Martinez got to Flechas wheel, Moncoutie put in a classic counter attack, getting a nice gap almost immediately and then powering to an over two minutes advantage on the two Spaniards.
Team Boulangere continues to defend the yellow and earn respect and their place in this years Tour de France. They continue to impress with their teams ability to step up and ride, assuming control of the race.
We will have to wait, yes wait, until tomorrow for a glimpse of how the favorites are feeling. They can not hide anymore with the arrival tomorrow at La Mongie.
We may see some attacking on the lead in climbs but if this happens I think U.S. Postal or T-Mobile will assume control of the race and the race among the favorites will be up the final climb.
Mayo must be anxious to put his bad luck behind him and there will be plenty of Basque supporters swarming the mountain in orange tomorrow.
My guess is that a rider like Mayo or Heras could snatch the stage with the peloton, of course, breaking up and leaving all the favorites again marking each other and arriving close to one another at the finish its just my hunch.
Another comment on Moncoutie. On French TV yesterday (7/14) they were in the Cofidis bus filming their team meeting before the long Stage 10. The director put a lot of pressure on Moncoutie to try and win the stage.
He slipped into a breakaway but missed the decisive move with Virenque who, as we know, went on to win the stage.
Moncoutie did a great ride today to follow up and keep persistent.
It is not easy to win near your hometown or win at all in the Tour.
On to La Mongie!
July 14: Stage 10: Virenque for France on Bastille Day
July 13: Stage 9: Back to work day
July 11: Stage 8: Hushovd takes cold, rainy day
July 10: Stage 7: Petacchi out Pozzato in!
July 9: Stage 6: More crashes and scares
July 8: Stage 5: The big breakaway day
July 7: Stage 4: Postal takes command, Lance in yellow
July 6: Stage 3: Cobblestones prove critical to Mayo
July 5: Stage 2: Hats off to Hushovd
July 4: Stage 1: Kirsipuu takes the opener
July 3: Prologue: Cancellara was man of the day
July 1: Preview: Lance, Jan and Tyler poised for podium
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