Friday, July 20, 2007

Stage 12 - Friday, July 20: Montpellier - Castres, 178.5km

'Tornado' Tom Boonen takes the sprint ahead of Erik Zabel and Robbie Hunter.
A fan runs with the breakaway. The tour is never at a loss for colorful fans. Perhaps the devil will make his appearance soon.
Popo, Hincapie, and Gusev finished in the lead group today.

A relatively easy day for the peloton today. With only a 2nd category climb about 40km from the finish all the favorites finished with the same time. Also with tomorrow being the first long individual time trial all the favorites were saving themselves for the 'Race of Truth' tomorrow. Tune in to see how the rest of the tour shapes itself.

Stage 12
1. Tom Boonen (B) Quick Step, 178.5km in 4:25:32
2. Erik Zabel (G), Milram
3. Robert Hunter (RSA), Barloworld
4. Daniele Bennati (I), Lampre-Fondital
5. Thor Hushovd (N), Crédit Agricole
6. Bernhard Eisel (A), T-Mobile
7. Sebastien Chavanel (F), Française des Jeux
8. Nicolas Jalabert (F), Agritubel
9. Robert Forster (G), Gerolsteiner
10. Andrey Kashechkin (Kz), Astana, all s.t.
1. Michael Rasmussen (Dk), Rabobank, 57:37:10
2. Alejandro Valverde (Sp), Caisse d'Epargne, 2:35
3. Iban Mayo (Sp), Saunier Duval-Prodir, 2:39
4. Cadel Evans (Aus), Predictor-Lotto, 2:41
5. Alberto Contador (Sp), Discovery Channel, 3:08
6. Carlos Sastre (Sp), CSC, 3:39
7. Andréas Klöden (G), Astana, 3:50
8. Levi Leipheimer (USA), Discovery Channel, 3:53
9. Kim Kirchen (Lux), T-Mobile, 5:06
10. Mikel Astarloza (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 5:20

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