Stage 18: "Recovery day" for Floyd Landis

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Friday, July 21, 2006
By Yokota Fritz

A breakaway that grew to almost eight minutes from the peloton resulted in a stage win for Quick Step-Innergetic cyclist Matteo Tosatto of Italy.

The GC leaders stayed with the peloton today, using the 120 mile race today as a "recovery day," in Floyd Landis's words. For the top three contenders, the time differences remain unchanged from yesterday, with Pereiro retaining the Yellow Jersey, fellow Spaniard Saste 12 seconds behind at second place, and Floyd Landis 30 seconds behind Pereiro in 3rd place.

Andreas Kloden is just shy of two minutes behind Floyd. Unless Floyd is involved in an accident or mechanical, he very well may have the Yellow Jersey wrapped up. Pereiro concedes that Landis is better in Time Trialing, but we've already seen what mental determination can do. "I'm going to go all out," says Pereiro of Saturday's stage.

Bicycle music

The music accompanying yesterday's Floyd Landis post was Chris Izaak's "Going Riding." I'm shocked -- shocked! I tell ya -- that nobody picked up on this song's significance to the road racing community! Click to listen and then tell me where you've heard this song before.

In honor of Tosatto's stage win, today's musical selection is a piece from Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90, AKA "The Italian." Click here to listen.

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Aaaah, the Breaking Away soundtrack, Mendolsohn's Italiane.
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