Ready? Okay! TdF Stage 19

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Friday, July 24, 2009
By Yokota Fritz


*** SPOILERS ***

Tour de France 2009 Stage Nineteen

What do we call Cav's victory salute today? The cheerleader "Ready? Okay!"

Cheerleader Holding Pompoms Jumping in the Air

Or did Cav look more like a drum majorette as he crossed the finish line today?



He looks happy to have this win -- his 5th stage win in the 2009 Tour de France -- even if there's no chance for him to get the Green Jersey with his 25 point deficit against Cervelo's Thor Hushovd. If Mark Cavendish hadn't nudged green jersey rival Hushovd towards the barriers in Stage 14, Cav undoubtably would have the points to take the green lead. Ah well, the misfortunes of racing.


Tour de France 2009 Stage 19

Bisbee: Surprise sprint finish.

Team Columbia HTC: Cavendish's 5th Win.

Garmin Slipstream: Millar in the breakaway.

Other TdF commentary

VN: Contador for Garmin?

Hugger: Cavendish bike notches

NY Velocity: AC is such a ****

Science of Sport: Contador VO2Max.

Science of Sport: Time Trial Analysis. With props to Cozy Beehive.

Velochimp: Horner spills the beans. "Horner pulls no punches talking about the situation at Astana and the reasons he was left behind. Horner also gives insight into the turmoil surrounding the team. Will we see Radio Shack jerseys sooner than anticipated?"

Streetsblog actually mentions the Tour de France.... in their Weekly Carnage roundup of automotive (and motorcycle) fatalities in the news.

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umm... Cavendish lost 14 points, and Hushovd got one extra point. That's 15. Hushovd is up by 25.

Thor earned this jersey by getting over the top of some hills and winning a stage while Cav was in the autobus, and by breaking away on the queen stage to get 12 points. Cav shouldn't whine.
 
Bah, I'm so exhausted I can't even add today.
 
Contador is an interesting character to say the least. Looks like we're seeing some AC PR on Youtube. This one takes the cake.
 
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