Chicken Flies Coop in Stage 9 of Tour; Voigt Takes Yellow Jersey

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07/11/2005| 0 comments
by Gerald Churchill

Chicken Flies Coop in Stage 9 of Tour; Voigt Takes Yellow Jersey

Michael Rasmussen (Rabobank) has won Stage 9 of the Tour de France.


Michael Rasmussen (Rabobank) has won Stage 9 of the Tour de France. The Dane whose teammates call him ?Chicken? attacked at four km and stayed away to win the mountainous, 171-km ride from Gerardmer to Mulhouse in 4:08:20. Christophe Moreau (Credit Agricole) outsprinted Jens Voigt (CSC) at 3:04. Voigt is the new maillot jaune .<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /?>

 

The early km were aggressively raced and crash-marred. Andriy Grivko (Domina Vacanze) made an early attack, while a crash wiped out Bernhard Eisel (La Francaise des Jeux) along with Alberto Contador and Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano (both from Liberty Seguros), with the latter abandoning. Voigt jumped clear and took Rasmussen with him.

 

Rasmussen dropped Voigt on the Col de Grosse Pierre, and Jan Ullrich (T-Mobile) crashed and was towed back to the bunch by teammates Oscar Sevilla, Matthias Kessler, and Tobias Steinhauser. Dario Cioni (Liquigas) bridged up to Rasmussen.

 

Behind, Discovery Channel policed the bunch. The American squad shut down two counterattacks but let a third get away. This move consisted of Voigt, Alexandre Moos (Phonak), Moreau, Angel Vicioso (Liberty Seguros), Xabier Zandio (Illes Balears), and Inigo Landaluze (Euskaltel). At 35 km, Rasmussen and Cioni led the chasers by 2:00 and the peloton by 4:00.

 

The escapees? advantage continued to grow. At 41 km, they led the chase group by 2:20 and the bunch by 5:06. At the summit of the Grand Ballon (64 km), the chasers were at 3:00, and the peloton was at 7:42.

 

On the Col de Bussang, Rasmussen dropped Cioni. At this point, Voigt and Company were at 3:05, and the peloton, which was in no mood to chase, was at 9:35.

 

On the Ballon d?Alsace, Voigt and Moreau dropped their companions. They cooperated well, but Rasmussen would not be caught. The peloton ambled home at 6:04.

 

Tomorrow is the Tour?s first day. Stage 10 will be the first Alpine Stage. The 192.5-km ride from Grenoble to Courchevel will feature the Category 1 Cormet de Roseland and the Category 1 ascent to the finish. Expect full-scale war on the final climb. Who will win? Lance Armstrong (Discovery Channel)? Ullrich? Ivan Basso (CSC)? Check in at http://www.roadcycling.com/ and find out!

 

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