Dave's Dogmatic Dribbles

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07/14/2004| 0 comments
by Dave Osborne
Richard Virenque takes the stage win on the French Bastille Day. Photo copyright Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Richard Virenque takes the stage win on the French Bastille Day. Photo copyright Fotoreporter Sirotti.

Dave's Dogmatic Dribbles

Tour de France - Stage 10.

Tour de France - Stage 10

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Richard once again takes the spotlight on Bastille Day by winning the stage. He rode it like a one day classic being in the break for over 200 km. He takes maximum climber?s points by winning all of the KoM?s and wins the stage by <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /?> over the field.



There were a few insignificant attacks early in the stage. A kid named Merckx worked with Virenque for most of the break. They achieved a maximum advantage of . Voeckler looked like a rubber band going back and forth. At the end, he dug deep and finished 5 th to stay in yellow. Perhaps he was inspired by fellow countryman Virenque.


There were a couple of crashes that included Kessler of T-Mobile and Sebastian Hinault. Kessler joined back up but it doesn?t look good for Hinault who was loaded in an ambulance. Lance and Hincapie stopped for a flat repair and seat adjustment. Nothing noteworthy happened to the GC contenders.
was in the peloton and lost a few seconds to Lance and Jan.



Regardless of their chances to be on the podium, Richard and Thomas deserve and earned their praise today. I can?t think of anything better for France and French riders than to be winners on a day of pride and patriotism.


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Dave Osborne

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