2010 Tour de France – Stage 6 Wrap-Up

2010 Tour de France - Cavendish Wins Stage 6

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It’s the end of the Tour’s first week.  With the Alps looming, I thought it might be a good time for a look at how some of the race’s 22 teams have fared over the first 7 days.  And in honor of Sébastien Turgot’s third consecutive, sixth-place finish today, I think a series of six-word memoirs might be a fun way to go about it.  Enjoy!

1. Saxo Bank

Stage Three: won battle.  Lost war?

2. Footon

Made some breaks; kit still ugly.

3. Garmin

Vandevelde out; Farrar healing; lead-out broken.

4. Rabobank

Gesink upright; Menchov lurking; Freire who?

5. Astana

Thank you, Peter; cobbles were fun!

6. Radio Shack

Lance gets no gifts—just watch.

7. Quick Step

No Tom Boonen, pas de probleme!

8. HTC-Columbia

Boy Racer, Cry Baby–The Man!

9. Cervelo TestTeam

Thor in green; Sastre in mountains?

10. Lampre

Petacchi wins with and without crashes.

11. BMC

Evans looks solid; stripes suit him.

As you can see, I only covered half of the Tour’s 22 teams.  I’m hoping you’ll all help me with the rest.  Leave your suggestions as comments, and I’ll add them to the list above.

Remember: six words only. Numbers count, but hyphens don’t.  Be creative and clever!

About Whit

My experiences might easily fit many cycling fans' definitions of “living the dream.” Since getting hooked on the sport watching Lance Armstrong win the 1993 U.S. Pro Championship, I've raced as an amateur on Belgian cobbles, traveled Europe to help build a European pro team, and piloted that team from Malaysia to Mont Ventoux. As a former assistant director sportif with Mercury-Viatel, I've also seen the less dreamy side of the sport – the side rife with broken contracts, infighting, and positive dope tests. These days, I live with my lovely wife in Pennsylvania and share my experiences and views on the sport at Bicycling Magazine, the Embrocation Cycling Journal, and at my own site, Pavé.
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7 Responses to 2010 Tour de France – Stage 6 Wrap-Up

  1. Adam says:

    Not as clever as you with the six word round ups, but have to say, your post race analysis is proving to be the best on the web

  2. mattio says:

    Karpets shouldn’t have cut his mullet.

  3. Joe says:

    12. Cofidis
    Better than Footon, not quite vacansoleil

    13. FDJ
    Most forgettable french team -so far.

    14. AG2R
    Best French team in the race.

    15. BBox
    Vockler and Fedrigo; still no breaks!

    16. Caisse D’Epargne
    Sanchez, bad Timetrial; survived the cobbles

    17. Katusha
    Karpets, Business in front and back

    18. Milram
    Ciolek working hard; Gerdemann up next

    19. Sky
    Bad first day; solid Pavé ride

    20. Liquigas
    Leadership in question; Basso or Kreuziger

    21. Omega Pharma Lotto
    Jurgen riding well, next Belgium superstar?

    The first week is too flat!

  4. cthulhu says:

    The ugly truth
    1. Saxo Bank
    Stage Three: won battle. Lost war? – And still no new main sponsor
    16. Caisse D’Epargne
    End of team
    18. Milram
    Nordmilch AG, please one more year. *begs*

  5. OhsoWise says:

    Pave Blog:
    Keeping me informed, on Tour matters.

    Tried to stay up for the start of the live-blog, maybe tomorrow. Great work Whit!

  6. Pingback: 2010 Tour de France – Stage 6 Wrap-Up – More Memoirs « Pavé

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