And once again the mountains do not disappoint. There was some amazing climbing, crashes, fast descents, and riders putting it all out there for us fans to watch! I love the mountains.
The start did not appear to be easy for anyone. So many trying to get into breaks and the pack not letting any of them go. Finally a group got off and Pate and Ryder were in there. :-)
Christian lost touch with the leaders going up the last climb but he was still with in reach. The cameras and race radio's lost touch with where he was but I exepected to see him come in with in a minute or of the leaders. The man can descend and I figured he'd keep things close. When he came in -2.35 behind the leaders I worried about what could've gone wrong. It didn't take too long to find out he crashed on the descent. At the top he was just -35 seconds so my thoughts were sadly confirmed. Hopefully it didn't shake him up too much. Tomorrow is a new day and he is not out of anything. Even if nothing changes, the stud has a solid hold on his top 10 goal and how is one, not proud as hell of him and the team? Here's to a great recovery tonight, and some butt kickin' tomorrow!!! Go C!!!
And I have to add a note to John for when he checks in. You are DOPE! (LOL!) I call to leave a quick message as talking while he's over there is expensive. He answers the phone. He threw me for such a loop I forgot what I was going to say. Now he's answered on the golf course, while out riding, and while in meetings so I should know better than to call when I know he's up and about. Such a hoot! Note to John - voice mail is okay, although it brings smiles that he answers knowing its just me. LOL!
Garmin_Millar: Dodging wildebeest on our way to the Alps
JulianDean: Stage 15 & Rest Day
WillFrischkorn: Chillin in Italy
SouthtownStar: Tour de France: Vande Velde still in contention
VN: Vande Velde ready for the ride of his life
PEZ: Rest Day Talk: Garmin DS Matt White!
PEZ: Rest Day Talk: Stuart O'Grady!
TheGazette: Frischkorn: Tour 'moving forward' after doping busts
TheChristianScienceMonitor: David Millar tries to clean up cycling form inside the peloton
Live Chatter: CN - VN - DP - PdC1 - PdC2 - PdC3 - Post Race
PdC_Crashdan: Alpine Madness: Exploring Stage 16
Stage 16 - Tuesday, July 22: Cuneo - Jausiers, 157km
1 Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 4.31.27 (34.70 km/h)
5 George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia 0.24
9 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team CSC - Saxo Bank 1.28
12 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team CSC - Saxo Bank
15 Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Team CSC - Saxo Bank
18 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Team Columbia 1.32
24 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC - Saxo Bank 3.21
26 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30 4.04
30 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30 4.27
43 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bouygues Telecom 7.50
84 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team CSC - Saxo Bank 24.19
87 Trent Lowe (Aus) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30
93 Danny Pate (USA) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30 28.32
94 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team CSC - Saxo Bank 31.56
108 Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30
114 Julian Dean (NZl) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30
120 William Frischkorn (USA) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30
144 David Millar (GBr) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30
145 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Crédit Agricole
147 Adam Hansen (Aus) Team Columbia
General classification after stage 16
1 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team CSC - Saxo Bank 68.30.16
4 Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Team CSC - Saxo Bank 0.49
6 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30 3.15
14 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team CSC - Saxo Bank 9.01
22 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Team Columbia 19.10
37 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC - Saxo Bank 44.18
38 George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia 44.59
56 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30 1.15.40
65 David Millar (GBr) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30 1.23.05
76 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team CSC - Saxo Bank 1.34.56
78 Trent Lowe (Aus) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30 1.36.08
88 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bouygues Telecom 1.50.46
94 Danny Pate (USA) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30 1.57.01
98 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Crédit Agricole 2.01.51
111 Julian Dean (NZl) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30 2.24.00
112 Adam Hansen (Aus) Team Columbia 2.24.30
115 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team CSC - Saxo Bank 2.28.57
138 Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30 2.45.30
139 William Frischkorn (USA) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30 2.47.33
Garmin: Tour stage 16: Christian holds on to 6th overall
CSC-SaxoBank: Schleck Still in Yellow - Sastre in Fourth Place
PEZ_Jered: TDF'08 St, 16: Dessel's Day in Jausiers!
VN: Vande Velde crashes, loses time
BruceHildenbrand: Big Day in The Mountains
SpinninWheel: Tour de France 2008 Stage 16: Yes, Bobby, It Is
ESPN_B.Jullich: A speedy, harrowing descent this late in the Tour? It shouldn't have happened
CW: Vande Velde to fight on despite losing time in TdF
TheCanadianPress: Riders unhurt in scary Tour crashes (comments from Millar)
SI_A.Murphy: Vande Velde may be Mr. Clean, but doping still haunts Tour
VN: Fresh Tour Korn - Rest days rock
CN: Stuart O'Grady's Tour Diary - Game on leads to pain on
GrahamWatsonPhotos: Stage 16
TeamCSCSaxoBank: Tour de France
TeamGarminPhotos: Tour de France
Tour de France 2008: Stage 16 race highlight.
Stage 16: Garmin-Chipotle team manager Jonathan Vaughters talks about Christian Vande Velde's ride.
Stage 16: Team Columbia's George Hincapie talks post race about the extreme descent into Jausiers.
Stage 16: Pre-race with Garmin-Chipotle team manager Jonathan Vaughters.
Stage 16: VN TV RD w/ Team Columbia's George Hincapie.
Stage 16: VN TV RD w/ Garmin Chipotle's Julian Dean.
Rest day w/ Christian Vande Velde, part 1: Rating his Tour and his GC rivals.
Rest day w/ Christian Vande Velde, part 2: The critical stages to come.
Rest day w/ Christian Vande Velde, part 3: Assessing his Garmin-Chipotle team.
Big George recaps his stage 16 to Jausiers.