Stage 18 of the 2009 Tour de France is an individual time trial around the city of
Time Trials around Lake Annecy for Stage 18 saw the Swiss Road Champion Fabian Cancellara take the lead early and hold it until the very last rider, Alberto Contador, crossed the finish line 2.5 seconds faster! The challenge of the day was the Col de Bluffy...where we watched the 2004 Tour ride through in yesterday's journal.
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The leaders are:
#1: Alberto Contador
#2: Andy Schleck +4:11
#3: Lance Armstrong +5:25
#4: Bradley Wiggins +5:36
#5: Andreas Kloden +5:38
Top Team Overall: Astana
Maillot Jaune: Alberto Contador
Maillot Vert: Thor Hushovd
Maillot a Pois Rouges: Franco Pellizotti
Maillot Blanc: Andy Schleck
And so we continue our 2004 Journal ….
Friday, July 23rd, 2004 Lons le-Saunier … Stage 18 of 2004 Tour
We decided to change our plans and drive over to the town of
We had a nice little jaunt to the awards area and back to the car afterwards; our morning exercise. The crowds were already standing along the barricades and the rider’s were not expected to arrive for another four hours or more. Always exciting to see the crowds, enjoy them and then leave before they begin to press the flesh with everyone trying to get close enough to touch the riders. We had a little more trouble getting out of town as the roads were already closed and we had to go back to Beaune by a different route. Yes, we left long before the caravan and the riders arrived in town. We just wanted to see all of the setup and experience the excitement again.
Sometimes I feel like a car rally passenger with the maps spread out on my lap; attempting to read the signs as we speed by and also read the maps at the same time. I also switch between a map of
We saw a wonderful flower display this morning. They had a two wheeled wooden cart tipped to the back. The wagon and about five feet beyond were used as a flowerbed. It appeared that the wagon had tipped and the flowers were spilling out the back. Also, so many of our girls grow in this area. This morning with the lack of sunshine they were hanging their heads towards the ground. On the way home the sun was out and their faces were turned to the sunshine! The fields are so beautiful but how many photos can you take of sunflowers!
We arrived back at the hotel in time to watch the last half of the tour on television. Then we walked into the village to enjoy seeing the changes and appreciate the things and places that remain the same. There is one store next to the
From there we walked to find an