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Tour de France
       
 

By Graham Jones
and Barry Boyce

CyclingRevealed Historians

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CyclingRevealed's First Impressions '09

Tour de France 2009: Stage Profiles

Below our pictorial review of the Tour de France provides a convenient way to capture the stage by stage action. Simply click on the stage winner pictures below.

Race Leaders:

  Stage 1-6 Cancellara

Stage 7-14 Nocentini
Stage 15-21 Contador

Race Leaders ( Image ©: www.gazzetta.it )

Stage Winners Prologue to 10: [Each picture holds a story, click on the picture]

Stage 1 Cancellara
Stage 2 Cavendish
Stage 3 Cavendish
Stage 4 ASTANA
Stage 5 Voeckler

Stage 6 Hushovd
Stage 7 B Feillu
Stage 8 Sanchez
Stage 9 Fedrigo

Click on the picture for each story Stg 1-9 ( Image ©: www.gazzetta.it )

Standings after Stage 9:

Pos.
Name
Nat.
Team
Time
1
Rinaldo NOCENTINI
ITA
ALM
34h 24' 21"
2
Alberto CONTADOR
SPA
AST
+ 00' 06"
3
Lance ARMSTRONG
USA
AST
+ 00' 08"
4
Levi LEIPHEIMER
USA
AST
+ 00' 39"
5
Bradley WIGGINS
GBR
GRN
+ 00' 46"
6
Andréas KLÖDEN
GER
AST
+ 00' 54"
7
Tony MARTIN
GER
THR
+ 01' 00"
8
Christian VANDE VELDE
USA
GRM
+ 01' 24"
9
Andy SCHLECK
LUX
SAX
+ 01' 49"
10
Vincenzo NIBALI
ITA
LIQ
+ 01' 54"


Stage Winners 11 to 15: [Each picture holds a story, click on the picture]

Stage 10 Cavendish
Stage 11 Cavendish
Stage 12 Cavendish
Stage 13 Heussler
Stage 14 Ivanov
Stage 15 Contador

Click on the picture for each story Stg 10-15 ( Image ©: www.gazzetta.it )

Standings after Stage 15:

Pos.
Name
Nat.
Team
Time
1
Alberto CONTADOR 
SPA
AST
63h 17' 56"
2
Lance ARMSTRONG 
USA
AST
+ 01' 37"
3
Bradley WIGGINS 
GBR
GRM
+ 01' 46"
4
Andréas KLÖDEN 
GER
AST
+ 02' 17"
5
Andy SCHLECK 
LUX
SAX
+ 02' 26"
6
Rinaldo NOCENTINI
ITA
ALM
+ 02' 30"
7
Vincenzo NIBALI 
ITA
LIQ
+ 02' 51"
8
Tony MARTIN
GER
THR
+ 03' 07"
9
Christophe LE MEVEL 
FRA
FDJ
+ 03' 09"
10
Frank SCHLECK 
LUX
SAX
+ 03' 25"

Stage Winners 16 to 20: [Each picture holds a story, click on the picture]

Stage 16 Astarloza
Stage 17 F Schleck
Stage 18 Contador
Stage 19 Cavendish
Stage 20 Garate
Stage 21 Cavendish

Click on the picture for each story Stg 16-21( Image ©: www.gazzetta.it )

Final Standings:

Pos.
Name
Nat.
Team
Time
1
Alberto CONTADOR 
SPA
AST
85h 48' 35"
2
Andy SCHLECK 
LUX
SAX
+ 04' 11"
3
Lance ARMSTRONG 
USA
AST
+ 05' 24"
4
Bradley WIGGINS 
GBR
GRM
+ 06' 01"
5
Frank SCHLECK 
LUX
SAX
+ 06' 04"
6
Andréas KLÖDEN 
GER
AST
+ 06' 42"
7
Vincenzo NIBALI 
ITA
LIQ
+ 07' 35"
8
Christian VANDE VELDE 
USA
GAR
+ 12' 04"
9
Roman KREUZIGER 
CZE
LIQ
+ 14' 16"
10
Christophe LE MEVEL 
FRA
FDJ
+ 14' 25"

 


(L to R) Andy Schleck, Alberto Contador, and Lance Armstrong

(L to R) Pozzato, Hushovd, Contador, and A Schleck

The Podium in Paris ( Image ©: www.gazzetta.it/AP )

 


Bastille Day is a National holiday in France .  History lessons tell us that Kings and Queens often used the Bastille (a prison in Paris) to lock up the dissidents.  To the people of France the Bastille was a symbol of all the bad things done by their Kings and Queens.  On July 14, 1789, a large force of French citizens stormed the Bastille and claimed independence for the people.  Today, July 14th symbolizes the end of Monarchial rule in France .  It is an Independence Day and the beginning of a new form of government.

Almost every year the Tour de France organizers schedule a stage on Bastille Day.  For a Frenchman to win that stage is very prestigious.  The following is a list of Bastille Day stage winners.

Pictured: Laurent Jalabert a Bastille Day winner in 1995 and 2001

 

 

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