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Here's Daniel's files for the past three stages. TODAY was epic. Check it out first!
And talk about an easy day! Check out Stage 11!
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July 14, Stage 10: Chambery - Gap 179km- Bastille Day!
1 Sergio Paulinho (Por) Team Radioshack 5:10:56
2 Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne
3 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick Step 0:01:29
4 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom
42 Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervelo Test Team 0:14:19
Daniel's Comments: "On the profile, today looked like a hard stage. The start was hard just because of all the attacks, luckily it was a headwind. A group of 6 went away in the end, and Saxo controlled from behind. It wasn't too hard a tempo. In the end, despite a couple of long climbs. the bunch behind stayed together, so we helped Thor as much as possibe for the sprint to get the points. Only Cav and Pettachi beat him. I felt much better today, it was the first time in ages that I've been relatively comfortable. I took an Ibuprofen last night and one at breakfast, then another during the stage, so I wasn't having so much pain today."
Hunter's Comments: "A fairly straight forward day for Daniel. He just had to make sure that he stayed in the group at the beginning and then conserved energy to the end. Over the climbs the pace was easy, so Daniel wasn't stressed. All in all a pretty solid stage. "
Stage 10 here
July 15, Stage 11: Sisteron - Bourg-les-Valence 184.5km
1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC - Columbia 4:42:29
2 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini
3 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Transitions
4 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
22 Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervelo Test Team
Daniel's Comments: "Very very easy for most of today, almost like a rest day!! A break of three went pretty much from KM 0 and the bunch didn't react at all. The gap never really went above 4 minutes, with the sprinters teams controlling from behind, so it was very easy in the bunch. There was a 5km climb in the middle of the stage but they didn't go up it too hard. The only hard part was the last 20km, where there was a chance of crosswinds. Carlos asked me to stay with him today, so I was taking him to the front and keeping him out of the wind as much as possible. I actually felt pretty strong towards the end there. It was a fast run in, 57kph for the last 22 minutes inc a few corners and roundabouts!
Hunter's Comments: "SUPER easy day today for Daniel. Probably will be the easiest day in the Tour this year. Great job in keeping Carlos in the front and out of the wind. That is a SERIOUSLY fast pace in the last 22 minutes. WoW!
A great day to save energy and rest up for tomorrow"
Stage 11 here
July 16, Stage 12: Bourg-de-Peage - Mende 210.5km
1 Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha 4:58:26
2 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana
3 Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana 0:00:04
4 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:00:10
152 Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervelo Test Team 0:10:52
Daniels' Comments: "Hardest day of the Tour so far, by far. It was on from the gun, and as far as I was concerned it didn't seem to let up until the finish! It was so hard that I didn't really get a chance to think about eating in the first half of the race, and paid for that in the end, where I didn't feel as strong. Tomorrow shouldn't be quite so hard, but you never know, it depends on the way the peloton races."
Hunter's comments: " Wow, Daniel really did have a tough day of it today. Since he was in the groups in the front he worked hard in the last climbs to stay with them, so very impressive indeed. He must have felt good today, because he finished ahead of quite a few riders today that normally he finishes with. These last climbs were not easy. He scored almost 300 TSS points for the ride today, which means that's equivalent to riding for 3 hours at your threshold power. Definitely not easy! His Normalized power was 297 watts so he also really had to keep the pressure on through the whole stage. Rest up Daniel!"
Stage 12 here