July 8, 2005: Another hectic finish

Index to all entries Another fast day today and another hectic finish. With the straight run in I...

Index to all entries

Another fast day today and another hectic finish. With the straight run in I thought that it would be more straight forward, but that wasn't the case.

The boys did a good job especially Matty White, who seems to be getting faster in his old age. Matty, as always, has been a strong man and a good lead out in the last 5 km. But now he has stepped up to be a fast man in the finale.

"...as soon as one went down it was a domino effect..."

I was surprised to see Robbie up the road this morning, but I guess, like most of us, he was expecting a breakaway. A pretty good ride by Wegmann because we were going pretty quick all day and he managed to stay away for quite a while.

Once we got into Germany the whole feeling of the race changed with the enormous crowds. They were the biggest that I have ever seen. They say that about 800,000 watch the Tour each day on average. Well if that is accurate then there were 1,500,000 out today.

July 7, 2005: Russian roulette

By Matt White

It was fast and furious out there today. We had a strong tail wind for most of the day, and the combination of speed, rain and general nervousness in the bunch, created a dangerous day in the peloton.

The finish as always going to be a bit of Russian roulette and Stuey was right in the mix until the proverbial hit the fan. The three guys up front were weaving all over the road and that caused the fall. You cannot change your positions in these conditions. I was just behind Stuart and Robbie, about fifth into the corner, and as soon as one went down it was a domino effect, and riders were just going down like nine pins.

You don't get too many chances to win a stage in the Tour de France and I really thought that Stuey would go close today. But he is in great form and I am sure he will snare one soon.

Tomorrow we head into Germany and the crowds will be huge. It reckon it will be another day for the sprinters because they will be dark about missing out on a victory today.

I will be looking after Stuey again and, I guess, it will be another dramatic finale. Hopefully everyone can stay upright.

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