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Skil-Shimano continue to impress at the Tour

By:
Richard Tyler
Published:
July 15, 2009, 11:36 BST,
Updated:
July 15, 2009, 12:50 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Kenny van Hummel (Skil-Shimano) in the start house.

Kenny van Hummel (Skil-Shimano) in the start house.

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Dutch team intend to stay active in France

Skil-Shimano continued its active and impressive debut at this year's Tour de France during stage ten of the race to Issoudun on Tuesday.

Frenchman Thierry Hupond was the last member of a Bastille Day breakaway to be caught by the peloton, 1.3km from the finish line. Dutchman Kenny Van Hummel finished seventh in a frantic finish after losing sight of the rider he had been tasked with leading out for the final sprint, Cyril Lemoine.

"It was hectic." Van Hummel told De Telegraaf. "I was tired with one kilometre to go and [Cyril] was to tell me when I had go, but I lost sight of [him]."

Van Hummel, 26, said that he was satisfied with his form after coming through the Pyrenees on Sunday.

Hupond will start stage 11 in Vatan on Wednesday with the red dossard of most combatitive rider on stage ten.

Skil-Shimano has been active in breakaways throughout the Tour de France. Team manager Ewan Spekenbrink said that the team has no plans to variate from their straightforward tactics.

"We will try to be active, yes" Spekenbrink told Cyclingnews. "As long as there is energy in the legs, we will try to be active, for sure."
 

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