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148km - Arrieta is caught by a counter-attack led by Barloworld's Félix CARDENAS.

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144km - 1km to the summit and Popovych leads by a minute from an active, and dwindling in numbers, peloton.


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144km - At the summit, Popovych leads from Laurent LEFEVRE (Bouygues) and Juan Mauricio SOLER (Barloworld).


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140km - The rest of the top ten at the peak of the Iseran are Anthony Charteau, Mikel Astarloza, Vladimir Gusev, Francisco Sanchez, Christophe Moreau, Stef Clement and Denis Menchov. Expect a big regroupment on the long, long descent into the valley.

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130km - A group of five has formed on the descent and they trail Popo by 40 seconds and are 30 seconds ahead of the peloton. They are José Ivan GUTIERREZ (Caisse d'Epargne), Mikel ASTARLOZA (Euskaltel), Vladimir GUSEV (Discovery), Stef CLEMENT (Bouygues) and Benoît VAUGRENARD (Fdj).

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126km - 27-year-old Popovych takes the points at the first intermediate sprint at Le Villaron. The quintet of chasers are 29 second back with the peloton at 1:07.

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120km - Popovych has been caught by the chase group. They have 70 seconds on the Rabobank-led peloton.

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110km - Marcus Burghardt has hit the deck after colliding with a labrador that strayed on to the road. Both the T-Mobile and canine seem ok.

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95km - The positions of the escapees on GC - Mikel Astarloza (21st @ 5:14), Yaroslav Popovych (28th @ 7:32), Vladimir Gusev (31st @ 9:23), Jose Ivan Gutierrez (34th @ 12:43), Benoit Vaugrenard (86th @ 41:44), Stef Clement (97th @ 47:34).

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85km - 3:30 is the gap with 12.5km before the start of the Col du Télégraphe.

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70km - 2:50 is the deficit as the peloton begin the Col du Télégraphe. Thor Hushovd drops out of the main group immediately.

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69km - David Millar is at the front of the peloton, setting the pace for Saunier Duval team-mate Iban Mayo.

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69km - Astarloza attacks his fellow escapees and goes clear.



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Do we have a poursuivant ?

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66km - Gusev, Popovych and Gutierrez are 35 seconds behind Astarloza with 5.5km of the climb remaining.


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We have three of them at the moment!

How about that???

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Mikel Astarloza is a Basque, birn in the province of Navarre..in Gipuzkoa

Navarre is the smallest province in Spain.



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Did a rider crash into a dog ???????

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Originally Posted By: Greg_Dyke
Did a rider crash into a dog ???????


Yes,but she is thankfully alright and back serving at the local cafe.

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bish bash bosh......duck

yay




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