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Your input and interpretation will help no end GD!

Maybe you can take over in 5mins when I'm off for my 4 hour lunch? smile

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234km to go - No attacks as of yet. The weather is holding up, the skies are still cloudy, though the rain is still forecast for later in the stage.



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230km - An attack - it's FdJ's Matthieu Ladagnous. He is immediately joined by Nicolas Vogondy, one of the Agritubel boys.


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these two 23seconds ahead of the peloton now (that's french for heard GD!!).

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Over to you then GD, I'm off, just wanted to get the ball rolling.......

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Vogondy and Ladagnous are now 8 mins ahead of the pack
Race just reached the 25km mark

175 km to go...

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Stats..

Statistics for the 2007 competitors, as published on the Tour website are:

Tallest rider - Marcel Sieberg at 1.98 metres (6 ft 5 in)

Shortest rider - Alexandre Botcharov at 1.64 metres (5 ft 4in)

The heaviest riders were Robert Forster and Gert Steegmans at 87 kg (192 lbs, 13 stone 10 lbs).
The lightest rider was Amets Txurruka at 56 kg (123 lbs, 8 stone 11 lbs).

The youngest rider was Geraint Thomas of the Barloworld team, born on 25 May 1986.

The average rider in 2007 was 1.79 metres (5 ft 10 in) tall, weighed 70 kg (154 lb, 11 stone 0 lb), and was 28.5 years old.

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Nicolas Vogondy is now 1 minute ahead of the rest, in the overall standings

Nicolas Vogondy was French champion in 2002

Nicolas Vogondy is 30

Nicolas Vogondy has not riden the tour since 2003 (117th) in 2002 he was 19th and in 2001 he was 89th

I dont think he will win this years tour....

I think Klodden or Levi Leipheimer will win



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Nealry a thrid of today's stage gone, the 2 French leaders are 8 mins clear, but the gap is closing....some hills coming up too, so hopefully Millar will gain some time back !

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The race ends today in Compiègne.
Founded by the emperor Charles the Bald in the 9th century, both a place of leisure and seat of power, the town was frequented by all French monarchs up to Napoleon III.

Compiègne was alsothe site of the prison of Joan of Arc - held by the English who had laid siege to the town.
It's been twinned with Bury St Edmunds, since 1967

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oh, the gap is now 7 minutes and we have a poursuivant !!!!


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stop telling lies..... I've had to 'work from home' in order to continue these updates.... I hope you all apprecieate this?

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116km - The lead duo have extended their advantage back to just over the 10'00" mark again.



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112km - The leaders are passing through Etreux (Km 123), while the peloton behind them are beginning to pick up the pace. CSC and Cedric Vasseur are to the fore in the main bunch now. The gap has plummeted to 6'56."



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105km - Discovery Channel sporting director Johan Museeuw on the abandonment of Tomas Vaitkus: "We have to be more quiet now. We have no sprinters anymore. We have to see if we can get to the mountains without any problem. It's definitely a big loss when you have to lose somebody in the first week. He was going to be an important guy in the first part of the race. He was there to protect the leaders on the flat stages."



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102km - The average speed over the second half of the race remains low: just 33.7km/h.



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99km - Matthieu Ladagnous has just gone back to his team car for a long chat. He has taken a few water bottles on board, while the lead has stabilised at 4'50".



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94km - A situation has now developed in the stage where the peloton have slowed down, knowing they can reel in the lead duo fairly quickly whenever they like. The lead duo, meanwhile, have slowed down too to conserve energy in the hope that they might be given too much time by the peloton, and might be able to hold them off with a late charge.



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93km - The result is that the pace of the stage is very slow, and that the riders are quite happily chatting away to eachother. No sense of urgency today, unlike the past two stages.

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81km - Nothing much happening, is all I can say at the moment. 5'50 the gap.




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