Le Tour In Lourdes
[Gino Bartali - 1948]
[The Yellow Jersey]
At the end of the mayhem and carnage that was Stage 9, Thomas Voeckler of France managed to remain unscathed and secure himself the Yellow Jersey.. Back in the 2004 Le Tour, Voeckler held the Yellow Jersey for 10 straight days.. When asked a few days back if he could repeat this performance, he was quoted as saying 'I'm taking it day by day. What is sure is that I'm not going to keep it for 10 days'.
Well he might be happy to eat those words soon.. If he manages to retain the jersey after today's Stage 18 from Pinerolo to Galibier Serre-Chevalier he will have done just that!! Let's cross our fingers for him.. Each time I see his smiling face on the podium, I think he looks like a young Jack Lemmon.. don't you think?
Here's hoping there is no more carnage of the likes we saw in the 2nd week and that Le Tour's pit stop at Lourdes will bring a bit of divine protection to the riders... I've been wanting to post these exquisite shots of La Madonna [by Annet van de Voort] for some time .. so today's collage of vintage Le Tour riders battling the mountains of the Pyrenees seemed like perfect timing... La Madonna watching over the riders as she did for Gino Bartali in 1948..
So back to the standings as at Stage 17. No surprise Thomas Voeckler remains in 1st position, however Cadel Evans has moved himself back up to 2nd place and out of the Schleck brother sandwich he's been in lately.. [not that there's anything wrong with that!!] ... Go Cadel!!!
Have A Great Week Everyone
& to my fellow Sydneysiders - Stay Dry If You Can!!!
IMAGE SOURCE & CREDITS
Le Tour Facts Info sourced from : wikipedia and letour.com
La Madonna: .annetvandervoort.com
Jack Lemmon: original colour shot: cineclap.free.fr
Thomas Voeckler: original colour shot: cyclisme2011uci.skyrock.com
Cyclist [current image]: original colour shot: reuters
Cyclists [vintage images]: original colour shot: 1st - pdxk.com,
Others: various [sorry I've lost my references and will update soon]