Day 10 – Grenoble

The ITTThe ITTThe second to last day of the tour, and it certainly was going to be the “test of truth” for Cadel and Andy.  The start-finish was in a huge park in the centre of Grenoble, and the “apparatus of the tour” managed to fill almost the entire park.  It’s a long day for spectators with the first rider away at 10:30am and the last rider not home till after 5pm


Crowds gather at the start-finishCrowds gather at the start-finish

Rigoberto UránRigoberto Urán

The time trial is a great way to get close to the riders, and there are plenty of opportunities for photos.  I found a spot that was inside the last km, but far enough from the start that the crowds had thinned a little.

VoeklerVoekler

Voekler gets the heroes receptionVoekler gets the heroes reception

Voekler was the crowd favourite, but the Schlecks also got a huge cheer.

Jerome Coppel lets it all hang out!Jerome Coppel lets it all hang out!

I was surprised how many riders let it all hang out on the last km!

ContadorContador

Contador wasn’t booed…

GesinkGesink

Robert Gesink, looked good.  Carlos Barrado was the best Rabobank rider on the day, but Gesink was only 4 minutes down on the winner, Tony Martin

Ivan Basso starts his rideIvan Basso starts his ride

Ivan BassoIvan Basso

Basso looked good and was popular with the Italians.

Andy starts his runAndy starts his run

Andy rode out with the weight of the yellow Jersey, and less than a minute in buffer.  There was commentary on the PA, but all in French.  However the tour website had a live results feed in english, and if was clear pretty early that Cadel was having a huge ride and that Andy and Frank were slipping behind. 

Cadel at 100%Cadel at 100%

Cadel 800m from winning LeTourCadel 800m from winning LeTour

By the time Cadel reached the Flam Rouge, he must have known on that he had done enough.

Andy 800m from loosing the Yellow Jersey Andy 800m from loosing the Yellow Jersey

Last rider through was Andy Schleck, and he must have known by now that he was destined for second place again.

 

After the ITT ended, we were on a tight time schedule to return the rental car, drag our bags to the train station and get on board the TGV destined for Paris…  On the way to the train station, the bars were echoing to “Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi”.