Tour De France Recap

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In a transition year following 7 years of Lance’s Tour de France domination, we can be proud of our Oakley team who clearly dominated this crazy race.

The 93rd edition of the Tour was loaded many surprises…one of which is now a part of cycling history. In Stage 17, Floyd Landis, 30, raised the bar with a historical "ride of determination", just one day after cracking on the final climb and letting go of the overall lead. Floyd finished Stage 16 more than eight minutes down to the favorites, but contrary to a general opinion, the race was far from finished and Floyd wasn’t going to stop fighting for anything.

After a motivating meeting with his team mates at dinner, the team created a plan which is now a part of cycling history….Floyd went on a solo attack and rode the stage as if it were a mountain bike race. He held his tempo for 130k (85 miles) to steal back the time lost the day before, and put a victory in Paris back within reach. Tour director Jean Marie Le Blanc said it was the best single-day ride in the modern day history of the event.

Two days later, Floyd finished the final time trial 00:59 seconds ahead of Oscar Perreiro Sio and Carlos Sastre, and ultimately secured the yellow jersey for the ride into Paris.

The Tour de France is Landis’ fourth major stage race victory of the year after claiming wins at the Amgen Tour of California, Paris-Nice and Tour de Georgia

Congrats Floyd we are proud of you and your team!

Here are the stats:

8 victories total:
2 for Thor Hushovd (Norway)
1 for Jimmy Casper (France)
3 for Robbie McEwen (Australia)
1 for Yaroslav Popovych (Ukraine)
1 for Floyd Landis (USA)

5 different Oakley riders wore the yellow jersey
[Oakley held on to the yellow jersey for 14 of the 20 days].
Thor Hushovd ( Norway)
George Hincapie ( USA)
Cyrille Dessel ( France)
Oscar Pereiro ( Spain)
Floyd Landis ( USA)
At the end…. Oakley riders have finished first and second on the Podium with Landis and Pereiro. The overall Green jersey went to Robbie McEwen for a fantastic fight for sprint points.

Current Overall General classification Final Results: (Oakley Athletes in Red)

  • Floyd Landis ( USA)
  • Oscar Pereiro Sio (Esp)
  • Andréas Klöden (Ger)
  • Carlos Sastre (Esp)
  • Cadel Evans (Aus)
  • Denis Menchov (Rus)
  • Cyril Dessel (Fra)
  • Christophe Moreau (Fra)
  • Haimar Zubeldia (Esp)
  • Michael Rogers (Aus)

Special thanks to Tim de Waele, Graham Watson and Tom Moran for all the great photo gallery shots.

Author

Staff Writer

Date

July 23, 2006

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