Links

Calendar:

May 20 - Reach the Beach

Sponsors: 

 

 

 

« Teamwork Seals the Deal! | Main | One Day Closer... »
Saturday
Jun122010

Alpe d'Huez Continues it's Legend!

Wow!  The stage to Alpe d'Huez did not disappoint!  From the gun, the race seemed like it had been transformed from the Dauphine into the Tour de France.  The speeds were incredible, as every rider was dreaming of winning on Alpe d'Huez.

We had one category 3 climb six miles into the race that blew the field apart, and before you knew it, a large group had escaped.  Team Footon had missed the break and was driving the pace so hard to bring it back that the field was stretched to the limit for the next 10 miles.

When we hit the cat 2 climb that was almost 12 miles long and only 20 miles into the race, riders were everywhere.  Some tried attacking, coming right back one after another to the field as teams that missed the break each time chased hard, only to reshuffle the deck time and time again.  Finally no one had any energy left to chase, and three groups escaped on the climb.  They were chasing each other until they finally became one large breakaway of around 20 or so riders.

Right away, Astana and RadioShack got together and started driving the pace, since there was no time for chess games if we were to have any chance of keeping the break close.  On the twisty descent, the pace was incredible, and when we hit the flat section before the HC (hors categorie – or top category) climb of the Glandon, the field was still single file.

The pace eased for only a bit at the start of the Glandon, as the guys driving the pace on the front needed a little time to recover.  But, at 12 miles and 7.2% grade, they weren't going to get much of a rest.  With 5 or 6 miles to go to the top, Alberto put his climbers to work.  I was doing almost 400 watts and at my limit, while trying to give Jani any extra draft I could by riding just a little to the side of Alberto.  With the wind changing direction with each switch back, I had to change my position behind Alberto with each turn to give Jani the best draft possible.

Over the top of the climb, Astana continued setting a crazy pace on the descent.  As we flew into one corner at 50 mph that was followed directly by a left hairpin turn, I hit the brakes hard.  The wheels locked up on me as I hit a bunch of bumps on the road.  Meanwhile, Jani was right in front me and slowing down three times faster.  I went flying past him, yelling something to the effect that this might be it for me!  But, somehow, I got the bike under control just in time to not go flying off the edge – not to mention saving the race organizers some money on a memorial plaque in my honor, with something like “Kids, Daddy loves you” on it! 

At the bottom of the climb, Paulino returned to the front, and was once again riding all out with the Astana boys.  We had only 12 miles of flat roads before we hit the legendary Alpe d'Huez.  In that time, I went to the car twice for drinks, gels, snickers, and of course Cokes for Jani, Paulino, and myself.  As we neared Alpe d'Huez, there was a little fighting in the bunch for positioning before we hit climb, but in all honesty, the Glandon had destroyed most of the legs so the fighting was pretty half-hearted.  I did one big jump on the left side of the field, and was back on Jani's wheel for the start of the climb.

Alpe d'Huez hits hard right from the bottom and gets steeper in every turn.  The heat at the bottom from the sun wasn't doing anything to make me feel any better as Astana was driving on the front with every rider they had left, trying to destroy the field and set Alberto up for the win. With only a few riders left in the group I was just about to blow up and drop off the pace.  I went up to Jani and gave him my last water bottle and told him to keep it - it would be last thing I could for him until tomorrow.

After leaving the front group in the wrong direction, I latched onto AG2R's rider, Christophe Riblon, with a QuickStep rider who didn't stick around too long.  I was on the limit to stay with Christophe, when the wind finally started blowing a little harder, allowing me to recover in his draft.  Sanchez and few others caught us from behind, and the pace went up again.

Somewhere on the climb, in one of the switchbacks, I could see Jani up the road in front of us, holding onto Contador’s wheel as he was attacking him to try to gain some time and the win, but Jani was hanging tough.  Meanwhile, Sanchez was riding on the front of our group, as close to the side of the road as possible.  We were passing within inches of every RV and spectator that was on the road – his tactic for trying to drop us all.  At times I had spectators jumping off the road as we came straight at them.

With just about 2 miles to go, we caught up to the young American, Tejay van Garderen, who is having an incredible Dauphine.  Keep your eye on this kid for future!  He had been in Contador’s group for most the climb and was just now coming off the back.  He is fighting for a podium place in the Dauphine, so I opened up a space in line for him to get out of wind.  From there to the finish, the road stair-stepped up to the summit.  Personally, I was happy to see the last corner arrive - with Jani at the finish, and yes, still in yellow!  

Tejay and Chris after the finish. Photo courtesy of Graham Watson (http://grahamwatson.com)

 

Jani and Chris at the finish. Photo courtesy of Graham Watson (http://grahamwatson.com)

PrintView Printer Friendly Version

EmailEmail Article to Friend

References (41)

References allow you to track sources for this article, as well as articles that were written in response to this article.
  • Response
    www.chrishornerracing.com - Articles - Alpe d'Huez Continues it's Legend!
  • Response
    Response: buy hygetropin
    See all of them are 6 photos Hero Lift 2: The Bench This isn't your ty hcg injections pical preferences to do with benching. We are a power outlet lifters at hgh supplements this time by no means pansy meat heads. We hold use of the beyond ...
  • Response
    www.chrishornerracing.com - Articles - Alpe d'Huez Continues it's Legend!
  • Response
    Founded throughout 1891, Skansen is surely an open-air public upon the is involving Djurg? rden. The idea capabilities over one humdred and fifty complexes which are after tossed during Sweden ahead of staying shifted for you to Skansen to get rebuil
  • Response
    www.chrishornerracing.com - Articles - Alpe d'Huez Continues it's Legend!
  • Response
    Response: fence contractors
    www.chrishornerracing.com - Articles - Alpe d'Huez Continues it's Legend!
  • Response
    www.chrishornerracing.com - Articles - Alpe d'Huez Continues it's Legend!
  • Response
    www.chrishornerracing.com - Articles - Alpe d'Huez Continues it's Legend!
  • Response
    www.chrishornerracing.com - Articles - Alpe d'Huez Continues it's Legend!
  • Response
    www.chrishornerracing.com - Articles - Alpe d'Huez Continues it's Legend!
  • Response
    www.chrishornerracing.com - Articles - Alpe d'Huez Continues it's Legend!
  • Response
    Response: air circulation
    www.chrishornerracing.com - Articles - Alpe d'Huez Continues it's Legend!
  • Response
    www.chrishornerracing.com - Articles - Alpe d'Huez Continues it's Legend!
  • Response
    www.chrishornerracing.com - Articles - Alpe d'Huez Continues it's Legend!
  • Response
    Response: handy telefonsex
    www.chrishornerracing.com - Articles - Alpe d'Huez Continues it's Legend!
  • Response
    Response: Handy Telefonsex
    www.chrishornerracing.com - Articles - Alpe d'Huez Continues it's Legend!
  • Response
    www.chrishornerracing.com - Articles - Alpe d'Huez Continues it's Legend!
  • Response
    Response: Fetisch Telefonsex
    www.chrishornerracing.com - Articles - Alpe d'Huez Continues it's Legend!
  • Response
    Response: dumpsters
    www.chrishornerracing.com - Articles - Alpe d'Huez Continues it's Legend!
  • Response
    www.chrishornerracing.com - Articles - Alpe d'Huez Continues it's Legend!
  • Response
    www.chrishornerracing.com - Articles - Alpe d'Huez Continues it's Legend!
  • Response
    As soon as Inquirer mentioned recognizable problems on the lo http://www.teleskopauktion.de cale assessments to make sure you the d Hollister og, Gregory L. Schoffler, the state of hawaii taxation board's business movie director, talked about however speak to BRT officers the following mont nl-hollisternederland.webnode.nl h
  • Response
    Response: Hollister Berlin
    . p1"> l hollister outlet belgium + g ) two , ...
  • Response
    Response: giubbotti peuterey
    Police commissioner Robert Copelan www.teleskopauktion.de d, 82, resigned out of her posting when travel of your Wolfeboro p felpe hollister outlet olice arrest money From monday right after her town's demand from customers that she measure all the way down to generate racial statements for a the http://www.deakkerwinde.be/images/be/file.asp
  • Response
    Response: hollister
    throughout the conference hollister milano s within Dallas upon Dec fo hollister co belgium urteen & 15. Provided the actual wide range associated with function required within mapping the actual Guide furniture in order to gadget courses, the actual Group decided that the s hollister felpe ufficient write
  • Response
    Response: outlet peuterey
    The solely astonish around the Palestinian Authority's conclusion to he hollister belgie lp having Tony a2z Blair is usually so it had taken these individua http://www.euroshop.be/be.asp ls that long. From additionally, firm abs minute Mr Blair recognised this much talked about write-up with felpa hollister ...
  • Response
    Abstract The depend on for school-based cerebral well-being expertise cont giubbotto peuterey ains accelerated up to now period, though modest is considered within the adv Hollister Milano antages and even make use of school-based cerebral well-being expertise. It groundwork might lo http://www.bimdelpo.cn.it/file.html o
  • Response
    Climategate total peuterey ly exposed hollister the biggest scandal on the the past about cutting-edge knowledge still you may be do not preparing to discover this approach right from in either of the accepted inspectio hollister roma est ns. comes with found as to why. ...
  • Response
    Response: cheap air max 1
    www.chrishornerracing.com - Articles - Alpe d'Huez Continues it's Legend!
  • Response
    Response: Free 3.0 V2 Womens
    grown-ups are so fond of them,Mens Fr Mens Free Run 3 ee Run 3, though partly because of their good looks, is mainly because their beau Women's Free 3.0 V5 Blue White Dark Grey tiful manners - much better than many a grown-up’s - make it such a pleasure to be ...
  • Response
    Response: Roshe Run Womens
    ‘It’s me!’ replied Bao-yu. Nightingale th Classic Short Boots ought she recognized Bao-yu’s voice. ‘Is it you, Classic Mini Boots Mr Bao?’ ‘Yes!’ whispered Bao-yu, to which Nightingale replied: ‘What are you doing here?’ ‘I’ve something private to talk to you about. Let me in and ...
  • Response
    Response: 衣柜
    5月黄金月历来都是各建材商家发力大战的时季,此时的家居建材市场如同盛夏时节的天气一样异 衣柜十大品牌 常火爆。 作为衣柜十大品牌的美澳衣柜一直致力为消费打造健康舒适有 整体衣柜 品味的生活环境,将品质与服务双向推进,自然不会错过这个回馈新老客户及扩大品牌影响力的机会。 5月23日,美澳衣柜贵港、惠东两店分别携手家装建材行业领军品牌参与当地建材市场推出的优惠活动,为两地市民带去了一场惊喜的家居建材盛宴,让更多的人获得健康幸福居家! 贵港店最猛一战 全力赢"单" 火爆 中国衣柜十大品牌 的
  • Response
    Response: Dmit Software.
  • Response
    Bob Marley
  • Response
  • Response
    Response: 角驰压瓦机
    咬口机,导槽机,剪板 咬口机 机,压瓦机,折弯机,弯管WG-4, 导槽机 c型钢机,复合板机,双层压瓦机,琉璃瓦机,彩钢瓦设备,卷帘门机,三层压瓦机,止水钢板机,沧州金辉压瓦机械设备厂马达式全自动C型檩条成型机,角驰压瓦机,广告扣板机_金辉压瓦机械设备厂 > 产品中心 > 梯形屋面板成型机 > 梯形屋面板成型机25-210-1050型 1050型梯形屋面板 剪板机 成型机主要由进料导入平台、成型主机、成型剪切装置、液压站、电脑控制系统等几部分组成。生产的产品广泛应用于各种工业厂房、住房、仓库及简易钢棚屋面制作且
  • Response
    ,角驰760压瓦机; ,470型角驰压瓦机 角驰760压瓦机 ,2-6米剪板机,网站优化的含义; 470型角驰压瓦机 ...
  • Response
    Response: Towelroot
  • Response
    Response: 三维扣板机器
    24-210-840型琉璃瓦机 840型琉璃瓦机 屋面板 ...
  • Response
    Response: 角驰760压瓦机
    ,一颗脆弱的; 一颗脆弱的 ,胶带分条机; 胶带分条机 ...
  • Response
    Response: 3GR三螺杆泵
    % 效 率 流 量 3G螺杆泵 吉安化工污泥脱水机污泥烘干机.车载污泥脱水机 MPa ...

Reader Comments (39)

Thanks for these race updates. I wonder where you find the energy to write them! That was super what you did for Tejay.

June 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMatt Rose

Classy! Pure Class. Thanks again for the great report!

June 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJames

You did more than just open a gap for Tejay...dropping back and pacing him the last couple k was super classy. You kick ass! keep the updates coming as it's the best reading around.

June 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersparkman

Not only have you been doing an amazing job for Jani all week but what you did for Tejay was a sign of a true athlete. Classy.
I really hope to see you on the TdF squad, keep up all the great work; writing and riding!

June 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEmanuel

You are AWESOME! What you did for Tejay today speaks highly of you as a person and cyclist! But how do you find the energy do give us these incredible reports! Get some rest to defend Jani's yellow jersey one last time tomorrow...

June 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCaren Gioannini

I think we need to have some Fresh Mickey D's and bowl of Cold Stone waiting for you at the finish tomorrow!

June 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkness

Have to agree with the other posters, I thought the assist you gave Tejay was a very classy move. Thanks for taking the time to provide the update, good luck tomorrow!

June 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStephen

Thanks for giving us glimpses of what's going on in the peloton. Great job with Jani and Tejay! Hope to see you in the TdF!

June 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMeylina8

Chris - you are amazing... what you did for Tejay today is yet another sign of your character ... you are so giving and are a superb team player. Classy is an understatement ... I can't wait to see you riding in the TdF again and helping team Radioshack and Lance get on the podium. I love reading your blog! Thank you for taking the time to write it each stage - it's a true glimpse into what it's like to ride in the peleton. I'm soooo glad that you managed to get your bike back under control - scary!

June 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdaf

In-cred-i-ble. Acts like that will be adding to your fan base, for sure.
Nice job Chris, hope Lance or Levi can keep up with you at the Tour.

June 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDon

You are the man!! Power to the pedals!

June 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCaliSteve

A ditto to the comments about your efforts for Jani and Tejay and what a class act you are as a team player. I also enjoy your writing style and the way you give a thorough report with just enough detail to "paint the picture" without rambling too much...then the added humor is awesome.

All of the Team Trek guys seem to have great chemistry and a willingness to ride for each other...you all ride hard and appear to have a great time! I hope you are on the TdF team! Can't wait to see you guys taking on Astana! ...and the rest ;-)

June 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjbeard8

"Open up a space for him [Tejay] in the line..." Hahaha. Yeah, right. You're being a bit modest. I saw it on tv. You dropped back 20 meters to him and paced him up the hill. Even the British announcers commented on the veteran helping out the youngster. You're a class act, Horner. After seeing what you did for Tejay today, you are now officially my favorite pro cyclist (sorry, Chechu!).

June 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJim

Chris. If Johan doesn't select you for the Tour after today's ride... someone from Astana is paying him off. Complete class out there man. Inspiring. You deserve that In and Out burger!!

June 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBman

p.s. You look completely hammered. Get some sleep!!! :)

June 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBman

Chris your selflessness is an inspiration to us.
Thanks for a great ride and a great up date.

June 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNick

Bravo Chris...You're in a class of your own! Keep inspiring and thanks for the amazing and detailed updates.

June 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSkuzzy

class, pure class (tejay grewup 25 miles away) If your ever in montana, burgers and beer on me.

June 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermick

I just wanted to ditto all the above comments. You're writing makes me feel like I was part of the action, and I'm in awe of how much you are able to give to keep your teammates out of trouble. Seeing you drop back and help Tejay today was incredible, and a thrill to see. Keep up the great riding and great reports, and I'll be cheering you on the whole way!

June 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTom

Once again you put on a good show helping Jani. Thank you, as always, for the great writing. And also what you did for TJ was awsome. :)

June 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAntonio Costa

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Post:
 
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>