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>>> DAY SIX OF PARIS-NICE IS THE
HARDEST STAGE YET.
THE RACE GOES OVER SIX CLIMBS EN
ROUTE TO ITS HIGHEST EVER SUMMIT
FINISH WHERE AMERICAN ANDREW
TALANSKY HOPES TO HOLD ON TO THE
OVERALL LEAD
>>> IT IS THE EPIC CYCLE SERIES
PRESENTED BY -
>>> TODAY, THE QUEEN'S STAGE AT
THE 71st EDITION OF PARIS-NICE
ENDING WITH THE BIGGEST CLIMB
THE RIDERS HAVE FACED ALL
SEASON
PAUL STEIGER WITH STEVE SHERWIN.
ANDREW TALANSKY HOLDING ON TO
THE LEAD FOR THE SECOND STRAIGHT
DAY.
THE MARGINS ARE SMALL.
23 RIDERS WITHIN ONE MINUTE OF
THE YELLOW JERSEY, GOING INTO
THE BIGGEST DAY OF CLIMBING WE
HAVE SEEN AT THE SOUTHEASTERLY
ROUTE TODAY.
TAKING THE RIDERS TOWARDS THE
SOUTHEASTERN CORNER OF FRANCE
BEFORE HEADING DUE NORTH AND A
DAUNTING FINISH.
>> DAUNTING RIDE TO GET THERE.
LOOK AT ALL THE RED SPOTS.
THOSE ARE THE CLIMBS ON THE
COURSE
IT IS REALLY ALL ABOUT THAT
CLIMB DOWN TOWARDS THE VERY END.
THIS IS SHOWDOWN DAY IN
PARIS-NICE
IF YOU WANT TO WIN, YOU HAVE TO
COME OUT AND PLAY ON THE
MONTAGNE DE LURE.
>> WE PICK UP THE ACTION, INSIDE
42 KILOMETERS LEFT TO GO
FOUR-MAN BREAKAWAY HOLDING ON TO
A LEAD OF JUST INSIDE A FIVE
MINUTES.
WE'RE DOWN TO JUST ABOUT 26
MILES OF RACING LEFT, RAIN IS IN
THE FORECAST, THE TEMPERATURE
HAS WARMED UP FROM RECENT DAYS
IT IS NOW IN THE LOW 60s.
>> I THINK THEY HAVE BEEN
THROUGH A STORM CLOUD THERE.
WE SEE THE WATER GETTING LIFTED
UP OFF THE ROAD.
THAT FOUR-MAN LEADING GROUP, 16
KILOMETERS, TEN MILES OF RACING,
JENS VOIGT, PAOLO, BUT BACK INTO
THE FOLD
EVERYBODY WANTS TO SET UP TODAY
FOR A BIG SHOWDOWN
THE SPANISH WOULD CALL TODAY'S
STAGE --
>> NO GENERAL CLASSIFICATION
THREAT TO TALANSKY'S LEAD IN
THIS FOUR-MAN BREAKAWAY.
ARGO SHAMANO IS FIVE MINUTES
DOWN.
>> THIS IS THE TOP OF THE CLIMB,
WHICH IS 41.5 KILOMETERS TO GO
THAT LEAVES THEM WITH A DESCENT
DOWN AND THEN A SMALL COUNTRY
CLIMB LEFT AND THEN THE FINAL
ASCENT OF THE DAY, 14 KILOMETER
CLIMB UP TO THE TOP.
HUPOND GETTING MAXIMUM POINTS
THERE AHEAD OF VOIGT
VOIGT OF TEAM RADIOSHACK.
>> HUPOND GOING FOR THE KING OF
THE MOUNTAIN LEAD TODAY, A
JERSEY CURRENTLY BEING WORN BY
JOHAN SHOPE BACK IN THE FIELD
>> THE FRENCH LESSON THIS
AFTERNOON, THE HEAD OF THE
PROFESSIONAL BIKE RACE, BUT
BEHIND THERE ARE STILL POINTS
AVAILABLE FOR THE KING OF THE
MOUNTAIN
IN FACT, THEY HAVE BEEN PICKING
THE SINGLE POINTS UP TO KEEP
HIMSELF AT THE TOP OF THE LEAD
IN THE KING OF THE MOUNTAIN
CLASSIFICATION TONIGHT
THESE ROADS ARE THE WINDING
ROADS OF HAUTE PROVENCE,
DIFFICULT ROAD, IT IS STRETCHED
OUT INTO A LONG LINE
MOST OF THE PACE-MAKING TODAY
DONE BY ONE TEAM, THE TEAM IN
THE PALE BLUE JERSEYS, WE'RE
LOOKING HERE AT JOHANN
THEY KNOW THIS IS A BIG DAY FOR
THE YOUNGSTER, 24 YEARS OF AGE
TEAM MANAGERS SAYING HE BELIEVES
TALANSKY HAS THE WINNING OF THE
STAGE, IF HE WINS TODAY'S STAGE,
HE'LL PROBABLY RIDE INTO NICE AS
THE OVERALL WINNER
STILL A LONG WAY TO GO
40 KILOMETERS, 4 1/2 MINUTE
ADVANTAGE.
25 MILES OF RACING LEFT.
>> 40 KILOMETERS TO GO FOR OUR
FOUR-MAN BREAKAWAY
THIS FIELD IS STILL ON THE
CLIMB, FOUR LEADERS JUST WENT
OVER A MOMENT AGO.
SO STILL TWO MORE CLIMBS AFTER
THIS ONE FOR ALL OF THE GC
HOPEFULS HERE IN THIS MAIN
FIELD, GARMIN SHARP DOES NOT
HAVE A LOT OF PURE CLIMBERS IN
THE RANKS FOR THIS YEAR'S
PARIS-NICE
TALANSKY WAS ISOLATED ON THE TWO
LAP CLIMB YESTERDAY.
HE FIGURES TO BE LEFT ALONE
TODAY.
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT HIS
CHANCES OF HOLDING ON TO THE
YELLOW JERSEY ONCE AGAIN HERE ON
STAGE FIVE
>> GOOD POINT YOU RAISED THERE
THE FACT IS, YES, HE HAS BEEN
ISOLATED ON A NUMBER OF
OCCASIONS BUT MANAGED TO SORT
HIMSELF OUT ON HIS OWN
WHEN IT COMES DOWN TO A
DIFFICULT CLIMB LIKE THIS TOWARD
THE END, IT IS AN ADVANTAGE TO
HAVE A COUPLE OF TEAMMATES UP
ALONGSIDE YOU.
THAT MIGHT GO AGAINST HIM.
HE HAD RIDERS LIKE DAVID MILLER,
COACHING HIM THROUGH THESE
FLATTER STAGES, GIVING HIMSELF
READY FOR THE BIG MOUNTAINTOP
TODAY.
THAT COULD BE THE ONE THING THAT
GOES AGAINST TALANSKY IN THE
FINAL 15 KILOMETERS UPHILL.
>> THE LAST TIME PARIS-NICE
VISITED THE MONTAGNE DE LURE,
THE LONG CLIMB AT TODAY'S STAGE,
WAS IN 2009.
ALBERTO CRUSHED THE FIELD ON
THAT DAY, BEFORE GOING ON TO
LOSE A LOT OF TIME THE FOLLOWING
DAY.
SANCHEZ, BUT IT IS INTERESTING
TO NOTE ONE OF THE MEN IN THE
BREAK AWAY TODAY, JENS VOIGT,
WAS IN THE MOVE BACK IN 2009 AND
FINISHED IN THE TOP TEN ON THAT
STAGE MONTAGNE DE LURE, SAME
STAGE THE RIDERS ARE FACING
TODAY.
>> SEE A LITTLE WATER PICKED UP
ON THE ROAD THERE.
YOU SEE THE BLACK JERSEY JUST
BEHIND THE PALE BLUE JERSEY THAT
IS ANDREW TALANSKY
HAS HIS WARM COAT OVER TOP OF
HIS YELLOW JERSEY THIS AFTERNOON
TO KEEP HIM WARM AWAY FROM THE
ELEMENTS
IT IS -- IT LOOKS LIKE A NICE
DAY, IT IS RATHER CHILLY
12 DEGREES CELSIUS, ABOUT15
DEGREES FAHRENHEIT, JUST SITTING
IN THE BACK HERE, 145, THIS IS
THE DAVID MILLER
A LOT OF PACE-MAKING IN THE
EARLY PART OF THE RACE
MILL, NOT QUITE GOT THE LEGS HE
NEEDS FOR THE LATTER PART OF THE
SEASON, BUT HE'LL STAY IN
CONTACT WITH HIS MAIN FIELD FOR
AS LONG AS POSSIBLE.
TALKING ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF
ISOLATION HOPES OF ANDREW
TALANSKY
I THINK THE SAME THING COULD
HAPPEN TO GARDEREN
THEY DON'T HAVE THAT MANY
CLIMBERS
IF YOU LOOK AT THE TEAM, TEAM
SKY, THEY HAVE PORTE, PORTE
SIXTH PLACE IN THIS RACE LAST
YEAR, GOT DAVID LOPEZ,
KANSTANTSIN, THEY GOT A VERY
STRONG TEAM.
WE LOOK TO HAVE AS MANY RIDERS
TOGETHER AS POSSIBLE WHEN THEY
COME DOWN TOWARDS THE END.
>> TEJAY VAN GARGEREN.
HE'S WEARING THE JERSEY OF THE
BEST YOUNG RIDER CLASSIFICATION.
HE'S SITTING TO THE LEFT OF
TALANSKY WHO IS LEADING.
BUT THE YELLOW JERSEY TAKES
PRIORITY OVER THE WHITE JERSEY
IT IS VAN GARDEREN IN WHITE,
TALANSKY IN THE YELLOW JERSEY.
>> MIGHT HAVE SPOTTED THE BLACK
AND RED JERSEY, VERY GOOD
VICTORY FOR HIM IN THE EARLY
PART OF THE SEASON
RELINQUISHED THE OVERALL LEAD TO
MARK KABERNISH
>> LOSING A LITTLE TIME TO THE
FIELD, STILL A HEALTHY MARGIN OF
4:20
38 KILOMETERS LEFT TO GO
THAT'S JUST ABOUT 23 1/2 MILES
LEFT OF RACING ON DAY SIX.
TWO MORE CLIMBS COMING UP.
CAT THREE AND THE FIRST CAT ONE
OF THE RACE, LEADING UP TO THE
SUMMIT FINISH HERE
QUEEN STAGE OF THIS YEAR'S
PARIS-NICE
WILL ANDREW TALANSKY HOLD ON TO
THE YELLOW JERSEY?
>>> THE FIRST OF THE FINAL THREE
DAYS AT THE 71st EDITION OF
PARIS-NICE, AND WE ARE WITH THE
FOUR-MAN BREAKAWAY
LEADING THE MAN FIELD BY 4:20,
36.5 KILOMETERS LEFT TO GO,
INSIDE OF 23 MILES WITH A
41-YEAR-OLD JENS VOIGT LEADING
THE WAY AT THE FRONT.
>> LITTLE CLOUD BURST THERE.
DAMPENED THE ROAD, WILL MAKE IT
TRICKY
WE'RE HEADING INTO THE HEART OF
THE HAUTE PROVENCE, AND THESE
ROADS ARE DIFFICULT ROADS,
DESCRIBE THE ROADS AS BEING
HEAVY, NOT SMOOTH AT ALL
YOU SEE THE ROUGH SURFACE ON
THEM
THAT MAKES IT DIFFICULT TO GET A
GOOD ROLLING RESISTANCE.
THE PELOTON, VERY ATTENTIVE NOW,
DOWN TO 4:20
THEY'RE LINING THEMSELVES UP,
ONCE THEY GO THROUGH THE SMALL
TOWN FOR THE LAST SPRINT POINT
OF THE DAY, FOR THE THIRD CLIMB
OF THE COTE DEM MURS.
>> TALANSKY, THE HIGHEST PLACED,
LEADING THE RACE
VANDE
VAN GARDEREN BACK
JACOB RATH, THE ONLY AMERICAN TO
PULL OUT SO FAR.
>> THE BIG MAN IN THE FRONT WAS
JOHAN VAN SIMMER, THE FORMER
WINNER
ON THE FRONT IS PAOLO LONGO
BORGHINI, HIS FATHER WAS AN
OLYMPIAN IN CROSS COUNTRY
SKIING, PROFESSIONAL FOR TEN
YEARS AND ONLY ONE PROFESSIONAL
VICTORY TO HIS CREDIT.
HE IS A WORKER OF CANADA
IMPORTANT THING TO REMEMBER
ABOUT THE SPORT OF PROFESSIONAL
CYCLING, NOT ALL ABOUT BEING A
WINNER FOR EVERY MEMBER OF THE
TEAM
YOU NEED TEAM HELPERS.
AND LONGO BORGHINI IS ONE OF
THOSE.
YOU CAN SAY THE SAME THING FOR
THE PERSON IN THE SECOND
POSITION
AT 41 YEARS OF AGE, HAS THE
ENTHUSIASM OF SOME OF THE 22 AND
24-YEAR-OLD WINNERS IN
PARIS-NICE THIS YEAR.
>> VOIGT AMAZING, BORN IN FORMER
EAST GERMANY, 41 YEARS OF AGE.
BEEN A PRO FOR 16 YEARS.
HAS WON THE YELLOW JERSEY AT THE
TOUR de FRANCE TWICE AND LAST
YEAR AT THE AGE OF 40 HE WON THE
MOUNTAIN JERSEY AT THE USA
PROCYCLING CHALLENGE IN COLORADO
IN SOME OF THE HIGHEST MOUNTAINS
THAT PROFESSIONAL RIDERS GO OVER
ALL YEAR
>> YES
AFTER A VERY, VERY LONG
BREAKAWAY.
IT SEEMED ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE.
I THINK ONLY ONE MAN IN THE MAIN
FIELD COULD HAVE SUCCEEDED IN
THAT LONE BREAK AWAY ATTEMPT
AND THAT IS JENZ VS VOIGT.
THEY HAVE BEEN VERY AGGRESSIVE
GOT THEMSELVES A STAGE VICTORY
WITH THEIR MAN, AN OLYMPIC
SPRINTER
>> SO A FOUR-MINUTE LEAD FOR A
FOUR-MAN BREAKAWAY
TWO CLIMBS LEFT TO GO.
FOUR IN THE BANK ALREADY
CAT THREE AND CAT ONE SUMMIT
FINISH COMING UP IN SOUTHEASTERN
FRANCE ON THIS DAY SIX AT
PARIS-NICE
>>> SATURDAY, MARCH 16th,
FORMULA ONE ARRIVES FOR THE
FIRST TIME ON THE NETWORKS OF
NBC UNIVERSAL.
THE 2013 SEASON STARTS DOWN
UNDER WITH THE FORMULA ONE ROLEX
AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX.
SATURDAY, MARCH 16th, ON THE NBC
SPORTS NETWORK
>>> BACK TO OUR FOUR-MAN
BREAKAWAY.
THE LEAD DOWN TO 4:15 NOW WITH
JUST INSIDE OF 32 KILOMETERS
LEFT TO GO
THAT'S INSIDE OF 20 NILES TO THE
FINISH, BUT THE SIGNATURE
FEATURES OF THE ROUTE AHEAD, A
CATEGORY 3 CLIMB THAT WILL LAST
THREE KILOMETERS AND THEN THE
BIG CAT ONE, A SUMMIT FINISH AND
14K CLIMB TO WRAP UP THE DAY
>> THIS IS A DIFFICULT CLIMB
TOO.
6.7% THE AVERAGE GRADE
UP TOWARD THE SUMMIT, THE LAST
KILOMETERS ARE ALMOST 9%
THEY KNOW IT AS THE BABY SISTER
OF THE FAMOUS MOUNTAIN.
>> ALL RALLYING AROUND THEIR
LEADER, RITCHIE PORTE, WITHIN
TEN SECONDS ON THE GENERAL
CLASSIFICATION
ONE OF HIS MAIN HELPERS IS THE
33-YEAR-OLD FROM COLORADO
SPRINGS, AMERICAN DANNY PAYTON,
IN THE TIME TRIAL OVER A DECADE
AGO, STILL GOING STRONG THESE
DAYS
HE'S THE SUBJECT OF OUR ATHLETE
PROFILE.
>> I'VE BEEN RIDING QUITE A
WHILE.
AS LONG AS I CAN REMEMBER.
THE ONLY REAL JOB I EVER HAD
2000 WAS PRETTY GOOD FOR ME.
WE RODE THE FRONT ALMOST EVERY
DAY, EVERY ONE OF THOSE RACES.
I ENJOY BEING ON THE TEAM.
THEY DON'T RIDE TO NOT LOSE,
THEY RIDE TO WIN
I HAVE SOME PERSONAL GOALS
I REALLY WANT TO DO -- REALLY
EXCITED ABOUT THE TEAM
IT IS EXCITING
CAN WIN THE RACE
ALSO OPENS UP MY SCHEDULE.
I PARTICIPATE THROUGH COLORADO
ALWAYS A LUXURY TO RIDE ON YOUR
HOME SOIL.
I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO THAT.
I LOOK WHERE I AM NOW AND STILL
PRETTY MOTIVATED WITH TRAINING
SOME GUYS GET SO BITTER WHEN
THEY'RE OLDER.
MY GOAL IS TO NOT GET BITTER.
>> YOU GET A LOT OF EXPERIENCE
HE'LL TURN 34 IN TWO WEEKS
THIS IS HIS TERRAIN TODAY.
HAS A BACKGROUND IN MOUNTAIN
BIKING, BUT PRIMARY
RESPONSIBILITY IS TO HELP
RITCHIE PORTE.
HOW WILL HE DO THAT TODAY IN THE
BIG MOUNTAINS?
>> HE WAS THE WORLD UNDER 23
TIME TRIAL CHAMPION WHEN HE WAS
YOUNGER.
PROFESSIONAL SINCE 2000.
HE KNOWS WHAT HE HASTO DO.
HE'S THE KIND OF GUY THAT WILL
SET UP PORTE AS THEY APPROACH
THE FINAL MOUNTAIN OF THE DAY.
THE GREAT THING ABOUT A GUY LIKE
DANNY, IF YOU'VE GOT A SPRINTER,
HE CAN HIT ON THE FRONT FOR 100
KILOMETERS, JUST RIDE AWAY AND
NOT ASK FOR ANYTHING AT ALL.
THE YELLOW JERSEY HAS TAKEN OFF
THAT BLACK OVERCOAT, HE'S
GETTING READY FOR BUSINESS.
>> AS JOHAN TSCHOPP IN THE POLKA
DOT JERSEY
HE IS AT THE BACK END OF THE
MAIN FIELD
NOT ACCUMULATING THE MAXIMUM
MOUNTAIN POINTS.
THOSE ARE GOING TO THE FOUR
LEADERS UP THE ROAD.
>> CONSTANTINE HIT SITS ON THE
FRONT WITH THE BLACK JERSEY ON
HAD A NASTY CRASH IN THE TOUR de
FRANCE LAST YEAR AND HAD TO
ABANDON.
NOW YOU SEAT NUMBER OF BLACK
JERSEYS MOVING TO THE FRONT,
TEAM SKY, 29 KILOMETERS TO GO.
STARTING TO GET ORGANIZED.
AND COMING DOWN TO THE 4:05
MARGIN, THAT'S 18 MILES LEFT TO
GO TO THE FINISH.
>> NOW, THERE ARE JUST TWO
KILOMETERS AWAY FROM THE SECOND
TWO OF INTERMEDIATE SPRINT
POINTS AND THE PENULTIMATE CLIMB
STARTS AFTER THE SPRINT WITH
27 --
>> OH, A CRASH ON THE SIDE OF
THE ROAD
AND SEVERAL RIDERS CAUGHT EITHER
UP IN IT OR BEHIND IT.
>> THAT'S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN
EVERYONE STARTED TO GET A LITTLE
BIT NERVOUS AND ALL OF A SUDDEN,
SOMEBODY BREAKES ON THE LEFT HAN
SIDE
LOOK HOW THAT HAPPENS.
>> RIDER FROM TEAM SKY WENT
DOWN
THIS IS MAINLY THE SPRINTER AT
THE BACK
THESE GUYS ARE ALREADY DECIDING
THE RACE IS PRETTY MUCH OVER
FROM THERE
RICK ON THE RIGHT-HAND SIDE.
HE'S THE RIDER LOOKING TO RIDE
HIGH IN THE OVERALL STANDINGS,
RODE VERY WELL IN THE TOUR de
FRANCE LAST YEAR
MOVES ACROSS TO CREDIT
SOLUTIONS, DURING THE WINTER
TRANSFER SEASON, HOPING TO BE IN
THE NEXT TOP TOUR de FRANCE
RIDER FOR FRANCE
>> A RIDER FROM RADIO SHACK, A
BIT OF CARE.
BIG PROBLEM WHEN YOU HAVE A
MASSIVE PILEUP LIKE THAT, CAN
TAKE A LONG TIME FOR THE
MECHANIC TO GET UP AND LOOK
AFTER AND SORT OUT THE RIDERS.
>> FIGURE OUT WHAT'S WRONG WITH
THE BIKE, WHAT ATTENTION THEY
NEED, WHAT KIND OF MECHANICAL
ASSI
ASSISTANCE.
>> VERY DIFFICULT TO ANALYZE
WHAT HAPPENED THERE, BUT I THINK
IT IS PROBABLY A TOUCH OF WHEELS
HAS GONE DOWN AND EVERYBODY OVER
LEFT TO-HOVER
TO THE LEFT-HAND SIDE WAS
LOOKING FOR A WAY OUT.
>> WASN'T A HIGH SPEED CRASH WE
SOMETIMES SEE, BUT IT PROVED
THAT ANY TYPE OF CRASH CAN CAUSE
SOME CHAOS AND RIDERS THAT ARE
CAUGHT UP IN IT NOW REALLY AT A
DEFICIT.
MEANTIME, UP AHEAD, THE FOUR-MAN
BREAKAWAY HAS SEEN THEIR LEAD
COME DOWN TO OVER FOUR MINUTES,
UNDER 28 KILOMETERS LEFT TO GO,
ABOUT 17 MILES OF A CLIMB STILL
>>> BACK ON DAY FIVE OF
PARIS-NICE
JUST OVER 100 MILES TO THE
SUMMIT FINISH OF MONTAGNE DE
LURE IN SOUTHEASTERN FRANCE.
THEY'RE STARTING THE CATEGORY
THREE THAT WILL SUMMIT WITH 34
KILOMETERS LEFT TO GO.
WE TAKE A LOOK AT THE STAGE
THREE RESULTS FROM THE RACE
GOING ON CONCURRENT TO
PARIS-NICE IN ITALY.
IT WAS A SPRINT FINISH AND PETER
STIGEN, AND ANDRE GREIPEL AS HE
CONTINUES HIS ASCENT.
>> A LOT OF RIDERS WOULD RATHER
GO THERE WHERE THEY HAVE A
BETTER CHANCE.
23 KILOMETERS TO THE FINISH
LINE
15 1/2 MILES
A NARROW ROAD DOWN TOWARD THE
FINISH
THIS IS THE PENULTIMATE CLIMB OF
THE DAY, THE COL DE MURS
AND LOOKING TO GET MAXIMUM
POINTS AGAIN, LOOKING IN THE
BACK THERE, I JUST NOTICED THE
12th CENTURY CATHEDRAL AT THE
TOP OF THE HILL.
IT SITS ON THE FORMER GROUNDS OF
A TENTH CENTURY FORTIFIED FORT
>> BACK END OF THE FIELD, OUR
FOUR LEADERS UP AHEAD NOW HAVE
SEEN THEIR LEAD COME DOWN TO
EXACTLY THREE MINUTES.
THEY HAVE 25 TO GO AND 15 1/2
MILES AND ONE KILOMETER FROM THE
SUMMIT OF THE CATEGORY THREE
CLIMB.
>> THEY'RE NOW COMING TO THE
FRONT AND THAT'S FOR THE MAN
SITTING IN SECOND POSITION,
ROBERT HEADNICK.
HE LOST ANY CHANCE OF WINNING
PARIS-NICE WHEN HE HAD A CRASH
IN THE EARLIER DAYS BUT NOW HE'S
THINKING A TOP FINISHER.
12 MONTHS AGO, A WINNER AFTER AN
EXCITING MOUNTAINTOP FINISH IN
OMAN
THE WAY THIS RACE FINISHES HERE
THIS AFTERNOON, HE WOULD LIKE TO
GET A SAFE VICTORY AFTER THIS
YEAR'S PARIS-NICE.
>> VOIGT LEADING THE FOUR-MAN
BREAKAWAY BUT LOSING TIME WITH
EVERY PEDAL STROKE NOW AS THEY
COME UP TOWARDS THE TOP OF THE
CATEGORY THREE
SUMMIT WITH 24K LEFT TO GO
AND THEN THE MOUNTAIN DE LURES,
AN ASCENT, FLAT ROADS AND THEN
IT GOES UP FOR LAST HALF HOUR OF
RACING.
>> SLIPPING OFF THE BACK, HAVING
A DIFFICULT TIME
A SLOVENIAN NATIONAL ROAD RACING
CHAMPION
STARTED THE RACE OFF VERY HIGH
IN THE OVERALL STANDINGS, AND
SLOWLY BUT SURELY HE STARTED TO
SLIP BACK.
THIS IS A NASTY CLIMB HERE
BECAUSE IT IS ONE OF THE CLIMBS
I USED TO HATE AS A PROFESSIONAL
BOX RIDER.
ONCE YOU GET TO THE TOP, IT
DOESN'T DESCEND FOR LONG
THEN RIGHT ON THE TOP SLOPE OF
THE FINAL CLIMB OF THE DAY
>> BACK AT THE FRONT OF THE
FIELD, BLANCO STILL TLLEADING T
WAY.
THE YELLOW JERSEY ON THE
RIGHT-HAND SIDE OF THE SCREEN,
LEFT-HAND SIDE OF THE ROAD,
AMERICAN ANDREW TALANSKY
NOT A LOT OF TEAMMATES AROUND
HIM AT THE MOMENT.
THIS IS NOT A SURPRISE
HE ANTICIPATES BEING ISOLATED ON
THE FINAL CLIMB OF THE DAY, JUST
THE WAY HE WAS YESTERDAY
THAT IS A DIFFICULT SITUATION TO
BE IN WHEN YOU'RE A YOUNG RIDER,
24 YEARS OF AGE.
YOU GOT TO BE CALM AND IN YOUR
INNER SELF BECAUSE HE WILL GET
ATTACKED ON THE FINAL CLIMB TO
THE FINISH
EVERYBODY REALIZES THIS BIG
SUMMIT WILL BE THE DEFINING
POINT OF THIS.
HERE IS THE TOP OF THE CLIMB
>> THAT IS FIVE CLIMBS DOWN, ONE
STILL TO GO.
IT IS THE 28-YEAR-OLD FRENCHMAN
FIRST OVER THE CLIMB ON THE WET
ROADS AT THE SUMMIT WITH THE
LEAD NOW UNDER THREE MINUTES
SO LONGO BORGHINI TAKING POINTS
ON THE SECOND TO LAST CLIMB OF
THE STAGE.
>> YOU SEE THESE REALLY ARE
VERY, VERY DIFFICULT RACES
THIS IS WHAT I SHOULD TELL YOU,
THERE IS NOT THAT MUCH OF A
DESCENT OVER THE TOP OF THE
CLIMB BEFORE THE RIDERS GOT THE
LINE-UP FOR THE FINAL CLIMB OF
THE DAY.
THE SISTER, 6.7%, THAT WILL BE A
VERY DIFFICULT RACE.
LOOK HOW ON THE SMALL CLIMB, THE
THIRD CLIMB, HOW THE NUMBER OF
RIDERS IN THAT MAIN FIELD HAVE
BEEN REDUCED BY THE SUDDEN
ACCELERATION OF TEAM BLANCO.
>> WEKNOW TALANSKY WILL BE
WITHOUT TEAMMATES IN CRUCIAL
MOMENTS ON THE FINAL COUPLE OF
CLIMBS
WHAT DO YOU THINK IS GOING TO BE
HIS BIGGEST INDIVIDUAL CHALLENGE
IN HOLDING ON TO THAT YELLOW
JERSEY
>> JUST GOT TO KEEP AN EYE ON
JUST TWO RIDERS, REALLY.
HE'S GOT TO KEEP A CLOSE EYE ON
HIS COMPATRIOTS.
TEJAY VAN GARDEREN AND THE OTHER
RIDER, IN THE PRESS THIS
MORNING, THEY THINK HE'S GOT
GOOD LEGS AND THAT IS RITCHIE
PORTE.
THE ADVANTAGE I GIVE TO RITCHIE
PORTE IS THE FACT HE'S GOT A LOT
OF CLIMBING TEAMMATES ALONGSIDE
HIM.
THEY MAY WELL TRY AND ISOLATE
TALANSKY AS THEY GET TO THE
FINAL TWO KILOMETERS.
>> RITCHIE PORTE HAS COME AND
TRAINED ON SOME OF THESE CLIMBS
FOR PARIS-NICE
HE SPENT SOME OF THE WINTER
MONTHS RIDING THE CLIMB, GETTING
ACCLIMATED, GETTING FAMILIAR
WITH THE ROADS
ANDREW TALANSKY HASN'T SEEN ANY
OF THE CLIMBS.
HE'S SEEN THE PROFILES COMING
IN
>> ONE OF THE REASONS WHY IT WAS
EASY FOR RITCHIE PORTE TO COME
DOWN AND LOOK AT THESE CLIMBS,
THESE GREAT ROUTES THIS
AFTERNOON, HE LIVES JUST DOWN
ROAD FROM HERE DURING THE SUMMER
MONTHS
HE'S FROM PENNSYLVANIA,
AUSTRALIA, BUT HE LIVES IN
MONACO DURING THE CYCLING
SEASON
>> THE PACE PICKING UP AT THE
FRONT END AS THEY SLOWLY CLIMB
THEIR WAY UP TO SECOND TO LAST
CLIMB, BRINGING BACK THE
FOUR-MAN BREAKAWAY
NOW DOWN TO 2:25 WITH 22 1/2
KILOMETERS LEFT TO GO ON THE
STAGE.
INSIDE OF 15 MILES LEFT TO GO ON
STAGE NUMBER FIVE, THE SUMMIT
FINISH OF THE 5200 FEET IS
COMING UP AS WE CONTINUE
>>> JUST OVER 20 KILOMETERS
LEFT TO GO AND JUST OVER A
TWO-MINUTE LEAD FOR OUR FOUR-MAN
BREAKAWAY.
THIS IS THE FRONT END OF THE
MAIN FIELD AND IT IS OMEGA
PHARMA-QUICK STEP.
THIS IS A CURIOUS MOVE BECAUSE
THE FINAL CLIMB IS NOT ONE THAT
WOULD SUIT HIS SKILLS.
WHEN THEY LAST DID IT IN 2009,
HE STARTED THAT DAY IN THE
YELLOW JERSEY AS THE LEADER OF
PARIS-NICE AND LOST OVER TWO
MINUTES.
>> WHAT YOU'VE GOT THIS LITTLE
BIT OF TRICKY ROAD, THAT'S
CHAVANEL
HE WANTS TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF
THE LITTLE BIT OF DAMPNESS ON
THE ROAD, THE LITTLE BIT OF
CURVES GOING AROUND THIS
MOUNTAIN HERE IN THE PROVENCE
REGION OF FRANCE, TO SPLIT UP
THE MAIN FIELD
>> CHAVENEL, FOUR SECONDS BACK
ON THE GENERAL CLASSIFICATION IN
FOURTH PLACE OVERALL
BUT, AGAIN, THE FINAL CLIMB FOR
SOMEONE LIKE TALANSKY, A TEJAY
VAN GARDEREN, BENEFIT MORE SO
THAN THE FRENCHMAN.
>> IN THIRD POSITION IN THE MAIN
FIELD WAS ROBERT HEADNICK.
HE'S DOING THE PACE-MAKING, I'VE
BEEN IMPRESSED OVER THE LAST
COUPLE OF DAYS BY THE YOUNG
RIDER ON TEAM LAMPY, DIEGO
ELISE.
A LOT OF PEOPLE TODAY PUTTING
THEIR CARDS ON THE TABLE BECAUSE
THIS IS THE DAY REALLY WHEN YOU
CAN GET BIG CHUNKS OF TIME
I DON'T SEE TOMORROW BEING THAT
IMPORTANT.
IF YOU WANT TO LAY THE
FOUNDATIONS FOR A WIN, IT IS
TODAY.
>> A LOT OF NEWS, OF COURSE, IN
THE NEWS OF CYCLING OVER THE
WINTER
AND WE TALKED ABOUT THE
AMERICANS IN THIS RACE AS WELL
AS IN ADRIANACO.
TAYLOR FINNEY SAID RECENTLY, I
THINK WE'RE ALL MOTIVATED AFTER
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WINTER IN THE
U.S.
WE HAVE A LOT TO PROVE
WE WANT TO PROVE WE LOVE THE
SPORT AND WE'RE COMMITTED TO
BRINGING IT OUT OF THE ASHES OF
THE PAST
SO FINNEY, WITH THE LIKES OF
TALANSKY, VAN GARDEREN, THE
YOUNG AMERICANS REALLY
FORTIFYING THIS NEW GENERATION
OF AMERICAN CYCLING.
>> CERTAINLY
LET'S NOT FORGET, THESE YOUNG
RIDERS, 22, TO 24, SHOULD BE
TAKEN BY THAT ERA FROM 10, 15
YEARS AGO.
>> SO WE ARE COMING DOWN TO THE
FINAL 12 MILES OF RACING, THE
FIRST SUMMIT FINISH OF THE RACE
IS COMING UP
THE BIGGEST CLIMB THE RIDERS
HAVE SEEN SO FAR
>>> TOMORROW AT 12:00 A.M.
EASTERN, THE EPIC CYCLE SERIES
PRESENTED BY MICHELOB ULTRA
CONTINUES WITH STAGE SIX OF
PARIS-NICE
THE LAST LINE IN PROVENCE BEFORE
THE INDIVIDUAL UPHILL TIME TRIAL
ON THE FINAL DAY OF RACING
AT STAGE SIX OF PARIS-NICE
TOMORROW AT 12:00 A.M. EASTERN
ON THE NBC SPORTS NETWORK.
>>> NOW THE PELOTON WITH 15
KILOMETERS LEFT TO GO.
JUST OVER NINE MILES OF RACING
THE AMERICAN DANNY PATE IN THE
COLORS OF TEAM SKY LEADING THE
WAY AT THE FRONT AS THEY MAKE
THEIR WAY TO THE LOWER SLOPES OF
THE FINAL BRUTAL CLIMB OF THE
MOUNTAIN DE LURES.
>> LOOK PART WAY DOWN THE
SKYLINE, MOVING UP AROUND THE
OUTSIDE OF THE PELOTON TO COME
UP AND MOVE HIS TEAMMATE
DANNY PATE IS A GREAT HELPER
HE WAS BROUGHT FROM GARMIN
HE'S A GUY THEY KNOW THEY CAN
COUNT ON TO WORK VERY, VERY HARD
INDEED
>> FOUR LEADERS, COMING THROUGH
THE TOWN THAT WILL TAKE THEM TO
THE FOOT OF THE CLIMB.
THEIR GAP AT ONE POINT WAS OVER
SIX MINUTES AND NOW DOWN TO A
MINUTE AND A HALF.
ATTACK ON THE NAIR RORROW ROADS
THE TOWN
>> HAVE TO TAKE IT TO THAT MAN,
HE WAITS FOR EVERY POSSIBLE
OCCASION
HE'S A RACER
HE REALLY IS A COMPETITOR.
HE CAN FEEL THE OTHER GUYS IN
THE MAIN FIELD WERE GETTING
WEAKER, THEY STARTED TO HIT THE
CLIMBS
ALL RIGHT, BOYS, I'M OFF
>> HE HIT THE ACCELERATOR AND HE
WAS GONE, OUT OF SIGHT
LONGO BORGHINI MAKING THE
RIGHT-HAND TURN.
THIS IS WHERE THE CLIMB BEGINS.
>> 13.8 KILOMETERS TO THE SUMMIT
OF THE CLIMB
16.7%.
AND THE STEEPEST PART IS RIGHT
UP TO THE LAST FIVE KILOMETERS
ALL THE TEAM TO THE SIDE OF THE
ROAD BECAUSE THE RIDERS WANT TO
EVACUATE THIS MOUNTAIN, RIDE THE
BIKES DOWN, BACK TO THE TEAM
BUSES AND GET AWAY FROM HERE AND
DRIVE TO MANOSQUE WHERE THE RACE
STARTS TOMORROW.
JENS VOIGT, PROBABLY KNOWS IN
THE BACK OF HIS MIND HE HASN'T
HAVE A CHANCE OF SURVIVAL HERE
WITH 13.5 KILOMETERS TO GO,
UPHILL, BUT HE DOESN'T CARE.
HE'S GOING FOR IT.
>> THIS IS WHAT HE DOES BEST
IT IS IN HIS DNA TO ATTACK LIKE
THIS ON A HARD STAGE, AND HE'S
NOT GOING TO GIVE IN
THIS CLIMB, STEEP AT THE START,
SOFTENS UP A BIT THROUGH THE
MIDDLE OF THE CLIMB, AND THEN
ONCE AGAIN GETS STEEP IN THE
FINAL FEW KILOMETERS
JENS VOIGT, AS WE MENTIONED NOW,
41 YEARS OF AGE, HE'S BEEN A PRO
FOR A DECADE AND A HALF, WON A
COUPLE OF STAGES AT THE TOUR de
FRANCE, HE'S ATTACKED ON
COUNTLESS OTHERS
WON A STAGE AT LAST YEAR'S U.S.
PRO CHALLENGE IN COLORADO.
WON THE KING OF THE MOUNTAIN
COMPETITION.
NOT MANY GUYS HAVE THOSE SORTS
OF CREDENTIALS NOW IN THEIR
EARLY 40s.
DANNY PATE HAS TAKEN HIS TEAM
LEADER TO THE FRONT AT THE START
OF THE CLIMB
YOU SAW IT, 13.8 KILOMETERS TO
GO AND DANNY PATE PULLS OVER,
YOU GET ON WITH IT HERE THIS
AFTERNOON.
>> TEAM SKY AT THE FRONT IN THE
DARK COLORS.
THE OVERALL LEADER, AMERICAN
ANDREW TALANSKY IN THE YELLOW,
ABOUT THREE OR FOUR WHEELS BACK.
OTHER RIDERS LOSING CONTACT,
RIGHT AT THE START OF THE CLIMB.
THIS IS THE SIXTH CLIMB OF THE
DAY, REMEMBER.
>> JUST SAW DANNY PATE GOING
BACKWARDS THERE.
ALL HE HAS TO DO IS FINISH THE
STAGE INSIDE ELIMINATION TIME
AND COME BACK AND WORK TOMORROW.
SOMEBODY GOT A JACKET IN THE
BACK OF HIS WHEEL THERE AND NOT
VERY HAPPY WITH THAT
THAT NUMBER 132 IN FACT IS
JULIAN, THE FRENCH RIDER
AND THAT'S PROBABLY SOMEBODY WAS
TRYING TO THROW THE JERSEY DOWN
TO THE TEAM MANAGERS AT THE SIDE
OF THE ROAD, PROBABLY DID IT
HIMSELF.
>> ALL RIGHT, NOW, BACK TO THE
FRONT, NOW TEAM SKY IS GOING TO
WORK TO SET UP RICHIE PORTE.
THEY MAY BE THE STRONGEST AND
DEEPEST TEAM RIDING FOR A
GENERAL CLASSIFICATION LEADER
THAT WE HAVE HERE IN THE RACE ON
STAGE NUMBER FIVE.
ANDREW TALANSKY'S GARMIN SHARP
TEAM DOESN'T HAVE A LOT OF GREAT
CLIMBERS
BMC HAS BEEN TRYING TO SUPPORT
TEJAY VAN GARDEREN, BUT THEY
HAVE BEEN WEAKENED.
>> OFF THE BACK OF THE LEADER,
NOT HAVING A GREAT TIME, AND
YO-YOING, FIGHTS HIS WAY BACK.
THE ACTION HERE IS REALLY ALL
ABOUT THE FRONT END OF THE
PELOTON.
THE TIME GAP AS YOU CAN SEE IS
STARTING TO TUMBLE
1:20 WE CONCENTRATE ON THE
FORMER TWO-TIME CHAMPION OF
FRANCE
>> SUMMIT FINISH GOING UP TO
5200 FEET.
THE BIGGEST CLIMB THESE RIDERS
HAVE FACED SO FAR THIS SEASON.
WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT THING
ABOUT DOING THE HARD CLIMB LIKE
THIS, SO EARLY IN THE SEASON
>> THAT'S JUST THE THING, IT IS
SO EARLY IN THE SEASON TO MAKE
THIS VIOLENT EFFORT, SO THE BODY
IS NOT USED TO IT.
THIS IS THE TOUGHEST RACE THE
RIDERS HAVE FACED SO FAR
WE HAD MANY RACES AROUND THE
WORLD.
HERE, IT REALLY WRACKS IT UP A
NOTCH.
WHAT IS DIFFICULT IN THE EARLY
PART OF THE SEASON, IT IS GOING
UP TO THE ALTITUDE, 1600 METERS,