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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,
5,500 FEET IS NOT A LOT.
THIS IS THE TEAMMATE OF TEJAY
VAN GARDEREN
HE ONE FURTHER UP.
IF TEJAY IS NOT CAREFUL, HE'LL
BE ISOLATED D AS IS ANDREW
TALANSKY
DOES THIS REMIND YOU OF
ANYTHING
IT REMINDS ME OF PARIS-NICE LAST
YEAR
AND THE TOUR de FRANCE WHEN SKY
ASSASSINATED EVERYBODY ON THE
CLIMBS LIKE THIS
>> RICHIE PORTE SEVEN SECONDS
BEHIND TALANSKY ON THE GENERAL
CLASSIFICATION
ROBBER AT THE BACK OF THE MAIN
FIELD.
AT THE FINISH, AS ALWAYS, BONUS
TIME, 10, 6 AND 4 SECONDS FOR
THE FIRST THREE.
>> THESE ARE THE RIDERS COMING
BACK FROM THE EARLY BREAKAWAY.
THIS IS THE RIDER, HE WILL VERY
SHORTLY GET A CHANCE TO SEE WHAT
THE FACES ARE LIKE ON THE
LEADERS AND THE CONTENDERS FOR
PARIS-NICE THIS YEAR
WAITING TO SEE IF THERE WILL BE
A MOVE COMING, BECAUSE HE'S BEEN
FRISKY SO FAR ON EVERY STAGE WE
HAD SO FAR ON PARIS-NICE
HE STARTS IN FOURTH PLACE IN THE
OVERALL STANDINGS, LOOKING FOR
FOUR SECONDS
DON'T FORGET, STILL A TEN-SECOND
TIME BONUS FOR THE FIRST RIDER
TO CROSS THE LINE.
>> GILBERT STRUGGLING MORE NOW,
BACK TO THE FRONT FOR TEAM SKY,
ANDREW TALANSKY NEAR THE FRONT
OF THE GROUP
AND NOW BACK TO OUR OVERALL
LEADER, JENS VOIGT
HE'S HANGING ON TO THAT LEAD OF
1:20 NOW WITH JUST OVER 11K LEFT
TO GO.
THAT'S ABOUT SEVEN MILES
PAUL, IS THERE ANY CHANCE IN
YOUR MIND THAT JENS STAYS THE
WAY.
>> THERE IS ONE MAN IN THE MAIN
FIELD THAT COULD PULL IT OFF AND
THAT IS JENS VOIGT
IT IS HARD TO TELL
HE'S GOT SUCH A PUNCHY STYLE ON
HIS MACHINE.
CAN'T READ WHETHER THE FATIGUE
IS THERE OR STILL HAS THE
FORECAST TO BE ABLE TO KEEP UP
THE FRONT END OF THE RACE.
BUT 11.2 KILOMETERS TO GO, 1:10,
I DON'T THINK IT IS POSSIBLE FOR
JENS VOIGT
>> AND ONE OF THE RIDERS FROM
THE BREAK WEIGHAWAY DROPPING OU
BACK AS THE LEAD FOR VOIGT AT
THE FRONT COMES DOWN CLOSE TO A
MINUTE
>> ONE RIDER GOING BACK THERE,
GILBERT, ANOTHER RIDER BEING
ELIMINATED FROM THE GROUP.
ANOTHER RIDER FROM BMC GOING
BACK AS WELL
THE TWO AMERICANS, ANDREW
TALANSKY THE OVERALL LEADER AND
THE RIDER WHO IS HOPING TO
CHALLENGE HIM, TEJAY VAN
GARDEREN, THEY WILL BE ISOLATED
WITHOUT TEAMMATES.
>> WHAT ATTACKS DO YOU FOLLOW?
YOU CAN ONLY COVER SO MANY MOVES
AND WHEN YOU'RE ISOLATED, YOU
DON'T HAVE TEAMMATES TO HELP
CHASE THOSE BREAKS DOWN.
>> CONSTANTINE WAS ONE OF THE
RIDERS LAST YEAR EXPECTED TO GO
THROUGH THE WHOLE OF THE TOUR de
FRANCE WITH WIGGINS.
HE CRASHED OUT
HE DID ALL THE TRAINING, ALL THE
HARD WORK IN THE CANARY ISLANDS,
TO GET HIMSELF PART OF THE
CLIMBING TEAM OF TEAM SKY.
LOOKING COMFORTABLE, RICHIE
PORTE.
>> AND ANDREW TALANSKY IN THE
YELLOW JERSEY IS CURRENTLY
SITTING IN FIFTH
AND IRONICALLY ENOUGH, TALANSKY
SAID COMING INTO THE STAGE HE
KNEW HE WOULD BE WITHOUT
TEAMMATES ON THE FINAL CLIMB
BUT HE SAID THAT ONCE YOU GET ON
THE LAST CLIMB, IT IS SIMPLE
THE HARD PART IS THE POSITIONING
GOING INTO THE CLIMB
HE SAYS ONCE HE'S ON THIS FINAL
CLIMB, THE STRESS GOES AWAY.
>> HE WILL START TO SEE IF THE
STRESS COMES BACK IF HE STARTS
TO GET ATTACKED.
MECHANICAL PROBLEM ON THE SLOPES
OF THE CLIMB
IF YOU LOOK BEHIND THE RACE
THERE, YOU SEE THERE IS ONLY TWO
CARS
HIS ACTUAL TEAM CAR, THE GARMIN
TEAM CAR HAS NOT BEEN ALLOWED TO
COME BY.
AND CONSTANTINE SITS UP, FORMER
WINNER OF THE TOUR GEORGIA BY
THE WAY, RICHIE PORTE THERE,
THERE IS TALANSKY IN THE YELLOW
JERSEY AND MOVING UP THERE AS
WELL, THE NEXT RIDER IS ANDREW
DRIFTCO.
SIX MILES OF RACING LEFT TO GO
JENS VOIGT OVER THE LAST
KILOMETER OR SO.
>> SO THEY'RE ALL GOING UP TO
THE RACE'S FIRST SUMMIT FINISH
AND FIRST TIME FINISHING ON TOP
OF THE MOUNTAIN, IN THE LAST
THREE YEARS.
NOW ALBERTO WAS THE LAST MAN TO
WIN IN 2009.
IT IS THE HIGHEST POINT,
PARIS-NICE HAS EVER RACED UP TO
IN ITS 71 YEARS.
AND VOIGT HOLDING ON HIS LEAD
EXACTLY ONE MINUTE, WITH JUST
OVER SIX MILES OF RACING LEFT TO
GO
TEAM SKY THREE RIDERS AT THE
FRONT OF THE PELOTON, RIDING FOR
RICHIE PORTE, JUST SEVEN SECONDS
OFF THE RACE LEAD.
AND OUR COVERAGE OF PARIS-NICE
ON THE NBC SPORTS NETWORK
BROUGHT TO YOU BY --
>>> STAGE FIVE TO THE RACE TO
THE SUN.
SIXTH DAY OF RACING AND THE
FIRST OF THE FINAL THREE
THIS IS THE QUEEN STAGE, THE
TOUGHEST MOUNTAIN SO FAR IN THIS
YEAR'S RACE, GOING UP TO THE
SEVENTH FINISH OF THE MONTAGNE
DE LURE.
BACK FURTHER DOWN THE ROAD,
THOMAS VOLCKLE DROPPED FROM THE
MAIN FIELD.
>> THAT'S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE
LIGHTS GO OUT.
YOU GOT NO POWER LEFT AT ALL IN
THE ENGINE ROOM.
AND THOMAS VOLCKLE WAS CRACKING
AND PULLING HIMSELF BACK
>> THESE ARE THE OVERALL
STANDINGS COMING IN TO TODAY'S
STAGE NUMBER FIVE, TALANSKY BY
JUST A FEW SECONDS, OVER
CHAVANEL
TEJAY VAN GARDEREN, 16 SECONDS
OFF THE PACE
23 RIDERS WITHIN A MINUTE.
AND THIS IS BECOMING A VERY
SELECT BATTLE.
ON THE GENERAL CLASSIFICATION,
WITH ALL OF THE MAJOR PLAYERS
NEAR THE FRONT OF THIS MAIN
FIELD.
>> SOME OF THEM, BACK OF THE
MAIN FIELD, REMAINS AT 191, THE
ESTONIAN LEADER, JUST A LITTLE
BIT IN FRONT OF HIM IS JIRI IN
THE RED AND WHITE JERSEY FOR
TEAM KATUSHA
BUT DOING A PHENOMENAL JOB
HE'S A RIDER WHO WAS HANDPICKED
BY BRADLEY WIGGINS TO HELP HIM
WIN THE TOUR de FRANCE LAST
YEAR
HE CRASHED OUT BUT HE KNOWS HOW
TO RIDE THE MOUNTAIN AND SET THE
TEMPO.
>> THEY GOT IT DIALED DOWN TO AN
INCREDIBLE RECIPE.
>> JENS VOIGT TAKES A GLANCE AT
THE CHALKBOARD AND SEE HIS LEAD
HAS COME DOWN TO 40 SECONDS NOW.
THEY'RE INTO THE STRETCH OF THE
CLIMB WHERE THE ROAD DOES BECOME
A LITTLE MORE GENTLE IN TERMS OF
THE SLOPE.
IT WAS STEEP AT THE BEGINNING.
SOFTENS UP A BIT THROUGH THIS
MIDDLE SECTION
AND IN THE FINAL FOUR
KILOMETERS, KICKS BACK UP ONCE
AGAIN.
IT BECOMES MUCH STEEPER.
THERE MIGHT BE SOME
OPPORTUNITIES IN THE MIDDLE
SECTION FOR RIDERS TO ATTACK
WE HAVEN'T SEEN IT YET.
>> THIS IS RAND, THE STAFF OF
THE FUTURE
SEE THE DIFFERENT COLOR BANDS
AROUND HISCOLLAR THERE,
NATIONAL CHAMPION OF ESTONIA
THIS IS DANNY MENCHOV, IN THE
BACK END OF THE GROUP,
STRUGGLING TO STAY IN CONTACT
BECAUSE OF THE PRESSURE.
IN RESERVE IS DAVID LOPEZ AND
BEHIND HIM, RICHIE PORTE, USING
HIS TEAM TO ASSASSINATE
EVERYBODY ON THE MOUNTAIN
STAGES
>> AND RICHIE PORTE, FORMER
LEADER OF THE GROUP DE ITALIA.
THE BEST YOUNG RIDER AT THE END
OF THE RACE.
AND SAID COMING INTO THIS YEAR'S
PARIS-NICE, HE WAS NERVOUS
BECAUSE HE WAS TAKING OVER THE
TEAM LEADERSHIP RESPONSIBILITY
FROM BRADLEY WIGGINS WHO WON IT
LAST YEAR, ELECTED TO SKIP THE
RACE THIS YEAR
BIG SHOES TO FILL WHEN YOU'RE
TRYING TO STEP IN FOR THE
REIGNING TOUR de FRANCE AND
OLYMPIC TIME TRIAL CHAMPION.
>> RICHIE PORTE IN THIRD
POSITION THERE, COMING TO THE
RIGHT, A GRAND TOUR RIDER.
THERE IS ANDRES OF TEAM RADIO
SHACK, ALL WAITING
THEY KNOW TODAY IS A BIG
SHOWDOWN
THEY'RE WONDERING WHO IS GOING
TO MAKE THE MOVE
I'LL TELL YOU ONE THING, THE
TRAIN THAT THEY'RE LYING DOWN ON
THE LINE FOR RICHIE PORTE AT THE
MOMENT MAKES IT VERY DIFFICULT
FOR ANYBODY TO ATTACK WHAT THIS
TEAM IS DOING THERE.
HE'S ASPHYXIATING ALL THE OTHER
RIDERS, TRYING TO PREVENT THEM
FROM ATTACKING
LOOK AT TALANSKY, LOOKS NICE AND
CALM
DOESN'T HAVE ANY TEAMMATES
AROUND HIM TO BE GIVING HIM THE
BOOST OF HIS MORALE.
IF ANYTHING GOES WRONG, I'VE GOT
SOMEBODY ALONGSIDE ME.
JUST BEHIND HIM YOU SEE THE
RIDER IN THE DARK BLUE JERSEY
NOW.
HE'S A GOOD BET TO WIN THE
STAGE.
A VERY SLIGHTLY BUILT CLIMBER
FROM COLOMBIA.
>> AND DIEGO ELISE, THEY HAVE
BEEN RIDING AT THE FRONT EARLIER
FOR HIM.
THEY ALSO HAVE SCARPONI, A
FORMER CHAMPION.
SEVERAL OPTIONS ON A MOUNTAIN
STAGE LIKE TODAY
>> TEJAY VAN GARDEREN HAS A
TEAMMATE ALONGSIDE HIM
THAT'S GOOD FOR HIM.
THE TEAM CAR HAS MOVED IN BEHIND
THE RED CAR OF THE RACE REFEREE.
SO I THINK THE RIDERS WHO HAVE A
MECHANICAL PROBLEM ON THE RUN UP
WILL HAVE THEIR OWN TEAM CAR
RIGHT BEHIND THEM TO GET A VERY
QUICK WHEEL CHANGE
THE RIDER IN THE PALE BLUE
JERSEY, THEY'RE POPPING OUT WITH
THE WHITE HELMET, THAT'S PETER
VELLES
HE'S IN THE SAME TIME WITH HIS
OWN TEAMMATE, SYLVAIN CHAVANEL
20 SECONDS LEFT FOR JENS VOIGT
ON THE FRONT PART OF THE GROUP
18 MILES AN HOUR, THAT'S ABOUT
150 METERS.
>> THE MAIN FIELD THERE IN THE
DISTANCE, JENS VOIGT CAN SEE
THEM NOW
SO IT LOOK LIKE HE'LL BE CAUGHT
MOMENTARILY AND IF THAT DOES IN
FACT HAPPEN PRETTY SHORTLY HERE,
PAUL WHAT DO YOU EXPECT AFTER
THE CATCH?
YOU EXPECT CONNER TO ATTACK
RIGHT AWAY
>> NOT REALLY.
YOU SEE THE TEMPO BEING DISHED
OUT BY TEAM SKY.
IT IS TO PREVENT ANY ATTACK,
SURPRISE ATTACK COMING
IF THERE ARE ANY ATTACKS, I
DON'T THINK IT WILL COME UNTIL
AROUND 4 OR 5 KILOMETERS TO GO
THAT'S WHEN IT STARTS TO STICK
UP TO THE REAL GRITTY PART AT 7,
7.5% GRADE
THAT'S WHEN WE MIGHT SEE THE
GRADE COMING FROM QUINTANA IN
FIFTH OR SIXTH POSITION.
>> YOU HAVE TO REMEMBER, THIS IS
WHERE FATIGUE CAN START TO SET
IN
WE'RE IN THE SIXTH DAY OF
RACING
THEY HAVE GONE OVER FIVE CLIMBS
HERE TODAY
THIS IS THE SIXTH OF THE DAY
IT IS THE TALLEST, THE STEEPEST,
THE LONGEST CLIMB THAT THEY HAVE
DONE SO FAR IN THE RACE.
>> ALSO BEAR IN MIND YOU GOT TO
DOSE YOUR EFFORT OVER THE FULL
EIGHT DAYS OF RACING
NOT JUST WINNING THE STAGE
TODAY.
IT IS GOING ON TOMORROW AND
INDIVIDUAL TIME TRIAL FOR THE
SUMMIT
AT 2009 WHEN THE RACE CAME UP
HERE, ALBERTO GOT HIMSELF A
VICTORY, A HUGE ADVANTAGE,
ALMOST A MINUTE ADVANTAGE OVER
EVERYBODY ELSE AND THE NEXT DAY,
DON'T DISCOUNT TOMORROW'S STAGE
WHEN YOU GO THROUGH THE ROADS OF
PROVENCE, HEAVY ROADS.
HE FORGOT TO DO ONE THING, HE
FORGOT TO EAT, HE HIT THE WALL
HE LOST A COUPLE OF MINUTES.
>> AND PARIS-NICE.
HUNTING DOWN JENS VOIGT, 7.5 K
TO GO.
JUST OVER FOUR MILES
AND THE ROADS STILL WET, IT
APPEARS, FROM THE EARLIER RAIN
BUT STARTING TO DRY OUT.
AS THEY WORK THEIR WAY UP THE
OVER 5,000 FEET IN ELEVATION
>> TALANSKY IS RIDING SENSIBLY
KNOWS HE DOESN'T HAVE ANY
TEAMMATES TO HELP HIM.
RIDING RIGHT ON THE WHEEL OF
RICHIE PORTE
PROBABLY THINKS RICHIE PORTE IS
THE MOST DANGEROUS RIDERS.
KEEP A CLOSE EYE ON TEJAY VAN
GARDEREN
IN THE MIX, A LITTLE MOVE
COMING
AND THAT IS THE EUROPCAR RIDER,
MANACARNE.
HE'S 58 SECONDS DOWN AND IN 23rd
POSITION
HE WAS AS HIGH AS THIRD BEFORE
HE HAD TROUBLE ON THE CLIMB
YESTERDAY.
>> THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN
YOUR JOB IS DONE FOR THE DAY
THIS IS CONSTANTINE, HE'S DONE
THE PACE-MAKING, ALL HE'S GOT DO
IS SURVIVE, HE'LL RIDE AT HIS
OWN TEMPO.
YOU WILL HAVE NOTICED, NO PANIC
ON BOARD THE SKY EXPRESS
JUST LIT HIM OUT THERE AND
THEY'RE GOING TO SLOWLY REEL HIM
IN
>> STEADY GRIND AND HE'S NOT
GOING ANYWHERE
THEY'RE ABOUT TO BRING HIM BACK.
SO SKY DOING THE WORK AT THE
FRONT.
THE YELLOW JERSEY OF OVERALL
LEADER ANDREW TALANSKY, THIRD
WHEEL RIGHT NOW HEADING UP TO
>>> SATURDAY AT 7:30 EASTERN,
TWO OF MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER'S
GOAL KEEPERS WILL BE ON DISPLAY.
SHAWN JOHNSON AND THE NEW
ENGLAND REVOLUTION, SATURDAY AT
7:30 EASTERN ON THE NBC SPORTS
NETWORK.
>>> MICKEY SORENSEN DROPS OFF
THE BACK AS THIS REDUCED MAIN
FIELD OF GC GOING PAST THE 5 K
TO GO BANNER JUST A MOMENT AGO
JUST OVER THREE MILES TO FINISH.
WE HAVE AN ACCELERATION OFF THE
FRONT.
THIS IS CHRISTOPHE.
>> LOOK AT TEAM SCOTT, NO PANIC.
WANT TO HAVE A GO.
WE'LL LEAVE YOU OUT THERE TO
STEW FOR FIVE OR TEN MINUTES
BECAUSE THEY HAVE THEIR PLAN
THEY RIDE CONTROLLED WATTAGE
THEY HAVE DONE IT BEFORE
THEY HAVE DONE IT THROUGH THE
WHOLE OF LAST SEASON AND THEY
KNOW NOT TO PANIC BECAUSE THEY
KNOW AN ACCELERATION LIKE THIS,
IT PUTS YOUR WATTAGE UP, PUTS
YOUR HEART RATE UP
I'VE GOT A GAP OF 15 METERS BUT
I'M NOT GOING ANYWHERE.
>> THE UNIVERSAL SIGN YOU
REALIZE YOU'RE NOT GOING TO GO
ANYWHERE AND YOU'LL EVENTUALLY
BE CAUGHT AND MAYBE THE WASN'T
THE SMARTEST MOVE TO BEGIN WITH.
>> ANDREW TALANSKY IN THIRD
POSITION.S RIDING BETTER
THAN 2009, COULD BE A THREAT
ALSO IN THE PINK JERSEY IS THAT
YOUNGSTER I HAVE A GREAT DEAL OF
TIME FOR THIS YEAR, ELISE.
>> SCARPONI IN THE PINK AND
BLUE
MOVES AHEAD OF SKY AND TRYING TO
GET ON THE WHEEL OF CHRISTOPHE
>> SCARPONI STRAIGHT UP TO
CHRISTOPHE, RIGHT BY HIM AT THE
MOMENT
YOU CAN SEE NOW DAVID LOPEZ
DOING THE WORK, SITTING THERE,
TURNING THE NOTCHES UP A
FRACTION BEHIND HIM IS RICHIE
PORTE.
BEHIND HIM IS TALANSKY AND THEN
CHAVANEL, A VERY SERIOUS
CANDIDATE TO TAKE THIS BIKE
RACE
201, BASSO, THINKING ABOUT THE
MONTH OF MAY
HE'S SLIPPING OFF THE GROUP OF
FAVORITES.
NUMBER 34, SLIPPING BACK, THAT'S
KELDERMAN, THE BEST YOUNG RIDER
EARLIER ON AND THE MAN HOPING TO
END THIS AFTERNOON, THIS IS
ROBERT HESSE, ALSO IN A SPOT OF
BOTHER.
>> 26 POSITION, A MINUTE BACK.
HE'S LOST TIME ON THE CLIMB.
HIS MAJOR SEASON GOAL IS THE
EURO DE ITALIA IN MAY.
HE'S GOING TO TRY TO HOLD THIS
GAP BUT NOW IS WHERE THE ROAD
STARTS TO GET STEEPER, FROM
HERE, THE REST OF THE WAY, IT
WILL HIT UP TO 7%.
SO IT WILL BE TOUGH TO MAINTAIN
THIS PACE.
>> WELL, THEY NEED TO PAY
ATTENTION TO THIS MAN, FOURTH
OVERALL LAST YEAR, AND ONLY
LOOKING FOR 18 SECONDS
BUT LOOK AT THE DAMAGE THAT HAS
BEEN DONE BY THE ACCELERATORS
NOW.
NUMBER 191, HE'S GOING TO SLIP
DOWN THE OVERALL STANDINGS THIS
AFTERNOON BECAUSE HE CANNOT --
THAT'S THE INTERNATIONAL SIGN,
HE HAS GONE -- HE'S DONE FOR THE
DAY.
>> RICHIE BJORK STILL WITH A
TEAMMATE, FOLLOWED BY ANDREW
TALANSKY IN THE YELLOW JERSEY.
CHAVANEL IN THE LIGHT BLUE AND
WHITE.
AT THE VERY START OF THE RACE,
RIGHT NOW, SCARPONI.
>> THE FRONT END, THE HEAD OF
THE RACE
NUMBER 51 THERE SLIPPING
BACKWARDS, MADE MAXINE, HAD A
DIFFICULT OPENING DAY BECAUSE HE
CRASHED IN THE OPENING DAY, JUST
IN FRONT OF HIM, 203, DEMACKEY
THE HAMMER IS STARTING TO COME
DOWN ON PARIS -NICE.
>> TWO MILES TO GO TO THE SUMMIT
FINISH
OVER 5200 FEET IN ELEVATION IN
SOUTHEASTERN FRANCE.
SCARPONI HAS JUST A COUPLE OF
SECONDS OVER THE FIELD
TEAM SKY LEADING THE WAY
OVERALL LEADER ANDREW TALANSKY,
NEAR THE FRONT
WE'LL HAVE THE FINISH OF STAGE
FIVE UP NEXT
>>> MICHELE SCARPONI A LEADER BY
A FEW SECONDS ON THE FINAL CLIMB
TODAY.
HERE COME THE LEADER ANDREW
TALANSKY OF THE OVERALL RACE IN
THE YELLOW JERSEY, MAKING A MOVE
AROUND TEAM SCOTT.
>> IF YOU DON'T HAVE TEAMMATES
ALONGSIDE YOU, THAT'S THE BEST
THING TO DO.
THE BEST FORWARD DEFENSE IS
ATTACK
THE YELLOW JERSEY NOW IS TAKING
THE RACE BY THE NECK AND TRYING
TO WRING ALL THE LIFE OUT OF IT.
RICHIE PORTE COMES ACROSS IN THE
BLACK JERSEY OF TEAM SKY
SCARPONI HAS FRIENDS WITH HIM.
COMING ACROSS, THE CLAM
COLOMBIAN CLIMBER, KIANTANO.
>> A MILE AND A HALF OF RACING
GRISTCO STARTING IN SECOND
PLACE, THREE SECONDS BEHIND
TALANSKY
HE'S HURTING
>> LET'S HAVE A LOOK AT WHAT IS
HAPPENING NOW.
THIS SAY MOVE, A LITTLE BIT OF A
DODGY MOVE THERE
RICHIE PORTE JUST TRYING TO DO
SOMETHING.
VAN GARDEREN IN THE WHITE
JERSEY, ALL STARTING TO RECOVER.
THAT WAS THE FIRST ATTACK.
AS SOON AS THE ATTACK HAPPENED,
IT SLOWED BACK AND ALLOWED SOME
OF THE DROP RIDERS TO
RECUPERATE.
>> NUMBER 154 DROPPED BY THAT
GROUP, TRYING TO REEL THEM BACK
IN
SECOND PLACE ON THE GENERAL
CLASSIFICATION
>> THIS COULD BE NICHOLAS ROACH
MAKING THE MOVE NOW.
THERE IS THE YELLOW JERSEY
TALANSKY NOW HAS GOT TO BE VERY
ATTENTIVE.
HE'S GOT TO COME ACROSS ALL THE
TIME, COVER ALL OF THESE MOVES
>> THE IRISHMAN, NICHOLAS ROACH,
WHOSE GODFATHER HAS WON
PARIS-NICE MORE THAN ANYBODY
ELSE, SEVEN YEARS IN A ROW
ROACH AT THE FRONT
GRISTCO BACK HERE.
NOW IT IS TALANSKY BACK TO THE
FRONT, ONCE AGAIN, ON THE
ATTACK, UNDER 2K TO GO.
>> HE WAS NOT AFRAID OF THIS
CLIMB HERE THIS AFTERNOON.
HIS TEAM MANAGER TIPPED HIM FOR
THE VICTORY.
THE COLOMBIAN IN SECOND PLACE.
RICHIE PORTE RESPONDS AND PULLS
HIM BACK UP TO MAKE IT THREE
NOW FOUR
SCARPONI HAS ALSO RECOVERED.
>> WITHOUT TEAMMATES, IS THIS
TOO AGGRESSIVE FOR ANDREW
TALANSKY TOO SOON?
>> ONLY THING TO DO, 1.7
KILOMETERS TO GO, YOU GOT TO
TAKE THE BULL BY THE HORNS,
FIGHT, YOU GOT TO PROVE YOU ARE
THE MAN WHO IS GOING TO WIN
PARIS-NICE IN A COUPLE OF DAYS
TIME
ANDRE WILL SLIP AWAY FROM THE
SECOND PLACE IN THE OVERALL
STANDINGS.
WATCH OUT FOR THE MOVE FROM THE
RIDER IN THE DARK BLUE JERSEY.
HE'S PHENOMENAL.
HE WON THE TOUR TWO YEARS AGO.
THAT'S AN INDICATOR HE'S GOING
TO BE A GREAT PROFESSIONAL BIKE
RIDER.
>> RICHIE PORTE IN THE BLUE
HELMET THERE LOOKING TO SEE IF
HE SEES ANY SIGNS FROM TALANSKY.
IN THE WHITE JERSEY, FURTHER
BACK, THAT'S TEJAY VAN GARDEREN.
>> NEXT GROUP DOWN THE ROAD.
TWO VERY HIGHLY PLACED RIDERS ON
THE GENERAL CLASSIFICATION
INSIDE THE TOP FIVE.
THEY ARE LOSING TIME
THE RIDERS AT THE FRONT.
>> DAVID LOPEZ HAS DONE HIS JOB
FOR THE DAY.
NO GAS LEFT IN THE TANK.
THIS IS DANNY MENCHOV.
HE WILL BE LOOKING TO TRY AND
GET HIMSELF A STATE VICTORY AND
MOVE UP HIGHER
IF THEY HESITATE AT THE MOMENT
LIKE THIS, THIS IS A MAN WHO HAS
A MAGNIFICENT PEDIGREE BEHIND
HIM.
IF THEY LET HIM GO, HE'LL OPEN
UP A GAP AND WILL BE DIFFICULT
TO PULL BACK
1.8 KILOMETERS TO GO
JUST OUTSIDE OF A MILE.
>> DAVID MENCHOV BEHIND ANDREW
TALANSKY'S LEAD.
THREE-TIME GRAND TOUR WINNER
HE'S WON TWO
>> SLIPPING TO THE BACK OF THE
GROUP, CHAVANEL, IN DIFFICULTY
NOW.
THIS IS THE BEST I'VE SEEN HIM
CLIMB FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS.
BIG YEAR TURNING OVER, GOOD
RHYTHM LOOKING ON SUPPLE ON HIS
MACHINE.
HE REALIZES HE'S GOT TO PULL
BACK A HUGE AMOUNT OF TIME
TALANSKY GOES AGAIN, THIRD BIG
SURGE FROM THE AMERICAN ANDREW
TALANSKY
RICHIE PORTE NOW BEHIND HIM IN
SECOND PLACE
>> I'LL TELL YOU WHAT, HE'S GOT
COURAGE HERE AS AGAIN ANOTHER
RIDER SLIPPING AWAY.
DAVID LOPEZ BACK INTO THE GROUP.
HE WANTS TO STAY WITH RICHIE
PORTE FOR AS LONG AS POSSIBLE.
BUT IT IS DIFFICULT TO STAY
THERE WHEN YOU GOT THE VIOLENT
ACCELERATIONS AND THEY'RE COMING
FROM A 24-YEAR-OLD AND THAT IS
ANDREW TALANSKY.
>> AND THEY ARE CLOSING IN ON
THE LEADER, WITH A KILOMETER AND
A HALF LEFT TO GO.
THERE ARE SOME SWEEPING TURNS IN
THE FINAL 1.5 K.
NOW RICHIE PORTE TO THE FRONT.
HIS TEAMMATES DID ALL THE WORK
EARLY.
NOW PORTE OPENING UP A GAP ON
TALANSKY AND THE OTHERS.
>> IT IS PUTTING A LOT OF
PRESSURE ON TALANSKY
PORTE IS GOING FOR IT NOW.
TALANSKY WON'T ARE ANY FRIENDS
IN THAT GROUP.
HE'S THE OVERALL LEADER, HE
STARTS THE DAY WITH A
THREE-SECOND ADVANTAGE, AND NOW
ALL OF A SUDDEN RICHIE PORTE
CAUGHT MENCHOV
A ROUND ABOUT.
LOOK AT THE WAY HE'S GONE
AROUND
HE REALLY WANTS THIS THIS
AFTERNOON.
HE KNOWS THIS IS THE CLIMB WHERE
YOU CAN FORM THE FOUNDATION OF A
VICTORY.
THE GAP IS OPENING VERY, VERY
SMARTLY.
YOU CAN SEE THE YELLOW JERSEY
THERE COMING AROUND THAT CORNER.
RICHIE PORTE, A GREAT PEDIGREE,
SEVENTH OVERALL, WHO IS THE NEXT
MAN TO MOVE?
>> TALANSKY LOOKING AROUND
HE'S RIGHT NEXT TO HIS FELLOW
AMERICAN TEJAY VAN GARDEREN.
THEY'RE NOT MATCHING THE
ACCELERATION OF RICHIE PORTE, A
MARGIN AT THE FRONT WITH A
KILOMETER TO GO.
TALANSKY IS AT THE FRONT OF THIS
VERY SMALL GROUP
AND RIGHT NOW RICHIE PORTE MAY
BE RIDING AWAY AND INTO THE
YELLOW JERSEY.
BECAUSE THERE IS A TIME BONUS OF
TEN SECONDS FOR FIRST MAN ACROSS
THE LINE AS HE HITS THE RED
KITE, MEANING ONE K LEFT.
>> ONE KILOMETER TO GO
ON A FLAT STAGE THAT WOULD TAKE
YOU AROUND ABOUT 60 SECONDS.
HERE IT IS GOING TO TAKE RICHIE
PORTE ABOUT 2:30
NOW HELP COMING TO ANDREW
TALANSKY FROM TEJAY VAN
GARDEREN
DIFFICULT THING TO DO WHEN
YOU'RE ISOLATED LIKE THIS.
LOOKED TO ME LIKE TALANSKY WAS
IN COMPLETE CONTROL.
BUT HE'S NOW LOST A LITTLE BIT
OF IMPETUS
NOBODY TO HELP HIM EXCEPT HIS
COMPATRIOT
THIS IS THE YOUNGSTER, THESE ARE
THE GUYS WE'LL BE TALKING ABOUT
FOR THE NEXT TEN YEARS
TEJAY VAN GARDEREN AND ANDREW
TALANSKY.
>> BOTH CAME TO PARIS-NICE THIS
YEAR WITH THE INTENTIONS OF
TRYING TO WIN.
IT MAY BE GOING BY THE BOARDS
WITH THIS RIDE OF RICHIE PORTE
OUT FRONT.
LOOKING FOR THE TIME BONUS, THE
STAGE WIN, AND THE YELLOW
JERSEY
>> BEAR IN MIND, THE TWO RIDERS
YOU'RE LOOKING AT ON THE FRONT
IN FIRST AND SECOND POSITION,
THEY'RE JUST 24 YEARS OF AGE
RICHIE PORTE IS 28 YEARS OF AGE.
HE'S RIDDEN A LOT OF GRAND
TOURS.
THE ACCELERATION COMES ONCE
AGAIN.
>> SEVEN WINS A YEAR AGO, HAS
ONE TOP TEN ALREADY THIS SEASON.
HE NOW ROTATES TO THE FRONT OF
THIS GROUP
RIGHT NOW RICHIE PORTE IS RIDING
WITH THE FASTEST TEMPO OF ANY OF
THE GC HOPEFULS.
HE'S OUT FRONT IN SIDE OF A
KILOMETER TO THE FINISH.
DAMAGE IS BEING DONE
>> NICHOLAS ROACH, 56.
ONE BY ONE THE GUYS ARE
DISAPPEARING
CHAVANEL LOOKED SO GOOD, BUT
HERE HE IS ALSO UNDER PRESSURE
ONCE WE CLIMB UP TO A BIT OF
ALTITUDE, THIS LOOKS TO ME LIKE
THE NEXT MOVE FROM THE YOUNGSTER
FROM TEAM LAMPRE
>> WANTS HELP FROM TALANSKY.
QUINTANA BEHIND HIM AND TEJAY
VAN GARDEREN
AND THE TEAMMATE ON THE RIGHT
SIDE OF THE ROAD, SCARPONI COMES
IN
TALANSKY BEHIND HIM.
HE MOVES UP TO THE FRONT OF THE
RACE WITH THE LEADER RICHIE
PORTE.
>> THOSE ACCELERATIONS AND
DESELL RATIONS, THEY PLAY IN THE
HANDS OF RICHIE PORTE.
EVERY TIME THEY ACCELERATE THEY
LOSE TIME WHEN THEY SLOW DOWN TO
SEE WHO IS THE NEXT PERSON TO
MOVE
>> ASSUMING THE TEAM LEADERSHIP
ROLE, BRADLEY WIGGINS, VACATED
FOR THIS YEAR, PORTE NERVOUS
ABOUT STEPPING INTO THE SHOES
COMING INTO THIS YEAR'S RACE
BUT THIS IS HIS DEFINING MOMENT.
HE'LL PULL INTO HIS FIRST STAGE
WIN OF THE 2013 SEASON
NOW DOES HE PULL ON THE YELLOW
JERSEY AS WELL
>> ABSOLUTELY.
HE STARTED THE DAY ONLY SEVEN
SECONDS BEHIND ANDREW TALANSKY
HE'S GOT HIMSELF A TEN-SECOND
TIME BONUS
HE WILL BE IN THE LEAD
THE QUESTION IS BY HOW MUCH?
THIS IS GOING TO BE SECONDS LATE
NOW.
HE WILL BE SURPRISED THE SPEED
THAT RICHIE PORTE WENT BY.
MORE IMPORTANT, OVER THE NEXT
COUPLE OF SECONDS, A LOOK AT THE
TIME GAP
25 SECONDS THERE FOR DANNY
HERE IS THE YELLOW JERSEY.
>> ANDREW TALANSKY THIRD, A
FOUR-SECOND TIME BONUS
NOT ENOUGH TO HOLD THE YELLOW
JERSEY
IT IS OFFICIAL
RICHIE PORTE IS THE NEW OVERALL
LEADER OF PARIS-NICE WITH TWO
STAGES LEFT TO GO.
>> JUST LOOK AT THE DAMAGE, LOOK
AT HIS FACE AS HE DRAGS HIMSELF
UP TO THE CLIMB, UNDER HIS
CLOTHES.
>> A CLIMB STAGE AND SUMMIT
FINISH, AFTER SEVEN CLIMBS THE
DAY BEFORE
AND RICHIE PORTE, THE
28-YEAR-OLD TASMANIAN, AFTER HIS
TEAM HAD DONE SO MUCH WORK ON
THE EARLY CLIMBS, SET HIM UP
PERFECTLY TO BE FRESH TO ATTACK
THAT MAN ANDREW TALANSKY WHO HE
HIMSELF SURGED THREE TIMES ON
THE FINAL CLIMB.
TALANSKY LOSES THE LEAD AFTER
TWO DAYS IN THE YELLOW JERSEY.
>> YOU HAVE TO ASK YOURSELF HOW
WOULD ANDREW TALANSKY HAVE FARED
IF HE HAD TEAMMATES ALONG SIDE
HIM AS RICHIE PORTE DID OVER THE
LAST 14 KILOMETERS OF THIS
CLIMB.
THAT COULD BE THE DIFFERENCE
BETWEEN WINNING AND LOSING
PARIS-NICE THIS YEAR
>> THE 24-YEAR-OLD AMERICAN MADE
HIS WORLD TOUR DEBUT IN THIS
RACE TWO YEARS AGO, HIS BIGGEST
EARLY SEASON TARGET AND LOSES
THE LEAD AFTER BACK-TO-BACK DAYS
IN THE YELLOW JERSEY
MORE RIDERS NOW COMING ACROSS.
BUT TALANSKY WILL NOW SLIDE DOWN
AND GIVE WAY TO RICHIE PORTE AT
THE TOP OF THE STANDINGS.
>> PUT HIM QUICKLY AT AROUND
ABOUT 43 SECONDS ADRIFT.
THAT'S THE BIG MARGIN TO TRY TO
PULL BACK WHEN YOU WANT TO PULL
YOURSELF BACK INTO THE OVERALL
WAY.
STILL THE BEST YOUNG RIDER IN
THIS COMPETITION
>> SO RICHIE PORTE GETS THE WIN
BY 26 SECONDS OVER THE RUSSIAN
TALANSKY, 33 SECONDS BACK AND
HIS FELLOW AMERICAN TEJAY VAN
GARDEREN BEHIND HIM ON THE SAME
TIME
SCARPONI ROUNDING OUT THE TOP
TEN.
FIRST SUMMIT FINISH OF THIS
YEAR'S RATE AND FOR ANDREW
TALANSKY, THE ONE THAT COST HIM
THE YELLOW JERSEY.
WE WILL SEE THE PODIUM
PRESENTATION AND TALK TO THE NEW
OVERALL LEADER, RICHIE P
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>>> AND NOW OUR COMPETITIVE
CYCLIST RIDE OF THE DAY.
FOR STAGE NUMBER FIVE, RICHIE
PORTE, ATTACKING LATE, AND
PULLING AWAY TO HIS FIRST
VICTORY OF THE SEASON.
THEN ALSO NETS HIM THE OVERALL
RACE LEAD.
AND THE 28-YEAR-OLD FROM
TASMANIA STEPPING ON TO THE
PODIUM, HAD ONLY TWO WINS LAST
YEAR, SO HE'S HALFWAY TO THAT
MARK ALREADY THIS SEASON WITH A
HUGE VICTORY ON THE SIXTH DAY OF
THE RACE TO THE SUN.
>> LAST SEASON WAS VERY MUCH
DEDICATED TO BRADLEY WIGGINS,
PART OF THAT TRAIN THAT SET UP
MANY OF THE VICTORIES FOR
BRADLEY WIGGINS.
OVERALL STANDINGS, THE GAP NOW
STARTING TO APPEAR.
>> THESE ARE THE BIGGEST GAPS WE
HAVE SEEN AT THE TOP OF THE
LEADERBOARD SINCE THE RACE
BEGAN.
TALANSKY AND THE TAIL END OF THE
TOP TEN, RIDERS JUST INSIDE OF
ONE MINUTE BACK OF THE NEW
LEADER, RICHIE PORTE
AND THE AMERICAN, WELL DOWN IN
THE STANDINGS AT THIS POINT.
ALEX AL INSIDE AN HOUR BACK.
RICHIE SPORT STPORTE STARTED CYT
AGE OF 21 AND TOOK IT UP IN
EARNEST ABOUT SEVEN YEARS AGO.
NOW ASSUMING A LEADERSHIP ROLE
AT PARIS-NICE, IN PLACE OF BRAD
WIGGINS, THE DEFENDING CHAMPION,
ELECTING NOT TO RACE THIS YEAR,
HOWEVER.
RICHIE PORTE FILLING THE SHOES
ADMIRABLY AS HE WINS STAGE FIVE.
>> IT IS NOT OVER UNTIL THE FAT
LADY SINGS, BUT I WATCHED THE
STAGE LAST NIGHT AND HOW ALBERTO
DID IT
I THOUGHT IT IS A LONG WAY TO
GO
BUT IT WAS A HARD RIDE INTO THE
CLIMB FOR ME
IT WAS LIKE CLOCK WORK, REALLY
>> A BIT LIKE BEING SET UP FOR
BRADLEY ON THE TOUR LAST YEAR
>> YES
IT IS KIND OF LIKE THAT DRIVE,
BUT YOU STILL HAVE TO HAVE THE
TEAM TO DO IT, STILL HAVE TO
HAVE THE LEGS TO FINISH IT OFF
BUT I THINK LOPEZ AND ALSO
CONSTANTINE ARE PERFECT.
FULL CREDIT.
>> YOU HAVE THAT ON YOUR
SHOULDERS.
YOU'LL BE WEARING IT TOMORROW.
I SUPPOSE IT MEANS A LOT TO BE
THE YELLOW JERSEY.
>> TO ME IT IS GREAT
I HAVEN'T ENJOYED IT
THREE WEEKS AGO, GOING OUT THE
BACK EVERY DAY
SO TO COME HERE AND LEAD, EVEN
IF I DON'T WIN THE RACE, IT IS
REALLY JUST NICE TO WIN A STAGE
AND NICE TO GET A VICTORY FOR
THIS YEAR.
>> RICHIE PORTE, OUR FIFTH
DIFFERENT LEADER AT PARIS-NICE
AND ANDREW TALANSKY, THE BEST
YOUNG RIDER AT THIS YEAR'S RACE.
HE'S GOT TWO MORE DAYS TO GO
AND HOW ABOUT HIS CHANCES OF
RECOVERING THAT LOST TIME?
>> BACK TO 2009, RICHIE PORTE
INDICATED IT
THE FOLLOWING DAY HE CRUMBLED ON
THE ROADS DOWN TO NICE
>> SO COMING UP TOMORROW, IT
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