Tour de France '07 Stage 18: Cahors - Angouleme

Update: Casar wins inspite of dog crash

NOTE: today's sleepy stage finished slowly enough that I wasn't able to see the exciting conclusion.

Another dog-collision day in this strange Tour. This time the collision occurred in the breakaway. Laurent Lefevre (Bouygues Telecom), Axel Merckx (T-Mobile), Michael Boogerd (Rabobank), Frederick Willem (Liquigas) and Sandy Casar (FD Jeux) had rode away from the peloton, which was content to let them have their day. The dog suddenly cut across the path of Casar, sending him down and sweeping the wheels out from Willem as well. Casar was able to get back with the break, but Willem's chance was shot.

With eleven minutes on the field with 12k to go, I imagine they will succeed.

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CyclingNews Stage 18 Preview: Friday's next to last en-ligne stage of the Tour de France may offer another opportunity for attacking riders to take their leave, or perhaps the sprinters' teams may not be too tired to chase down any escapees. Stage 18 heads northwest towards Paris, from gastronomic capital Cahors in the Quercy region, across the Dordogne region to finish in the market town of Angoulême, capital of the Charente region. The first third of the stage has a few climbs, but the final 140 kilometres are flat and wide open to the finish.

Prediction: Boonen

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