Monday, July 7, 2008

'08 TdF STAGE 3: A BREAKAWAY GETS AWAY WITH IT
American Wil Frischkorn takes a 208-kilometer risk that pays off

American Wil Frischkorn (on left in photo) didn't win the stage; he placed second. The Tour de France rookie didn't win a jersey; one of his breakaway compatriots, Frenchman Romain Feillu got two--the Yellow Jersey as new race leader and White Jersey as best-place rider age 25 or younger. And Frischkorn won't get the attention; another Frenchman, Samuel Dumoulin, won Stage 3 and all of France is gaga over their triumphant duo tonight. But it was Frischkorn that took the risk to lead a breakaway from the very start of a long 208-kilometer stage. He worked with Dumoulin, Feillu and an Italian rider to out-wit and and out-pedal the peloton in a rare breakaway that gets away with it. Read my comments and summary at The Tour de France for the Rest of Us.