F1 Roundup

JENSON BUTTON WEBSITE HACKED

A story has appeared on Jenson Button’s website claiming that he was involved in a car accident. However, users on social networking site Twitter spotted several flaws in these statements.

1) The first paragraph claimed that he was in a critical condition, when the second half contradicted itself stating McLaren were contacting the FIA to see if he could race. Surely if he was critical, the question would be a no brainer.

2) No announcement on McLaren website, or any legitimate news source. You would think this would be of paramount importance if such an incident existed.

3) The picture “supplied” is in fact one found on a google search if you type in “Mercedes SLS crash”. The origin of the picture is a Top Gear article, written in 2010. Also, the picture was taken in Russia.

SKY SNATCHES F1 FROM BBC

It has been widely speculated for a while that due to a freezing in the licence fee, that BBC would be looking to axing its Formula One coverage. However in an unprecedented move, News Corp owned sattelite broadcaster Sky have taken the majority of the rights starting in 2012. Outrage has been widely reported from analysts and supporters, many of which cite the reason of affordability of Sky Sports as a hurdle. BBC retain the rights to ten live races and “extensive highlights” of qualifying and races they do not cover. However, McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh has since claimed that Bernie Ecclestone told him the BBC’s extensive highlights would in fact be deferred full race replays.

AND WHO WILL SKY USE AS THEIR TEAM?…

Speculation has already started into the identities of Sky’s potential presentation team for 2012. Familiar Sky Sports News presenters such as Georgie Thompson and ex- Blue Peter presenter Simon Thomas have been speculated, and the name of Tamara Ecclestone has also done the rounds. One thing I feel worth noting is if anyone from BBC would move, I would highly predict it would be Martin Brundle- though his tweets on Twitter suggest he is at present unsure to what his plans are for 2012.

I can’t see Jake Humphrey moving- he will more than likely be redeployed as a main presenter for BBC’s Olympic coverage. Also don’t rule out BBC and Sky sharing presentation teams to save the BBC money.

AND FINALLY…

Yet another Fake F1 takeover has taken place. It was once again a great success. Many thanks to all the Fake’s that took part.

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Spare a thought for HRT…

Their car isn’t great and they are spending the season scrapping with Virgins. I can only presume it can disrupt normal mind processes at times…

 

HRT Truck

Was the truck driven by Karthikeyan?

Tour de France 18 – 21

So there it is,  this year’s edition and the 98th Tour de France is over.  It’s been a fascinating Tour this year,  with the coverted Yellow Jersey being won, and richly deserved by Australian Cadel Evans,  in a time of 86h 12’22”,  1’34” and 2’30” ahead respectively of brothers Andy and Frank Schleck,  who them themselves had excellent rides.   The Green Jersey went to Britain’s Mark Cavendish.
I hope you have enjoyed following the Tour de France here, as much as I have, putting it together.

Here then, is the final result of the 2011 Tour de France.

2011 Tour de France winner, Cadel Evans.

1 EVANS Cadel 141 BMC RACING TEAM  AUS  86h 12’22” 
2 SCHLECK Andy 11 TEAM LEOPARD-TREK  LUX  86h 13’56” +01’34”
3 SCHLECK Frank 18 TEAM LEOPARD-TREK  LUX  86h 14’52” +02’30”
4 VOECKLER Thomas 181 TEAM EUROPCAR  FRA  86h 15’42” +03’20”
5 CONTADOR Alberto 1 SAXO BANK SUNGARD  ESP  86h 16’19” +03’57”
6 SANCHEZ Samuel 21 EUSKALTEL – EUSKADI  ESP  86h 17’17” +04’55”
7 CUNEGO Damiano 161 LAMPRE – ISD  ITA  86h 18’27” +06’05”
8 BASSO Ivan 91 LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE  ITA  86h  19’45” +07’23”
9 DANIELSON Tom 52 TEAM GARMIN – CERVELO  USA  86h 20’37” +08’15”
10 PERAUD Jean-Christophe 108 AG2R LA MONDIALE  FRA 86h 22’33” +10’11”

Green Jersey (Points) winner, Mark Cavendish

Green Jersey: CAVENDISH Mark 171 HTC – HIGHROAD  GBR  334 points
Polka Dot Jersey: SANCHEZ Samuel EUSKALTEL – EUSKADI  ESP  108points
White Jersey: ROLLAND Pierre  FRA  86h 23’05”
Team Competition: TEAM GARMIN – CERVELO  258h 18’49” 

Stage 18:

In one of the most exciting stages ever in the history of the Tour de France, a brilliant solo ride saw Andy Schleck take victory at Galibier, although he missed out on claiming the yellow jersey by just 15 seconds

Stage 18 results:

1. Andy Schleck (Team Leopard-Trek) 6:07:56
2. Frank Schleck (Team Leopard-Trek) + 02:07
3. Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team) + 02:15
4. Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale) + 02:18
5. Thomas Voeckler (Team Europcar) + 02:21
6. Pierre Rolland (Team Europcar) + 02:27
7. Damiano Cunego (lamprey – ISD) + 02:33
8. Rei Taaramae (Cofidis Le Credit en Ligne) + 03:22
9. Tom Danielson (Team Garmin-Cervelo) + 03:25
10. Ryder Hesjedal (Team Garmin-Cervelo) + 03:31

Stage 19:

France finally has its first stage win in this Tour, after a phenomenal ride from Pierre Rolland, saw him first over the finish at Alpe d’Huez.  He climbed the 21 hairpin turns of Alpe d’Huez brilliantly, winning by just 14 seconds from Samuel Sanchez.  This also allowed him to claim the white young riders’ jersey.

Stage 19 result:

1. Pierre Rolland (Europcar)  3h 13’25”
2. Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel)  + 00’14”
3. Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank-Sungard)  + 00’23”
4. Peter Velits (HTC – Highroad)  + 00’57”
5. Cadel Evans (BMC Racing)  + 00’57”
6. Thomas de Gendt (Vacansoleil)  + 00’57”
7. Damiano Cunego (Lampre)  + 00’57”
8. Frank Schleck (Leopard Trek)  + 00’57”
9. Andy Schleck (Leopard Trek)  + 00’57”
10. Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin – Cervelo)  + 01’15”

Stage 20:

Cadel Evans,  who has been consistent throughout the whole Tour, chose just the right day to make his mark in the General Classification, winning the individual time trial to easily overcome the 57-second deficit he had to make up on Andy Schleck.

Stage 20 Result:

1. MARTIN Tony 175 HTC – HIGHROAD 55’33”  
2. EVANS Cadel 141 BMC RACING TEAM 55’40” + 00’07”
3. CONTADOR Alberto 1 SAXO BANK SUNGARD 56’39” + 01’06”
4. DE GENDT Thomas 203 VACANSOLEIL-DCM 57’02” + 01’29”
5. PORTE Richie 5 SAXO BANK SUNGARD 57’03” + 01’30”
6. PERAUD Jean-Christophe 108 AG2R LA MONDIALE 57’06” + 01’33”
7. SANCHEZ Samuel 21 EUSKALTEL – EUSKADI 57’10” + 01’37”
8. CANCELLARA Fabian 12 TEAM LEOPARD-TREK 57’15” + 01’42”
9. VELITS Peter 179 HTC – HIGHROAD 57’36” + 02’03”
10. TAARAMAE Rein 151 COFIDIS LE CREDIT EN LIGNE 57’36” +02’03”

Stage 21:

Mark Cavendish won this final stage of this year’s race, his 20th of his Tour career,  to become the first ever British winner of the green jersey, while Cadel Evans secured his first ever Tour de France win with a trouble-free ride into Paris.

Stage 21:
(In a mass finish on the Champs-Élysées,  151 riders came in together, here are the top 10 places)

1. CAVENDISH Mark 171 HTC – HIGHROAD  2h 27’02”  
2. HAGEN Edvald Boasson 114  SKY PROCYCLING  2h 27’02” +00’00”
3. GREIPEL André 33 OMEGA PHARMA – LOTTO  2h 27’02” +00’00”
4. FARRAR Tyler 54 TEAM GARMIN – CERVELO  2h 27’02” +00’00”
5. CANCELLARA Fabian 12 TEAM LEOPARD-TREK  2h 27’02” +00’00”
6. OSS Daniel 95 LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE 2h 27’02” +00’00”
7. BOZIC Borut 202 VACANSOLEIL-DCM  2h 27’02” +00’00”
8. VAITKUS Tomas 68 PRO TEAM ASTANA  2h 27’02” +00’00”
9. CIOLEK Gerald 123 QUICK STEP CYCLING TEAM  2h 27’02” +00’00”
10. ENGOULVENT Jimmy 214 SAUR-SOJASUN  2h 27’02” +00’00”

Tour de France: Stages 16 & 17

 
As we move into the final four days of this year’s Tour de France, here is the General Classification following Stage 17 (Wednesday 20th): 

Thomas Voeckler

1 VOECKLER Thomas 181 TEAM EUROPCAR   FRA  73h 23’49”
2 EVANS Cadel 141 BMC RACING TEAM   AUS  73h 25’07” + 01’18”
3 SCHLECK Frank 18 TEAM LEOPARD-TREK   LUX  73h 25’11” + 01’22”
4 SCHLECK Andy 11 TEAM LEOPARD-TREK   LUX  73h 26’25” + 02’36”
5 SANCHEZ Samuel 21 EUSKALTEL – EUSKADI   ESP  73h 26’48” + 02’59”
6 CONTADOR Alberto 1 SAXO BANK SUNGARD   ESP  73h 27’04” + 03’15”
7 CUNEGO Damiano 161 LAMPRE – ISD   ITA 73h 27’23” + 03’34”
8 BASSO Ivan 91 LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE   ITA  73h 27’38” + 03’49”
9 DANIELSON Tom 52 TEAM GARMIN – CERVELO   USA  73h29′ 53″ + 06’04”
10 URAN Rigoberto 118 SKY PROCYCLING   COL  73h 31’25” + 07’36”
Green Jersey:  CAVENDISH Mark 171 HTC – HIGHROAD   GBR  320 pts
Polka Dot Jersey: VANENDERT Jelle OMEGA PHARMA – LOTTO   BEL  74 pts
White Jersey:  URAN Rigoberto  COL  73h 31’25”
Team Competition: TEAM GARMIN – CERVELO   219h 41’46”

Stage 16

It was a one-two for Norway, as Thor Hushovd won his second stage win ahead of fellow Norwegian Edvald Boasson Hagen.
Hushovd formed part of a breakaway group of 16 riders which led the stage from about 87 kilometres right up to the finish line.
Further back, Cadel Evans and Alberto Contador bit deeply into Thomas Voeckler’s lead in the general classification at the expense of yellow jersey rivals Andy and Frank Schleck.  Thomas Voeckler held on to the yellow jersey, despite at one point in the stage losing control on a corner and ending up in someone’s back garden.

Stage 16 result:

1. Thor Hushovd (Garmin-Cervelo)  3h 31’38”
2. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Sky) + 00’00”
3. Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Cervelo)  + 00’02”
4. Tony Martin (HTC-Highroad)  + 00’38”
5. Mikhail Ignatyev (Katusha)  + 00’52”
6. Alan Perez Lezaun (Euskaltel-Euskadi)   + 01’25”
7. Jeremy Roy (FDJ) + 01′ 25″
8. Marco Marcato (Vacansoleil)   + 01’55”
9. Dries Devenyns (Quick Step)   + 01’55”
10. Andriy Grivko (Astana)  + 01’58”

Stage 17

Edvald Boasson Hagen won his second stage win in Italy  The talented Norwegian attacked on the final climb and navigated the difficult descent into Pinerolo

Stage 17 result:

1  Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Sky) 4h 18min 00s
2. Bauke Mollema (Rabobank) + 00’40”
3. Sandy Casar (FDJ) + 00’50”
4. Julien El Fares (Cofidis) + 00’50”
5. Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step) + 00’50”
6. Dmitriy Fofonov (Astana) + 01’10”
7. Maciej Paterski (Liquigas) + 01’10”
8. Dmitriy Muravyev (RadioShack) + 01’10”
9. Jonathan Hivert (Saur-Sojasun) + 01’15”
10. Borut Bozic (Vacansoleil) + 02’20”

Rob Moore’s Motorworld: Shaun Hollamby Interview

So…there wasn’t much motorsport this weekend and as such, the next Motorworld podcast fix is next week, after the German GP.

But, we didn’t want to leave you with nothing, so here is the Shaun Hollamby interview we had after the Croft round. Please note since then- Martin Byford has been recruited to become AMD Milltek’s new driver.

Tour de France: Stages 13 – 15

The General Classification, following Stage 15 (Sunday 17th) is as follows:

1 VOECKLER Thomas 181 TEAM EUROPCAR   FRA  65h 24’34” +00’00”

2 SCHLECK Frank 18 TEAM LEOPARD-TREK   LUX  65h 26’23” +01’49”

3 EVANS Cadel 141 BMC RACING TEAM   AUS  65h 26’40” +02’06”

4 SCHLECK Andy 11 TEAM LEOPARD-TREK   LUX  65h 26’49” +02’15”

5 BASSO Ivan 91 LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE   ITA  65h 27’50” +03’16”

6 SANCHEZ Samuel 21 EUSKALTEL – EUSKADI  ESP  65h 28’18” +03’44”

7 CONTADOR Alberto 1 SAXO BANK SUNGARD   ESP  65h 28′ 34″ + 04′ 00″

8 CUNEGO Damiano 161 LAMPRE – ISD   ITA  65h 28’35” +04’01”

9 DANIELSON Tom 52 TEAM GARMIN – CERVELO  USA 65h 30’20” +05’46”

10 DE WEERT Kevin 124 QUICK STEP CYCLING TEAM   BEL  65h 30’52” +06’18”

Green Jersey: CAVENDISH Mark 171 HTC – HIGHROAD  GBR   264 points

Polka Dot Jersey: VANENDERT Jelle OMEGA PHARMA – LOTTO  BEL  34 points

White Jersey: URAN Rigoberto  COL  55h 57’52”

Team Competition: TEAM GARMIN – CERVELO  166h 54’52”

Stage 13

Previous yellow jersey wearer, Thor Hushovd chased down Jeremy Roy in the final 2 kilometres to win this stage 28-year-old Jeremy Roy, the Francaise des Jeux rider,  dominated most of this 158 kilometre stage fromPautoLourdes, emerging from a breakaway just prior to 48 kilometres. He held his lead over the hors categorie climb upCold’Aubisque. Following that, he was pursued by fellow Frenchman David Moncoutie (Cofidis) and Garmin’s Hushovd. He finally finished the stage trailing in third place,  but did brilliantly well, winning a lot of plaudits along the way.

Stage 13 result:

1.    Thor Hushovd    (Garmin-Cervelo)    3h 47′ 36″

2.    David Moncoutie    (Cofidis)    + 00′ 10″

3.    Jeremy Roy    (FDJ)    + 00′ 26″

4.    Lars Bak     (HTC – Highroad)    + 05′ 00″

5.    Jerome Pineau    (Quick Step)    + 05′ 02″

6.    Edvald Boasson Hagen    (Team Sky)    + 05′ 03″

7.    Vladimir Gusev    (Katusha)    + 05′ 08″

8.    Alessandro Petacchi    (Lampre)    + 05′ 16″

9.    Maarten Tjallingii    (Rabobank)    + 05′ 16″

10.  Philippe Gilbert    (Omega Pharma)    + 06′ 48

Stage 14

While Thomas Voeckler battled it out with the Schleck brothers, Cadel Evans, Alberto Contador and Ivan Basso,Belgium’s Jelle Vanendert became the surprise winner of the stage. France are still looking for their first stage win. They’ve not had to wait this long since 1999!  Who has been my rider of the Tour so far?  It has to be Cadel Evans.  He’s been consistent, and presently lies 3rd, only 2’06” off the leader.

Stage 14 result:

1. Jelle Vanendert (Omega Pharma – Lotto)  5h 13′ 25″

2. Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel – Euskadi)  +00’21”

3. Andy Schleck (Team Leopard-Trek)  +00’46”

4. Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team)  +00’48”

5. Rigoberto Uran (Sky Procycling)  +00’48”

6. Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank Sungard)  +00:48″

7. Thomas Voeckler (Team Europcar)  +00:48″

8. Frank Schleck (Team Leopard-Trek)  +00:48″

9. Jean-Christophe Peraud (AG2R La Mondiale  +00:48″

10. Pierre Rolland (Team Europcar) +00:48″

Stage 15:

Mark Cavendish winning Stage 15

Mark Cavendish won the 19th stage of his Tour de France career and extended his lead the green jersey competition  He took the stage in the sprint finish after being lead to the front by Mark Renshaw with 300 metres to go after another perfect set-up by his HTC-Highroad team-mates.  He beat Tyler Farrar into second by half a bike-length and Alessandro Petacchi was third.

Stage 15 result:

1. Mark Cavendish (HTC – Highroad)4:20:24

2. Tyler Farrar (Team Garmin – Cervelo) +00:00

3. Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre – ISD) +00:00

4. Daniel Oss (Liquigas-Cannondale) +00:00

5. Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar Team) +00:00

6. Ben Swift (Team Sky) +00:00

7. Gerald Ciolek (Quick Step Cycling Team) +00:00

8. Tony Gallopin (Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne) +00:00

9. Francisco Ventoso (Movistar Team) +00:00

10. Sébastien Hinault (AG2R La Mondiale) +00:00

Tour de France: Stage 12

Here is the General Classification following Stage 12 (Thursday 14th (Bastille Day))

1  VOECKLER Thomas  181  TEAM EUROPCAR  FRA  51h 54′ 44″   + 00′ 00″
2  SCHLECK Frank  18   TEAM LEOPARD-TREK  LUX 51h 56′ 33″  + 01′ 49″
3  EVANS Cadel 141  BMC RACING TEAM  AUS  51h 56′ 50″  + 02′ 06″
4  SCHLECK Andy 11 TEAM LEOPARD-TREK  LUX  51h 57′ 01″  + 02′ 17″
5  BASSO Ivan  91  LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE  ITA  51h 58′ 00″  + 03′ 16″
6  CUNEGO Damiano 161 LAMPRE – ISD  ITA  51h 58′ 06″  + 03′ 22″
7  CONTADOR Alberto  1  SAXO BANK SUNGARD   ESP  51h 58′ 44″  + 04′ 00″
8  SANCHEZ Samuel  21  EUSKALTEL – EUSKADI  ESP  51h 58′ 55″ + 04′ 11″
9  DANIELSON Tom  52  TEAM GARMIN – CERVELO  USA  51h 59′ 19″  + 04′ 35″
10  ROCHE Nicolas  101  AG2R LA MONDIALE   IRL   51h 59′ 41″  + 04′ 57″

Jersey:  CAVENDISH Mark  171   HTC – HIGHROAD   GBR  260 point

Polka Dot Jersey: SANCHEZ Samuel   EUSKALTEL – EUSKADI   ESP  40 points

White Jersey: JEANNESSON Arnold   FRA   52h 00’34”

Team Competition: TEAM LEOPARD-TREK  155h 09’18”

Stage 12:

Samuel Sanchez of Spain won an exciting first day in the Pyrenees on this, Bastille Day.  Frenchman Thomas Voeckler was only 50 seconds behind the stage winner and retained the yellow jersey for another day.  The improving Alberto Contador, winner of last year’s  finished 6th,  43 seconds behind Sanchez,  and now lies 7th in the General Classification.

Stage 12 result:

1. Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) 6h 01′ 15″

Samuel Sanchez wins Stage 12 in the Pyrenees

2. Jelle Vanendert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) +00’07”
3. Frank Schleck (Leopard Trek) +00’10”
4. Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale +00’30”
5. Cadel Evans (BMC Racing) +00’30”
6. Andy Schleck (Leopard Trek) +00’30”
7. Damiano Cunego (Lampre-ISD) +00’35”
8. Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank Sungard) +00’43”
9. Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) +00’50”
10. Pierre Rolland (Europcar) +00’50”