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Tour de France: stage 13 - as it happened



General classification after 12 stages



1. Cadel Evans Cadel Evans (born 14 February 1977, in Katherine, Northern Territory) is an Australian professional cyclist. Evans finished second in the 2007 Tour de France. Prior to turning to road cycling in 2001, Evans was a champion mountain biker, riding for the Volvo-Cannondale MTB team,  (Silence-Lotto) 50hr 23min 05sec2. Frank Schleck (CSC Saxo Bank This article or section needs sources or references that appear in reliable, third-party publications. Alone, primary sources and sources affiliated with the subject of this article are not sufficient for an accurate encyclopedia article. ) +01sec3. Christian Vandevelde (Garmin Chipotle chi·pot·le  
n.
A ripe jalapeño pepper that has been dried and smoked for use in cooking.



[American Spanish, from Nahuatl xipotli.]

Noun 1. ) +38sec4. Bernhard Kohl Bernhard Kohl (born 4 January, 1982 in Wolkersdorf, Lower Austria) is an Austrian professional road bicycle racer and recognized climbing specialist. In 2006, he rode on the UCI ProTour for the T-Mobile Team, but for 2007 he has signed for Gerolsteiner.  (Gerolsteiner) +46sec5. Denis Menchov Denis Nikolayevich Menchov (Russian: Денис Николаевич Меньшов  (Rabobank) +57sec6. Carlos Sastre Carlos Sastre Candil (born 22 April 1975 in Madrid) is a Spanish professional road bicycle racer. Through his consistently improved top 10 results in the Vuelta a España and good showings in the Tour de France, Sastre has established himself as a strong and stable climbing  (CSC Saxo Bank) +1min 28sec7. Kim Kirchen Kim Kirchen (born July 3 1978 in Luxembourg City) is a Luxembourgish cyclist. Kirchen signed as a pro cyclist in 2000 with De Nardi-Pasta Montegrappa, and later with Fassa Bortolo (from 2001).  (Team Columbia) +1min 56sec8. Vladimir Efimkin Vladimir Alexandrovich Efimkin (born December 2 1981 in Kuibishev; Russian: Владимир Александрович  (AG2R Mondiale) +2min 32sec9. Mikel Astarloza Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (born November 17, 1979 in Gipuzkoa, Basque Country) is a Spanish professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTour team Euskaltel-Euskadi.  (Euskaltel-Euskadi) +03min 51sec10. Vincenzo Nibali Vincenzo Nibali (born November 14, 1984 in Messine) is an Italian professional road bicycle racer who rides for Liquigas cycling team on the UCI ProTour. His first major win came at the 2006 GP Ouest-France.  (Liquigas) +04min 18sec47. David Millar David Millar (born January 4, 1977 in Malta) is a Scottish road racing cyclist, currently racing for UCI ProTeam Saunier Duval-Prodir as a time-trial specialist.[1] In 2008 he will be riding for Team Slipstream, and will become a part-owner.  (Garmin Chipotle) +35min 22sec147. Mark Cavendish Mark Cavendish is a cyclist from the Isle of Man (born 21 May 1985). Originally a track cyclist competing in the Madison, points race, and scratch race, he moved on to become a professional road racing cyclist in 2007.  (Team Columbia) +1hr 52min 04sec



Stage 13

Today's stage starts in the south-western town of Narbonne, seven times a host town of the tour and located 15km from the Mediterranean. Built by decree from Rome in 118 BC as a trading post trading post

See post.
 along the newly constructed Via Dolmitia, the town grew to become the capital of the Roman province of Narbonensis and one of the most important cities in southern Gaul.

Following the departure of the Romans, it became the capital of the Visigoths when they moved in during the sixth century. However, a series of disasters during the Middle Ages took their toll: dykes burst, the port silted up and the plague hit. Things only really improved during the mid-1800s when the railway arrived and the wine industry began to have success.

The local economy is based squarely on the wine industry and makes the most of the renowned nearby vineyards of Corbières.

To see the website I brazenly plagiarised Adj. 1. plagiarised - copied and passed off as your own; "used plagiarized data in his thesis"; "a work dotted with plagiarized phrases"
plagiaristic, plagiarized
 all that information from, complete with spectacular photographs of Narbonne, click here.

Stage 13 finishes in Nîmes, another picturesque Roman town that's over 2,000 years old, built on the edge of the alluvial plain Noun 1. alluvial plain - a flat resulting from repeated deposits of alluvial material by running water
alluvial flat

flat - a level tract of land; "the salt flats of Utah"
 of the Vistrenque River, the home of denim and has a crocodile chained to a palm tree on its coat of arms coat of arms: see blazonry and heraldry.


coat of arms
 or shield of arms

Heraldic device dating to the 12th century in Europe. It was originally a cloth tunic worn over or in place of armour to establish identity in battle. . What's not to like? To see a picture of a crocodile chained to a palm tree and other nice Nîmes visuals, click here.

To virtually ride the route yourself, why not have a go on this fantastic Google Streetmap gizmo. For our route map and interactive guide to the Tour, plus all the news, features and comment on this year's Tour, you could do worse than pay a visit to our special report.



The stage so far

All the cyclists seem to have dismounted their bicycles, donned arresting trousers and bobble-hats and gone for a round of golf. Actually, no. That's the Open, I'm watching, because Scott Murray's currently doing live coverage of that from my television. When my goons have bounced him out of the office, I'll be in a better position to let you know what's going on Verb 1. know what's going on - be well-informed
be on the ball, be with it, know the score, know what's what

know - know how to do or perform something; "She knows how to knit"; "Does your husband know how to cook?"
. What it being a Friday afternoon and one of the busiest days we've ever had on guardian.co.uk/sport, you can while away the remaining hours between now and pub-time by flicking between the cycling, our coverage of the second Test between England and South Africa at Headingley and the Open, which - in the absence of Tiger Woods Editing of this page by unregistered or newly registered users is currently disabled.  - is currently being led by Greg Norman Noun 1. Greg Norman - Australian golfer (born in 1955)
Gregory John Norman, Norman
, who is aged 96 and prepared for this year's Open by briefly interrupting his honeymoon with Chris Evert Noun 1. Chris Evert - United States tennis player who won women's singles titles in the United States and at Wimbledon (born in 1954)
Chrissie Evert, Christine Marie Evert, Evert
 to smash a bucket of balls on the practice range. So much for the Ian Poulters and Sergio Garcia's of this world making hay while the world No1 recuperates, eh?



The stage so far - take 2

With 124km to go, Niki Terpstra (Milram) and Florent Brard (Cofidis) have opened a gap of 7min 22sec on the peloton

For the supercomputing project at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, see Peloton (super computer).


The peloton (from French, literally meaning ball and related to the English word platoon), field, bunch or . According to Eurosport commenator David Harmon, there's been no more news about failed drug tests in the Saunier Duval team that pulled out yesterday when it was announced that their leader, Riccardo Ricco, had tested positive. However, my spies in Europe tell me there may be more depressing news on that very subject to come later this afternoon. Let's wait and see.



1.50pm: While rummaging around our archives earlier in search of something completely different, I stumbled across this Small Talk interview my colleague Paul Doyle conducted with Irish cycling legend and Eurosport co-commentator Sean Kelly. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Irish sports, the 'camogie' he speaks of is hurling for women. Chicks with sticks, if you will.



1.55pm: Neither of the two escapees are within an ass's roar of race leader Cadel Evans in the general classification. Niki Terpstra began the stage in 125th position, 1hr 40min 19sec behind the Australian, while Florent Brard is 146th overall, 1hr 51min 21sec off the pace.



2pm: The Columbia and FDJ FDJ Francaise des Jeux (French Games - Tour de France cycling sponsor)
FDJ Freie Deutsche Jugend (East German communist youth organization)
FDJ Full Devil Jacket (band) 
 teams are setting the pace at the head of the peloton, obviously with a view to keeping the breakaway duo in check with a view to teeing up a sprint finish for Mark Cavandish and Sebastian Chavenal to contest. Cavendish was 2-1 favourite to win this stage this morning.



2.05pm: "A very clean set of sprockets there ... the mechanics have done a good job," says David Harmon, before Sean Kelly explains what a tough gig said mechanics have, staying up half the night getting bicycles and spares ready for the next day's racing. Many of them have HGV HGV (in Britain, formerly) heavy goods vehicle

HGV (Brit) n abbr (Hist) (= heavy goods vehicle) → Lkw m 
 licenses double up as coach drivers and do stints driving the team bus as well, he explains.



Results of the first climb: the Cote de la Resclauze

1. Florent Brard (COF) 3pts2. Niki Terpstra (MRM MRM Marketing Resource Management
MRM Mobile Resource Management
MRM Metabolic Response Modifiers
MRM Multiple Reaction Monitoring (mass spectrometry)
MRM Mormonism Research Ministry
MRM Mechanically Recovered Meat
) 2pts3. Sebastian Lang (GST GST
abbr.
Greenwich sidereal time


GST (in Australia, New Zealand, and Canada) Goods and Services Tax ) 1pt

Sebastian Lang, currently in possession of the polka-dot jersey, sprinted clear of the peloton to take third place.



2.10pm: With the sun beating down and the gap between the peloton and the escapees down to 6min 33sec, Niki Terpstra takes a draft from his bidon and gets stuck into a bar of chocolate. Mmm ... chocolate.



2.15pm: A deluge of empty bidons hits the ditch just before the riders pass through the feeding station. Here's what happens next: a Team Columbia rider slings his musette (bag of goodies) around his neck, then sets about emptying the contents - chocolate, a sandwich or two, energy gels, some brioche, two bidons etc - into his shirt-pocket and bottle-holders. Last item out is a can of Coca-Cola, which he hands to somebody else - he's obviously seen what Coke does to 2p coins when you leave them in it overnight. He then carefully crumples the musette with his right hand, puts it between his teeth, removes it from his mouth with his left hand and carefully throws it to the side of the road, making sure it doesn't get tangled up in his own or anyone else's spokes.



2.25pm: Not for the first time this week, I'm experiencing difficulties with my emails. While I'm getting lots of missives I have no interest in reading from work colleagues, none are arriving from the outside the world. Of course there's always the possibility that nobody is sending any, but it seems unlikely as I should at least be getting correspondence from the agents of African children who want trials with Chelsea, people who think I need to get my manhood enlarged and people who think I have enough money to buy a second-hand airplane or helicopter. When those lads blackball you, you know you've plumbed new depths of unpopularity.



2.30pm: On Eurosport, David Harmon and Sean Kelly are trying to come up with an explanation for Robbie McEwan's alarming slump in form this year. How does a very good cyclist suddenly turn into a very mediocre cyclist? Perhaps it's down to his advancing years, muses Kelly.



2.32pm: Here's the announcement I predicted earlier: Leonardo Piepoli, winner of Monday's 10th stage, has been sacked from the Saunier Duval team - along with Riccardo Ricco - for doping doping, in electronics: see semiconductor.




Altering the electrical conductivity of a semiconductor material, such as silicon, by chemically combining it with foreign elements.  practices. "[Team manager] Mauro Gianetti has lost faith in them and he decided to fire them from the team," said David Garcia, a spokesman for Saunier Duval. "Gianetti did a personal investigation and consequently lost faith in Ricco but also in Piepoli because of a violation of the team's ethics code. As a result, Mauro Gianetti immediately fired these two riders."



2.40pm: "Not sure if all your loyal fans are in the same boat but flipping between golf, cricket and cycling browser windows whilst hitting F5 and trying to respond to enough work emails to look like I'm actually doing something is the reason I haven't got time to mail you ... apart from this," writes Mark Crack.



2.42pm: I'm not sure Mark Crack has earned the right to describe himself as a loyal fan if he's seeing other minute-by-minute commentaries behind my back. I expect my loyal fans to be exclusive.



2.42pm: "I'll write to you Barry," declares Matt Vinden in what can only be described as a pity-mail. "I'm in Calgary following online (a recent immigrant from sunnny London). I don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)

"Don't know the trade." A Street expression used whenever one party lacks knowledge of a trade or receives conflicting instructions from the other party.
 why I do it. Each year I get very excited by Le Tour and year on year the smackheads make me more and more sceptical ... why do I keep coming back?"

Because it's like smack, maybe, and you can't resist its warm embrace? I'm not sure any of these riders are actual smack addicts - I don't think it would be feasible to maintain a crippling Renton-esque heroin addiction while simultaneously working as a professional cyclist at the highest level. Having said that, it's certainly not unusual for the peloton to "get strung out". But anyway, back to Matt's email ...

"Out of interest, do you (or more likely some of your more learned readers) know of any Canadians who have competed in Le Tour?" he asks. "There are some huge mountains here and each weekend, there's enough Lycra-clad amateurs up there to suggest there should be one or two good pros."

I don't know. Over to you learned readers ...



2.55pm: 77km to go and the gap between the etc and the y'know is down to 4min 29sec. This pair haven't a hope of staying clear of the ... y'know. Fourth stage win of the Tour for Mark Cavendish ahoy!?



3pm: The peloton rolls past a couple of fire engines that are dealing with four burnt-out cars on the side of the road. According to the Eurosport boys, at least one of them is from the official Tour caravan - the procession of vehicles that travels the route ahead of the riders, complete with pretty girls handing out free tat. Nobody seems to have a plausible explanation as to why the cars are burnt-out, but my theory is that it's the world's least subtle insurance fiddle, or else there must be some Irish cycling fans over from the Dublin suburb of Finglas.



3.05pm: "Please can you give a mention to team PumaBank, who are riding 200km from Hackney to Dunwich tomorrow night, starting at 8pm," asks Chris Fleming. "None of us have ever cycled more than about 20km before. We are banking on scoring some EPO EPO

see erythropoietin.


EPO Erythropoietin, see there  in Clapton on the way out." I don't think it's EPO you'll need, Chris. You might want to try scoring a car.



3.05pm: "How do you manage to post your 2.42 post at 2.39?" asks Aidan Mehigan. "Do you by any chance know the winner of the 3.15 at Utoxxeter?" I'm able to do it because I'm on EPO, Aidan. Unfortunately I don't have the result of the 3.15pm at Uttoxeter, but if anyone knows some or all of the winners at Wimbledon dog-track tonight, please send them in because that's where I'll be, drinking booze and losing money hand over fist.



3.10pm: The dance continues as we countdown to the inevitable sprint finish. The gap between Messrs Terpstra and Brard and the peloton is down to 3min 49sec.



3.15pm: "I'd have thought that a quicker way to get an answer about Canadian riders in the tour would be to use a little known resource called Google," writes Patrick Tully. "I did and it told me there is a Canadian taking part this year, Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin). There was another called Gord Fraser in 1997 too."



3.20pm: "Best Canadian I can remember is Steve Bauer - who rode in the late 80's early 90s finishing fourth in 1988, won a stage and wore yellow for five days," writes Russ Herbert. "He also wore yellow for nine days in 1990. I always remember him as a mental descender The part of lower case characters g, j, p, q and y that fall below the line. Sometimes these characters are displayed and printed with shortened descenders in order to fit into a smaller character cell, making them difficult to read. See typeface.  and also as a member of the Toshiba La Vie Claire La Vie Claire was a professional road bicycle racing team named after its chief sponsor, a chain of health food stores. It was created in 1984 by Bernard Tapie and directed by Paul Koechli.  team who had the best team jerseys ever."

Thanks for that, Russell, although I feel duty bound to inform you that the hideously politically correct politically correct Politically sensitive adjective Referring to language reflecting awareness and sensitivity to another person's physical, mental, cultural, or other disadvantages or deviations from a norm; a person is not mentally retarded, but  handbook that is the Guardian Style Guide frowns upon descriptions of anything or anyone as "mental", as the more pigstick nutty members of society might take exception to it. With that in mind, I think the phrase you're striving for is "very fast".



3.25pm: I'm off for what is known in the trade as a "comfort break", so have a read of this blog by Peter Walker while I'm gone. It's good stuff and the comment from the reader whose client's brother-in-law is the Saunier Duval team doctor is worth the price of admission (nothing) alone.



3.35pm: I've been back quitea while, but we've been having computer difficulties, so apologies for the delay. With 49km to go, the gap etc and so on is down to 2min 32sec. Terpstra and Brard are out on their own, pedaling away without a hope of staying clear of the peloton. What would Samuel Beckett made of it their futile struggle?



3.43pm: 3.40pm: "Do I get a point for knowing that Ryder Hesjedal was Canadian, even though I wasn't quick enough to reply?" asks Holly. "And I didn't have to Google it ... and I'm a girl." I'd love to give you bonus points for knowing things about sport while simultaneously being a girl, but I suspect the Guardian Style Guide also rails against that kind of carry-on as well. Before you'd know it I'd have a load of angry women wearing BBC BBC
 in full British Broadcasting Corp.

Publicly financed broadcasting system in Britain. A private company at its founding in 1922, it was replaced by a public corporation under royal charter in 1927.
 2 spectacles, sandals and dungarees dun·ga·ree  
n.
1. A sturdy, often blue denim fabric.

2. dungarees Trousers or overalls made of sturdy denim fabric.



[Hindi du  picketing my desk and the smell of lentils would make it difficult to type.



3.45pm: "Barry, 'mental' is definitely the word to describe Steve Bauer going downhill," writes Martin Wake. "To make himself more streamlined he used to steer by holding the handlebar extension (at about 50mph with a hairpin hairpin

a secondary structure that occurs in single-strand RNA during protein synthesis in which the strand turns back on itself. The structure is the result of base pairing and hydrogen bond formation.
 every few hundred metres)."



3.50pm: "I just watched yesterday's ITV (1) See interactive TV.

(2) (iTV) The code name for Apple's video media hub (see Apple TV).
4 post-match interview with The Cavenator and he seems to be predicting his race wins over the team radio nowadays," writes James Browne (no, not that one, but possibly the other one). "Is the picture quality good enough to lip read over at your end? You might get a heads up." There's no sign of him at the moment, James. I used to have The Cavenator's mobile number but deleted it shortly after interviewing him as I incorrectly assumed after interviewing him that he was some Manx no-mark who I'd never hear of again once he'd crashed out of last year's Tour. If I hadn't be so wrong I could ring him and ask if he's going to win today's stage.



3.52pm: "As one of the 7,000 or so amateurs who completed L'Etape du Tour this year - the amateur race along the full course of stage 10 of the Tour, from Pau to Hautacam - I'm delighted to learn of the exclusion of Piepoli, Ricco and Cobo from Saunier-Duval," writes Rob Mackey. "This means that my time on that stage (7hr 33min on the bike, 8hr 05min overall, given 30 minutes of fighting through crowds to get food and water at the feed stations) is now 25 seconds closer to that of the stage winner. Now only the remaining 160 professionals, and about 3,000 amateurs who rode the course faster than me, need to be caught doping for my victory in the stage to be officially recognised."

Rob Mackey



3.55pm: "I too was supposed to be going to Wimbledon dogs but am now defrosting a fridge instead," writes David Hodgson, who doesn't seem to realise that fridges tend to defrost de·frost  
v. de·frost·ed, de·frost·ing, de·frosts

v.tr.
1. To remove ice or frost from: defrosted the windshield.

2. To cause to thaw.

v.
 themselves once you've plugged them out. "I reckon a couple of bills on Zabel today. Cavendish is undoubtedly the fastest, but other teams must be wise to Columbia tactics in the last couple of kms by now - they had to work really hard to control things yesterday so I don't expect it to be straightforward for them today. McEwan might not get the support he needs if his team just protect Evans."



4pm: "I will also be taking part in the 200km Dunwich Dynamo tomorrow night," writes Doug Auld. "However, I won't be wearing my new Saunier Duval hat (recent birthday present from the missus mis·sus  
n.
Variant of missis.


missus or missis
Noun

1. Brit, Austral & NZ informal ) due to the unpopularity this now might entail. Good luck to everyone else taking part."That was an unfortunate choice of hat, Doug. Perhaps somebody could loan you a souvenir Fred West beanie bean·ie  
n.
A small brimless cap.



[Probably from bean, head.]

beanie
Noun

Brit, Austral & NZ close-fitting woollen hat

Noun
 or an old Nazi Stormtrooper helmet to wear instead.



4.05pm: Number of kilometres to go: 29.8. Gap between two leaders and peloton: 1min 09sec.



4.05pm: "I'm off to Nice tomorrow and driving up to Col d'Agnel to watch the climb up there on Sunday," writes Al McCulloch. "It's my first time watching le Tour live, can anyone suggest anything (apart from the devil) I should look out for?"



4.05pm: Since you have the Guardian Style Guide to hand, can you pass judgement on this teaser teaser

an animal used to sexually tease but not to impregnate the members of the opposite sex. Usually males and they may be surgically prepared to ensure that they cannot mate or are not fertile.
?" asks Robin Baker. "My flatmate's parents have just acquired a golden retriever golden retriever, breed of large sporting dog developed primarily in Scotland in the mid-19th cent. It stands about 23 in. (58.4 cm) high at the shoulder and weighs from 60 to 75 lb (27.2–34.1 kg).  puppy and after careful deliberation have chosen to name it 'Maddy'. Questioned on their decision, they don't seem to think that this might be construed as being 'in bad taste'. Does the Guardian Style Guide have a section dedicated to Taboo Breaking Pet Names, or do I need to email the Daily Mail?"

There's no chapter devoted to taboo-breaking pet names in our Style Guide, Robin, so you might have to email the Heil. I'm more concerned about the manner in which you described - or didn't describe - the manner in which your flatmate's parents "acquired" this dog. Did they breed it in a jar? Kidnap it? Did it fall off the back of a ladder? How did they "acquire" this dog?



4.10pm: Everyone on the guardian.co.uk/sport desk is agreed that Doug Auld should wear the Saunier Duval hat his missus bought him for the 200km Dunwich Dynamo, if only in an ironic way. "I have a T-Mobile shirt and I wouldn't think twice about wearing it," says Sean Ingle, who also has no qualms about spending the dirty money he won betting on Riccardo Ricco earlier in this tour.



4.15pm: "Al McCulloch should watch out for people on bikes," writes fridge-defroster David Hodgson. "With regard to my absence from WImbledon dogs, I should point out I have to watch the friedge and freezer dripping all over my imported Italian tiles (aka lino)."



4.17pm: Niki Terpstra attacks Florent Braard and leaves him in his dust. Cofidis rider Braard is joined by Stephane Auge and the two set off in pursuit of the stage-leader. With 14km to go, Testra is 59sec clear of the chasing duo and 1min 11sec clear of the peloton. Testra takes a final swig from his only remaining bidon and throws it away. No more liquid refreshment for him until the end of the stage.



4.21pm: The Cofidis riders Brard and Auge are reeled in by the peloton, which continues it's pursuit of Terpstra. They've got 48 seconds to make up.



4.25pm: "David Hodgson needs to remember the old adage, a watched fridge never defrosts," writes Roger Cook (could be that one). "He should put plenty of towels down on the floor and get off to Wimbledon. The dogs need him more!" Indeed they do, even if that old adage isn't true. A watched fridge does defrost, albeit very slowly. If you sit watching it, you end up getting impatient, attacking the ice with a knife, piercing the interior and destroying your fridge.



4.30pm: With 8.4km to go, Sylvain Chavenal attacks the peloton. Further back in the peloton, Gerolsteiner rider Sven Krauss takes a tumble at a road-sign on a roundabout in a crash so bad that his bike flies into the air and breaks in half. The sign gets bent over at an angle of 45 degrees. Remarkably, he gets straight to his feet and bounces around wincing and clutching one buttock but·tock
n.
1. Either of the two rounded prominences on the human torso that are posterior to the hips and formed by the gluteal muscles and underlying structures.

2. buttocks The rear pelvic area of the human body.
. Lucky boy. Meanwhile at the Open, Monty has just shot two consecutive double-bogies and is about to erupt. It's all happening here on guardian.co.uk/sport.



4.35pm: Chavenal and Terpstra have long been collared and teams Agritubal, Milram and Columbia are dragging the peloton along, doing the groundwork for their sprinters, Jimmy Casper, Erik Zabel and Mark Cavendish respectively.



4.40pm: The Cavenator is about four back with 500m to go. Zabel is also well-placed.



4.41pm: Mark Cavendish wins his fourth stage of this year's Tour! It didn't look good for him for a couple of seconds, but once again my Guardian colleague (yes, yes, glory by association) proves that nobody in the peloton can hold a candle to him over the last 150m of a stage. He won from Robbie McEwan by a bike-and-a-half. Roman Feillu was third.



4.50pm: Never mind the cycling, Caroline H has hatched a plan so fiendishly fiend·ish  
adj.
1. Of, relating to, or suggestive of a fiend; diabolical.

2. Extremely wicked or cruel.

3. Extremely bad, disagreeable, or difficult:
 cunning that it will enable David Hodgson to defrost his fridge and go to Wimbledon dogs. "Blast the freezer with a hairdryer," she says. "Twenty minutes, job done." Genius.



4.52pm: Of course there could be drawbacks to that plan. If David Hodgson is any kind of real man, he won't own a hairdryer. Then again, if David Hodgson was any kind of real man, he wouldn't be sacking off a night's roistering at a den of iniquity INIQUITY. Vice; contrary to equity; injustice.
     2. Where, in a doubtful matter, the judge is required to pronounce, it is his duty to decide in such a manner as is the least against equity.
 to attend to mundane and unnecessary household chores. I can only suggest that David borrows a hairdryer from the wife/girlfriend in the background who's obviously pulling his strings and has nagged him so much about defrosting the fridge that he's prepared to spend a Friday night (!) doing it.



Stage 13 result

1. Guardian columnist Mark Cavendish (GBR GBR Great Britain
GBR United Kingdom (ISO Country code)
GBR Great Barrier Reef
GBR Gesellschaft Bürgerlichen Rechts
GBR Global Broadband Roaming
GBR Ground-Based Radar
GBR Great Bear Rainforest
) COL2. Robbie McEwen (AUS AUS
abbr.
Army of the United States
) SIL See safety integrity level.



1. SIL - "SIL - A Simulation Language", N. Houbak, LNCS 426, Springer 1990.
2. SIL - SNOBOL Implementation Language. Intermediate language forming a virtual machine for the implementation of portable interpreters. 3. Roman Feillu (FRA Fra: see Angelico, Fra; Bartolommeo di Pagholo del Fattorino, Fra; Fra Filippo Lippi under Lippi. ) AGR AGR advanced gas-cooled reactor 4. Heinrich Haussler (GER GER German/Germany
GER Gastroesophageal Reflux
GER Geriatrics
GER General Education Requirement
GER Great Eastern Railway (UK)
GER Gross Enrollment Ratio (education)
GER Gain Electrons Reduction
) GST5. Oscar Freire (ESP (1) (Enhanced Service Provider) An organization that adds value to basic telephone service by offering such features as call-forwarding, call-detailing and protocol conversion. ) RAB Rab (räb), Ital. Arbe, island (1991 pop. 9,205), 40 sq mi (104 sq km) off Croatia, in the Adriatic Sea. One of the Dalmatian islands, it is a popular seaside resort. Fishing and agriculture are the main occupations. 6. Thor Hushovd (NOR) C.A7. Leonardo Duque (COL) COF8. Erik Zabel (GER) MRM9. Julian Dean (NZL NZL New Zealand In Sports Listings ) TSL TSL Texas State Library
TSL Transport Layer Security
TSL Techsideline.com (website)
TSL Teen Second Life (website)
TSL The Svedberg Laboratory (Uppsala, Sweden) 
10. Sebastian Chavanel (FRA) FDJ



5pm: "Friday nights down at the dog track usually mean no wife/girlfriend to barrow hairdryer from," writes Rob Rayburn.



The last word on David Hodgson's fridge goes to ... David Hodgson: "I'm getting a new one delivered tomorrow so maybe I should just burn the old one," he explains, clearly having eschewed the more popular method of fridge disposal: waiting until it gets dark and dumping it on the pavement outside somebody else's house. "The new one has one of those ice-makers that you hold your glass under. Is it possible to have fridge-envy?"



General classification after 13 stages

1. Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto) 54hr 48min 47sec2. Frank Schleck (CSC Saxo Bank) +01sec3. Christian Vandevelde (Garmin Chipotle) +38sec4. Bernhard Kohl (Gerolsteiner) +46sec5. Denis Menchov (Rabobank) +57sec6. Carlos Sastre (CSC Saxo Bank) +1min 28sec7. Kim Kirchen (Team Columbia) +1min 56sec8. Vladimir Efimkin (AG2R Mondiale) +2min 32sec9. Mikel Astarloza (Euskaltel-Euskadi) +03min 51sec10. Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) +04min 18sec47. David Millar (Garmin Chipotle) +35min 22sec144. Mark Cavendish (Team Columbia) +1hr 52min 04sec

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