Good day, bad day - Stage 9

CSC's Arvesen hits the deck again after a colleague lands in front of him, and Rabobank's Boogerd st

CSC's Arvesen hits the deck again after a colleague lands in front of him, and Rabobank's Boogerd st
PICTURE BY TIM DE WAELE BAD DAY: Kurt-Asle Arvesen: Just how many tumbles can the CSC rider take? The lanky Norwegian fell again on the rapid roads leading into Guret as the bunch navigated around a gaggle of traffic islands - and it wasn't even his fault. Illes Balears' Mikel Pradera attempted to switch from one side of the road to the other and hit a straw bale in front of a bollard full on, catapulting himself into the riders on his right. Arvesen hit the Spaniard full on, and was left with more road rash, bumps and bruises, not to mention a groggy head - and the mountains are still to come. Marks out of 10 - 8 for courage Michael Boogerd: He was once a Tour de France hope but now Rabobank's iconic rider appears past his best. Dropped with Jens Voigt at the end of today's stage after a crash split the field momentarily, Boogerd is not the rider who once finished in the Tour's top 10, and has failed to repeat such glories since. This year, even a stage win looks unlikely. Marks out of 10 - a flat five GOOD DAY: I¤igo Landaluze: At last, Euskaltel on the attack, even if it wasn't quite the circumstances we'd envisaged. The Spaniard led the first attack of the day at kilometre zero and then was on the move again after 38 kilometres, this time in the company of Filippo Simeoni. What's more, he looked more likely than Simeoni to win the stage - until the bunch came blasting past in the final 60 metres. A sign of things to come maybe? Marks out of 10 - 8 for panache (and it would have been more if he had hung on for those final metres). Bernard Hinault: The champion known as 'The Badger' is something of a gentleman farmer, so he will not doubt have been delighted with the gift of an, erm, horse. The-two-year old weighs in at 600kg. We'd like to see Bernard get that in the boot of his Skoda, alongside the picnic basket and the hardshell case! Marks out of 10 -an awkward eight
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