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          Tour de Lead Graffiti 2011
S T A G E   1 6 :
          Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux - Gap / 162.5 km


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Tour de Lead Graffiti Stage 16


In 2 words:
Norway. Seriously.

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Size: 14.75" x 22.5"

Stock: Somerset Textured White 300 gsm

Runs: 5 - handrolled NORWAY in red and blue, red, blue, green, & grey

Main typography: Clarendon Outline, Clarendon (wood); Helvetica (metal)

Production notes: handset wood & metal type. The stage / signature block was preprinted using photopolymer plates.

Press: Vandercook Universal III

Completed: 9:10 pm, July 19, 2011

Signatures: Ray Nichols, Jill Cypher, Tray Nichols, & Kieran Francke

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Description: Having waited for Andy Schleck to pounce it might be that things aren't going to work out that way. A strong challenge by Cadel Evans and Alberto Contador tore a good solid minute away from Andy. There are three brutal days to make it up, but it looks like the other challengers have definitely come to ride.

The breakaway survived and we loved that. Maybe our piece on the rubberband (Stage 11) has worked its way over the tour and helped provide some miracles for the breakaways, two having survived since then.

In the end it was Thor Hushovd of Team Garmin - Cervélo that took the day again. Thor is much more of a sprinter which makes his win so much more surprising and he has now won his second mountain stage of this year's tour bringing his total for stage wins in the Tour to 10. The announcers are always mentioning that he is from Norway and sitting over here in Delaware it seems like there might be 10 serious road racers from Norway. But, Edvald Boasson Hagen of Sky Procycling came in second. The interesting thing is that he is also from Norway.

So, Norway. 1 - 2. Cool.

Guest contributor today was 10-year-old Kieran Francke who put in a wonderful 12-hour day with us (lots of snacks, water, lunch, and dinner), constantly working on the poster (never computer games), picking colors, collecting and sorting type, helping us sort out how to do the flag of Norway, peddle stomping, and button pushing. Seriously.

The important standings for Lead Graffiti currently stand at

Thomas Voeckler in 1st place - 00'00"
Cadel Evans in 2nd place - 01'45"
Frank Schleck
in 3rd place - 01'49"
Andy Schleck in 4th place - 03'03"
Alberto Contador in 7th place - 03'42"

Thomas Voeckler will once again wear the Yellow Jersey on Stage 17 with a collective time of 69h 00'56".

Our effort to this point is 267h 30'28" with the total number of runs standing at 97.