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Kingman to Truxton / 27.06.2011
68.1 km / 634.5 km complete
42.3 mi / 394.3 mi complete
8 Participants at the start / 8 Participants at the stage finish

Reports of the 9. Stage

Daily stage results

1. 06 Rainer Koch Germany 7:35:05
2. 05 Patrick Malandain France 8:38:37
3. 13 Serge Girard France 8:57:32
 

Total race results

1. 06 Rainer Koch Germany 70:49:28
2. 17 Anneke Kuiper Netherlands 77:04:05
3. 05 Patrick Malandain France 79:51:07

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June 27

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On the road again

This morning everyone is ready to leave at the same time.

That was not the case yesterday because Serge had a problem with anti-chaffing cream and a bandage and left 5 minutes late. The time runners lose in the morning counts against them but what is 5 minutes on a 70-day race?

Markus is dressed in « civilian clothes » and comes to applaud the start.

Yesterday when he finished, after 10:30 pm, he told me that he had reached his limit and that he would need a few days to recover from his stomach and intestinal problems.

He will re-join the race in 3 days, like Gérard.

Jenni seems to have recovered and starts this morning. There are 8 of the 14 runners still in the race.

For me it’s a massacre and the morale is at half mast!

But this is a particularly difficult race: this evening the average mileage for the day is 70.5 km and we are suffering from killing heat.

At km 42, when I ask Rainer if everything is OK he responds "I’m still alive” (smile!) From the start the ranking among the competing runners becomes apparent: Rainer takes the lead, then Patrick, who started slowly today perks up, then Serge, who has a tendency to keep the same rhythm on the flat as well as on the ups and downs, next comes James, who is having trouble today, then Alexandro.

Places will change along the road and Orru is paying for having been a bit fast yesterday.

The pain in his left levator becomes more difficult to bear.

Bando, who always takes off like a rocket on the first kilometers seems resigned to holding the same rhythm all day, whereas Mr. Koshita brings up the rear with his camera in his hand and always wearing a smile. This evening James is very tried and his right levator muscle is painful.

He hardly touches his food and goes to bed very quickly.

Orru has trouble finishing his stage but as usual is tells me "OK” = I’m fine. Alexandro, always with a smile, is pleased with his day.

His stages are very well managed with his crew and everything seems to be going well for him.

His physiotherapist has taped him on the left side to improve drainage. Among the runners who are no longer in the ranking, here is the situation: Jenni seems to be at ease and well; she runs quite a bit with James, who is not far from her.

Mr. Ishihara moves ahead and is in the lead of the Japanese team, in spite of the big stage he ran yesterday.

Mr. Tanaka stops at km 20 and, finally, Philippe has taken to the road again, with a fast start this morning, since he takes second place behind Rainer for the first 3 hours, then he loses a bit of ground, but he runs a very good race. We are now at an altitude of 1400 meters, there is an infernal wind blowing but it doesn’t seem to bother the runners, especially because it’s favorable on the home stretch Bando finishes less than 4 minutes from the time limit; his suffering is terrible to see. What a relief!

Everyone finishes – Another good day – We are looking forward to the coolness of the mountains.

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