So, one week down. And what a week it’s been at the Tour de France. From the sublime to the ridiculous and back again. We’ve seen history made, brave deeds aplenty, perfect weather and more crashes than Wall Street. It’s been crazy. it’s been brilliant. But for me, the defining characteristic of week one has been teamwork. The sports psychologists have clearly done their jobs this year, because the commitment of riders to their team-mates has been nothing short of extraordinary.
Adam Hansen breaking himself in a massive 75km/h stage 6 lead-out for Greipel, then backing up last night for a huge (yet ultimately unsuccessful) pull to get the sprinters back to the main bunch.
GreenEDGE turning themselves inside out to get Gerrans into yellow, then Gerrans allowing his team-mate Daryl Impey to create a nice bit of South African history, putting the rainbow nation in yellow for the very time.
Omega Pharma Quick Step providing simply the perfect lead-out for the imperious Cav in stage 5.
And Cannondale spending well over 100km on the front overnight to ensure their man, Sagan, could take the cuddly Lion without having to worry about Greipel or Cavendish, who were left sightseeing many minutes behind.
How good is it?!