Stage 1, Porto-Vecchio / Bastia 29 June The man behind the Grandest of all the Tour’s 100 Grand Departes – i.e. the very first one in 1903 – earned his place in cycling folklore long before the Tour started. He set the first-ever World Hour Record in 1893 – 35.325 kilometres.
So he’s just finished second in a Grand Tour sprint, ahead of everyone except a former World Champion and all-time great. He’s achieved one of his best ever pro results. But Cannondale’s Elia Viviani wasn’t happy last night and proceeded to beat the bejesus out of his handlebars. Gotta love the Italians…emotion magnified.