What a Tour for the Orica-GreenEDGE boys! It started with the wedged bus on Corsica in Stage 1. Saw Gerrans win the team’s first ever TDF stage two days later, then a superb TTT in Stage 4 in Nice saw not only a second stage win in as many days, but catapulted Gerrans into the … More Le Tour: Orica-GreenEDGE
It wouldn’t be a Grand Tour with an assembly line of grand crashes. Here’s a photographic reminder of some of the more spectacular ones in 2013. Ouch.
Versailles / Paris Champs-Élysées July 21 Mark Cavendish has won the final sprint in Paris for the last four years. Kittel will be out to stop him and looking to book end his own Tour. Sagan and Greipel won’t be far away, either. And of course the human power plant will be trying to generate … More Trivia de France: Stage 21
Phil Liggett will be so pleased. Columbia’s Nairo Quintana has finally…smiled. What a worthy winner of Stage 20 atop the HC summit of Annecy-Semnoz.You get the distinct feeling the 23-year old might be hanging around the podium of Grand Tours for years to come. His family back home were pretty happy too…they’d never seen him … More If anyone deserved a win…
Annecy / Annecy-Semnoz July 20 The penultimate day of the Tour is often a time trial. But not this year. Any thoughts the riders have of Paris will have to wait. For whilst the stage is short at just 125km, more brutal climbing awaits in one of the true alpine jewels of France. After three … More Trivia de France: Stage 20
Bourg-d’Oisans / Le Grand-Bornand 19 July If the riders thought climbing Huez twice was painful, Stage 19 might just have them crying in their musettes. No chance to rest up like the day after Ventoux. Today the peloton has another two HC and two Category 1 Cols to get over, including the Col de la … More Trivia de France: Stage 19
Fascinating to watch the start of Stage 18, streamed live by Cycling Central. The attacks and counter attacks as the day’s break tries to establish itself. We don’t usually get to see this part of the stages, but it’s just as tactical as the finishing kms. Loving it.