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And This Makes Four…

Even though anything can happen at any moment throughout three weeks of racing, it comes as no great surprise that Chris Froome has just marked his fourth win of Le Tour de France. Clearly he’s one of cycling’s greats, as talk of five and more is already underway. I merely wish he were a bit more interesting of a personality; Peter Sagan he is not, after all. (And didn’t we miss him?!) In any case, the 104th Tour de France is now in the books, and next year will come!

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Posted by on July 24, 2017 in 2017 Tour de France, Current Events

 

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Another One, Come and Gone!

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Luckily for France, the one and only French stage win of this year’s Tour finally came on the third-to-last day, as young Romain Bardet climbed to victory on stage 19.  Even luckier for France, this significant time gain pushed the 25-year-old Frenchman up into second place overall.  As it turns out two days later, as a record 174 of the starting 198 riders crossed the final finish line of stage 21, and while Peter firmly retained the green jersey for his fifth consecutive year, France saw one of their own on the podium in Paris, right behind now three-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome. Another one, come and gone. C’est Le Tour, encore!

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Posted by on July 24, 2016 in 2016 Tour de France, Current Events

 

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A Little Closer to Paris.

The second rest day down, the final difficult days toward Paris underway, and the numbers continue to climb. The man in green who hadn’t won a Tour de France stage since 2013 has now won three, thanks to stage 11 and stage 16.  The “missile” has more than solidified his second-place overall TDF stage victory record, hitting his 29th on stage 6, and then his 30th on stage 14, for a total of four stage wins in this year’s Tour.

In a three-week race that did not see its first withdrawal until stage 8, a relatively few 19 of the starting 198 riders have now abandoned, among them Alberto Contador, Thibaut Pinot, and– not surprisingly considering the upcoming Rio Olympic Games, Mark Cavendish himself.

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No Tour would be complete without at least one surprise mishap– what might be called a catastrophe if not simply a ridiculous turn of events.  Luckily for Chris Froome, after a suddenly halting motorcycle caused him and others to crash on the climb toward the famous Mont Ventoux in stage 12, he maintained his overall lead and stayed in yellow, after an apparent panic run and much official deliberation no less.  Now days past this unfortunate moment, Froome seems to remain non-threatened– as his time gap widens and Le Tour gets a little closer to Paris.

 
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Posted by on July 20, 2016 in 2016 Tour de France, Current Events

 

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Retaking His Place, The Chapter Closes.

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The jersey winners (Photo: ASO/X.Bourgois)

It all comes down to Paris, and then it’s over.  A fourth stage win for Greipel, Sagan in green a fourth straight year sans stage win this time, and Quintana in white on the second place podium, altogether behind the first British two-time champion, bring to an end a three-week, 2088-mile journey for 160 of the starting 198 riders to reach stage 21 on the Champs-Elysées.

  

What was probable becomes certain.  Chris Froome is the man– in not only yellow but also polka dots.  With this, as 2013’s winner retakes his place two years later, the 102nd Tour de France takes its place in history.  And so we close the latest chapter of professional cycling excellence.

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2015 Tour de France Champion Chris Froome (Photo: ASO/B.Bade)

 
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Posted by on July 26, 2015 in 2015 Tour de France

 

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And Now, On To Paris!

The second rest day arrives just in time for “gorilla” Andre Greipel to recharge following his third win du jour of the Tour in stage 15, while Peter Sagan is forced to rest with that same old number after the historically dangerous descent of the Col de Manse takes him to the line of stage 16 in– you got it– second.  That’s now five #2 finishes for the points-leading “green machine.”

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Then come the Alps, along with further losses to the overall field.  As American Tejay Van Garderen had been sitting in third place overall, on stage 17 he meets an illness-induced end before reaching this Tour’s highest elevation point on the Col d’Allos.  Meanwhile, other-American Andrew Talansky (of only three in this Tour) notably finishes the day in second with a GC 12th place.  A French 1-2 closes stage 18 in Saint-Jean-de-Maurine, as Romain Bardet takes his first-ever Tour de France stage win, with Pierre Roland shortly behind.  The GC standings and Froome’s longstanding 3:10 lead still don’t change, that is until the following day.  Defending champ Vincenzo Nibali, nearly written off in the first week, proves he’s back by attacking on the Col de la Croix-de-Fer, winning stage 19, and moving himself up to fourth place overall, while second place Nairo Quintana pulls ahead to narrow the gap on le maillot jaune by 32 seconds.

Stage 19 Stage 20

This feeds into the penultimate finish atop Alpe d’Huez, at the end of a final climb long predicted to shake up the Tour even further.  A great day it proves for the French, as Thibaut Pinot ascends to a remarkable stage 20 victory, holding off the young Colombian in white who crosses the line in second while erasing another big chunk off that GC gap.  As such, to keep it interesting if not exactly shaken up, Chris Froome begins the Tour’s last day with a lead of 1:12, down from 2:38, down from 3:10, certainly a humbled presumed winner.

As always, it all comes down to Paris.  The champagne soon again shall flow!

 
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Posted by on July 22, 2015 in 2015 Tour de France

 

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After Two Weeks: Yet Another

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Froome propels to victory in stage 10.

This year’s first French victory du jour in stage 8, followed by the team time trial of stage 9, close chapter one of the Tour leading into the first rest day, just in time for the wearer of le maillot jaune to gear up for the Pyrenean mountains ahead.  And more than geared he proves by the end of stage 10 with his not-to-be-caught solo win on La Pierre-Saint-Martin, reinforcing Chris Froome’s general classification (GC) lead by almost three minutes.  Meanwhile, in green, out of green, and back in green again, Peter Sagan keeps a not-so-tight hold on his best color.

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Stage 11’s Col du Tourmalet

Stage 11 to the top of the Col du Tourmalet keeps Froome on top overall, far ahead of defending champion Vincenzo Nibali who’s clearly not having his greatest Tour. If that’s not enough, what some consider the hardest climbing day comes in stage 12 to the Plateau de Beille, amid extreme weather variations from dry heat to hailing downpour–  but ultimately still no shakeup in the overall standings.  Stage 13 into Rodez offers up the most exciting and unpredictable finish of the week, as Sagan propels to yet another almost-win but must settle for yet another second place du jour. At least he propels ahead in his points total after a momentary mid-stage loss, again showing he actually has to work to keep the green jersey for a change, courtesy of Andre Greipel of course. Still meanwhile– no GC shakeup.

Stage 13 Stage 14

Two-thirds of the 102nd Tour de France close with stage 14, seeing the first win for the first African team in Tour history, renewed points dominance for the “green machine” amid yet another top five stage finish, and in addition to a 2-3 switch in the GC, now an overall lead of more than three minutes for the man in yellow.

It might seem by now that le maillot jaune is wrapped up for this Tour– but then, is it?  As always, we shall see.  So comes and goes yet another July week across France.  Next up, the Alps!

 
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Posted by on July 18, 2015 in 2015 Tour de France

 

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Avec British Spin…

As we’ve already known for a while now, it will begin in the United Kingdom.  While not a first, it’s all the more fitting this time around, given a defending champion of the same nation of course.

Behold, the route for the 2014 Tour de France has hereby been unveiled, avec distinctly British spin.

 
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Posted by on October 23, 2013 in Cycling, News

 

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